Halloween Activities

Jennifer Bonn

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Jen Bonn

Halloween Activities

Many of us love Halloween for different reasons. Some love the candy, the costumes, and the decorations, others enjoy being scared, and most love the enjoyment that children find in the holiday. I hope you don’t mind if I share a few ideas on some ways to spend the scariest night of the year.

Celebrate as a neighborhood.

We are all trying to put safety first with Covid lurking around, so organize an outside event with the neighborhood. Each house dresses up and has candy to distribute, or you could buy cauldrons at the dollar store and put one outside each house full of candy. That would alleviate contact even more. Once all the houses have been visited, everyone meets at a central spot for dinner. If each person donates a few dollars, someone can buy hamburgers, hot dogs, or chili, someone can bring a grill and a burn pit, everyone brings a chair, and the party can start, and since you are outside, you can socially distance. Taking it a step further, put up a sheet on the side of a house and project a scary movie that even the kids can watch like Halloween town.

Have a scary movie fest

If adults are celebrating, invite friends over to binge watch scary movies.

Make scary food

Cooking brings people together, and eating is always a good idea. Look on Pinterest, (www.pinterest.com), for some recipes. Make a trip to Michaels where they always have what you need to make holiday treats.

Play what’s in the bowl

Growing up, we had the scariest cellar you can imagine. My mom would send me down for canned vegetables, and I swear I ran there and back because it made me so nervous. My mom was also a master at making any holiday magical. The whole neighborhood would come over Halloween night, we were blindfolded, the lights were turned off so it was pitch black, and then my mom placed four bowls on the table in front of us. We had to sink our hands into the contents of each bowl and guess what each one was, and the person who guessed the most correctly won a prize. It sounds very tame, but there was something about being in that cellar in total darkness, touching something disgusting that was wonderfully terrifying.

Pumpkin carving

We light a fire outside, design our pumpkins and then begin the assault. We were cutting them the traditional way when my husband came out with his woodworking tools. It was a game-changer!! My youngest loves sinking her hands into the pumpkin goo, and my oldest loves eating the pumpkin seeds after we bake them.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

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