How NOT to Cancel Halloween This Year

One thing we don’t want to cancel this year… Halloween!

We love October and of course, Halloween time, and even though it is going to look different this year like everything else is looking different during this pandemic, there is no need to cancel it.

We are still celebrating Halloween and making it fun for the boys. Trick or treating will be cancelled, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have any fun leading up to Halloween and on Halloween night. 

Decorate your home.

We decorate our home every year with some simple but festive decorations inside the house and usually add some Halloween touches to our front door stoop as well. We don’t go all out, but we still like adding some minimal touches to mark the season. 

Have fun decorating this year!

Carve a pumpkin.

Something fun we do every year is carving our pumpkins as a family. It is a fun tradition, and we are excited to do the same this year. Do you carve pumpkins every year as well?

We also love toasting the pumpkin seeds afterwards to make a yummy snack—Cant’ wait.

Get a fun costume, even better, make a fun costume with the kids.

There is no reason not to dress up on Halloween. It is true you probably won’t be going anywhere dressed up, but you can have fun dressing up as a family. To make it even more fun, try to make all your own costumes this year. Get creative and make some fun, unique costumes. There are so many great DIYs on YouTube and online blogs.

You can also work on Halloween crafts with the kids.

Have a Zoom Halloween costume party with friends.

Another reason to dress up. Set up a fun Halloween Zoom party with friends. You can do a kids version with your kids and their friends, and host an adult party later in the night as well. Houseparty games, a glass of vino, some chocolate and funny costumes sound so fun!  

Visit the pumpkin patch, safely. If you are comfortable.

If you are comfortable, head to your favourite local pumpkin patch to pick up your pumpkins to carve. We may try to go during non-rush times if we find a good day. Be sure to pack the basics, masks for everyone, and hand sanitizer, and keep your distance.

Make some popcorn and watch some fun Halloween movies.

Scary movies your thing? Make some popcorn, (this is how to easily make it in a brown paper bag in the microwave), and pick your favourite Halloween movies for the night. There are so many great movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or whatever other streaming services you subscribe to. 

One of our favourite family-friendly movies?  Hotel Transylvania! 

Get some candy and snacks to share!

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the candy. Since we are not going trick or treating and getting random candy from people, this is the chance to pick the candy you like and get some high-quality chocolate and candy in smaller portions instead. You can pick your favourite candy or try something new. You can even make it a real treat and get a box of gourmet chocolate to share with the family instead. Yum!

You can also make some healthy fruit Halloween themed snacks. Super cute and the kids would love them! The Boo-nanas and Jack-o-lanterns are always a hit in my house!


How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

21 responses to “How NOT to Cancel Halloween This Year”

  1. We always celebrate the whole month of October, this year is different but we have discussed what we can do and we are excited. Kids are amazingly understanding if you have talk to them. There is a lot of fun to be had even if we can’t trick or treat.

  2. These are all wonderful tips. The zoom party seems to be a very popular idea these days.

  3. This year is so very bizarre. I feel bad for all the kids. Finding any fun activities for Halloween is amazing. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I’ll be sure to share them with my family and friends.

  4. I think I will do up a special Halloween basket for the grandchildren and plan a snack and movie night.

  5. These are all great ideas, to bad the kids have to miss going out, but hopefully they can still enjoy the night

  6. Good tips, we don’t really do Halloween but we do celebrate Fall Harvest and love the pumpkin patches.

  7. Great ideas! We’ll definitely be carving pumpkins and decorating the house, we might even take the kids to trick or treat at the grandparents’.

  8. My favorite thing during the fall is carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds.

  9. We put up a few decorations outdoors yesterday. I plan to make up treat bags and place them on a table outside(weather permitting).

  10. Thanks for sharing this blog about How NOT to Cancel Halloween This Year. These all are great ideas and I’ll share all these with my family and friends.
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  11. We are carving pumpkins tonight and having some scary movie nights to keep in the spirit of Halloween.

  12. Last minute we decided to stay in so I made a scavenger hunt and put glow sticks all around and had them look around in the dark! It was fun and safe. I agree, decorations and carving pumpkins was important !

  13. I love the idea of a Halloween Basket, making some yummy goodies and watch Halloween movies.

  14. We painted our pumpkins with washable ink, so we could take them to the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre here in Manitoba for the animals to eat. they are always in need. Some great ideas here, to celebrate at home.

  15. Great ideas. There’s lots of ways to make Halloween fun this year!

  16. My family had an absolute blast this halloween!! first year that we decorated the inside of our home as well as the out. We decorated the basement , set up a table for apps , snacks and treats and celebrated halloween all day and night

  17. These are excellent tips! We stayed in and baked some treats, but I did see some kiddos safely trick or treating. It’s quite a different circumstance, but there;s always next year!

  18. We did a few things on this list like dress up, decorate the house and carved a pumpkin. It was nice!

  19. Just came home with some clementines and I’m going to make some Jack-o-lanterns.

  20. Honestly, we did not do much this year. We don’t have young kids, so it was easy for us.

  21. Love the fresh fruit and veggies here, a change from sugary treats on Halloween.

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