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Qurantween: How to Have a Fun Halloween at Home

Jack-o-lantern in front of UW flag
Halloween inside isn't so bad when you think about all the endless spooky activities there is to do.

Halloween is going to look a little different — like everything else has — this year. While we may not be participating in normal Halloween traditions, it doesn’t mean Halloween is ruined. There is still plenty to do on Oct. 31 this year! Not sure how to celebrate in your own quarters? Check out these ideas:

1. Carve pumpkins

If you haven’t already carved pumpkins to proudly display by your front door, do it on Halloween! If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that there is no rule book. Who said you can’t celebrate by putting jack-o-lanterns outside your door past Oct. 31?

Three jack-o-lanterns

 2. Have a scary movie marathon 

This one is obvious and there are so many movies to choose from. You can go with the classics or watch the scariest Halloween movies of all time. You can make your own list, and if you’re not into scary Halloween movies, there are plenty of other Halloween themed movies that are not frightening.

Woman watching scary movies in bed

3. Host a virtual party with friends and family

At this point, we’re all virtual party experts. Just because you’re in the comfort of your own home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up and show it off to all your friends and family. Hold a costume contest with your close ones and determine who has the best impression of their newly found character. You can even put yourself in front of a spooky background to really bring your costume to life.

Woman hosting virtual party

4. Try virtual escape rooms

If you Google “virtual escape rooms,” you’ll find plenty of rooms to challenge yourself on Halloween night. Each virtual space comes with a variety of clues, puzzles and unique challenges. You can even find escape rooms to virtually enjoy with your distanced friends and family.

Person escaping

5. Get a spooky piñata and fill it with candy you like  

Normally after you go trick-or-treating, you dump out all the candy you received and sort out the candy you don’t like. Why not get candy you actually like, put it in a piñata and smash it with your roommates? Or skip the piñata and indulge in some sweets.

Child in skeleton costume holding trick-or-treating bucket

6. Make spooky DIY crafts 

If carving pumpkins isn’t enough for you, there are plenty of other Halloween crafts to make and enjoy.

Halloween craft

7. Make face masks

Is your mask collection lacking? Take Halloween as an opportunity to make holiday-themed masks. Maybe you couldn’t wear a Halloween-themed mask this holiday, but the holiday season is just around the corner. Grab fabrics that emulate those holidays or just grab fabrics you want to wear daily.  

Face masks on table

8. Make a Halloween-themed dinner 

Halloween is not just about stuffing yourself with candy. Have a full-course Halloween meal! Start off with Spooky Spinach Dip, then make some Mummy Hot Dogs or Halloween Witch Calzones and finish the meal off with a yummy Spider Cookie Truffles dessert. Or find your own frightening foods.  

Food shaped like mummies

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