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How to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Halloween of 2020 is going to be different than anything we have ever experienced before. The CDC has already put out their recommendations for how you can celebrate Halloween safely. Even so, there are plenty of people who are choosing to celebrate Halloween at home. A lot of towns are cancelling trick-or-treat, and the fun costume parties are no longer an option. But that doesn’t mean that Halloween can’t be fun. Here are some of the best tips and tricks on how to make the holiday fun and spooky for everyone in your household.

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Orange and white balloons decorated with Sharpie make a simple, cheap decoration. Credit: Shutterstock

Decorate Your Home With Affordable But Festive Items

Decorating your house with the holidays can help lighten the mood, and make Halloween a lot of fun. Even if you’re on a tight budget, it’s still totally possible to decorate your home from Halloween. There are a lot of cute options for just $1 each at The Dollar Tree, and there are lots of crafting ideas on both Pinterest and Facebook that can help inspire you to transform those affordable items into one larger craft. Even if you can’t buy anything new, re-use items you’ve had in previous years.

This adorable pumpkin spice latte is possible to make at home. Credit: Pexels

Make Halloween Themed Snacks and Drinks

Maybe you won’t come home with bags of Halloween candy, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally skip the sugar this year! Instead of relying on eating food at a party, take a quick browse on Pinterest for Halloween themed snacks. Embrace pumpkin spiced lattes, donuts, and cakes from your local grocery store. If you have kids, they would probably love to try baking Halloween themed sugar cookies, or baking cupcakes.

Carving a pumpkin can be a lot of fun. Credit: Pexels

Carve a Jack-O-Lantern With Your Kids

For an average of $5 to $10, you can buy a pumpkin at your grocery store. They’re very easy to carve, so long as you have a sharp knife at home to cut into the pumpkin. Depending on the variety you buy, it might even be possible for you to save the flesh and seeds to make snacks, later. Instead of using a real candle, I recommend buying a battery powered candle, instead. This way, you never have to worry about accidentally lighting something on fire.

Buy a Halloween Piñata

One of the best parts about trick-or-treating is that your kids can “earn” candy by walking around their neighborhood. If you want them to celebrate Halloween at home instead, consider buying a Halloween Piñata instead. You can find a lot of options at places like Party City, or buy one online. If you’re having a difficult time finding one available so close to the holiday, you can even follow this tutorial on YouTube to see how to make your own piñata at home.

Try Your Hand at Making Spooky Crafts

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be one of the most artistic people around, there are still plenty of cheap and easy Halloween crafts that you can make. For example, a big trend I’m seeing in 2020 is people tracing bats out of black construction paper. Download this free bat silhouette, and print out the shapes you like the most. Or, you can find some inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, and so many other platforms.

Halloween at home is so much better in fun pajamas. Credit: Shutterstock

Wear Halloween Themed PJ’s While You Watch Spooky Movies

Staying in all of Halloween night? Why not have some fun with Halloween themed PJ’s? After all, if you’re not going out, you might as well be as comfortable as possible. If you have a onesie, this is even better, because you can get all cuddly and cozy and still dress up like one of your favorite characters. Stores like Walmart and Target also sell Halloween themed pajamas this time of year, so go ahead and check out your spooky options. Click here to check out some of the newest Halloween onesies online.

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Give Yourself a Tarot or Oracle Card Reading

On Halloween, a lot of people like to try scary activities like trying out a Ouija board. Personally, I would recommend staying away from anything that might invite bad spirits into your home. As a matter of fact, check out our article called How To Spiritually Cleanse Your Home before you do anything remotely close to contacting the spirit world! If you insist on doing something spooky, I recommend giving yourself a tarot card reading, instead. And if even that sounds too scary, try out these special Halloween Oracle Cards.

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