These Halloween ideas are safe (and fun!) for 2020

Just because Halloween might look a little different this year doesn't mean it'll be boring.

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It's no secret that Halloween 2020 is going to look a lot different from previous spooky seasons. As the CDC continues to recommend spending time at home, social distancing, and wearing masks (and not the festive kind), getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating seems out of the question. Halloween 2020 has its limitations, but it's not impossible to have your share of  frightful fun. In fact, there are plenty of ways to celebrate safely—you just need to get a little creative.

To help, we're sharing nine fun, safe, and family-friendly ways to enjoy Halloween 2020. From movie marathons to scavenger hunts, these ideas don't skimp on the spooky spirit.  

Make trick-or-treating low-contact 

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Just because costume-clad children won't be ringing your door all night long doesn't mean you can spread some holiday cheer. For a contact-free take on trick-or-treating, attach a big sack of candy to a line in your yard with some clothespins. It's a complete win-win: Your neighborhood's kids can relish in a sugar rush without while keeping their distance.  (Plus, parents can disinfect the sweets as they see fit.)

These TOPBATHY 10Pcs Halloween Wooden Clothespins will add a festive touch to your setup. 

Try reverse trick-or-treat

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Fill cellophane treat bags and drop them off in neighbor's mailboxes.

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Want to spread the neighborly love? Instead of going door-to-door, team up with your neighbors to drop off pre-packaged goodie bags in each other's mailboxes. Bundle a bunch of treats in disposable, cellophane pouches in the morning so the family can enjoy them later. It's a small gesture that will give you MVP status on your cul-de-sac. 

Set up a sweet scavenger hunt

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Or, if you don't want to go door to door, organize a scavenger hunt for your kids in your backyard. Tell your little ones there's a certain number of candy bars on your property—and that they have to work together to catch them all. Not only will this game help your kids finesse their counting skills, but it will also encourage to get them up and moving. All they need is a cute trick-or-treating bag.

Celebrate this year's Halloween masks 

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Any other year, your kids would don a mask of their favorite animal, cartoon character or superhero. So, why not make this year's mask just as festive? Pick up a white reusable cloth masks and let your kids flex their creative muscles by decorating their mask for Halloween with fabric markers or finger paints. Whether they stick with an orange and black  palette or use every color of the rainbow, this is one DIY project they can enjoy long after October 31. 

Bob for apples

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Trick-or-treating might be Halloween's main attraction, but now's the year to embrace other traditions. One of our favorites?  Bobbing for apples. Simply grab a party tub, fill it with water and leftover from your latest apple-picking adventure, and let your loved ones embrace their competitive spirits. (It goes without saying, but Just keep this activity in the family).

Have a movie marathon 

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Have a cozy—and downright bone-chilling— Halloween movie night in with a classic movie marathon. From Halloweentown, to Hocus Pocus, to the Nightmare Before Christmas, there are plenty of films for the entire family. Grab a bag of popcorn—or your favorite candy—and press play.

Bake a creepy cake 

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Check out our scary-good recipe for a cute Halloween cake

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Why nibble on candy bars when you satisfy your sweet tooth with a fresh, homemade cake.  Decked out with a cobweb-inspired icing, this chocolate Halloween cake is equal parts scrumptious and spooky. Sure, you could eat the batter directly from the bowl, but it'll taste so much better dressed up and presented on a cake stand.

Stage a spooky surprise 

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Believe it or not, you don't have to wait until sunset to celebrate Halloween. If you want to get a head-start of the festivities, surprise your kids by filling your home with ghoulish decorations on Halloween morning. From faux cobwebs, to eery skeletons, to pumpkins that are ready for carving, the sky's the limit. 

Get creative with your Jack-o-lantern

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Of course, no Halloween celebration is complete without some ghoulish jack-o-lanterns. Center your Halloween celebration around carving your best pumpkin designs yet. There are plenty of carving kits that offer a safe way to make a jack-o-lantern but, if sharp blades are of concern, they can always get creative with paint, glitter, and feathers.

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