17 last-minute ways to safely celebrate Halloween at home with decorations and games

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Here's how to throw the perfect last-minute Halloween bash at home.
Here’s how to throw the perfect last-minute Halloween bash at home.

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Halloween is approaching quickly and we can’t wait to celebrate the spookiest time of year as safely as possible.

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While most plans for parties and trick-or-treating have been changed this year due to COVID-19, many people are opting to make the most of Halloween at home. Thanks to costumes, decorations, pumpkin carving and candy hunts, there are tons of fun and creative ways to have a Happy Halloween with those within your

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Halloween destinations across the metro prepare to celebrate amid COVID-19

Volunteers with Anoka Halloween are still working their magic ensure it won’t be a complete ghost town on Halloween.

ANOKA, Minn. — I think we all can agree, 2020 has thrown more tricks than treats our way, and with nearly a week to spare before Halloween, the disappointments are hitting hard for some in the Halloween capital of the world, where traditions have reigned supreme since 1920.

“You’d have generations together at the parade,” said Jill Morris who lives in Ramsey. 

“Its a huge disappointment for the city of Anoka because it fell perfectly on a Saturday to mark the 100 years and they had a big thing planned and now they can’t do it,” said Lisa Giddings who graduated from Anoka High School. 

While there won’t be nearly 60,000 people gathering down main street this year, volunteers with Anoka Halloween are still working their magic so it won’t be

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Halloween will look different this year, but here’s how to celebrate safely

Like most everything this year, Halloween is going to look a little different than normal.

As expected, COVID-19 safety protocols in place that encourage social distancing, limited group size and cleanliness have forced big changes to some of Halloween’s most treasured traditions.

Tim Walsworth, executive director of the Durango Business Improvement District, said the trick-or-treat event in downtown Durango, for instance, had to be canceled on account of concerns about spreading the virus.

Every year, for a few hours on Halloween, about 100 businesses open their doors to hand out candy to costumed children, drawing about 1,000 people to downtown Durango, Walsworth said.

“Unfortunately, we had to cancel that this year,” he said.

Fort Lewis College spokeswoman Lauren Savage said the college had to nix its yearly haunted house event. And a representative with Three Springs said the annual Fall Festival, too, was called off.

But there are still ways

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Making the most of Halloween at home | Teen

Be a cookie monster

This is the holiday for sweet teeth, right? So, rather than gorge yourself on candies, why not take to the oven and bake some fresh treats on this cold October night. Create ghost and witch shapes with homemade dough, or buy pre-made Halloween-themed cookies already shaped into goblins and ghouls. Pillsbury has a great ready-to-bake pumpkin-shaped cookie option that’s available at most grocery stores. If you’re not a cookie person, consider brownie mix or cupcakes. Whatever route you take, be sure to top them off with some icing and black, purple and orange sprinkles.

Have a movie night

Whether it’s with your family or a few friends from your quartanteam, gather round the fire for a Halloween movie night. The selection can be scary — The Exorcist (1973) or The Blair Witch Project (1999) — or more lighthearted — Hocus Pocus (1993) or Beetlejuice (1988) —

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Have fun and save when Halloween shopping, decorating

· Make homemade costumes and decorations. Use supplies at home. Get creative using construction paper and clothes in your closets. Or, put a spin on an old costume.

· Rent a costume. However, know the conditions and inspect the costume before renting it.

· Look for the sales. Compare prices from various retailers and online stores for costumes and decorations. Look for coupons and sign up for email alerts as well because it could save you money.

· Buy instore. Make sure the store has a clear track record and good reviews. If you want a good deal, consider waiting until the last minute to find a costume or decorations because most stores will be trying to get rid of their inventory. Be flexible with your costume and decoration choice especially if you can’t find the one you really want. Thrifting some of your costume pieces might lower your cost.

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Sacramento school stops Halloween event due to COVID, religion

California Middle School’s annual Cal-O-Ween event brings families together to celebrate the spooky season. But it was suddenly canceled this year, and then briefly scheduled again, sparking frustration among some parents and students who were preparing for the event.

School leaders now say there isn’t enough time to put on a quality event at the Land Park school.

The event, which was scheduled for Oct. 30 — after classes ended — was planned with social distancing in mind to comply with Sacramento County coronavirus restrictions. In past years, families were invited to play carnival games, win prizes and walk through a “haunted hallway.” Some students have even spent the night supervised by adults.

Due to COVID-19, organizers shifted to a drive-thru parade this year, where cars could drive by McClatchy High School and Cal Middle — both of which were planning to participate in the celebration.

But in a sudden

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20 ways to do Halloween at home, from spooky treats to ghoulish games

Sometimes all it takes is a scary movie in a darkened room (perhaps with a parent lurking behind the sofa) to make a Hallowe’en night they’ll remember.

Here are ten suggestions from Telegraph critic Tim Robey, guaranteed to be just scary enough.

1. The Witches (1990)

With Robert Zemeckis’s remake freshly out, a reminder that Nicolas Roeg’s wonderfully mischievous version sets one heck of a high bar: for Roald Dahl adaptations and blackly comic kids’ entertainment. Anjelica Huston has the time of her life as the hideous Grand High Witch.

2. Monster House (2006)

Just don’t tread on his lawn. Mr Knebbercracker, your ultimate nasty neighbour, is voiced by Steve Buscemi in this shivery animated fun-ride. But the true villain of the piece is his house, which awakens from slumber in a state-of-the-art digital fury to come after a trio of pesky kids. It’s a dizzyingly intense variation on Scooby

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How To Hand Out Halloween Candy During COVID So Little Ghouls & Goblins Stay Safe

Spooky season is here, but you may be wondering if it’ll be quite as fun as usual this year. While every city and county will differ on their safety guidelines for Halloween 2020, those who want to give out candy should think ahead about how to hand out candy safely during COVID. Once your city announces its trick-or-treating rules — and you assess your personal risk level — you can decide the best way to hand out candy this year.

Hershey partnered with the Harvard Global Health Institute to create a resource for parents of trick-of-treaters and those who want to give out candy. Their website includes an interactive map where you can click on your county and learn which “zone” of COVID risk you’re in based on the average number of cases emerging each day. Then, you’ll find recommended Halloween activities for your zone.

However you decide to dole

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13 ways to spice up Halloween if your family decides to stay home

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the coronavirus pandemic is still prevalent around the U.S.

Families now have to decide whether they want to participate in the spooky holiday events like trick-or-treating or if they opt for a more low-key occasion at home.

No matter what you choose, there’s a lot of fun to be had.

Here are 13 different ways you can have fun on Halloween if you choose to not go door-to-door to collecting candy with your children.

Virtual costume contest: Figure out a costume for each member of your family, then send out zoom invites to other friends and family members that are dressing up as well and have a virtual costume contest. You could even give out fun prizes.

Paint or carve pumpkins: Save some of your pumpkin decorating for Halloween night. You can either break out the carving kit or use paint to transform your pumpkins

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Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for a Halloween at Home This Year

If your family is as crazy about Halloween as mine is, you might still be hoping for some miracle to make all your favorite spooky activities suddenly safe again. But alas, if we’re to trust the CDC (please do), it looks like Halloween trick-or-treat cancellations are part of our “new normal.” We’ll just have to find new ways to have fun and prevent Halloween from becoming a very scary night indeed.

This doesn’t mean Halloween itself is canceled! Since we’ve been able to see this travesty coming for months, many have come up with ways to make this a socially distanced holiday, whether we stay in or venture out into the horror show that is 2020. Here are some of the trick-or-treat cancellation alternatives that will thrill kids almost as much as begging strangers for candy door-to-door.

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