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How to make halloween fun at home

Is Halloween cancelled this year?  I have heard this question a lot recently and I suspect lots of the things we are used to like Trick or Treat or big local celebrations are not going to happen, but it doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled.  We can still make Halloween fun at home.  It might even be better… well definitely warmer and drier. 

My kids are, like many, disappointed that we won’t be going Trick or Treating this year  so I have been wracking my brains to think of ideas that will still make Halloween fun at home and I thought I would share them with you. These  are all very easy to do and most of it can be done very last minute so if your plans have suddenly changed thanks to 2020 then don’t panic we got you covered!

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How do you make a Halloween party for kids at home?

If you want to make a halloween at home party for kids it couldn’t be easier as let’s remember that kids really do look for the good.  They are excited before you start so it isn’t hard to please them.

The first thing to think about is just sticking to the Halloween theme.  I start with the table and work from there.  Decorating a Halloween table couldn’t be easier go with the colours orange and black and it can’t fail to look Halloween.  You can get paper plates and cups etc, but isn’t very sustainable so I recommend getting reusable items for the table as Halloween comes round every year!! 

The next thing I would do is go Halloween themed with the food.  My favourite things to do are:

Halloween Blood Chilli with Grave Stone tortilla chips and then Jelly with edible eyeballs.  

Halloween chilli is your usual chilli recipe only you add some beetroot to the tomato sauce to a make it brighter and more ‘blood’ like.  Check out my recipe for hidden vegetable tomato sauce and to this you would just grate in beetroot before blending and it gives the best colour, but really you can’t taste it so the kids won’t notice!  

For the tortillas you just need normal tortilla wraps and some halloween themed cookie cutters. 

  • Cut out your shapes – we went grave stones and then lay them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. 
  • Lay your  shapes onto  the baking tray drizzle over some olive oil and then pop them in the oven at around 180 degrees for about 5 -10 mins. 
  • You need to watch them as once they start to turn brown they go quickly! 
  • Once done take them out and cool.  You will then have your Halloween shaped tortilla chips to be served with your chilli

Jelly with edible eyeballs is the easiest thing to make.  If you can get a skull shaped jelly mould then great, but a normal one will do.  Buy some edible eyeballs for cake making and make up your jelly according to packet instructions.  Drop the edible eyeballs into the mix and leave to set.  It looks super creepy and the kids love it!

Lastly choose your games and activities from some of these great and easy to set up suggestions. 

What can you do on Halloween at home?

  1. Organise a scavenger hunt with clues for older children – make it take longer by having them working out the answers to clues to locate the hidden sweets.
  2. Make a pinata  – a pumpkin or ghost are the easiest to do as they can basically be round.  You can of course buy a pinata if you prefer and here are some I found with short delivery times
  3. Host a Halloween themed party at home –  make a Halloween themed playlist and get your dancing shoes on
  4. Decorate the house – we are not going to decorate the front as I don’t want people knocking for Trick or Treat this year so I am picking one room and going  to town there.  Less clean up, but no less fun
  5. Make Halloween last more than one day with a halloween themed week.  For us in the UK  it is half term so we have to be entertaining those littles so why not make it Halloween themed
  6. Forget about costumes and go halloween PJs instead.  This is far more sustainable anyway as they can be worn all year round
  7. On Halloween night wait until it is dark and do a spooky fire pit in the garden complete with halloween themed lights and games
  8. Play halloween themed games 

What are some fun Halloween games?

Hope you all have a fantastic time for Halloween this year.


11 thoughts on “How to make halloween fun at home”

  1. These are such great ideas! Our family is planning to play it safe this year—or at least safer. Plus, it’s already freezing in MN. We have plenty of snow, which makes trick-or-treating more of a challenge anyway. Thanks for some great tips to make this a fantastic and safe Halloween at home. These ideas are much appreciated 🙂

  2. My parents arranged a treasure hunt for the kids today: they loved it! We have been watching films like Hotel Transylvania and Addams family to get in the spooky spirit. #dreamteamlinky

  3. Excellent job, Kirsty!! Your detailed post on celebrating Halloween at home is stunning. I’m amazed after reading about those last-minute Halloween games for kids.

  4. What great ideas to make Halloween at a bit extra special at home. The games sound fab, especially the doughnut eating race 🙂 That brings me right back to our primary school Halloween party days. #mischiefandmemories x

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