To say this year has been crazy would be an understatement. From finding new ways to navigate life to staying connected at a safe distance, it’s definitely been an adjustment!

In my opinion, some of the hardest times have been around holidays. Specifically, not holding Memorial Day barbecues and not attending our local fireworks display for the Fourth of July.

With Halloween coming up, my mind wanders to “how can I make this seem as normal as possible?” for myself, my family and for the kids in our community.

Here’s a photo of the Halloween decorations at my home!

While, I’d love to keep up with regular holiday traditions, there are still restrictions on trick-or-treating and festive get-togethers. Because of this, “normal” likely won’t happen this time around.

With that said, I did some browsing to help us all celebrate Halloween at home in a fun and safe way.

Sure, the holiday won’t look exactly the same as it did before, but you never know… these additions may stick around for years to come!

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Halloween Decor Ideas for Your Home

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Halloween at home with some indoor and outdoor decor. If you don’t have the chance to participate in regular Halloween activities, these ideas may brighten your mood!

Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens

I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but one of my favorite new decor ideas comes in the form of a Halloween Tree! It’s basically a Christmas tree filled with spooky ornaments, leaf garland and anything that reminds you of Halloween.

If you didn’t already take a look at my blog, there are a bunch of fun ways you can decorate your tree while repurposing it for future holidays!

Find some colored bulbs HERE.

New York magazine listed a bunch of Halloween decor ideas — and all of them are recommended by haunted house designers and architects. Talk about listening to the pros!

I love the idea of changing out your lightbulbs to creepy colors like green, orange, purple and red. And putting a fog machine by the door sounds like the perfect way to give your yard an eerie feel!

Here’s how you can create this topiary!

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog dedicated to pumpkins. It includes a bunch of ideas to help you decorate with pumpkins around your home — and there are a few Halloween-inspired pumpkins too!

One of my favorites is the pumpkin topiary. It’s actually pretty simple to make and it screams “Halloween!” You can find specific details about the craft on the All Things Target website. You can also click on the blue text under the photo above to get step-by-step instructions!

Find all the ideas HERE. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Okay, I LOVE this decor list from Town and Country because it includes decorations that are both classic and chic. You know how much I love my traditional coastal decor, so this list immediately caught my attention.

You’ll have to take a look yourself (click on the blue text under the photo above), but my favorite ideas include the rustic wreath and the flying pumpkin ghosts and bats!

Safe Activities to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Decor will put you in the Halloween mood. But, if you really want to make the most of the holiday you can get the family together for a fun night of home activities!

I found this idea on the Delish site and knew it should be shared! Every year, new candy hits the shelves and some of them come with seriously unique flavor profiles.

Put all the new candy to the test with a few classics in a Halloween at home taste test! You can even create notecards for your rankings. Will your palate match up to everyone else’s?

Here’s a fun idea… get the entire family involved in a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt! Not only is it engaging, but you can make it as short or as long as you need.

I like the idea of creating handwritten letters with hints to the next object. You can also burn the edges of the paper to give it a distressed look.

Want to add a tech component to the hunt? Ask your scavengers to take photos and videos of their fun along the way!

Here’s a photo of my kiddos when they were younger!

You can’t have Halloween without a classic costume contest! Even if you aren’t showing it off at a party or in the neighborhood, it’s bound to bring out everyone’s creativity.

If you’d like to add a new dimension to the contest, you can set some rules. Here are some that might be interesting!

1. Use things from around the house to create your costume.
2. The costume has to be pop culture-based (movies, shows, celebrities, etc.)
3. Every family member has to choose an unknown costume from a bucket.

Fill your ghosting bag with toys and trinkets!

This one is from Good Housekeeping but it’s been around for a while! It’s called “ghosting” (some people call it booing) and it’s a great way to keep the neighborhood engaged in a socially distant way.

Start by creating a bag of goodies filled with candy, toys or anything you have around the house. Next, include a note telling them to pass it onto another neighbor.

When you get ghosted, put the letter in your window to let everyone know you’ve been hit! That way the entire neighborhood can receive a goodie bag.

I found a cute pack of toys and trinkets from Walmart so that you can add some more fun to your candy bag!

My Favorite Halloween Movies and Treats

Nothing beats a classic Halloween Movie with the family. Some of my personal favorites include Hocus Pocus, E.T. and The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

While watching your favorite spooky film, you can make some tasty Halloween treats that the whole family will love.

Find everything you need HERE.

I discovered this idea a few days ago and thought it was so creative. It’s kind of like my holiday charcuterie board but designed specifically for Halloween!

While you can change up the plate to include your favorite treats, Jennifer Maune added mini peanut butter cups, popcorn, jelly pumpkins and more. It gives you the chance to be creative while pleasing everyone with their go-to snacks!

Find the full recipe on Served Up With Love.

If you’re in need of something more substantial around dinner time, you might want to take a look at these adorable Mummy Dogs from Served Up With Love.

All you’ll need is one can of crescent rolls or breadsticks and a pack of hot dogs. You can also add the optional cheese slices and candy eyes.

With the crescent roll sheet laying flat, cut it into strips. Take a naked hot dog and wrap it with one of the strips, leaving a little space at the top for eyes. When all the hot dogs are wrapped, pop the baking sheet in the oven for 13-17 minutes on 375-degrees. Delish!

My super simple Harvest Mix.

And of course, there’s my Harvest Mix that is super easy to munch on if you’re sitting on the couch. This is everything you need!

  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup plain m&m’s

Just stir it all together and set it in a dish for everyone to enjoy!

Trick-or-Treating In a New Way

If you neighborhood is allowing trick-or-treating and you feel comfortable handing out candy, there’s no reason you should hold back! Just make sure to wear a mask and adhere to guidelines so that everyone can have fun in a safe way.

Recently, the CDC released an article that dives into ways you can celebrate Halloween safely without sacrificing all the fun.

If you have kids coming to the door, make sure to give out treats outdoors. You can also set up a station with individually bagged treats so no one is digging in a giant bowl.

As always, make sure to wash your hands before distributing candy or pre-made bags.

If you are attending an event, try to stay at least six feet away from people who don’t live with you. And to make you feel more comfortable, it’s always a good idea to carry around some hand sanitizer!

Find the hand sanitizer HERE.

I love this spooky set of hand sanitizer bottles from Livie Sweet Designs because they’re the perfect size to put in your pocket! Plus, they’re easy to fill from a larger hand sanitizer bottle.

Find the mask HERE.

I also found some festive Halloween masks that you can wear when going door-to-door or handing out candy. A costume and a mask in one? Im all for it!

How do you plan to celebrate Halloween at home this year? Do you have some standout decorations or some fun-filled activities? I’d love to hear your ideas before the 31st!

From my Halloween home to yours,

Jill

Find more Halloween stories here:
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A Halloween Tree is The Decor Trend You Need This Fall

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