Halloween at Home

29/10/2020
General

Halloween 2020 has the potential to be one of the best yet, so don’t let the covid restrictions wherever you happen to be put a dampener on your celebrations. Just because we need to remain socially distanced this year doesn't mean Halloween is cancelled, it just means we need to brainstorm creative quarantine Halloween ideas to ensure this year’s festivities stand out for all the right reasons.

Halloween this year falls on a Saturday which means we get a whole day to fill with treats (or tricks!) costumes and crafts – no need to wait for the end of the work or school day, so why not encourage everyone in your home to get in character from the moment they wake up.  Have costumes at the ready and make sure you’ve got plenty of face paint so that everyone, no matter their age, can have fun creating their own monstrous make-up look!  There’s no need to spend a fortune on costumes either when part of the fun can be making your own; black craft paper can easily be transformed into a witches hat, and even the most reluctant fancy dresser can have a sheet thrown over them to magically transform them into a ghoulish ghost!

Now that you’re dressed to kill you’ll need to make sure your home is devilishly decked out to match.  The number one Halloween craft surely has to be pumpkin carving, so why not have some extra fun by turning it into a competition? The carvers of the best/worst/scariest pumpkins can all be presented with a prize and you’ll have some amazing jack-o’-lanterns to illuminate your home with their flickering light once darkness falls. Don’t let the pumpkin insides go to waste either. Now is the chance to conjure some tasty treats for all the family – pumpkin pie is a delicious American sweet treat, or if you prefer what about soup, served in a pumpkin carved as a creepy cauldron? Why not try baking some cookies for the children to enjoy icing with their very own scary designs.  Not only are they tasty, but they can also be threaded on to strings to create your very own eery edible bunting! Combined with all the obligatory Halloween sweets, your terrifying table is sure to be groaning under the weight of all these delicious delights.

To make Halloween 2020 even spookier, did you know that this year it coincides with a full moon? When we think of “All Hallow’s Eve”, many of us conjure up terrifying images of werewolves, goblins, zombies, and other scary things that go “bump” in the night, all lit up by a spooky full moon. But how common is a Halloween full moon? While most years have 12 full moons, some years have 13 meaning that some months will see two full moons, with the second known as a Blue Moon. This year features an ‘unlucky for some’ 13, with Halloween featuring the second of two full moons in October, known as the Blue Hunter's Moon.  If all this wasn’t eerily unusual enough, the last time there was a Blue Moon at Halloween was 1974. Proof once again that 2020 really is throwing some ‘once in a Blue Moon’ events at us!

Forget everything you know about how the 31st October is traditionally celebrated; hopefully these haunting Halloween ideas will help you have a spooky socially distanced celebration at home and make Halloween 2020 an event to remember for all the right reasons.