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Growing up, Halloween was always a special time. I have many memories of trick-or-treating with my best friends in the neighborhood and my mom would always make chili. I always loved the costumes and any excuse for a theme. Even in college, my love of costumes continued with date parties. This year will be a lot different for us with the year of social distancing. In the past, we usually would celebrate at a Halloween party and dress up. Of course it’s FINALLY the year Halloween falls on a Saturday. Luckily Scarlett is too little to know what she’s missing out on anyways, but I wanted to share some ways we’re celebrating or have already celebrated at home. Halloween will also always be a special day for us because we found out we were expecting a baby girl.
How To Celebrate Halloween At Home:
- Dressing up: Even though we’re staying in, we decided to wear family costumes with an animal theme. We picked a bunny costume for Scarlett and it turned out that Jake actually had a penguin costume from a few years ago. I decided to turn my cute leopard Chicwish loungewear set into an easy costume. Since I’m home most of the time, I’ve added more loungewear into my wardrobe. The leopard was perfect to coordinate the theme with the family. I just added some easy makeup and ears. I had a feeling the set might run small and I was glad that I sized up. I didn’t want it to be too tight. I also got this set in pink and cannot wait to share it. Scarlett’s costume was kind of a fail because the ears wouldn’t stick up. I think the hat part is too big, so you couldn’t really tell what she is. It was still cute, but I know next year I need to open and check out the costume early instead of waiting until the last minute. You can see our other Halloween costumes here.
- Movie Marathon: Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown (fun fact, I just learned Halloween Town is a real place in St. Helens, Oregon) are two of my favorites that I have to watch every year. I finally just watched Hocus Pocus for the first time this year and recorded Halloweentown. Freeform has Halloween movies playing all day and I’ve been recording my favorites. I love to make a movie night special with treats and cozy blankets.
- Comfort Food/Festive Meals: As I mentioned, we always did chili growing up. Halloween seems to usually be cold, so comfort food is perfect. One Halloween I made stuffed bell peppers out of orange bell paper and carved it to look like a jack o’lantern. I’ve also seen people make fun Halloween charcuterie snack boards.
- Baking treats: Baking and decorating treats is a fun way to celebrate a holiday.
- Pumpkin Carving: This is a fun way to get creative.
- Wine and Candy Pairing: I saw this idea in a wine group I’m in. We always think of wine and cheese pairings, but wine and candy pairing is perfect for Halloween. Here is a graphic I saw on Pinterest that shows what pairs well.
- Candy Chute: We never get trick-or-treaters, but if we did I would considering making a candy chute to keep both us and the trick-or-treaters safe.
- Candy Hunt: Our neighborhood is filling Easter eggs up with candy and doing a hunt for the kids. I thought it was a creative idea.
- Halloween Baskets: Scarlett is too little to appreciate a Halloween basket, but next year I plan to make her one with some books, toys and her costume. The basket will be used for trick-or-treating when she’s older.
- Baby In Pumpkin: I shared this on one of my recent blog posts, but if you’re a new mom this makes the cutest photos.
What are your Halloween plans? Are you dressing up?