Are you in search of some great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating this year, I have heard when out grocery shopping parents talking about if it is safe for their children to go out trick or treating or not? So hearing this inspired me to write this article, and today we are going to look at some ways to celebrate this holiday at home.
What Parents Need To Consider
I just read this article with tips for parents on participating in the traditional Halloween celebrating, so what I am going to share with you came from the website ABC.go news. What you are going to read below came from Dr. Edith Brancho-Sanchez, and here is the prescription straight from the doctor.
- The very first thing to consider according to Dr. Edith is how the virus is affecting your own community, You want to look for a 5% or less of people testing positive to the COVID-19 virus, and of course, as the doctor suggests in her article the lower the percentage the safer it will be for your child.
- Dr. Edith’s next suggestion is to consider your family situation, and the first she shares in the article is are there any pregnant women living in your home? Other members that are high-risk are very young children such as infants and toddlers, you also want to be aware if you have any seniors living with you with chronic autoimmune health problems.
- It is very important for you to come up with a good plan, and one of the ways she recommends is talking to your neighbors. How can your neighborhood celebrate Halloween, but still stay as safe as possible?
- The first part of your plan must be how to keep social distancing and secondly, how to give out the goodies to the children?
- Everyone must wear masks to participate, plus the homes with high-risk people living there might not want to be involved this year. So you need a system to alert everyone who is going to give out candy and who is not, and some of your neighbors might be interested in setting out their treats instead of Halloweeners coming to their door?
- Next, the doctor recommends everyone get a flu shot, and this is not to protect you from the COVID-19 but the regular flu is going to be around as well at this time.
- Another suggestion is to set up a hand sanitizer for the children before they can receive their treats from you, also going with individually wrapped treats is highly recommended.
Dr. Edith concludes her article stating that even if you do all the things she suggests above, you still could get the virus, so these are the things parents need to consider before Halloween arrives.
I really enjoy sharing quotes with you in my articles, and I hope this is something you enjoy as well and look forward to. I would love you to share some of your favorites with me as well, so feel free to leave them in my comments at the end of this article.
“HALLOWEEN WAS CONFUSING. ALL MY LIFE MY PARENTS SAID, ‘NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM STRANGERS.’ AND THEN THEY DRESSED ME UP AND SAID, ‘GO BEG FOR IT.’ I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO! I KNOCK ON PEOPLE’S DOORS AND GO, ‘TRICK OR TREAT… NO THANK YOU.’” – RITA RUDNER
“WEREWOLVES HOWL. PHANTOMS PROWL. HALLOWEEN’S UPON US NOW.” – RICHELLE E. GOODRICH
“STICKY FINGERS, TIRED FEET; ONE LAST HOUSE, TRICK OR TREAT!” – RUSTY FISCHER
“SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN FOR HALLOWEEN, AND SOME ARE JUST COUNTING THE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.” – STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES
Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Decorating
We all know how this is a tradition many of our children look forward to each year, and in fact, I am sure there are many adults who can’t wait to show off their creativity. You don’t have to carve a jack o lantern, you are able to participate in this tradition in many other ways. Below are some of DIY Networks ideas that might interest you, and at the least get you inspired with some ideas of your own.
- Spooky Skull Lantern
- Sergent Jack O Lantern
- Initial Pumpkin Idea
- Hungry Jack O Lantern
- Owl Pumpkin
- Jungle Fever Ape
- Pumpkin Family
- Cat Lovers
- Black Cats
- Spider and Web Design
- Tatoo Decorative Design
- White Swirl Decor
- Homemade Pumpkin Candy Bowl
- The Jamaican
- Wicked Witch
- Fabric Embellishment
- Centerpiece Project
- Peek-a-Boo Gourds
For step-by-step instructions on how to complete any of these DIY projects just use the link above that will take you to DIY Network. So what did you think of our first great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating ideas, I would love to hear from you by leaving me a comment at the end of this article.
More Halloween Activities To Explore
Next, I am going to share some ideas from Pathways.org, and if you find any of these interesting and desire to learn more I inserted a link above for you.
- Decorating Pumpkins once again is mentioned in their article as well, so this sounds to be something we all should make a point to add to our stay at home Halloween ideas.
- Corn Mazes is their next suggestion, you would need to plan this in the spring or contact a farmer who might allow you to set up a corn maze.
- Haunted Houses are always a fun option, but with the COVID-19 virus, I doubt if any haunted houses are going to be open this year?
- Scavenger Hunts is their next suggestion in their article, and this is always a great choice for kids. You could replace trick or treating with a scavenger hunt, and the children could fill their bags with what they can find.
- Werewolf Tag is a new one for me, how about you? So if you are interested in how this works, I recommend you visit their website with the link above.
- Flashlight Tag is another good idea that children would love, so we are getting some interesting alternatives for Halloween now.
- Lantern Making sounds like a great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating to me, and if you are like me I am really interested in learning more about making a lantern.
Now we have some more ideas we can consider if we must celebrate at home this year, and with the ideas so far I am sure the children will have a great time.
Cupcakes Instead Of Giving Out Candy
Everyone knows how children go crazy for cupcakes, and you could surprise all the kids in your neighborhood with these instead of giving them candy. I just happen to have a recipe for you, so let us see what we need to get started.
What You Need
- 1 Cup Softened Butter
- 2 Cups of Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup of Milk
- Zest of One Orange Finely Grated
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Orange Juice
- 3 Drops of Orange Liquid Food Coloring
- 3 Cups of Soft All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Orange Flavoring
- Paper Baking Cupcake Cups
- Vegetable Cooking Spray
- Halloween Orange Frosting
- 1/2 Cup of Whipping Cream
- 2 Teaspoons of Orange Flavoring
- 1 cup Butter Softened
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
- 2 16 Ounce Packages of Powdered Sugar
- 6 Tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice
- 2-4 Drops of Liquid Orange Food Coloring
- Assorted Candies
- Candy Sticks
Gee whiz, I never realized how many ingredients it requires for cupcakes before now, and if I add known all the ingredients it took I would have appreciated more when my grandmother made them for me as a boy.
Let’s Get To Making Cupcakes
- The easy part to get started heat your oven to 350 degrees
- You are going now to beat the butter and sugar at medium speed with your electric mixer until your mixture is creamy, now you are ready to add your eggs one at a time.
- Add your milk and the next 3 ingredients in a small bowl,
- Combine your flour, baking powder, and salt, and now you will add to your butter mixture alternately with your milk mixture.
- Beat at slow speed until blended after each addition, stir in your orange flavoring next.
- Place the paper baking cups in 2- 12 cup muffin pans and be sure to coat with the cooking spray, spoon your mixture into cups up to 2/3 full.
- Bake between 12-15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean, you will allow cooling for approximately 10 minutes.
- Time to prepare the frosting, you will beat the first four ingredients at medium speed with your electric mixer until creamy.
- Gradually add your powdered sugar, beat at low speed until blended well. Beat at high speed now approximately 2 minutes or until creamy, add your juice and food coloring. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until blended well, beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy.
- You are going to be filling each cupcake with your Halloween orange frosting, read on to learn how to do this.
- Insert the end of a wooden spoon in the center of the cupcake, you will now fill a zip-lock freezer bag with your filling or frosting.
- Snip about 1/4 of one corner of the zip-lock freezer bag, and next just fit the corner of the bag into the hole in the center of your cupcake. Squeeze very gently until filling or frosting comes to the top of the cupcake, you are ready to frost your cupcakes next.
- Frost each cupcake with a metal knife, and then top off with your assorted candies, sprinkles, and one of the candy sticks.
Whew, this is a lot of work for the little ghosts and goblins, and now I appreciate my grandmother’s cupcakes even more than ever after learning how much work she went through to make these for me. I inserted a link below just in case you wish to go on the website, and I thank you for reading great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating so far.
Halloween Decorating Ideas
Just in case you are wondering why I included this paragraph on decorating, I can remember as a boy many of my friends would have this tradition. Their entire family got together and made their home spooky indoors and outdoors, and I always thought this was something special I wish my own family had done. So here are some ideas I found to share with you, and possibly you can make this your own family tradition this year.
- Skeleton Wall Art
- Pumpkin Decorating
- Front Porch
- Zombie Party Sugar Cookies
- Halloween Wall Decorating
- Oreo Monster Cookies
- Pumpkin Carving Made Easy
- Wall Decorating
- Cupcake Decorating
- Hanging Spiders
- Spider Webs
- Fright Lights Pumpkins
- Halloween Car Kits
As I was shopping around for you, I noticed if you purchase the kits you are going to get more for your money. So I suggest you check this out before buying anything from now on, and even more so with Christmas right around the corner.
Time For Our Prayer Of The Day
It is about that time once again for our prayer of the day, and I thank all of you who visited Free Family Solutions. I encourage you to leave me a comment or two, you will be helping my website as well as I would be happy to hear from you. It reassures me people are reading my articles and I am helping them, so if you have a few minutes leave a comment would be much appreciated.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray.
And do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God
thrust into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
for the ruin of souls.
Before I conclude this article you might be interested in reading another article I wrote by the title of Stay At Home Halloween Ideas, but if not I will not be offended and I thank you for reading this article more than words can express.
Great Family Halloween Activities Beyond Trick or Treating
I really hope where you are living is safe enough for your children to be able to enjoy our tradition, but if not I hope this article has provided you some alternative options. The werewolf tag sounds like something the majority of children would love, and after that maybe the scavenger hunt to fill up their Halloween treat bags would be an option. Know I am praying for all of you and your children each and every day, we must stick together to get through this crazy time in all of our lives right now.