Social Distancing Halloween Ideas

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This year has been anything but normal. While we were hoping that this pandemic would be gone by Halloween, it’s not looking like that will happen. That means that our regular Halloween traditions will look a little bit different this year. So instead of moping around the house, we have come up with 15 fun ideas that you can still do this Halloween, while social distancing and keeping your family safe!

15 Social Distancing Halloween Ideas

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1: Halloween Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Our family loves a good scavenger hunt. So we thought it would be fun to drive (or walk) around our neighborhood and try to find Halloween decorations. I’ve created a fun, free printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt for you to download so you can play along too! 

2: Backyard Treat Hunt

One of the things we have planned for our social distancing Halloween is a backyard treat hunt. If you don’t have a big backyard, you can also extend yours through the neighborhood or hold it inside your house if the weather isn’t great. We will be hiding candy throughout our backyard for our kids to search for. If you’re concerned about dirt or bugs like my girls are, you can also purchase clear acrylic containers like the ones I found on Amazon (or use leftover eggs from your last Easter hunt) and hide a few things in each one. Since they are typically used for ornaments, you can hang them from things like tree branches. This will also help you to keep track of how many there are to find so you don’t leave any behind.

3: Halloween Movie Night

What’s better than a night with the family and your favorite Halloween movies? Grab the popcorn and candy, cozy up on the couch with a blanket big enough to cover your eyes (just in case), and watch a few spooky favorites! We’ll be watching Beetlejuice! Join us and @WBHomeEnt for the #BeetlejuiceWatchalong hosted by @JodieSweetin on Twitter on October 30th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET! Don’t forget to download these fun, printable activity sheets including Find and Seek, a Beetlejuice concession stand, and a Word Fill.

halloween mug on a table with halloween banner in the background

4: Decorate Your Home

Get out your decor and go wild. Just because there may not be any visitors, doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your house for yourself and your family. Decorate the kid’s rooms, the living room, the kitchen. Whatever brings a smile to your face!

5: DIY Costume Contest

Another fun social distancing Halloween idea is to give each member of your family 30 minutes to create a costume from everyday items lying around your house. Maybe a mummy out of toilet paper? How creative can you get?

6: You’ve Been Boo’ed (aka Ghosting)

This is one of our favorite new things to do! Put together a bag or basket full of Halloween goodies and drop them off at a friend’s house. Don’t tell them you’re coming or that you’ve been there. Leave a little note inside letting them know that they’ve been boo’ed and now it’s their turn to do the same for one of their friends! Feel free to download and print our free You’ve Been Boo’ed printable and tape or tie it to the bag!

a spider made with oreo cookies and pocky

7: Create Spooky Treats

Why not bake some Halloween-inspired cupcakes or cake pops? Don’t feel like baking? You can also create some easy Halloween-inspired treats from store-bought cookies and candy, like these candy corn cookies or spider OREO treats! Get the kids involved by decorating store-bought brownie bites with frosting and colorful Halloween decorations! If you’re looking for a healthier option, check out these silly apple bites from Fork and Beans.

8: Halloween Freeze Dance

When in doubt, DANCE! It’s something our family loves to do on a daily basis. So for a social distancing Halloween, turn on your favorite Halloween songs, dress up in costume and play freeze dance! Don’t forget to check out my ultimate Halloween playlist! It’s free to listen to on Amazon Music and contains all of our favorites!

9: Halloween Crafts

Get out the construction paper, markers, and googly eyes. It’s time to make some Halloween-themed crafts. Crafts are always a good idea when you have kids in the house and even when you don’t. Crafts are a good break for all ages!

girl dressed as Wednesday Addams holding a skull in the forrest

10: Virtual Costume Party

Schedule a zoom or google meet with friends and family and host a virtual costume party. It will be fun to connect with your loved ones and share your creativity!  

11: Guess the Candy

Blindfold each participant. Grab some candy and prepare each one in its own small container or bowl. Using a spoon, feed the candy to each contestant to see if they can guess what kind of candy they are eating. 

12: Halloween Themed Dinner

There are SO many amazing ideas for Halloween-themed dinner options. But here are some of our favorites:

Mummy Meat Loaves from Country Living

Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks from Country Living

Halloween Witch Hat Calzones from Jeannie’s Tried and True Recipes

Halloweeño Jalapeño Popper Mummies from The Hopeless Housewife

Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart from Pizzazzerie 

painted and decorated pumpkin on a table for Halloween

13: Carve (or Paint) Pumpkins

Our family loves to paint, so we will often paint our pumpkins. But if you are talented enough to carve (because I surely am not), carve your pumpkins with different shapes, faces, or whatever makes you happy. 

14: What’s Inside the Box?

Grab a box and set it on the counter or table. If you’re anything like me, you have a few Amazon boxes laying around. Cut a small hole in one of the sides (big enough for an arm to fit through). Cut the front part of the box out as well (so you can watch what’s happening). Place a random object that has some texture, inside the box. It could be slime, a stuffed animal, a piece of bread… get creative. Imagine what you would think it was if you touched that object blindly and try to find things that would be hard to guess. 

15: Halloween Mad Lib

I’ve always loved Mad Libs because it’s really education disguised as fun. I’ve created a printable Halloween Mad Lib for you and your family to fill out, read and have a good laugh. My family tested it out and couldn’t stop laughing.

If you do any of these social distancing Halloween ideas and post them on social media, we’d love for you to tag @thesupermomlife! Don’t forget to download your free Halloween printables and have a fun and safe Halloween!

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  1. These are really cool idea. I am going to try it for this halloween as social distancing will here during this Halloween.

  2. Our neighborhood did a distanced Halloween last year with treats on our porches. It was so great for the kids! Love these ideas too.

  3. These are such fun ideas! Last year turned out to be one of the best Halloweens for our kids. Everyone was safe and came together like a true community. I hope this year is the same!

  4. Great ideas. Thanks! I agree, we can still celebrate traditions or holidays like this. We just have to be extra careful.

  5. I love this post! It’s very timely. I mean, at least we wouldn’t have to forego the Halloween celebration even if there is a pandemic going on.

  6. You could never go wrong with a movie night! I love some of the other ideas too! Who says I can’t dress up in my costume in my house on Halloween 😂

  7. Last Halloween we were hoping it’s the only time we have to worry about social distancing but it seems we need to adjust this year again. I was concerned about my kids’ safety but these ideas will make things a lot easier to handle. Thanks for sharing!

  8. My boys are older so they think Halloween is not for them. The lure of the candy will make them change their mind.

  9. Great ideas and we are living in anew world these days. It is smart to keep distance especially for kids that are not vaccinated

  10. You have some great ideas here. I know my daughter is still going trick or treating, but with a mask! We still pass out candy, but we also have masks and hand out the candy. We don’t let the kids choose anymore.

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  12. All of these ideas are so cute and so perfect for this time! I’m sure my kids would have a lot of fun doing all of these activities!

  13. It definitely is still possible to have a fun Halloween this year, while remaining socially-distanced! I loved all of your great ideas.

  14. This year we all gonna have a bit different Halloween but that doesn’t mean it has to be less fun. Thanks for sharing these ideas. We will have a scary dinner and movie night afterward. It will be great! 🙂

  15. Amazing! These are incredible ideas for this coming Halloween. The family will definitely have a great time even we can’t leave our house. Thanks for sharing this to us.

  16. These are great ideas and we are planning to have a Halloween movie night for the celebration of this Halloween season. Thank you!

  17. These are all such fun ideas! We’re boo-ing our neighbors this weekend and I have a ton of crafts to do with the kids this week!

  18. Hhhmmm… I will definitely go with the virtual idea. Otherwise, this year is for survival. No parties for me.

  19. These ideas are so perfect for Halloween this year. Everything is so different but that’s doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy our Halloween.

  20. We decorated our home and are enjoying the candy. But we really enjoy the seasonal decor.

  21. My youngest is 16 and no longer trick or treats but I think it would be nice to do something this year for Halloween. I think a Halloween dinner and movie night is in store.

  22. People have been preparing to do the Boo’d thing around my neighborhood. The kids want to do it and I think it sounds like a blast too!

  23. I love these ideas. We have decorated and we do Halloween movie nights. We’ll still be trick or treating, but we’ll have masks. We’ll have candy to pass out too but I’ll be giving it over instead of letting kids grab it on their own.

  24. Love all of these ideas! I wish we could do something this halloween but unfortunately we are stuck in quarantine!

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  25. My perfect idea for the day is definitely indoors watching some movie. Craving or painting pumpkin is also a great idea! Very creative 🙂

  26. A backyard Halloween hunt sounds like so much fun! That’s the perfect way to help keep the magic of Halloween alive and still not actually go out into the world.

  27. These are great ideas. I’ve been trying to figure out if I can find Halloween treats that are soft enough for me to launch them to the kids with one of those t-shirt guns, but so far, I haven’t found anything. =( That would be so cool, though.

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      That sounds like so much fun! I’ve heard of people doing something like that. I wondered what candy they would use too!