When we think back to Halloween as children, three things come to mind almost immediately. The first and second are likely similar to the memories you cherish as a kid. The first includes trick-or-treating around the neighborhood determined to knock on as many participating doors as possible. Then it’s returning home to sort our candy on the living room floor and trading out our favorites until being coaxed to bed. The third memory is probably the one we are most fond and the one that brings the most laughs. It’s the handmade E.T. costume our Nana made us that we wore year after year. Our description of that memorable costume could never do it any justice but just know it brought a countless number of laughs every time we knocked on our neighbors’ doors.
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While trick-or-treating this year is going to be a bit different than anything we’ve ever experienced, we cannot imagine our littles missing out on any of the fun or not creating new memories they’ll cherish for years to come. With that, we came up with 3 socially distant Halloween ideas we know they’ll enjoy, and we think your family will too! There are two ideas for those who do not plan to trick-or-treat this year and one for those who would like to do so from a safe distance. All are super easy, affordable, and unique!
Socially Distant Halloween Ideas
1. Let’s Stay Home – Gourmet S’mores Pairing Party
If you’ve been reading our blog lately or follow us on social media, then you probably already know all about our Gourmet S’mores Pairing Party… And if you love s’mores, you are going to LOVE this idea for your family! Stay in this Halloween and host a pairing party for those who live within the four walls of your home. We’ve got all the details you need included in this blog post. Also, don’t forget to download our FREE Gourmet S’more Pairing Guide for the best pairings!
2. Ghost Your Neighbors – Mini “Boo Your Neighbors” Ideas
Most of us are familiar with “Booing” our neighbors which includes leaving a little gift or treat anonymously on a neighbor’s doorstep. That neighbor is then encouraged to pay it forward and “Boo” another neighbor in return. A simple search on Pinterest confirms that these gifts often entail a goodie-basket filled with Halloween novelties and sweet treats. Ultimately, the price of these gifts can add up. Since they tend to be a bit more elaborate and don’t really allow you to “Boo” multiple neighbors at once, we came up with three ways to “Ghost Your Neighbors” instead. It’s the perfect way to share treats with your neighbors even if you’re not planning to trick-or-treat this year.
Caramel Apple Ghost Kit
Fill a drawstring linen bag with individually wrapped apple slices, a single-serve caramel dip, and a mini bag filled with chopped nuts.
S’mores Ghost Kit
Fill a drawstring linen bag with a mini bag filled with a graham cracker square and a specialty marshmallow, and an individually wrapped piece of chocolate.
Mini Apple Pie Ghost Kit
Tie a ribbon around a 4 oz premade bakery pie-in-a-box and complete with a disposable wood utensil.
3. Grab ‘n Go Candy Bags
If you’re wanting to trick-or-treat this year but from a safe distance, this idea is for you! It’s the easiest and most creative way that doesn’t require a whole lot of effort. Simply fill small drawstring muslin bags with individually wrapped Halloween candy. Set on a decorative tray and leave out for trick-or-treaters to grab ‘n go throughout the evening. We used a Halloween themed stamp and black ink to customize ours.
Have any fun socially distant Halloween ideas you’re planning this year? We’d love for you to share them in the comments below!
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