Whilst restrictions on social gatherings will mean that there will be no trick or treating this year and Halloween celebrations might look a little different, it doesn’t mean you can’t have loads of spooky fun in the safety of your own home.
To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve come up with some great ideas and activities that families and children can enjoy and which will keep everyone busy, creative and happy this Halloween.
First up it's competition time - WITH PRIZES!
Get crafty this Halloween and be in with a chance of winning a frighteningly fab prize.
To enter, simply create your spookiest ever Halloween creature using all the wonderful things you’ll find in your recycling bin. Bottle top spiders, pop bottle monsters, yogurt pot ghosts, painted Halloween jars, paper plate ghouls, toilet roll tube mummies – the possibilities are endless!
Here are some ideas to get you started - http://happydiying.com/recycled-halloween-crafts/
Simply enjoy having a rummage in your recycling boxes or a treasure hunt around the house for items you can use for your Halloween themed creation or decoration, take a photo of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the name and the age of the competitor.
The competition is split into three age categories and there will be a first and second prize for each category.
0-6 years, 7-12 years, 13-18 years
Deadline for entries by email is Monday, 2nd November. Winners will be announced shortly after and there's plenty of prizes on offer for the winners including high street vouchers for your favourite shops.
Halloween Family Fitness Session at Salt Ayre
Saturday 31st October, 12pm - 1pm
For more info and to book visit http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/salt-ayre-leisure-centre/school-holiday-activities
Spooky Halloween Parties
Why not hold an online fancy dress competition; this could take place virtually with children, friends, people on your street or as a household.
- While you can’t have a Halloween party as normal with your friends why not decorate the house for you to enjoy with your family or organise an online party to show your friends your scary decorations.
Terrifying trick or treat alternatives
Trick or Treating is one the things children love to do during Halloween and will probably miss the most. Here’s a few alternative ideas for both you and your neighbours to take part in.
- Pumpkin hunt: carve a pumpkin or make a pumpkin craft and encourage others in your neighbourhood to do the same. Take a walk around your street in your Halloween costume with those you live with, instead of knocking on people doors, spot how many different pumpkins you can see. Perhaps parents could provide the treat for each pumpkin spotted?
- Halloween house hunt: Hide sweets in the house and give your child clues and a length of time to go and find them.
- Window Challenge: create a Halloween themed window display. You could encourage others on your street to have a go. Which one will be the spookiest?
- Local spooky Halloween Trails (link)
Have a go at these ghoulish games to get into the Halloween spirit.
- Scavenger hunt: set your child the task of finding different objects in your house from a list you have given them. Better still get your children to draw these items or make them from playdoh ahead of the day with the secret plan of hiding them around your house for the hunt.
- Halloween I spy - draw or print out pictures of Halloween related items and stick them secretly around the room before the game begins
- Halloween story telling
- What's in the box: can you guess what Halloween objects are inside the box without looking
Online resources for games
Make your Halloween a creepy one with these online craft ideas
Get into the 'spirit' of things and create some deadly decorations to make your house look horrifying this Halloween.
There are hundreds of websites offering free templates for pumpkin carving. We've chosen the BBC Good Food website as an example. Not only does it offer you plenty of free templates you can download and use as stencils for your pumpkin, you'll also find some simple recipies here to turn the inside of your pumpkin into something tasty.
Terrifyingly Tasty Treats
Do you prefer baking to crafting?
Online Halloween themed games and activities
Bonfire Night Crafts and Tasty Treats