Halloween might look different this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

Let’s face it, COVID-19 has upended a lot of normal routines in our lives. With Halloween just around the corner, you’re wondering if it’s possible to celebrate in the midst of the pandemic. 

Great news  — Halloween isn’t cancelled! There are still lots of fun, spooky activities that you can do safely from home. It just requires a little flexibility and creativity.

Let’s check out 10 fun ideas for celebrating Halloween in quarantine. These activities will be a blast for your whole family, and they might even make for the best Halloween ever

How to Enjoy Halloween this year. 

1. Decorate!

Go big on decorations. So you’ve always wanted to buy a fog machine? Now’s the time to go for it. Don’t hold back – decorations are super important for getting into a festive mood. 

Consider the following Halloween décor ideas for a spooky and fun atmosphere:

  • Fake cobwebs and spiders
  • Skulls and skeletons
  • Hanging ghosts
  • Halloween inflatables
  • Motion activated props
  • Fall-scented candles 
  • Carved pumpkins
  • Hay
  • Yard signs
  • Window decals
  • Caution tape

Find good deals on Halloween decorations at a Goodwill Retail Store near you!

2. Carve Jack-o’-lanterns

Pumpkin carving is a classic Halloween tradition that even Covid can’t take away. Let your imagination run wild. 

If you need a little help deciding what to carve, stencils are fun. There’s also a lot of bewitching DIY pumpkin ideas on YouTube. Here’s a video with some great ideas. 

3. Make a Halloween Playlist

Get the celebration going with some Spooktacular hits. Play your favorites and have a family dance party, or a costume fashion show!

4. Host a Zoom Costume Party

You can host a costume or dance party on Zoom for friends and family. Have everyone show off their costumes on camera. Play your Halloween playlist, and see who has the best Monster Mash moves! 

Can’t decide what to wear? One popular idea this year is the Halloween ugly sweater. These are an easy way to get in the spooky spirit, without having to go all out on a costume. All you have to do is throw it on over a pair of jeans, and bam. Instant festivity! 

Consider adding some nail art if you’re feeling extra festive. Here’s some Halloween nail art ideas for beginners.

5. Hunt for Treasure 

Follow clues around the house to find your favorite candies and treats. You can even go for a drive around the neighborhood to find clues.

Need some inspiration? Pinterest has a lot of free printable scavenger hunt clues. Happy hunting! 

6. Watch Spooky Movies

Pop some popcorn, put out a bowl of candy and watch a scary movie. Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, you can even have a spooky movie marathon all day long. 

Looking for some family-friendly scary films? Here’s a list of flicks your whole family will enjoy. 

7. Drive Through a Haunted House

Drive-thru haunted houses are happening across the country, including in San Diego. 

The Scream Zone is a popular haunted experience for teens or older audiences. This year, they’re doing a Drive-Thru Scream Zone, Oct. 1-31 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Get ready for a fright!

8. Bake Some Halloween Goodies

Halloween isn’t just about candy…it’s the perfect time to get creative with baking! Your family will love Halloween-themed cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, or truffles. 

Pinterest is a great resource to find Halloween dessert ideas. You can find some easy ones that kids can make. Take a look and see if there’s a recipe that interests you.

9. Be a Mad Scientist

Halloween is the perfect excuse to whip up some crazy concoctions. My cousins loooove slime. Did you know you can make slime that glows in the dark? You can also try your hand at witch’s brew

There are tons of ways to get crafty and experiment. Check out these Halloween science experiments and art projects on Pinterest.

10. Decorate Face Masks

We have to wear face masks every day, why not make them fun? 

Start with a 3-layer face mask, and then add your own embellishments. You can find adhesive foam stickers in all kinds of Halloween shapes – pumpkins, ghosts, vampires, bats, cats, you name it. 

Then you can show off your spirit to the world!

Have a Fun Halloween in Quarantine

You might have to adapt your holiday traditions this year, but that doesn’t mean the holidays aren’t happening. 

The most important thing is that you’re safe, healthy and happy with your family. With an open mind, you can make Halloween 2020 just as fun as any other year. 

Happy Halloween!