Halloween may look very different this year. Some families are choosing not to trick-or-treat this year, and those who are trick-or-treating may find that fewer residences are participating. We wanted to showcase some fun things to do with the kids (or just adults!) for those who still want to do something fun and special for the upcoming holiday.
Grab a few bags of the kids’ favorite fun-sized snacks and fill up a fun Halloween-themed piñata. Tie it to a tree in the back yard (or somewhere in the house if you have space near un-breakable things), give the kids a stick or a bat, spin them ‘round, well… you know how it goes.
Even though they aren’t trick-or-treating, they can still have a fun way to fill their candy bags.
Feeling crafty? Here are our favorite make-your-own piñata instructions from The Spruce Crafts.
Halloween Egg Hunt
Another great way the kids can fill their candy bags is a typical Easter egg hunt, but for Halloween! You can have the kids decorate the eggs before-hand with fun stickers, googly-eyes, and markers. Hide ‘em around the house or the yard.
If you hide them outside, you could even do this with fellow neighbors and neighborhood children while keeping an eye on them making sure they maintain safe distancing.
Candy Scavenger Hunt
Another great way to engage the whole neighborhood crew. Figure out where you want to hide candy or candy stashes, then set up a series of clues to find them!
You could even fill a little bucket or bag for each child, hide them separately, and give each child their own set of clues to help maintain safe distancing.
There are so many different craft ideas for Halloween, the list would be nearly endless. Creating unique coloring sheets, making ghost lollipops, creating paper mache monsters, and building Halloween gingerbread houses are just a few. Get creative and let the kids’ minds run free!
Need inspiration? Try the House of Mouse! Disney Family has pages of branded ideas that can easily be un-branded if you prefer your crafts to be IP free.
Halloween Candy Brownies
Grab a bag of your favorite Halloween candy or bite-sized chocolates and bake away! Buy your favorite box of brownie mix (we recommend Ghirardelli Double Chocolate!) and make the mix as usual.
Once your brownie mix is in your pan, top it with mini Snickers, Twix, Milky Ways, M&Ms, and Kit Kats for a chocolatey version, or take a candy twist and top with Sour Patch Kids, or gummy bears! Another phenomenal choice – York Peppermint Patties.
Halloween Candy Cupcakes
Similar idea to the brownies, but in cupcake form. Make your favorite cupcakes and top with frosting. Then, replace the sprinkles with your favorite Halloween candy or chocolates. Voila!
Rice Krispie Trick or Treats
Rice Krispie treats are such an easy treat to make. Melt some butter, melt in a package of marshmallows, stir in your Rice Krispies, and smush into a lightly greased pan.
While the mixture is still warm (but not too hot – you want the mixture to be flexible but not to melt the candy), gently push in your favorite candy or chocolate into the top layer. Fun to make, delicious to eat.
Graveyard Dirt Cups
Remember these being all the rage at kids’ Halloween parties? We certainly do. You can make these in a multitude of ways, but generally speaking, you’ll need chocolate pudding mix, Cool Whip or whipped cream, milk, Oreos, gummy worms, and clear cups or containers.
Make the chocolate pudding and gently fold in the whipped cream. Layer the pudding and the crumbled-up Oreos in 2-3 layers each, then top with your gummy worms. But why stop with gummy worms? Check out our amazing seasonal candy aisle for lots of other Halloween-themed candies to add to your dirt cups!
Halloween Candy Bark
There are so many delicious chocolate bark recipes out there, so bust out your favorite and get to making! If you don’t have a fave, here’s a simple how-to.
Pour a package of chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. Boil a small pot of water (only 1/3 filled) on the stove, and place the bowl on top. Turn the heat to low and stir the chocolate chips until fully melted. (Baking trick – don’t melt chocolate chips in the microwave, they heat unevenly and can easily burn).
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the melted chocolate onto the paper. Spread with a spatula until about ¼ inch thick. While the chocolate is still melted, but not too hot, sprinkle or place your preferred treats onto the chocolate. Keep it spooky by adding candy eyes – your bark will stare back at you! Lastly, pop it into the refrigerator to harden.
If you and your neighborhood are trick-or-treating this year, here are just a few ideas to keep things a bit safer:
- Set up a candy table in front of your house with pieces of candy spread apart. That way, children can pick up just their own without putting their hands in a bowl and touching everything else.
- Rather than coming directly up to your door, have the kids in the neighborhood do a costume parade down the street or around the block.
However you decide to participate this year, we hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!