5 Frighteningly Fun Ways to Spend Halloween at Home

Don your witch’s hat and shake out your skeletons, because the spooky season is upon us. You can always count on Halloween for some good fun and plenty of surprises. If going out isn’t in the cards for you this year, there’s still cauldron-loads of excitement to be had. These Halloween activities at home will bring you an unforgettable night of tricks and treats.

Celebrate Over Many Moons

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Halloween doesn’t have to be a one-night affair. You can spread the fun out all month long by making make themed recipes every weekend. Whip up a batch of our Halloween Candy Brownies, or challenge your friends to a Halloween bake- (or drink-) off. You can even get the neighborhood involved by making a little something and ding-dong ditching it at a neighbor’s house with a tag reading “You’ve been booed!” along with instructions. Recipients then hang that sign on their front door and go on to “boo” two other neighbors themselves.  

Hauntify Your House

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From spooky candlesticks to Edgar Allan Poe-inspired décor, is there anything better than decorating for Halloween? Make an afternoon of it by throwing on a festive playlist and whipping up a batch of Monster Munch. Hang spider webs, make bat paper cutouts, or use pillowcases to make miniature ghosts. You can also reuse old shoeboxes, egg cartons, and other household items to create a little graveyard.

Craft Yourself Into a Spell

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Even if you're not going out, you can (and should!) wear a costume. Make your costumes together a week ahead, and delight in showing them off on Halloween night. For a little twist, make your costumes in the style of Chopped. Prepare a box of random items and challenge everyone to make a costume using them. You'll have so much fun finding innovative ways to use everything! Keep everyone fueled with Hard Cider Queso Dip, post the results to social media, and have your friends and family vote on their favorites!

Decorating pumpkins is an absolute must. You can go for a classic pumpkin carving, or you can break out some paints for an easy and colorful spin. You can even use hot glue to fasten buttons, sequins, pipe cleaners, and more to your pumpkin creation. Of course, nothing goes better with pumpkin decorating than some Easy Pumpkin Bread.

Tell a Chilling Tale

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Sharing spooky stories is a time-honored classic, and the perfect Halloween activity at home. The key to a good scary story circle is the vibe: Turn out the lights, grab a flashlight, and settle in with a steaming mug of classic Swiss Miss® or, for a seasonal twist, some delicious Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice.

Want to take it a step further? Pick out a scary play to read together. Gather everyone around (this works great for virtual parties too!), assign parts, and act it out right in your living room. With a little planning ahead, you can even coordinate your costumes for each role.

Want something a little more low-key? You can always fire up some Orville Redenbacher's® Buttery Popcorn and settle in for a Halloween movie marathon. From Beetlejuice to Hocus Pocus to The Shining, you can make it as scary or as silly as you like.

Get Freaky Competive

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Make it a Halloween game night! Board games like Zombieopoly and Mysterium bring the spine-tingling fun. Put on some creepy music to set the mood and snack on Sausage Cheddar Balls, Pretzel Bites with Mustard Dipping Sauce, and Oooey-Gooey Popcorn Balls while you’re at it.

With all the great Halloween music out there, you've definitely got to crank up the tunes. That's right, we're talking about a little Halloween dance party. Better yet, make it a dance contest. You've heard of the Monster Mash, but what other Halloween-themed dance moves can you make up? The Ghostly Groove? The Witchy Wobble? Don't forget to stay refreshed while you dance with some Witches’ Brew Chocolate Punch.

Be sure to have some exciting treats prepared for the winners, like our Scary Spider Pudding Cups or Peanut Butter Caramel Apples. Of course, you can always declare everyone a winner and enjoy them together.

Halloween is all about having fun and getting creative. From ghoulish games to spooky sweets, your Halloween at home this year will certainly be one for the books.

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