How to have a Pandemic Safe Halloween
With Halloween around the corner and with most of the office with young family we have come up a few ideas on how you can celebrate Halloween in a pandemic!
We are not going to lie, Halloween this year is going to be a little spooky! With a lot of health and safety elements being considered this year villages and towns have come together to make sure the kids have a good Halloween even if there is a pandemic going on. One way they are doing this is a pumpkin trail.
A pumpkin trail is where kids can walk around the village or town (as whatever character they like) and count how many pumpkins they can find. On their walk each time they see a pumpkin, it has been suggested, that whom ever is supervising them (mum, dad, big sister/brother or even nan and grandad) is to drop a sweet into their pumpkin bucket. A fun and safe way to trick or treat without coming into contact with to many others. Some houses have said they will supply the sweets for the children still and some have even said they are putting our baked goods. However you decide to do it, we think a pumpkin trail is a great way to celebrate Halloween during a pandemic.
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there may be a moment in the day that the kids will need to be entertained with an activity. So, how about looking at a few ideas below!
Pumpkin picking and carving – pumpkin picking is a huge trend this year with lots of people opting to make it a family day out! Its also a great photo opportunity for your social medias, what more autumnal than a pumpkin patch. We have listed some fabulous patches that you and the family can visit:
Pumpkin Jim’s – Saffron Walden – CB10 1TA – Starts from 23rd October
Fox Farm Produce – Colchester/Basildon – tickets released on a regular basis
The Patch MK – Mount Mill Farm, Wicken – Visit their Facebook page for more info!
Pumpkins at Crockford Bridge Farm – Sat nav KT15 2BU – They also have a brilliant pumpkin festival!
Once you have picked your pumpkin you can bring it home and carve your spooky faces! This can even be done the weekend before, so you have more time to spend on the pumpkins at home!
Witches slime – what is spookier, educational, and more fun than slime! There are so many YouTube videos on how to make it, from glittery slime to specific Halloween slime, it is a great way to get the kids involved.
Scary film night – with the nights drawing in earlier and the temperature dropping rather rapidly who doesn’t want to snuggle up by the fire (if you have one) or under a cover and watch a film, and on Halloween this is something you can’t really miss out on. You don’t have to like horror films to find a Halloween worthy film, there are plenty for all the family to enjoy. Our resident film boffins have come up with a few suggestions!
- Hocus Pocus, 1993 (Younger)
- Nightmare before Christmas, 1993 (Younger)
- Scooby-doo the Movie, 2002 (Younger)
- Ghost Busters, 1984 (All the family)
- Goosebumps, 2015 (10+/All the family)
- The Mummy, 1999 (All the family)
- Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007 (18+)
- Annabell, 2014 (18+)
- Krampus, 2015 (18+)
Of course, you also have the classic Stephen King films or American Horror story for those who are really into Horror films, but if none of these take you fancy, all the streaming services have a brilliant selection and some even show a top 10.
Ghost stories in the garden – If you are lucky enough to have a garden, why not build a bonfire (of course only if your garden is big enough) or buy a fire pit and toast marshmallows whilst wrapped up warm telling ghost stories. You do not have to come up with these yourself there are lots of great books that you can read. The original ghost/thriller stories are written by the Grimm’s brothers and their book Grimm’s Fairy Tales or the Brothers Grimm! The books are based off fairy tales told in Germany during the 19th Century, so definitely not the Disney version we see today!
Scare Worthy Meals!
Halloween is a great time of year to use your creative side and make the kids think your secretly a Witch or Wizard! You can turn any normal dish into a Halloween special! We have come up with a few suggestions for you to try!
- Dracula’s Porridge (porridge with jam)
- Monster pancakes! – make a pancake mix of any flavour and use the fruit or toppings to give the pancake a monster’s face. If you are up for a challenge you can do spiders’ web pancakes. Pipe the pancake mix into a spider’s web shape directly into the pan.
- Toxic mac and cheese (normal mac and cheese with green food colouring)
- Scary pizza (any pizza of your choice, cut the toppings into ghoulish shapes)
- Eye- ball pasta (spaghetti and meatballs)
- Mummy Finger Rolls (Hot dogs in a roll with Ketchup, just add a few slices and a U-shaped fingernail to the sausage to make it look like a finger)
- Scary Rice Crispy treats – so easy to make and shape all you need are some cutters! There are lots of recipes for these, this is a good activity to do with the kids during the day before you go on your Pumpkin Trail.
- Ghost Banana’s – frozen bananas dipped in white chocolate. To make it less messy you can use lolly pop sticks and chocolate chips for their eye’s!
The options are endless with a little bit of creativity! We would love to see your photos on how you made your Halloween a spooky experience for the kids!
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Happy Halloween Everyone, Stay Safe and have a fantastic time!!