While many families want to observe social distancing for Halloween this year, it may be difficult to explain to our children why this year will look different, and it may be even more difficult for children with behavioral health needs. Change is hard, so it’s important to create a positive home environment full of activities that will make Halloween at home just as fun!
The Best at Home Halloween Activities
While some areas are still trying to find ways to social distance with normal Trick-Or Treating activities, a safe alternative will be to create your own spooky night of fun at home.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making the best of this year’s All Hallows Eve:
Host a Virtual Costume Party
We all know one of the best parts of Halloween is showing off the creative and fun costume ideas your family came up with for the year. If you will not be strutting down the street showing off your almost too real looking fake blood, or adorable Disney princess dress, don’t scrap the costumes altogether just yet.
With the help of group video calls, you can host a costume party with the whole neighborhood, right from your own living room. This allows kids to still experience the social aspect of Halloween without putting themselves in danger.
Go on a Candy Hunt
Turn Halloween into a scavenger hunt and have a candy hunt around the house and the front yard. Buy some pumpkin-shaped plastic containers to place candy and other fun goodies in and place them in all your go-to hiding spots.
Decorate Halloween Cookies
Who says decorating cookies is just for the winter holidays? The best memories are often created in the kitchen, so break out the cookie dough and icing and see who can make the scariest cookies.
If you’re really feeling adventurous, try a haunted house cookie kit and see if you can build a festive masterpiece that looks almost too good to eat.
Have a Scare-tastic Movie Marathon
No fall season is complete without bingeing all of the Halloween classics. Grab some popcorn, and some ghoulishly festive mocktails, and get ready for some double bubble, boil, and trouble!
Make it a virtual watch party by utilizing the party mode functions available on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Play Festive Games
DIY games are a great way to liven up any night at home and make everyone forget they ever even wanted to go out and walk around all night instead.
One of the best festive games is “Guess what’s in the box”. Get some bowls from your kitchen and fill them with uniquely textured foods. Items like Jell-O, spaghetti, and peeled grapes, etc. Turn out the lights or blindfold your kids and tell them what each bowl contains… Monster brains, Creepy-Crawly worms, Zombie eyes.
If the sensory game isn’t your forte try setting up a bob for apples or pin the wings on the bat station instead. Anything to get the kids and the adults up and moving will make for a night full of fun!
Go Trick or Treating at Home
Turn every room with a door in your home into a new “trick or treat” spot and let the kids go “door to door” for candy. It’s a great way to recreate the experience all from your own home.
You could decorate each room or door with a different theme to make the activity even more interactive.
Create Lasting Routines at Home
Many children with special needs have a difficult time with sudden changes in their routine and that can include the activities introduced above and more. Teaching our children how to accept new routines is an example of one skill we teach at Juvo.
With the in-home behavioral health services offered by Juvo, our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts can integrate skills into natural routines that inspire meaningful outcomes.
Contact us now to find out which service is the best fit for you and your family.