It’s official: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced safety guidelines for Halloween this year, which include avoiding trick-or-treating and large gatherings. But that doesn’t mean Halloween is canceled! Far from it. There are still a bunch of ways to make October 31 feel special and just as festive as years before. So don’t fret: Get a costume ready (because why the heck not!), and make it the happiest Halloween possible.
1. Taste test all the best Halloween candies
2. Carve pumpkins.
It’s a classic Halloween activity for a reason. Grab pumpkins for the whole family (groceries stores tend to sell them if you don’t feel like venturing out to a patch). Then you can either free-hand a design or print out one of the many templates floating around the interwebs.
3. Have a scary movie marathon.
Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown are great to get you in the Halloween mood, but you should spice it up with some seriously scary movies if you’re into that kinda thing. These classics are a good place to start…but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
4. Make a festive cocktail.
5. Wear your costume—yes, still!
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t step out in your funniest, spookiest, or cutest costume. Cat ears are highly encouraged.
6. Play Halloween music nonstop.
There’s never a bad time for a dance party, and streaming services like Spotify always curate Halloween playlists that feature throwbacks like “Thriller” and newer jams like “Midnight City.”
7. Prepare a Halloween dinner.
The only thing scary about trying a new recipe is not knowing where to start. This recipe helps you out with step-by-step instructions. Jack-O’Lantern stuffed peppers are filled with beef, rice, and more, but you can use any protein or toppings you please.
8. Host a virtual party.
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Zoom and Google Hangouts have become the norm for holidays this year, so send out that invite link and tell people to mark their calendars. Bonus points if everyone wears a costume for a virtual costume party—or makes a Halloween-appropriate treat to enjoy on the call!