UPDATED: The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating Halloween At Home With Kids (plus online Halloween events!)

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Just because trick-or-treating is cancelled, doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate Halloween at home! Read on for our guide on how to make this beloved tradition happen, COVID-19 free…

Who doesn’t love Halloween? The kids get to dress up in their spooky-finest, they’re off on school holidays and the kid-ults (aka us) get to join in the fun with our own costumes too. Not to mention ALL THE CANDY.

Sadly, no thanks to COVID-19, Halloween as we know it — including trick-or-treating and all the big events — won’t be the same. Which means, it’s up to us to start flexing those creative muscles by celebrating Halloween at home! Yup, it’s absolutely possible!

How to celebrate Halloween at home:

Go crazy with the decors

Worried about going shopping? Reincarnate last year’s decors (if you haven’t Kondo-d ’em yet) or order online. Or better yet, get crafty with the kids and hit Pinterest for easy Halloween crafts. And yes, you can still decorate your hallways or front yards — your neighbors are celebrating halloween at home too!

Throw a mini trick-or-treating session for the kids

Amp up your regular treasure hunt by hiding some candy around the house. Daddy’s underwear drawer, in between the piano keys, under the kitchen sink — everything’s fair game. Turn off the lights, turn up the spooky sounds and let the kids go (semi) crazy. It’s just like Easter, but creepier!

Let the kids dress up in their all their ghoulish glory

“All dressed up and nowhere to go” does not apply during Halloween at home. Go crazy with the costumes, and heck, get dressed too. The more enthusiastic you are about Halloween, the faster your kids will forget about trick-or-treating.

Play Halloween-themed games

Kids ages four to seven will love Bubu and Yogs‘ limited edition Trick or Treat Game. Let your little “monsters” learn the value of taking turns as they roll the dice and go down Bumblebee Street. They’ll love winning treats, doing the fun challenges, and more! And yes, candies are included.

Halloween movie marathon time!

When the kids have settled down from their sugar rush, grab a blanket and snuggle up to watch some semi-spooky Halloween flicks. Check out our guide to kid-friendly Halloween shows here and our guide to classic Halloween movies for inspo. It’s the perfect ending to a fun Halloween at home with the kids!

Dress the kids up in cute Halloween costumes

As Halloween draws near, everyone’s scrambling for costume ideas. While some parents choose not to dress up their newborns, these parents had different ideas. These unique, clever, and hilarious Halloween costume ideas for your baby are sure to be a hit. Check out our article on cute Halloween costumes for babies here.

Online events for even more Halloween at home fun

Glow in the dark Halloween party with ILS

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Join ILS Study Center‘s Online Halloween Party in partnership with BrickedMNL. The Glow in the Dark Party kit includes private access to a Live Zoom Party with BrickedMNL, treats for kids, Halloween decors, game proper and a DIY cookie kit or Lego bricks.

Free online Halloween activities

Join Edamama.ph for FREE Halloween events and activities, happening every Saturday of the month. Expect fun classes like Spooktacular sensory activities at home for tots under 5 with Playscape Manila, Superhero Headgar & Cuffs and Farm Animal Crowns with Make Believe and a Virtual Halloween Party at edamama happening on the day itself! Cool! Check out www.facebook.com/edamama.ph for more info.

A cool superhero and princess party

Throw a superhero-themed Halloween party at home with friends and family with help from the folks at Madison Events Inc. Everything — and we mean everything — is taken care of, including a virtual meet and greet with Superhero and Princess characters.

A Sharktacular Halloween

Halloween just got more Sharktacular thanks to Baby Shark and Pinkfong and Ayala Malls! To catch Baby Shark in action, all you need to do is present a P500 single purchase receipt* from Ayala Malls, including including purchases from the Sharktacular Halloween Fair at the Activity Center and through A.N.A. (Ayala Malls Neighborhood Assistant) dated October 23 – 30. You’ll get one (1) Admission Pass to the Exclusive Facebook Live Watch Party of the “Ayala Malls Sharktacular Halloween Virtual Mall Show with Pinkfong & Baby Shark” on October 31, 4PM! Psst.. you’ll also get a Free Halloween sCARE kit Lootbag* when you present another P500 single purchase receipt or a total of P1,000 single receipt! For single receipts worth P1,500 and above, customer can redeem a maximum of two (2) Halloween sCARE kit Lootbags.

Go on a creepy tour of Intramuros

Join Wander Manila for an immersive online experience that will take you and the kids to the darkest corners of Intramuros. You’ll hear the creepy (real) stories behind the hauntings that happen within its walls on the reg. And yes, since all the stories are based on historical facts, it’s a hidden history lesson for the kids too!

Go back in time with Magandang Gabi Bayan

90’s kids are all familiar with the close-to-home scares of Magandang Gabi Bayan’s Halloween specials. Thanks to the folks at ABS-CBN, our old Halloween fave has been digitized for our viewing pleasures. Enjoy!

A Famtastic Halloween with SM Super Malls

Take your mini-Halloween home party to the next level with delish treats and spooky goodies from SM Supermalls. Plus, we hear there’s a TikTok challenge for kids to show off their ghoulishly cute movies and take on the #FAMtasticHalloweenWithSM Nationwide TikTok Kiddie Challenge! Get all the deets here.

For parents only: Drive-in Horror Movie night at SM Halloween Nights by the Bay

Cuddle up and get cozy in your car and catch your fave horror flicks in the dark at SM Cinema Drive-In Mall of Asia Concert grounds at Halloween Nights by the Bay. The lineup includes: Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
(October 30, 2020 6:45PM – smtickets.com/events/view/9363), Train 2 Busan: Peninsula (November 1,2020 6:45PM – smtickets.com/events/view/9362) . Book your tickets now!

Need more Halloween at home inspo? Check out our guide to Halloween snacks and this neat list of Halloween movies for kids.

There’s no reason to let COVID-19 stop Halloween! All you need is a bit of creativity for the kids to have a whole lot of fun!