TRICK or treating may be off the cards in some parts of the country.
But don’t worry there is still plenty of spooky fun and games to be had with the children this week. Here, we show you how to raise your kids’ ‘spirits’ with spooktacularly fun activities.
TRICK OR TREATING AT HOME
WHY not enjoy your very own trick or treat staycation?
Hide treats behind every interior door and get your little ones to knock on each one to receive a goodie for their Halloween bucket.
If you can, have people from your immediate family or social bubble on hand to “answer” the door or come out from behind the sofa or wardrobe to dole out a ghastly goodie.
HEAD OFF ON A HALLOWEEN TRAIL
KIDS love to be spooked, so grab a torch each when it starts to get dark and head into your neighbourhood with a homemade scavenger hunt list.
Youngsters get a tick on their list for five of everything they see – it could be spooky decorations through windows, carved pumpkins and even another child dressed up.
When they get five ticks they receive a special Halloween treat.
A more traditional, but still safe, take on trick or treating is to tie bags of sweets to your fence, doorstep or gate, with meticulously cleaned hands, and leave them out for local kiddies to collect.
TURN HOME INTO A CREEPY CINEMA
MAKE the most of the chilly evenings with a cosy night at the pictures.
Line up a favourite scary movie, draw the curtains, turn off the lights and illuminate the room with twinkly fairy lights.
To make it extra-special concoct some “green goo popcorn”.
Add your favourite flavour of popcorn to a large bowl. Melt some sugar wafers called green candy melts (hobbycraft.co.uk, £3.50) in the microwave. When liquefied, pour the candy melts into the popcorn and mix until coated.
Then you can stir into the “potion” your choice of sprinkles, candy eyes or sweeties, before sharing with your frightful family.
TRY A ‘HALLOWEEN TREASURES’ NATURE WALK
TURN an autumnal walk into a creepy collecting mission.
Get the kids to gather big flat stones. Once home they can turn them into “zombie rocks” by painting them green, drawing on scary faces with a black pen and sticking on googly eyes.
On your stroll also grab some fallen leaves. Once home, the kids can turn them into “ghost leaves” by cleaning and drying them and coating them with a thin layer of white paint.
Once the paint has dried, draw on marker pen eyes to finish your fiendish foliage friend and turn into an eerily awesome garland.
THROW A SPOOKY DINNER PARTY
THE thought of dressing your home up for Halloween may have you reaching for the wine.
But it can be kept cheap and mess-free.
Supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco are selling fake cobwebs and bunting for as little as £1, and carving pumpkins with your little ones is an activity that can while away hours.
Use the “ghost leaf” bunting and some pumpkins to decorate the table and the zombie rocks become wicked place settings.
To get your kids in the spirit, organise with their friends beforehand to end dinner with a kids’ Zoom fancy dress competition, so they can see their pals in all their gory glory.
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