How to celebrate Halloween in lockdown – 10 spooky ideas that don’t break rules

Halloween doesn't have to be cancelled just because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are still plenty of ways you can celebrate the spookiest day of the year, without breaking the new lockdown rules.

These ten suggestions should give you some ideas for socially distanced fun, or maybe they'll help you to make the most of a spooky night in.

Pumpkin trail

If you still want to get dressed up with the kids and take them for a trek around the block, the Pumpkin Trail is for you.

People across the UK are getting involved by putting pumpkins in their windows and driveways, giving little trick or treaters something to look for in their local areas.

Families are encouraged to see how many pumpkins they can spot.

If you're keen to get involved but worried about people coming to your front door due to concerns about germs and shielding, there are downloadable signs asking people to politely stay away.

Decorate your windows

If you're in an area where you're not allowed to leave home unless it is for essential reasons, sadly trick or treating won't be allowed in 2020.

However, you can still have fun getting dressed up and dressing up your home from the inside.

There are loads of great ideas and tutorials on sites like Pinterest and Instagram, including using coloured crepe paper and black silhouettes of bats, pumpkin-style eyes and teeth and other creepy shapes.

You can also get chalk paint pens that can be used to draw on glass, and a can of fake snow can make a stunning effect when used with a stencil and backed with black paper.

Horror movie marathon

With Halloween falling on a Saturday, it's the perfect excuse to spend all day watching scary films.

Whether you want to sit down and watch all the Saw movies back to back, or just dedicate the day to a ghostly series like American Horror Story, or something more lighthearted like Scream Queens, there's more than enough time to get stuck in.

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Host a spooky quiz

Lockdown means the return of Zoom quizzes, so what better excuse to gather your best ghouls and test their knowledge on all things weird, wonderful and scary.

You could even award extra points for the best costumes.

Apple bobbing

An old fashioned game to play with your household or support bubble is bobbing for apples.

All you need is a large tub and some apples.

Then everyone has a go at grabbing an apple between their teeth – anyone who uses their hands is disqualified.

Halloween arts and crafts

If you are holding off decorating your house until the day itself, why not get the kids busy making decorations?

Start collecting together toilet roll tubes, empty milk bottles and cartons, then pick up a pack of craft bits and glue and let their imaginations run wild.

See who can make the spookiest monster, or draw paper pumpkins to decorate your home.

Carve a pumpkin

There are loads of huge pumpkins for sale in supermarkets just waiting to be carved out ready for the big night.

And don't throw away the 'meat' and seeds, as you can use it to…

Make a special Halloween dinner

Pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pasta and pumpkin, roast pumpkin – there are scores of ways to prepare and enjoy pumpkin.

If you're in Tier One, you can always invite over five friends, have fun and still be within the rules.

Blue Moon ritual

October 31 is the second full moon of October, a rare occurrence called a Blue Moon.

It's the perfect excuse to have a crack at manifesting – and with all the doom and gloom that 2020 has brought, who couldn't do with a bit of good luck coming their way?

There are lots of podcasts and YouTube channels explaining the Law of Attraction to get you up and running before the end of the month.

Law of Attraction Changed My Life is currently the top podcast on this topic in the UK.

You might also want to make sure you have a new, clean notebook to hand, and some white candles to really set the mood.

Get superstitious

Halloween's origins come from a pagan festival known as Samhain.

For centuries there have been certain rituals people have performed on October 31 to reveal who their true love is.

One is to put a sprig of rosemary herb and a silver sixpence (any silver coin will do) under your pillow on Halloween night, to see your future lover in a dream.

Another is to peel an apple with a knife, being careful not to cut the skin.

Throw the length of peel over your shoulder, and apparently you will see the initial of your future lover spelled out.

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