10 ways to celebrate Halloween at home

From scavenger hunts to arts & crafts, get creative this year when deciding how to celebrate one of the kids' favourite holidays

Halloween at home

While the Quebec government has given the go-ahead for trick-or-treating (with restrictions), some families are foregoing going door-to-door in favour of celebrating at home. From online parties and virtual pumpkin-decorating contests to cozying up with treats and a spooky movie; there are all sorts of ways to get your Halloween fix right at home.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Burn off some pre-Halloween energy with a walk around the neighbourhood while playing this Halloween Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt Bingo Game from Treat Accessibility. Who will be the first to find an invisible person?

Pumpkin Decorating

Decorate pumpkins with little-kid-friendly no-carve techniques. This colourful craft is a great way to use up old crayons, and if you have unused nail polish lying around try making a gorgeous marbled creation. Older kids can carve their own jack-o’-lantern using one of these printable patterns, or let their imaginations go wild with their own creation. Minecraft anyone?

Scary Movies

Plan a Halloween movie night. How about a picnic-style dinner in the living room followed by a frightening (or fun) movie? E.T., Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Hocus Pocus, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, and Scooby-Doo are all favourites.

Online Halloween

Host an online Zoom party for family and friends. Dress up in a family theme or individual outfits and award prizes for best costumes. And how about mixing up some cocktails for the grown ups and pint-sized appetizers for the…pint-sized kids.

Family Party

Have a family Halloween party at home, complete with costumes and a Piñata. This way children can still get the experience of dressing up and working for their candy.

Halloween Candy Hunt

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, how about a Halloween candy hunt? Set the scene with ghostly music and hide wrapped treats around your home or yard. Try making the search more challenging by turning it into a scavenger hunt with questions and riddles.

Creepy Crafts

What’s Halloween without some tissue paper ghosts hanging from your windows? Break out the art supplies and get inspired by these crafts that are great for occupying little hands.

Spooky Science Fun

Entrance your kids with their very own “cauldron” of icky and gooey witch’s brew. With supervision, children can help measure and stir the concoction into an oozing mess of sensory goodness.

Ghostly Games Night

Try some traditional games with a twist. Pin the spider on the web (you can draw the web instead of printing it), Halloween cornhole, and spooky tic-tac-toe combine a craft with an activity.

Other Montreal Celebrations

Check your city’s website and social media for physically-distanced activities and contests. Kirkland is having an online Halloween decorating contest and pumpkin contest, the borough of L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève will be judging decorated pumpkins, and the Montreal-West has all sorts of contests, including one for pets.

However you decide to celebrate this year, have a fun, happy, and healthy Halloween.