10 Spooky and Socially Distant Halloween Activities for Kids

Haley Zapal | October 29, 2020 | Parenting Tips

Halloween 2020 is primed to be an extra-spooky affair this year! Saturday, October 31 is not only on a weekend, but there’s also going to be a full moon — a perfect backdrop for all sorts of fun Halloween activities for kids. And while this holiday won’t look like Halloweens of years‘ past due to COVID-19, we’ve scared up 10 fun and socially distant Halloween activities to keep your kids busy and in the spirit. Read on — if you dare!

1. Play neighborhood haunted house bingo

Take these blank bingo cards (or draw a grid on paper) and fill in common outdoor Halloween decorations like witches, pumpkins, skeletons, graves, and more, and then challenge your kids to venture out into the neighborhood to see who can fill their card up first!

2. Hold a zoom scary story hour

Dim the lights, grab a flashlight, cuddle up in a blanket, and hold an old-fashioned (but socially distant) campfire storytime with some of your kid’s best friends and family members. Have everyone use their imaginations or check out this list of kid-friendly spooky stories from KOA.

3. Make an ooey-gooey treat

We all know how much kids like making slime, and Halloween is the perfect time to whip up some equally gross and weird concoctions — except these are edible! This list of 55 recipes ranges from edible pastry eyeballs and black cat cookies to icky intestine bread and boo-scotti treats.

4. Mix up a spooky Halloween playlist

Challenge your kids to go beyond the standard Halloween jams like “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” and have them create their own spooky music playlists using streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, or Apple Music. If they need inspiration, there are tons of pre-made ones to help you set the mood.

5. Hold a haunted photoshoot

There’s no denying that black-and-white photos from 100 years ago can definitely be a little creepy. Download the TinType app (available for iOS for $0.99) and have your kids dress up in their most formal clothes. Then, sit back and relax as they spend hours seeing who can take the creepiest photo.

6. Stream a delightfully scary movie

Your kids will never understand what it was like to search the TV listings in the paper or on the preview channel to find out when all of the best Halloween specials and movies were going to be on TV. Right now, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ have thousands of hours of Halloween movies and shows to dive into — we recommend classics like Hocus Pocus and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

7. Create something scary with old-timey paper

Get your kids’ creative juices flowing with this craft that involves soaking sheets of paper in tea. Once they dry, you’ll be left with the perfect medium for drafting spooky stories or a drawing of a haunted house.

8. Get neighbors to parade their costumes

Are your kids eager to see their friendly neighborhood Spiderman? We don’t blame them! Consider asking everyone on your block or in your building to meet outside with their costumes so kids can still show off their favorite superhero or monster.

9. Create a gross-out box guessing game

This one may be more fun for the parents! Grab a few boxes and cut a hole into the top of each. Fill them with common household foods and objects that can be mistaken for body parts. Peeled grapes for eyes! Dried apricots for ears! Cooked spaghetti for guts! Get ready to watch your kids squirm as they guess what each box contains.

10. Dig up ’80s and ’90s Halloween memories on YouTube

Share what Halloween was like when you were a kid with a deep dive into the YouTube archives. You can find old shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, along with classic Halloween commercials from the ’80s and ’90s that are sure to send you down memory lane.

Enjoy These Halloween Activities for Kids

This year’s big, spooky night may not look like the ones we’re all used to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun! Whether your family fills their goody bags with treats launched from your neighbor’s slingshot or you all stay cozied up at home with a scary movie, we hope these socially distant Halloween activities for kids can help you have a spook-tastic evening.

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