This Halloween promised a few spooky surprises. It falls on a blue moon and a Saturday, and while we may have been anticipating some socially distant trick-or-treating, there was yet another bombshell in store: lockdown.
Even without the hunting for sweets house-to-house or festive parties, there are still plenty of ways for you and your family to celebrate spooky season at home!
- Halloween Sweets Taste Test
Gather up all of your favourite Halloween sweets, from Swizzels to mallows, and have a night of it. Draw up a few criteria – which is the sweetest? Most colourful? Spookiest shape? Best tasting? At the end of the night, tally up the results and enjoy the fruit – er, fruit-flavourings – of your labour!
- Bob for Apples
A classic Halloween party game, all you need are a few apples and small tub of water. Dip and dive and see who can pluck out an apple without using their hands. Bonus for Mammy and Daddy: one less Halloween activity involving candy!
- Wear a Costume…Yes, Even Inside!
There’s no reason a lack of trick-or-treating should stop you from donning your favourite Halloween attire. Dress the kids up, pop on a few Halloween movies and enjoy the best of spooky season.
- Carve Pumpkins
Did you know this famous Halloween tradition originated in Ireland? Pumpkin carving is basically a national pastime, although turnips were the gourd of choice for carving in the old days! Don’t forget the tealights to illuminate your creations, and save the seeds for roasting!
- Halloween Movie Marathon
Scary levels may vary, depending on the age of attendees! Our favourite picks for family-friendly viewing? The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus and Coco.