The holidays will decidedly look different this year, as our communities and cities continue to work to prevent the spread of Covid 19. Halloween is already in the air this October, and if you or your family have chosen to avoid crowds and your usual Halloween celebrations, there are still ways to make the most of this spooky and fun holiday you love.

Rather than take your Halloween celebrations outside to block parties, for trick or treating or for large gatherings, consider bringing the spirit and best parts of Halloween into your home. Decorating your home to look like a Halloween haven, planning an epic, indoor candy scavenger hunt for your little ones and taking your pumpkin carving skills to the next level are all ways to enjoy the traditions you love without risking exposure for yourself or your loved ones.

The CDC guidelines outline a variety of lower risk activities that will help you and your family members celebrate safely and joyfully. Here are simple and fun ways to celebrate Halloween at home this year!

All Out Decorating
If leaving your home on Halloween isn’t in the cards this year due to Covid 19, bring the Halloween to your home with all-out decorating like you’ve never done before. Fill your home with colorful pumpkins and gourds, make and hang wreaths on doors and switch out throw pillows and blankets with fall colors and styles. Hang fake spiders from the ceiling, place witches hats on coat racks and bring the spirit of Halloween to your home.

Pumpkin Carving and Decorating
Pumpkins are quintessential Halloween staples, and take extra time this year to decorate and carve a variety of shapes and sizes with your family. Pumpkin carving can be safely done outdoors, as long as you maintain a distance of 6 feet away from others. And once you’ve carved and decorated, your front step will feel like instant Halloween happiness, all season long.

Fall Treats and Spooky Eats
Nothing says Halloween like sugary treats and spooky eats, and this year is no different in the holiday confections department. Bake up and prepare silly and spooky sweets, heat up your favorite apple cider recipe and cook up warm chili and toasty stew recipes to warm up your family on cold October nights.

Halloween Dance Party
If you usually celebrate Halloween at parties with friends, dancing the night away, bring the party into your own home by planning a dance party to share with friends via Zoom. Plan out a Halloween playlist, dress up and prepare your favorite Halloween cocktails, then zoom in your friends and family for hours of dancing and delight.

Scavenger Hunt/Indoor Trick or Treat
If you aren’t comfortable sending your little ones out to trick or treat, bring the trick or treat into your home by setting up stations inside the rooms of your home. Little ones will love going door to door for treats in their own space, and you’ll love curating a special experience just for them. If your space doesn’t accommodate trick or treating, try an indoor scavenger hunt by hiding candy and Halloween treats throughout your home and letting your little ones run loose to find them.