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This year, instead of Harvest Festivals, Halloween Parties, Haunted Houses, or door-to-door trick or treating, most families will be staying home. If you’re looking for some great ideas for a day or evening of family fun, I’ve got you covered!
When I lived in Portland, Oregon, our church held a Harvest Festival each Halloween. The Sunday School classrooms, cafeteria, and other areas were turned into festive party rooms. There was a cake walk, fishing game, apple bob, and more. Everyone would show up in costumes, wander from room to room gathering prizes and candy, and have a wonderful time. I loved the Harvest Festival and always look for something similar in our current celebrations. My Halloween at home activities reminds me of those fun times.
Halloween at Home Activities
- Have a family game night — some of our favorites are Uno, Phase 10, Rummikub, Ticket to Ride, and Trekking the National Parks
- Play Halloween Bingo
- Set up an escape room at home
- Do a fall scavenger hunt
- Have a family movie night ( Hocus Pocus, The Goonies, Ghostbusters, and E.T. are always popular)
- The always classic, bobbing for apples. Here’s a germ-free version!
- Have a bonfire! This is a traditional way to mark the end of summer and the harvest.
Halloween Food Ideas
- Sweet Potato Chili
- Navajo Tacos
- Mini spider pizzas made with homemade sourdough crust
- Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas (use homemade sourdough or whole wheat tortillas)
- Spooky Spaghetti
- Halloween Bloody Baked Rats
- Corn Dog Muffins
- Pimento Cheese Dip
- Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs (here’s the lacto-fermented mayonnaise recipe I use)
- Mummy Brie
- Ghost Pizza Bagels
- Sweet Potato Puffs
- Soft and Chewy Sourdough Pretzels
- Pumpkin Sourdough Muffins
- Homemade Cracker Jacks
- Fruit-Filled Jack-O-Lanterns (made with homemade whipped cream)
- Milkshake Magic
- Sourdough Donuts decorated with orange glaze, pumpkins, bugs, etc.
- Candy Corn Parfaits
- Monster Teeth (Learn how to make your own healthy, real-food marshmallows here.)
- Halloween Ghost Fruit Kabobs
A friend told me about Shekinah–a Halloween alternative in Celebration of Light and Love. They decorate the yard, porch, and windows with white lights; turn on all of their house lights; eat white foods with white table settings, table cloths, and placemats; wear white clothes; and play soft music and then have a hymn sing-along after dinner. They read scriptures and maybe play a few board games before the evening ends. The idea is to bring light, rather than darkness, to the neighborhood.