Spooky Ideas for a Socially Distant Halloween That is Still Fun

Halloween in 2020 may look a little different, but a socially distant night out is no reason for a fright! Busy moms know that our favorite spooky holiday is always a fun time for littles and families. From costume making (or buying, no judgment here!) to handing out candy and spending time with friends and neighbors, Halloween is the autumn kickoff we look forward to all year round. Here are Spooky Ideas for a Socially Distant Halloween.

Get your little monsters ready with these healthy haunting tips for a COVID-friendly Halloween!


Car hopping is the new door knocking in 2020! Many neighborhoods are hosting socially distant trunk-or-treat events where vehicles are spaced appropriately with sanitation stations, masks, and, of course, candy. Not only is trunk-or-treating a great way to have fun while keeping your community healthy, but this low maintenance Halloween idea will give nonstop moms the low-key night out they deserve.

As an extra trick, work your masks and gloves into your costume. The superheroes of social distancing are sure to save the day!


Get ready for the sweetest haunting ever! Ghosting is a recent Halloween trend that’s fast becoming a tradition. Similar to Secret Santa, the “ghost” decorates a bag of goodies for a friend or neighbor and leaves the frightful treat on their doorstep with a note enclosed inside. The secret message? Spread the love and ghost another house in the neighborhood!

This is a fun way to maintain social distance while spreading holiday cheer. Get creative with unique gift bags, invisible ink for your paranormal notes, and a mix of candy and cute mini prizes like erasers, fidget spinners, and glow sticks.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving isn’t canceled in 2020. This time honored Halloween tradition is one of the best ways to spend time with your loved ones. Gather in a small group to decorate pumpkins around a roaring bonfire. Enjoy s’mores, apple cider, and a killer Halloween playlist. Award prizes for funniest Jack-o-lantern, best carving, most creative, and more.

When the night is over, light up your masterpieces and take a spooky themed photo to commemorate the occasion.

Scary Movie Marathon

Older children and teens will love a scary movie marathon instead of the usual loop around the neighborhood. Invite a small group of friends for a cozy Halloween in jammies and fun, spooky socks. Get creative with Halloween snack ideas like mummy bread, witch hat cookies, and cauldron brewed hot chocolate. Host an intermission between movies with frightfully vintage games like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and a round of ghost stories.

While the kids are enjoying a frightful slumber party, take a moment to treat yourself to a virtual or small group Halloween gathering of your own. Many popular streaming services are equipped for long distance movie parties with your best gal pals. Self-care for moms is more important now than ever, even on the spookiest night of the year!

DIY Candy Buffet

Host a DIY candy buffet from the comfort of home! While so much bad news in 2020, snack savvy moms may have missed the debut of hundreds of unique, delicious new treats for their little monsters. Try a few glow-in-the-dark chocolates and festive green KitKats. Add in some classics like pumpkin shaped Reese’s Cups and Halloween Junior Mints with spooky orange filling. Then, have a taste testing competition for your family. The laughs, giggles, and love are sure to be the sweetest part of your holiday.

Want to make your sugar high even more special? Plan ahead to incorporate international candies as a unique treat. Japanese gummies, European chocolates, and much more can be easily ordered online and shipped directly to your home. Skip the neighborhood tour and take a tour of the world this Halloween instead!

Does your family have a favorite Halloween tradition? Let us know and follow our mommy focused blog for more great tips on everything from spooky costume ideas to school essentials in 2020.

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