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10 Spooky Fun Halloween-Themed Activities for the Whole Family

To help families plan a safe, fun Halloween, Hershey’s created a map that shows COVID-19 risk levels throughout the country. Dallas County is currently in the orange zone, which means traditional trick-or-treating isn’t recommended. But there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday safely and make this Halloween feel special for your kids. Here are ten spooky activities that your whole family will love. 


1. Have a Halloween karaoke night 

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You and your kids will have a great time belting out Halloween hits like “I Put a Spell on You” and “The Monster Mash.” If you don’t have a karaoke machine, you can sing along to a spooky playlist on YouTube. 


2. Play a game of candy corn ring toss 

You can make a fun and festive ring toss game by spray painting safety cones to look like candy corn. Get some glow-in-the-dark necklaces to use as rings and see who in your family can score the most points! 


3. Make a spooky popcorn cauldron snack

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This recipe turns popcorn into a bubbling witch’s brew by mixing it with lime jelly and candy eyeballs. Have your kids put the mixture in mini black cauldrons to make a deliciously spooky treat!

If you don’t have a popcorn machine that you can use to make this dessert, you can rent one from us. 


4. Turn each other into mummies 

If you don’t have Halloween costumes picked out, you and your family can dress up as mummies by wrapping each other in crepe paper or toilet paper. Turn it into a game by splitting into two teams and seeing who can wrap their “mummy” the fastest. 


5. Have a Halloween scavenger hunt 

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Having a scavenger hunt at home is a fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Print out some Halloween-themed clues and hide candy around the house or in the backyard for your kids to find.


6. Make festive cotton candy cobwebs

Making cotton candy cobwebs is the perfect activity for younger kids because it’s so simple. All you have to do is grab a ball of cotton candy, attach some gummy spiders to it, then eat and enjoy!

Don’t have a cotton candy machine? You can rent one from us to make your Halloween extra special. 


7. Hit a Halloween-themed piñata 

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A day of Halloween fun wouldn’t be complete without a spooky piñata! You can buy a ghost piñata from the store or make one with your kids using paper mache. Fill it with their favorite sweets, hang it up, and have a blast whacking it until all the candy falls out! 


8. Play Halloween bingo 

Kids of all ages will love playing bingo with this Halloween-themed game board, which features vampires, werewolves, and spiders. Use mini candy bars as bingo chips so everyone can enjoy a sweet treat at the end of the game. 


9. Do a contactless candy exchange

Instead of going trick-or-treating, try doing a contactless candy exchange with your next-door neighbors. Drop off treat bags filled with candy, stickers, Halloween pencils, and small toys on each other’s front porches. Then let your kids have fun opening all the goodies!


10. Make paper jack-o-lanterns 

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Carving pumpkins is messy and can be dangerous for kids because of the sharp tools involved. These paper jack-o-lanterns are much easier to make and just as cute! 

Have your child draw a spooky face in the center of a piece of orange construction paper. Then fold it in half lengthwise, cut a few one-inch slats in it, and roll it into a cylinder shape. Secure the lantern with a few staples, add a construction paper handle, and pick a place to display it in your home. 


Halloween may be a little different this year because of social distancing guidelines, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as fun! We hope that these ten festive activities help you and your family enjoy the holiday and make wonderful memories together. 


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