Even if your kids won’t be hitting the streets costumed-up and knocking on doors in search of the house with the king-sized candy bars, Halloween at home can still be an absolute blast. These indoor Halloween activities if you're not trick-or-treating are perfect for the entire family to enjoy together.
I know what you’re thinking:
Why on earth would you spend Halloween at home? Trick-or-treating is an absolute blast, but there are plenty of reasons why families might choose to stay home on Halloween night. Maybe they have an infant who is too young to be out and about. Perhaps their toddler is in that dreaded phase where they like to run away as fast as they can, or their kids are terrified of the scary costumes and decorations. Maybe they’re sick and don’t want to spread germs. Whatever the reason, families who opt to spend Halloween at home can still have a ghoulishly fun time.
A Halloween without trick-or-treating doesn't have to be devoid of tricks
or treats. There are still plenty of activities to enjoy at home on Halloween night. From telling ghost stories to watching spooky movies, your family can celebrate from home and enjoy loads of sugary snacks while staying safe. We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 Indoor Candy Hunt
One easy way to include candy into your Halloween celebration without trick-or-treating is to have an indoor candy hunt. A full-on Easter-style hunt for delicious treats encased in little
skull-shaped eggs hidden throughout your home on Halloween night is sure to delight your kids. You could even turn off all of the lights and hide glow-in-the-dark Halloween trinkets, or use glow sticks to enhance the candy hunting experience. 2 Spooky Movie Marathon
A good, old-fashioned movie marathon is the perfect way to celebrate even the most insignificant of days. But for Halloween specifically,
festive movie options for families abound. Netflix has plenty of spooky shows and movies for kids, and if you have Disney+, this giant list of Halloween movies to stream on the platform has some incredible classics that you probably haven't seen in years.
If you won't be trick-or-treating on Halloween, pop some popcorn, park yourself in front of the TV, and settle in for the long haul.
3 Carve Or Decorate Pumpkins
If using actual carving kits isn't your forte or your kids are too young to safely wield a knife, decorate pumpkins with paint, glitter, ribbons, or anything else to create a masterpiece. Your family could even pick a theme to decorate all of your pumpkins in, or have a pumpkin decorating contest to see who can come up with the most creative design.
4 Make Halloween Crafts
Even if you've already decorated most of the house, having a few more crafty creepy crawlers or ghastly ghouls to display won't hurt. Even younger kids can make
coffee filter bats from This Grandma Is Fun, or enjoy this tutorial for spider balloons from Delia Creates to add their own touch to your Halloween decor. 5 Smash A Halloween Piñata
One exciting way for your kids to receive Halloween candy without trick-or-treating is to put it inside a
Halloween-themed piñata. One awesome bonus to this method of candy delivery is that instead of your kids filling up on whatever random junk your neighbors are handing out, you can choose to fill your piñata with your family's favorite treats. 6 Have A Halloween Dance Party
Even if the only attendees at your dance party are you and your kids, you can still crank up some Halloween-themed tunes and dance it out. Learn the "Monster Mash," teach your kids how to do the "Thriller" dance, or blast the "Oogie Boogie Song" on repeat and show off your best mummified moves.
7 Play Halloween Games
Whether you choose to go old school and play
classic Halloween party games or pull out your stash of board games, having a Halloween game night is such a fun way to celebrate if you're not trick-or-treating.
and Hocus Pocus board game are two movie-themed games ideal for helping celebrate spooky season, but putting together puzzles featuring pumpkins, ghosts, or mummies is also a great Halloween-themed way to add to your game night fun. Ghostbusters Monopoly 8 Decorate Halloween Cookies Peter Muller/Cultura/Getty Images
Get your kids in the kitchen to whip up some delicious cookies and then decorate them like spiders, ghosts, and pumpkins to help them celebrate the holiday with some treats, even if you won't be going door to door. This recipe for
Decorated Halloween Sugar Cookies from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is a great one to try. You could also bake a cake or cupcakes to decorate in a Halloween theme. 9 Tell Ghost Stories
Grab some blankets, build a giant indoor fort, and pile inside with your kiddos to create the perfect space to share some creepy Halloween ghost stories. Make the room dark and then pile inside the fort with your kiddos, using flashlights to illuminate your face from below your chin while you tell spooky ghost stories.
10 Make A Vat Of Witch Slime
DIY glitter slime recipe, you and your kids can whip up a vat of slime at home. To make it fit the Halloween theme, snag a plastic cauldron to store your slime and use orange, green, purple, or black food coloring in your slime. 11 Host A Virtual Costume Contest
Just because you aren't trick-or-treating doesn't mean you can't wear
awesome costumes on Halloween. In fact, you can even show off your Halloween finest by hosting a virtual costume contest on Zoom or Skype with friends and family.
Send out an email invite the week before the big day and get ready to celebrate. To pump up the fun factor, you could plan some virtual games to play together or even awards to give out for the most creative or creepiest costume.
12 Make A Special Halloween Meal
Your family has to eat at some point on Halloween, so you might as well amp up the spooky factor by making a special Halloween-themed meal. Plan your menu to feature items like this recipe for
Mummy Hot Dogs from Damn Delicious and then end the night with these adorable Halloween cake pops from Cookie Named Desire for a sweet treat your kids will love. 13 Send Halloween Cards
Pull out some
construction paper, stickers, markers, glitter, and glue to craft creepy cool Halloween cards for friends and family. Even if you choose not to visit your neighbors by trick-or-treating on Halloween, you can still wish them a hauntingly good holiday while keeping your distance by dropping Halloween cards in their mailboxes. 14 Halloween Spa Night
Sure, Halloween doesn't just automatically
scream spa night, but that doesn't mean you can't use the night in as an excuse to have one. You can make DIY pumpkin spice face scrub or slather pumpkin-scented lotion head to toe. Use black and orange nail polish, decorate nails with Halloween nail stickers, and basically just have a smashing good time in all your pumpkin-themed spa night glory. 15 Read Halloween Books
Although your kids may have read plenty of stories throughout the month of October about ghosts and goblins, keeping a few new Halloween stories stashed away to enjoy on Oct. 31 is a fun (not to mention educational) way to enjoy the night together. These
Halloween children's books are more sweet than scary, so you can snuggle up and read them even if it's close to bedtime. 16 Wear Halloween Pajamas
When it comes to celebrating Halloween at home, I say costumes are out and
Halloween pajamas are in. Grab a pair for every member of your family to wear on October 31. These styles are so comfy, I wouldn’t blame you if you wore them from the time you woke up on Halloween morning until you fall asleep after a day full of the fun.