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Halloween is Not Cancelled

October 26, 2020

Five creative Halloween activities that your family can do at home.

 

Everyone loves Halloween, but because of the coronavirus, trick-or-treating may look a little different this year. As families across the country continue to practice social distancing, many kids (and more than a few adults) are probably wondering — “Can we still have fun on Halloween?" The answer: a resounding YES! 

 

Here are five creative Halloween activities your family can plan for some major at-home fun.

 

Pumpkin Painting

 

Carving pumpkins is a classic activity, but it can get messy and requires sharp tools. Using paint offers a creative twist that's great for all ages. Drip-art pumpkins are fun, festive and whimsical. Buy paint in bottles so your kids can just squeeze it directly on top of their pumpkins. Then allow the paint to drip down the sides for a beautiful, unique effect. 

 

Another fun alternative? Negative space pumpkins — cut out various shapes in painter's tape and adhere them to your pumpkin. Then allow your kids to paint over it however they'd like. When they're finished, remove the tape and voila — a pumpkin masterpiece! 

 

Scary Movie Night

 

Thankfully, the age-old Halloween tradition of curling up on the couch and watching a spooky film hasn't changed as a result of the pandemic. Cox On Demand has countless classics to choose from, like "Halloween," "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II." If your kids are younger, try "Scooby Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost." All you need now is popcorn and some hot apple cider to seal the deal. 

 

Spooky Cooking

 

Halloween doesn't have to be all about store-bought candy. If your kids like spending time in the kitchen, try making your own edible spooky creations. These spidery deviled-eggs certainly fit the bill — yummy and adorable. Or try these mummy dogs, a play on the party classic, pigs in a blanket. 

 

Think gingerbread houses are just for Christmas? Try making a Halloween gingerbread house with your kids! Bake your own gingerbread or buy a kit — either way, this is a fun arts and crafts project the whole family can enjoy. Plus you get to eat the end product!

 

DIY Decorations

 

If your kids are old enough to handle scissors, try this simple yet adorable bat garland. All you need is black felt, scissors and string. Allow your kids to cut out the bats, then you can sew the garland together at the end.

 

Looking for something a little more complex for your mini-creative genius? These paper pumpkins will surely keep your kid busy. Finally, a Halloween candy wreath never fails to impress. All you need is a foam ring, some ribbon and a glue gun. A treat for all the senses, this is a great way to use up your leftover Halloween candy.
 

Halloween Olympics

 

The great thing about holding a Halloween Olympics? You can mix and match your favorite activities at home. Use your yard or living room space to create the ultimate spooky arena — decorate with pumpkins and DIY décor. You can include games like the Monster Toss, the Pumpkin Run (race while balancing a mini-pumpkin on your head) and the Spooky Piñata. Plan for a few fall classics, like bobbing for apples or a potato sack race, and offer prizes (Halloween candy does the trick here). 

 

Finish out the day with a Halloween dance party — you can use your Cox subscription to access the Pandora app, which has a number of Halloween-themed stations like “Halloween Party," “Children's Halloween" and “Ghostly Grooves." 

 

Halloween Is Still On!

 

By the time your kids hit the hay, they'll get the message: Halloween this year? Definitely NOT cancelled.

 

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