Witches, zombies, corpse brides, skeletons and pumpkins are the main stars of this party. A story that is spookier than ever with the threat of lockdown looming closer each day. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Halloween is cancelled. There is still plenty of fun to be had, just not as we once knew it. With raucous Halloween parties, cozy bonfires and fright nights off-limits, and the possibility of even intimate dinner soirees being put on the back burner, one of the wildest nights of the year is looking, well, significantly less hectic.
So, how can we transform this Corona-fied night into a spooktacular event? Well, Halloween’s most traditional activity of trick or treating is not entirely dead. Still, for health concerns, we recommend a cozy Halloween at home. So, this post is a way to liven up your lockdown Halloween weekend without compromising on all the hocus-pocus shenanigans. Plus a few recipes that will be perfect for the big day.
Add to the spooky aesthetic with some decoraton .
It’s unlikely that anyone will be knocking on your door, so you’ve probably have forgotten about those plastic skeletons you saw on Amazon. But what is a Halloween night without some spooky decorations and scary spiders hanging from the ceiling? Filling your living room with different and unusual-looking pumpkins will give you the autumnal and festive mood for the day. And, even better, you can always cook your decorations later! So, while you’re preventing your pumpkins from ending up in a landfill, at the same time you get a delicious and healthy meal. A win-win in our books.
Carve some pumpkins!
Okay, you don’t need our help to figure out this one; it’s a classic Halloween activity for a reason! So maybe you can set aside a few pumpkins when you ‘art-attack’ your place. You can go either freehand if you’re that amazing, or print out one of the many templates floating around in the fantastic world of the interwebs. Even better, why not host your own virtual pumpkin carving contest with some family and friends!
Here are some of our favourite designs:
Virtual costume and makeup contest
At this point in the year you’re probably a little tired of Google Meet and Zoom, right? But don’t give up on the opportunities that virtual hangouts represent. Why not use your best costumes and host a virtual Halloween face-off with some mates and, if you dare, an online audience to improve your creative ability.
Like a Bake-Off, you could plan to create a homemade costume and compete to see who can pull off the best hat-trick. Or, “If you’re a bit of a technophobe and the idea of a virtual party is far too intimidating, why not create a spooky gallery and have everyone vote for the most terrifying.
Mix up some cocktails
To get the party truly started, there’s nothing better than serving some chilling cocktail for your inmates – oops, we meant your intimate friends. An all-time favourite is the haunting Halloween cocktail. To make your own shake 125ml black vodka, 250ml pomegranate juice, ice cubes, 4 dashes of orange bitters and some blackberries. Use some honey around the rim of a martini glass to make it even better!
If vodka isn’t your thing, swap it to a vampire-inspired cocktail, with champagne,25ml tequila and 20ml raspberry liqueur. Garnish with red sugar for the wow factor!
Now if you want to impress your guests why not do it with something taken straight out of a pumpkin, literally! The Pumpkin Punch is the fancier way to do it. You’ll need 1 pumpkin, 400ml coconut rum, 200ml pomegranate juice, 200ml orange juice, 1 lime, juiced, 400ml ginger ale, ice, 2 oranges (sliced) and 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds. To prepare this monster of a beverage, you’ll need to open and clean out a pumpkin so it can work as the bowl for our delicious cocktail. Then mix the coconut rum, pomegranate, orange and lime juices with the ginger ale in a large jug, fill the pumpkin bowl with ice and pour over the cocktail mix. Garnish with the orange slices and pomegranate seeds to serve.
Or skip the alcohol and make It a mocktail with a Halloween inspired punch so that you can involve your little monster too. Make a bowl of dragon’s blood by mixing cranberry juice and lemonade with spooky gelatin eyes and candy fangs thrown in.
Have a Halloween/scary movie marathon.
There’s no Halloween activity more classic than watching a classic scary movie, and lockdown is the perfect excuse to avoid socializing altogether. Instead, get cosy under a duvet and binge watch Netflix’s eerie offering of Halloween themed TV shows. Warning: you might need to double up your face mask as an eye mask! Make a night of it by preparing some popcorn and candy and setting up a spooky scene!
When it comes to finding a horror movie or series to watch, search in advance so that you don’t end up wasting your Halloween night scrolling through the hundreds of options.
Here are our favourites:
- Scream (1996)
- Halloweentown (1998)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
- Creep and Creep 2 (2015 and 2017)
- Under the Shadow (2016)
- PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)
- The Evil Dead (1981)
- Cam (2018)
- The Ritual (2017)
- Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
- Get Out (2017)
- Us (2019)
- The Babadook (2014)
- A Quiet Place (2018)
- The Invisible Man (2020)
Hey, since you’re here, why don’t you try this quiz, it’s a great way to tell which movies to terrify your night with
DIY Halloween Party Games
No matter whether you’re throwing a massive (well, six-person) Halloween party with friends and family, or simply having a laugh (read: alcohol), we’ve got all the party-ready ideas you could want, including classic drinking games and all-new options featuring ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and more.
Depending on your friendship group, go for something more activity-based like pumpkin carving or tarot card reading, or opt for a crowd-pleasing ice breaker if everyone’s just getting to know each other. You really can’t go wrong either way if everyone’s game for a good fright, laugh, or both.
Like carving your pumpkins, each person picks a random person, place, thing, song, movie, or TV show — Halloween or otherwise — and then carves little clues into their pumpkin, while the other party guests try to guess the answer within the time limit.
Tarot Card Reading
Lighting candles is better if you have some big red ones and let a stack of tarot cards explain your past, present, or future. And if you’re not sure how to do it right, hire a psychic for the night to guarantee accurate readings.
Kiss, Marry, Kill
Each round throws out the names of three people, fictional or real. The player that’s up must decide which one he/she’d rather kiss, marry or kill. Add a few shots of tequila and everyone will be laughing in no time.
Halloween Movie Trivia
Do you know how many movies there are in the Halloween franchise? The name of Winifred’s ex-boyfriend in Hocus Pocus? Quiz your friends on their scary movie knowledge by coming up with your own questions or picking up a trivia game card set.
BOBBING FOR ALCOHOL
Instead of bobbing for apples, have the guests bobbing for alcohol. Fill up a beverage bucket with water and tiny, single-serving bottles of buzz.
If you want to stick with the traditional apples in the bucket, then instead of filling up the bucket with water, you can fill it with a mixed drink like sangria.
If your friends love gaming as much as you do, why not have a game night on Halloween? You can always pick up something spooky to fit the theme! You should try Luigi’s Mansion, it’s fun and Meets all the festive requirements. Or, do you like the idea of a serial killer hiding in the shadows and waiting to kill their victims, causing havoc among what was previously a group of close friends? If so, Among Us is the game for you, and maybe a visit to a psychologist…
So, there you go. Some fun, easy and totally safe ways to enjoy Halloween at home that should curb away any FOMO you may have. So, let’s make the most of it and have some Spooktacular fun… at home!