at home halloween ideas
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Halloween is finally almost here, and like pretty much everything else this year, it’s going to look a lot different. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many people are opting to spend most of their time at home, which means no large parties, indoor haunted houses and definitely no bobbing for apples. 

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However, just because the world sucks doesn’t mean it has to ruin the best day of the year. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate that are safe, whether it’s by yourself or with a few friends, at a distance of course.

Here are 10 ideas for how you can celebrate Halloween at home this year so you still have the best time ever, just while wearing a mask.

Go all out decorating

If there was ever a year to spend hours decorating your house, it’s 2020. Go over the top by buying that ridiculous piece of decor you’ve been eyeing every fall for years. Check out Pinterest for some ideas on how to DIY some seriously spooky decor. The possibilities are endless, and if you’re going to be spending a lot of time at home, it may as well be a festive environment. 

Have a solo movie marathon

Throw a seriously over-the-top movie marathon for yourself as if you had guests coming over. Make snacks, buy candy and pop popcorn, and make sure to set up your space to be as comfy as possible. You can opt for the traditional horror movie marathon or go a more wholesome route by bingeing all of the Halloweentown films. Honestly, you should probably just do this activity every Friday night until Halloween is here. 

Have a Zoom Halloween party 

Gather some friends and dress up to have the best time ever while on Zoom. Pour some drinks and catch up with others. You can also play festive games, tell scary stories or conjure a spirit through a Ouija board—all over Zoom. Elect someone to play the music, and you’ll forget you’re not at a real party. And the best part is that when it’s over, you can immediately roll over and go to sleep. 

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Carve pumpkins and drink sangria while social distancing 

Get some friends and have a festive evening in your backyard. Nothing beats carving pumpkins, which is better done outside anyway. To make it even better, prepare some caramel apple sangria to really have a party.

Meditate

If you find yourself with a completely free evening, get in touch with your inner self. Light candles and set out some crystals. You can look at it as meditation or just a moment to get in touch with your surroundings. 

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Try out and post some spooky makeup looks

Because you’re stuck at home anyway, it doesn’t matter if you try an overly ambitious makeup look and it ends up looking like garbage. Besides, you may surprise yourself and nail it, in which case you should definitely share it on social media to show off your skills. 

Have a haunted Halloween field day in your yard

Call your friends and play some good old-fashioned yard games, such as ghost in the graveyard, flashlight hide-and-seek and more. You and your friends will probably end up scaring the shit out of each other, and you’ll have plenty of laughs along the way. 

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Bake every festive treat possible

Spend a whole day baking every Halloween treat possible, such as popcorn balls, vampire fang cookies, spiderweb brownies and more. If you find yourself with more goodies than you can eat, put them in cute bags and drop them off to your friends and family. You will not only be rewarded with a delicious treat, but you’ll feel like a good friend if you decide to share. 

Participate in a virtual costume contest

Find out if there are any virtual costume contests going on that you can partake in and possibly win some prizes. You can easily find events on Facebook as Halloween grows closer, with some people hosting contests on social media. But if you can’t find an event that interests you, host your own. You don’t have to worry about logistics such as a venue because it’s all done online. All you have to do is come up with a few prizes. 

Have a truly scary bonfire 

Get your friends together, pitch a tent in the backyard and sit around the fire reading scary stories until the wee hours of the night. Do it old school with a book and a flashlight to really set the mood, and then reward everyone with s’mores after for being good troopers.