23 Ways To Celebrate Halloween At Home This Year

Summer Block
12 min readAug 4, 2020

There’s been a lot of talk in the last week or two about whether or not there will be a Halloween this year. Of course there will be a Halloween! Twitter user pennysnark said it best:

Screenshot of a tweet by @pennystark

But while there absolutely will be a Halloween, there may not be trick or treating, and there certainly won’t be the parties, harvest festivals, haunted houses, and costume parades many kids are used to. I know a lot of parents are feeling real sadness at the idea of their kids missing out on Halloween, so I wanted to pull together a list of a few ways to celebrate October 31 at home.

First, a few caveats:

  1. You don’t need to do 23 things. I want to get that out of the way now. Parenting during a pandemic is hard enough. You might want to do one or two things in whatever time you have.
  2. Of these 23 activities, only four require a backyard or access to outdoor space. We just moved into a place with a yard this summer, but most of these activities we did for years in places without outdoor space and they worked very well.
  3. I tried to minimize how much stuff you have to buy. We’re all operating under financial…



Summer Block

Writer for Catapult, Longreads, The Awl, The Toast, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, and so on. Owner of After-Party Taxidermy. Working on a book about Halloween.