Enjoy our Halloween Themed Blog!

Tolu, 14, Leicestershire
halloween imageIt’s that time of year again where you can have as many sweets as you can imagine and get creative with your costumes, however as COVID-19 cases increase, what does this mean for Halloween celebrations?

Because of this here are some super spooky ways to have fun this October:

Carve a pumpkin!

(safely of course!)

There are many designs that you can use for this such as a favourite animal, food or item. You can also go for a classic spooky Halloween face and a tutorial can be found here https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-carve-pumpkin

Have an online costume party with friends!

One of the best parts of celebrating Halloween is the fact that you can dress up in cool costumes that show off your personality and creativity.

Some cool costume ideas are : an animal / food or your favourite celebrity .

Baking

Another super nice part of Halloween are all the creative cakes and cookies that can be made.

Some of my favourites are monster cupcakes and ghoooost pizzas

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/toothy-green-monster-cupcakes.html

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/haunted-pizza.html

Movie night

Lastly another great way to have fun is to watch a horror film!

Some good films are Frankenweenie and Paranorman for both younger and older watchers!

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Macy, 16, Bexley
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This Halloween is going to be great. First of all, it’s on a Saturday and second of all there’s going to be a full moon! That being said, this year will also be very different as it is the first Halloween we will probably have socially distanced. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate this year.

Here are five ways you can still enjoy your Halloween!

1. Dressing up

Costumes are really fun ways to celebrate. Many people take Halloween as an opportunity to express their creative side, whether it’s DIY costumes or store-bought, I love seeing what wacky and spooky ideas people can come up with.

One of my personal favourites I saw last year were a couple dressing up as the bananas from Bananas in Pyjamas! It was very a-peeling…

2. Scary films

I can be a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror movies, but there’s something about watching them on Halloween that makes it that much scarier and weirdly more enjoyable.

My favourite Halloween film has to be Coraline. If you’ve never seen it, I seriously recommend watching it. I almost dressed up as her last year as I had the same hair as her!

Some recommendations are A Quiet Place, Get Out, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Babadook and Hush.

3. Spooky baking

I’m an avid baker, and any excuse there is to do so I will take!

I’ve found that BBC Good Food has tons of Halloween recipes that are worth having a look at. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween-recipes

Some of them are more traditional, such as candy apples whilst, some are much gorier. There was a recipe for eyeball pasta on there which, I’m not sure I’d want to try!

A really nice way to connect with others this Halloween is baking some spooky treats and (socially distanced of course), giving them to your friends and family.

Something I want to try this year is making pumpkin pie. As it seems to be more of an American thing, I’ve never really tried it before.

4. Host a virtual party

Halloween parties are always tons of fun, and it’s a shame this year that the pandemic has stopped these kinds of events. Even so, we can make do and still celebrate together. There are so many platforms to video chat friends on, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and Facetime. Something you could do this year is have a virtual Halloween party.

You could have a costume contest, a movie marathon, play music and hang out or tell ghost stories. I found a great website with tons of templates for Halloween scavenger hunts and bingo, which is definitely worth looking at!

https://teambuilding.com/blog/virtual-halloween-party

5. Pumpkin carving

Something that doesn’t have to change this year is pumpkin carving! You could have a competition with family or friends or carve one together. There are so many designs you can go for, or you could even go for a Covid themed pumpkin (have it wear a facemask etc)!

I hope that everybody has a wonderful Halloween and stays safe!

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Beth, 17, Leicestershire
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It’s almost October 31st, the scary, spooky night you’ve been celebrating as far back as you can remember. Although Halloween will be very different this year, because of Covid-19, don’t cancel it. It’s been a bad year and young people have missed out on enough, due to this pandemic, so why not try Covid-friendly, low-cost alternatives to trick or treating for you and your friends?

Dig out your dusty, fake cobwebs and your Halloween costumes; it’s a great opportunity to have a good time, get creative and have some online, virtual celebrations.

  • Decorate a pumpkin and put it in the window. Hold an online party and all of you showcase your pumpkins.
  • You could watch a horror film or a spooky film with your friends, in an online zoom session, in a Covid-friendly way, if you love a good scare!
  • Why not try age-appropriate Online Escape Rooms, for teenagers, an escape from reality, if you like a challenge? Try a scary one or, if you are a fan of the books, a Harry Potter Online Escape Room.
  • Trick or treating is off the menu but you could do a Halloween Zoom meal with your friends. Dress up and each have a starter, main and dessert.
  • You could pull Halloween-themed names out of a hat then give people 10 minutes to dress up as the character and make an impromptu costume. You could use household things or any materials you already have.
  • If there are a few of you in your household, and it’s Covid-safe, somebody could organise a Halloween-themed treasure hunt, hiding clues around the house, then search in the dark with torchlight.

Whatever you do, even if you decide to do nothing for Halloween this year, please be coronavirus-conscious and stay safe.

 

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Jaisha, 14, Ascot
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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the world has been in a constant state of confusion and terror. So, it was no surprise when government officials put reprimands on Halloween.

Halloween has always been a fun, celebratory night when kids get free candy, plus everyone gets to dress up as whatever they like, and this is coming from me (a Muslim who doesn’t traditionally celebrate it). So, the question spurred is: How can we celebrate and enjoy Halloween’s festivities whilst still staying safe?

Simple. Follow the fixed guidelines. Current world leaders and doctors too want to enjoy the gaieties that surround Halloween so, they have come together with a few rules.

1) Wash/sanitise your hands

2) After knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell move back two meters.

3) If you believe you have symptoms get them checked

4) Make sure the residence of your neighbouring houses are comfortable with being approached

5) Make sure no one in your family is highly susceptible

6) Make sure you add your face mask to your costume

and finally

7) Stay in groups of 6 or less

With these simple rules in place, Halloween will be celebrated unlike before but just as fun.

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Nikita, 17, Leicester
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As for many things, this year is not as normal as it usually is, things feeling stranger than usual. The year has flown by in this manner and with Halloween quickly approaching, the new norm has become a standard/regular, continuing with our virtual shenanigans we can still make Halloween count. Halloween hasn’t ghosted us yet, the festive stores are already oozing with orange, pumpkins, and treats, there’s still lots to do in quarantine,  In fact there’s more to do than going out and trick or treat- the usual for many.  Prolong the day with it being a Saturday, a day full of festivities.

While going outdoors is fun, nothing beats the comfort of staying at home, bring the party to you! Treat it like a Christmas day with endless games and activities to look forward to.

Get involved with the typical Halloween spirit… reengage with traditional games such as Apple bobbing dating way back, Halloween trivia or quizzes as a bubble within your family or virtually with friends over zoom (using a Halloween background)- put your Halloween knowledge to the test. Murder mystery is an exciting one, we once played this at Christmas, everyone was given a survival package and had to stay in character all day, it passes a good few hours of fun!

Don’t forget the cliche- charades!

Have a challenge and put your pumpkin carving skills to test, go out of your comfort zone and try to carve a character instead of the typical scary face. Make a treat hunt, follow clues around the house, give it a twist with a dare at each stage- perhaps eating Halloween Jelly babies the ones with the gruesome flavours.

As for makeup fanatics… TikTok, a lockdown favourite social media platform, has current viral trend ‘dollhousechallenge’, practise your makeup skills while enriching the Halloween spirit. This is a great way to enhance your makeup skills.

Still wanting to go outdoors? There are some Covid safe activities you can partake in, such as the Xtreme scream park- if your tier allows you to meet up with other households. Additionally, there are many local drive thru cinemas, for instance Manchester Scarecity which is Halloween themed.

Staying in is the new going out, keep it comfy with a onesie or PJs and binge watch Halloween series, gain nostalgia from series such as – chilling adventures of Sabrina- the spin off from Sabrina the teenage witch. It’s officially spooky season on tv, Netflix series Stranger Things or Haunting of the Hill House are good watches.

Host a Halloween themed movie night and re-watch classic spooky movies, such as my all-time favourite hocus pocus…

Tim Burton the nightmare before Christmas
The Addams Family
Ghostbusters
Scary movie
Monster House
Hotel Transylvania
Disney channel also has a range of movies for younger siblings

If you are avid fans of horror, have your own fright night treat yourself with sequels such as Insidious or The Purge, but don’t say I didn’t warn you, they are SCARY.

You can enjoy the new Netflix party feature and watch with your friends or even facetime using the old hack of trying to start the movie at the same time 😉

Dressing up to stay indoors, don’t hold back, dress up and step out in your spookiest or funniest costume, go over the top. Wearing a mask is our new outfit so it’s not all bad, in some ways we were already getting ready for Halloween, decorate your masks in preparation for Halloween. If you were stocking up on toilet paper- a mummy would be a fantastic option for you.

DECORATE, get your DIY on and make decor to fill every corner of your house with orange, go to the absolute max, make it extravagant- just like those American houses you see in the movies.

Put spooky music on and create a haunted house atmosphere. There are lots of easy, accessible and cheap things to do for example make a cauldron with dry ice and water. Incorporate classic themes to your decor for example Harry Potter- add the magic touch of Hogwarts to your house, including banners with Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff.

EAT, tasty treats all day long. Who’s going to complain? It’s way better than the odd Malteser we are hopeful to get while trick or treating. Bake Halloween inspired cupcakes, cookies, food, make it a Halloween buffet full of splendid spooky looking appetisers and add that extra pizzazz with a Halloween topping/ decoration. Don’t let the pumpkin pulp go to waste, make a pumpkin pie.

Everyone’s favourite time of the year, when Starbucks releases their pumpkin spiced latte. Many takeaways are doing Halloween specials and menus. Or even, get experimenting with making it yourself. Restaurants, including Starbucks have released recipes for food and drinks during lockdown, so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.

Let me know if you have any other ideas! Share and comment below!

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Khushi, 15
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Just because trick or treating is cancelled, it doesn’t mean Halloween has to be! Here are some pandemic-friendly activities to do that are perfect for spooky season.

Make a pumpkin spice mix

there are tons of recipes online for pumpkin spice mixes that don’t need any pumpkins! These can be added to your lattes, pies and cookies for a delicious autumnal treat.

Carve or decorate a pumpkin

head over to your local pumpkin farm (or Lidl!) for a fun pumpkin to carve or decorate. Maybe you could even invite over a friend for a pumpkin carving competition?

Watch a horror movie

Netflix, YouTube and iPlayer are bursting with Halloween movies at this time of year! Why not make a bowl of popcorn and snuggle up in front of the TV for a terrifying time!

Take a walk

the leaves are perfect for stepping on this time of year so why not take a walk to your local park and soak up the last of the autumn sunshine!

Write a horror story

channel your inner writer and create a story that even a vampire would back away from!

Make toffee apples

these spooky treats could also be made from apples you’ve picked yourself and are perfect for all ghouls and ghosts.

Remember to stay safe and have a terrifying time!

 

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