Sunday, November 28

Creepy activities for kids locked up this Halloween

Trick-or-treating might be out of the question for thousands of New Zealand children locked up this year, but there are plenty of other Halloween activities to enjoy.

Orange pumpkin wearing a protective medical mask, Halloween during the covid-19 pandemic.  New normal concept of the year 2020

Trick-or-treating could be on the cards for many kids this year.
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Most kids LOVE Halloween. They plan costumes for months, switch from idea to idea, plan tricks to scare their neighbors, and dream of all the goodies they can muster.

For those locked up, Halloween will be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t continue to be fun.

Here is a list of 10 entertaining and spooky ideas to celebrate Halloween, without tricks or treats as we usually do.

Trick or treat at home

Plan a mini trick or treat adventure in your home and garden, hiding treats the kids can collect and a few tricks, if you dare.

Make it more fun by getting everyone to dress up, and if you have older kids or lots of people in your household, they can play along and scare the kids along the way (if your kids like it).

Halloween arts and crafts

Whether you have five minutes or five hours, why not take some time to create some Halloween art? From cobwebs made from ice blocks and ropes for creepy puppets, there are many art projects to delve into.

If you have a few paper plates at home, you could make a skeleton pendant or Frankenstein, or try these paper lanterns.

See more art ideas in the video below:

Creepy Movie Marathon

Grab some treats, make yourself comfortable, and get ready for a Halloween movie marathon. An Auckland mother is doing this with her family and offered the following ideas.

For those under 10 years old: Coco, Frankenweenie, Nightmare Before Christmas, the Addams family (animated in 2019), The Book of Life, ET, Hocus Pocus, the three Hotel Transylvanias, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and the recent remake of The Witches.

For Tweens: The Original Addams Family (1 & 2), Coraline, The Original Ghostbusters, The Harry Potter And Casper Movies.


Maybe this is the year you finally make a Jack-o-lantern. This website has clear step-by-step instructions, while this one has some unique ideas on what to carve.

If pumpkins are not your thing or you are just afraid of the mission to cut them (I get it), try Jack-o-lantern peppers instead of.

Halloween Baking

Since we’re on the food topic, there are plenty of sweet and savory Halloween treats that you can make at home to enjoy.

How about some spider cookies, slime cake, Dracula dentures or Halloween Baked Potato Pizzas.

Our friends at the BBC have a list of 23 Halloween baking ideas Ranging from howling owl cupcakes to a weird red velvet finger cake that looks as creepy as it is delicious.

Neighborhood decoration contest

Get out the cobwebs and witches that you hid last year and start decorating. If your street or community has a Facebook group, you could dedicate a person to be the judge of the best decorated Halloween house.

Stephanie Ray Ullrich, mother of three and owner of the cleaning company Clean for Good, is running a contest in Devonport, where she lives. She reached out to the community via the local Facebook group and will be roaming the neighborhood with her kids on Halloween in search of the scariest house and handing out prizes to the top three.

Monster Makeup Challenge

Challenge other members of your family to a monster creation challenge and work in pairs to transform into spooky creatures. You can buy fake blood, teeth, scars, etc., or just wear makeup that you already have at home and get creative.

Scary science

Get dirty and do something glow in the dark slime, or [ghost rockets] using film containers, citric acid, cornstarch and water.

Unsurprisingly, The Dad Lab has done it again, sharing some great STEAM Halloween activities with their millions of followers online.

Halloween virtual party

Join family and friends from anywhere in New Zealand or the world for a virtual Halloween party. Get dressed up and catch up, and if you feel like it, you could also have a virtual dance together.

Chase or be chased

Something that younger children love is being chased or chased. Get someone in the family to dress up and chase them at will. Or reverse it, and have them dress up and chase you. Tape yourself some goodies and you’ll soon see how fast they can really run.

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