Pandemic-friendly Activities: Hauntingly fun Halloween at home



Spend Halloween this year watching scary movies or baking spooky Halloween goodies.

   With COVID-19 drastically affecting the way everyone goes about their lives as well as keeping many at home, this Halloween isn’t looking so great for party-goers and trick-or-treaters.

   “It sucks that Halloween feels so restricted this year,” junior Christina Milne from Granite Bay High said. “As you get older you hope your Halloweens get better but it really feels like it’s going in reverse.”

   However, it’s still possible to have a fun and safe Halloween at home with the following activities:


   Bake Halloween treats

   Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the tasty treats that come with it. At home, here are some easy recipes to try out to have a fun night with yummy snacks.

   Don’t feel like making something from scratch? Try these Pillsbury sugar cookies with cute Halloween designs on top.

   “My favorite part of Halloween is getting to eat a lot of junk food and not having anyone say anything,” senior Jordan Feese from Independence High said. “I can still eat sweets and candy at home, so I’m pretty satisfied.”


   Watch a Halloween movie

   Whether it’s a horror movie, a thriller or a comedy, Halloween always brings around festive movies to go along with it.

   For horror lovers:

Netflix Party has been really useful during the pandemic, so I’ll probably watch a movie with friends and get comfy.

— Joey Briggs

  • IT (2017)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Friday the 13th (1980)
  • A Quiet Place (2018)

   For comedy lovers:

  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

   For animation lovers:

  • Coraline (2009)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Paranorman (2012)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Frankenweenie (2012)
  • Monster House (2006)


   FaceTime or Zoom call with friends

   Even though Halloween will be at home, dressing up is still a big part of Halloween fun. 

   Just because there won’t be the opportunity to show off cool costumes in person doesn’t mean there can’t be any fun putting it together and wearing it around the house.

   Although it’s hard to show off costumes in person, it can easily be done online with friends.

   Make a Zoom call and invite some friends to celebrate Halloween, or hop on a group FaceTime. There are even voice chat opportunities through websites like Discord.

   With chrome installments like Netflix Party, groups can even watch any of the previously mentioned movies all together.

   “Netflix Party has been really useful during the pandemic,” senior Joey Briggs from GBHS said. “So I’ll probably watch a movie with friends and get comfy.”

   So even though Halloween might be limited this year, there’s still plenty of ways to have fun and celebrate.