12 Oct 2020 - 3 minutes

8 ways to celebrate Halloween at home this year

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We might not be able to go out and celebrate Halloween in the usual fashion this year, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Now more than ever, it’s important that we continue to celebrate the things in life that we look forward to year after year.

For many, the spooky season is the highlight of their social calendar. Children and adults alike dress up as ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches to trick-or-treat for sweets or head out on the town to terrify with some tipples. But of course, this year isn’t any ordinary year. We’ve put together a list of different ways you can continue to celebrate Halloween from comfort of your own home.

Watch your favourite scary movies

Open-plan apartment with Hocus Pocus on the television

Nothing gets us in the mood more than our favourite fright-film. Make it even spookier and watch by candlelight. Whether you’re going humorous with Hocus Pocus or bone-chilling with Blair Witch, no film night is complete without...

Make some Halloween snacks

Orange and black Halloween macaroons with bat and spider decorations

Along with ghosts, ghouls and graveyards, Halloween has a strong association with food. Children trick-or-treat in the hopes of getting sweets. Pumpkins are put into pies, soups and drinks and apples are covered in sticky toffee. It’s easy to create some edible treats to enjoy with a monster movie. Head on over to BBC Good Food for 60 amazing recipes you can make at home.

Dress up in fancy dress

Girl dressed in witches outfit dancing in fog

Just because we might not be able to go out, it doesn’t mean we can’t still dress up! A bedsheet can easily be turned into a ghastly ghost, and it’s amazing what you can achieve with a couple of bin-bags. Good Housekeeping have some easy-to-make DIY costume ideas to get you ready for rigor mortis.

Decorate

Assortment of Halloween decorations with ghosts and skulls

You can’t do Halloween at home without having some decorations. Most supermarkets and shops dedicate a whole aisle to fake cobwebs and spooky sticks to put in your window. If you fancy getting a little more hands-on and making them yourself, check out our blog on simple décor hacks for Halloween.

Create a creepy playlist

Halloween party with atmospheric lighting

It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Make your night a thriller night by creating a creepy playlist to have a dance to. Of course, there are already plenty out there curated by others, but it’s much more fun doing it yourself. From the Monster Mash to Disturbia, it's up to you what you listen to on the Highway to Hell.

Play some Halloween-themed games

Cursed Pirate board game with skull decorated dice

What’s better than a good old-fashioned board game to get the jack-o-lantern juices flowing? There are plenty of scream-themed ones out there if you know where to look. To help you out, check out this list by Game Informer. Or failing that, a classic game of Cluedo will get the blood boiling.

Brew some cocktails in your cauldron

Glowing pumpkin in front of a bowl of drinks

No Halloween is complete without a good witch’s brew. To become a potions master, once again head over to BBC Good Food to find out how to concoct some of the creepiest cocktails for you Halloween-at-home. They’ll be a perfect partner for the final item on our list.

Host a Halloween Zoom quiz

Open laptop with Zoom conference and a drink

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we’re all pros at Zoom quizzing now. So, pour yourself a Bloody Mary or Zombie cocktail, throw on a costume and make your theme your rounds for the ultimate Halloween quarantine quiz.

No matter how you’re celebrating this year, keep safe and don’t let any treats turn into nasty tricks.

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