Halloween 2021 is going to be a little different again this year with the pandemic but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or you need to cancel. With a few precautions and some creative Halloween Social Distancing ideas and activities, it can still be a Halloween the kids can look forward to.
Create an unforgettable Halloween 2021 with cool Halloween activities, crafts, games & virtual party ideas. Follow along to find fun things to do at home and in your community safely this Halloween.
The best part is many of the Halloween activities you can continue to do after Covid and make them your new family Halloween traditions.
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Fun Halloween Social Distancing Ideas for Kids
Let’s get you ready to have a fabulous Halloween in 2021! Look through our list of 15 Halloween kid’s activities your family can enjoy together. Find a few unique ways to celebrate this year with Halloween social distancing ideas your kids will love.
Go Big on Halloween Yard Decorations
Get into the Halloween spirit this year with Halloween yard decorations. Embrace the tradition of decorating your house for Halloween. It’s an easy Halloween social distancing idea that will bring joy to the whole neighborhood.
Let the kids help you decorate your yard and make it a family affair. They’ll love getting outside and helping you set up your yard displays.
Get your neighborhood to hold a contest for who has the best front yard Halloween displays. All the neighborhood kids will love taking walks by your house.
Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your house too! If you don’t have time to shop try Decocrated a cool decor subscription box that sends you 6-8 cute holiday decorations 4 times a year. So you don’t have to shop it just arrives at your door!
Save Money with our Fall Decorations from Dollar Tree.
Head to Your Local Pumpkin Patch
Let the kids put on masks and head to your local outdoor pumpkin patch to find a great pumpkin this year. This is a tradition you don’t have to give up.
Carve Jack O Lanterns
Get more creative this year with your pumpkin carvings. You can use traceable pumpkin stencils to create fun faces and scenes on your pumpkins. Put them out on your porch before Halloween to show off your cool creations.
Organize a Neighborhood Parade
Another fun Halloween social distancing idea is hosting a Halloween Parade. Let the kids show off their costumes this year just more spaced out.
Kids and parents can put on their costumes and walk down the sidewalk spaced out from other families. Have the neighbors come out on their porches to cheer on the parade.
Don’t forget to pick up fun Halloween Costumes for your kids. We found a great Halloween discount site we love and you might too. See if Halloween Costumes has that cool costume your kids really want this year!
More Holiday Ideas – 24 Socially Distanced Christmas Activities for Families
Play Halloween Bingo
Play a fun family game of Halloween Bingo with your kids. You can all play together by placing your cut-out bingo pictures in a bowl and calling them out for everyone to mark down.
It’s also an easy game to socially distance if you need a school party game.
Another great way to get your neighbors involved is to organize a pumpkin walk. The week of Halloween have everyone in your neighborhood carve pumpkins and put them out on their front porches.
Then take family walks through your neighborhood to look at everyone’s pumpkin creations.
Or host a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt. Use this free printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt to inspire items for your neighbors to put in their yard displays.
Families can walk around or drive on their own searching for the items in the yard displays.
Have a Family Game Night
Enjoy a night at home playing fun family games together. You kids will have a blast!
Make some yummy Halloween treats and fun dinner to make it a whole night of fun.
Don’t have time to plan a family game night? No problem make it easy with our Complete Family Game Night Planner with a full year of monthly game nights already planned for you. Just print it out and you’re ready to play!
Check it out and see if the Family Game Night Planner is for you!
Virtual Zoom Halloween Party
Don’t miss out on Halloween parties this year host a virtual party on Zoom. The kids will love celebrating with their friends and showing off their costumes online. Then play a few fun Zoom Games to keep kids entertained.
Older Kids – Use Halloween-themed words to play games like Charades and Pictionary and Halloween-themed questions in a round of Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader.
Younger kids – Create a fun virtual scavenger hunt finding items around their house. The first one back with the item wins the round.
Scavenger Hunt ideas – Find things that are orange, pumpkins, a witch, a piece of candy, a cat, something spooky, etc. Find more ideas in our Zoom Scavenger Hunts to do online with your friends.
Don’t forget to decorate the background of your Zoom view to add to the fun. Put up Halloween signs on the wall behind you or hang ghosts or witches from the ceiling. The kids will enjoy helping you with this too.
Take a look at our Games to Play on Zoom with Kids to get more game ideas.
Fun Halloween Masks
Embrace the masks for social distancing with cool Halloween masks to wear during the month of October. Make sure they’re not too scary.
Social Distanced Trick or Treating
This year going to strangers’ houses to trick or treat might not work. Instead, talk to families in your circle you feel comfortable with about leaving candy out on their porch for your kids.
Instead of a bowl to dig through lay the candy out flat on a tray. Another fun idea is to add the candy to your Halloween Yard display. Then invite one family at a time to hunt for candy in your yard.
With Halloween falling on Sunday this year you’ll have more time in the day to space out-groups. Then trade-off with other families so your kids get to find candy in their yards too.
You could also place small Halloween goody bags on the yard display and let kids know they could find one to take home.
We did this in 2020 and it was so much fun! The kids loved picking a bag off the tree.
Pick up clothes pins at Dollar Tree and click goody bags to a small tree, bush, a large board you create, or yard display.
If you don’t have a tree to hang the candy on add the candy to a potted plant by your door outside. Last year I made this cute Halloween tree I picked up at Target but I also found cute ones on Amazon.
The kids loved it so I am going to trying it again this year. It’s also a great way to leave candy out for trick or treaters when you are out trick or treating with your own kids.
To hang the candy just punch a hole in the candy wrapper. Then spread out some webbing to make it seem spooky. Leave it at the end of your driveway and kids can walk up and grab candy.
Instead of candy consider giving out pencils or small Halloween party favors parents can wipe down before the kids play with it.
It’s not exactly the traditional trick or treating but it will let kids wear their costumes, go outside and get candy. The kids will love it!
Make sure to find that awesome Halloween costume your kids want to wear this year too. We’ve found all our kid’s favorites at Halloween Costumes.com a great Halloween discount site.
Glow in the Dark Halloween Hunt
Fun Halloween social distancing ideas to do at home is to create a Halloween hunt in your backyard.
Have the kids go out at night and search for the glowing pumpkins in your backyard. This would be really fun on Halloween night too.
You’ve Been Booed
A fun Halloween tradition you can still do is the You’ve Been Booed game. Families fill a cute Halloween bag with candy and leave it on their friend’s porch with a You’ve Been BOOED tag. The family who receives it passes it forward by creating a gift bag of their own to leave on another friend’s porch.
This is usually done anonymously but this year I would let the parents know you are going to do this to make sure they’re comfortable. It can still be an exciting surprise for the kiddos!
Get our Free Printable You’ve Been BOOED Sign
Halloween Movie Night
Make it a fun family night in with a Halloween movie night. Pop some popcorn and enjoy some Halloween candy while you watch.
Family Halloween Movie Ideas: Hocus Pocus, Toy Story Terror, The Adams Family, Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Scooby-Doo, Gremlins, Hotel Transylvania, Casper, Mickie’s House of Villians
Fall Foliage Drive
Take a family drive to see the leaves change. Head to your local state park or National Park and take in the beauty of fall. Make it a full day with a fun family hike through the forest.
Kids can collect leaves and make rubbings or a collage when they get home. Just place the leaf under a piece of paper and rub a crayon over the outline to create your rubbing.
Find out when the leaves will change on the Farmer’s Almanac Fall Foliage Predictor.
Halloween Gingerbread House or Donut Kits
Add some fun with a Halloween-themed Gingerbread kit to make together as a family. Or reach out to your local Donut shop and see if they make Donut kits for Halloween.
The kids will love putting on their own frosting and decorations.
Halloween Mystery Boxes
Kids will be in stitches guessing what is inside these Halloween Mystery Boxes.
Is it brains, witches’ fingers, guts, monster teeth, or spiders? Let them feel around inside the box and squeal as they feel what’s in there.
The Mystery boxes are super easy to make with a tissue box and a couple of ingredients you have at home like grapes, spaghetti, and candy corn.
Get the kids into the Halloween spirit with some fun Halloween crafts at home.
Pumpkins – Let kids paint a paper plate orange. When it dries glue on cut-out construction paper to make eyes, nose, and mouth. Finish the top with a green stem.
Spiders – Make a large circle by wrapping two pipe cleaners for the body. Cut small legs out of a black pipe cleaner. Glue the pipe cleaners’ legs to the body of the spider.
Monsters & Bats – Wrap a paper towel or toilet paper roll with construction paper. Glue on google eyes and cut out construction paper shapes for the mouth, teeth, and crazy hair to make monsters. To make bats glue on construction paper wings.
Ghosts – Place a white napkin over a lollipop. Then tie a ribbon under the lollipop to make it look like a ghost. Use a marker to draw eyes and then tie up the ghost to hang from the ceiling.
Leaf Collage – Collect colorful leaves in your backyard or on a family walk. Then paste them to a large piece of construction paper to make a leaf collage.
Find cheap Halloween crafts at Dollar Tree too!
Food always makes a holiday special. This Halloween create some yummy dishes together with a Halloween & Fall theme. Turn it into a family activity by letting the kids help too.
Pumpkin Cookies – Let the kids help you mix these easy Cake Mix Pumpkin Cookies with only 3 ingredients. You’ll be craving them all fall.
Oreo Balls – This no-bake dessert is super easy to create and fun for the kids to decorate. Use the Oreo Balls outside candy layer to make different colors and add decorations for Halloween.
Mummy Hot Dogs – Wrap a hot dog in Pillsbury crescent rolls that you cut into thin strips to look like a mummy.
Leave a space between the strips to look like bandages. Place candy eyes at the top of the face.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
Pumpkin Quesadilla – Turn a regular quesadilla into a Halloween dinner by using a knife to cut out a pumpkin face on the top tortilla.
Halloween Pasta – Turn your pasta green with a little food dye and have it spilling out of hollowed-out orange bell pepper.
Make spaghetti and eyeball meatballs. To make eyeballs cut up cheese sticks and add a round piece of black olive on top.
More Fall Family Activities
Enjoy all of Autumn with an exciting family Halloween activity every weekend.
Get outside and build a scarecrow, jump in the leaves, go apple picking, and more. Indoors play family games with pumpkin bowls, pumpkin toss bean bags, and Left Center Right with Halloween candy.
Get inspired with our 40 Awesome Fall Activities for Kids and free printable bucket list.
Be ready for Christmas this year too – 24 Christmas Activities for Families while Social Distancing & Minute to Win It Christmas Games for Families.
I hope these Halloween Social Distancing Ideas have gotten you excited about celebrating Halloween with your kids. Don’t let Covid-19 keep you from having an amazing Halloween. Use these fun Halloween activities for kids to make great memories for your family this year.
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