10 ideas for how to celebrate Halloween in lockdown


With many parts of the UK back under tighter lockdown measures, Halloween this year is set to be a much calmer, quieter night than normal. 

While parties, fright nights, and trick or treating may be off the cards for many, there are still lots of ways you can celebrate the spooky season. 

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Halloween without breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions.  

Movie night 

For those under strict Tier 3 measures, this Halloween is likely going to be spent mostly at home. 

Luckily, there is nothing better than getting cosy on a cold Halloween night to binge watch a stream of scary movies.

Have a horror movie marathon this Halloween

Netflix recently released the popular horror series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, just in time for a Halloween viewing. 

Pumpkin picking 

There are plenty of pumpkin patches popping up around the UK where you can spend hours searching for the perfect pumpkin.

After a day out with your household, you can test your creativity as your carve your pumpkin into a masterpiece of your choice. 

Virtual Halloween quiz

The Zoom quizzes that were the highlight of most of our days in the early weeks of lockdown have since faded into oblivion, but as holiday season approaches it is likely that virtual parties will have to make a comeback. 

Test your friends on family on all things Halloween, from horror movies to real life ghost tales.

While the government may have limited all gatherings to groups of six, Zoom will allow you to see all your nearest and dearest in one virtual place. 

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Face painting 

Face painting is a great way to keep your kids busy over the holidays, and also a fun activity for parents to show off their creativity. 

For those who are not natural painters, YouTube is full of great face painting tutorials to help you create the perfect spooky look.

Dinner for Six

For those lucky enough to live in parts of the country under Tier One restrictions, you can still meet indoors in groups of up to six people. 

You can continue to make the most of the holiday by dressing up, decorating the table and serving Halloween themed foods.  

DIY costume 

Just because you can’t go out and show off your scary look to crowds of people, doesn’t mean you can’t still put in the effort.

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Some areas of the UK are being advised to keep their kids home this Halloween – but you can still get dressed up

This year is the perfect time to get creative and test yourself to see what costume you can put together, even if you are just going to sit in the house afterwards. 

Decorate your home 

People in the UK don’t normally decorate the house at Halloween as much as other holidays, but as many will be spending much more time at home than normal this year, it is the perfect time to transform your home into your own haunted house. 

Get baking  

For those of us who perfected banana bread earlier this year, Halloween is a great opportunity to get the baking tins back out. 

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The internet is full of recipes and decoration ideas to transform normal sweets and cakes into Halloween themed treats.

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Challenge yourself to bake something spooky

You could even get your friends and family involved and have your own bake off competition to see who can create the best Halloween themed cake. 

Scavenger hunt 

Set up a scavenger hunt around the house or outside, if the weather allows for it, to keep kids and even adults entertained for hours. 

Tell ghost stories around the bonfire 

Luckily for scary-story fans, this Halloween tradition can continue in line with coronavirus guidance. 

Areas under Tier One and Tier Two restrictions can still meet in groups of six people outside, meaning you can still gather with your friends to tell ghost stories around the fire this Halloween.





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