Halloween is going to feel different this year, due to obvious reasons, however, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. There are plenty of entertaining Halloween themed activities that the whole family can enjoy to make the most of this spooky holiday.

Pumpkin Carving & Decorating

The most obvious Halloween activity is pumpkin carving. This traditional past-time is fantastic fun for the whole family. Pumpkins should be readily available from the beginning of October at most supermarkets or local farm shops. With many sizes and species to choose from, you can have a whole selection of ghouls and beasties. Be creative and carve scary or silly faces. Or if you’re feeling more artistic, use a stencil to carve a witch or ghost, beautiful silhouettes or intricate patterns.

Alternatively, you can decorate your pumpkin with googly eyes for a crazy look. Or how about using paint? There are many techniques you can use to create an interesting, artistic design. Use a toothbrush to make paint splatter patterns or if you’re out of paint use nail polish to paint cobwebs and other scary things. It doesn’t even have to be pumpkins. How about decorating other vegetables? Squashes, aubergines, avocados, and coconuts make a fun alternative and make for creepy little creatures.

Garlands & Banners

Decorate your home with garlands in the shape of ghoulish characters. Simply draw the shape of the character on a piece of paper and cut it out. Repeat this several times then link each one together with a piece of string to create a decorative garland. Use black paper for bats or white for ghosts. You can even find stencils online that you can print off. The garland can then be hung around the house for a true Halloween feel.

Add a Halloween banner to the hallway or living room. You can make it whatever size you please by simply taping A4 pieces of paper together. It can then be decorated however you please (as long as it’s scary!). How about a ‘Happy Halloween’ banner or ‘Trick or Treat’?

Make Your Own Costume  

Making your own costume is part of the fun. Use cardboard to make a witch’s hat and add a black sheet for a cape. A white sheet with the eyes cut-out makes a simple yet effective ghost costume. Use things from around the house and be creative.

Creature Crafts

Be inspired by Frankenstein and bring your own scary monsters to life by decorating household objects. Use a toilet roll to design your very own Dracula or mummy. Paint rocks in a variety of colours and add googly eyes to create monsters of all shapes and sizes. Or, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, how about making a beasty out of clay? Modelling clay can be purchased from most arts & crafts stores and is great, messy fun. Let your imagination run wild and see what monstrous creature you come up with.

Bake Your Own Treats

Bake your own Halloween themed treats. Biscuits and cookies in the shape of bats, ghosts and pumpkins are simple to make and are devilishly delicious. Recipes can be found online and you can either use a paper stencil or cookie-cutter to make the shape. Use icing and food colouring to add ghoulish colours and designs.

Movie Marathon

Stock up on the sweets and enjoy the evening in watching a selection of family-friendly Halloween films. Most streaming services offer a wide range of scary movies this time of year.

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