The spookiest yet magical day of the year has come. Halloween is a celebration of sweet indulgence to goodies and colorful costumes. Its popularity grew in the country over the years, and 2020 is excitingly eerie as it coincides with the blue moon, a rare event where a second full moon happens in a single month – hence the expression “once in a blue moon.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us a once-in-a-blue-moon experience of not having village parties and mall-wide trick-or-treats because mass gatherings are still prohibited. But this won’t stop us from celebrating in our homes; through our guide and recommended items, we can still have a happy Halloween indoors.
For most Filipinos, the occasion does not stop on October 31st because the following two days are also holidays: All Saints’ Day on November 1st, and All Souls’ Day on November 2nd. This is a time to remember our departed loved ones by offering candles and prayers for their souls.
There is a wide array of options in spending Halloween in the comfort of our homes, and we can still have a family party or a small gathering of close friends. It does not have to be expensive, but what’s important is we make fun-filled and unforgettable moments.
We hear you! Staying indoors for quite some time now can get really boring. To pull off activities that would hype up your family and friends to celebrate even in these trying times, you can do a quick survey with your family and friends.
Ask them what activities they would want to do. You can even add more excitement by creating an invitation-only event page on Facebook or group chat.
Collate these ideas, and evaluate if they are feasible to do. You may also consider doing activities that you have not yet done, and do them at your Halloween home party for the first time – scary at first but it would be fun!
Some would want to watch movies, others would love to have parlor games and board games. Several kids would opt to have arts and crafts, while some families and adults would love bonding by preparing Halloween recipes together.
For best results, create a program that includes a combination of these activities. Planning ahead can help you prepare with the logistics needed such as props, ambient music and other materials for a full Halloween experience.
A Halloween theme does not have to be grand because mass gatherings are still prohibited. Setting up theme decorations adds value to fun memories that will surely be worth reminiscing years after.
You can go for the traditional horror themes such as vampires, witches and werewolves, or localized versions like aswang, duwende and kapre with the typical black and orange motif.
However, many Filipinos would not opt to have such scary themes, especially those with children who are experiencing nightmares. With this, non-scary themes are perfect for those who would love the idea of Halloween as a feel-good magical party without highlighting its dark history.
There are more choices to consider in non-scary Halloween themes from cartoons, dream jobs, movie and TV series, and even food – with more out-of-the-box motifs and playful color palettes. Check out our top 10 and other websites to gain more creative ideas.
Spending the Halloween at home will not be worthwhile without food! Preparing extra special meals would definitely be great but they need not to be pricey. Some are even made of ordinary ingredients but with creative garnishing and plating, they are truly a visual and gastronomical feast.
Also, identify the guests’ food preferences and restrictions for an enjoyable meal. Dinner is the ideal Halloween celebration mealtime, especially if you plan to check out the blue moon this year, but lunch or afternoon snacks will work fine as well.
Souvenir candies and chocolates would be a definite a treat, since door-to-door trick-or-treat is not yet allowed. For kids with restrictions on sweets, matchbox-size trinkets and toys are excellent alternatives. Don’t forget the jack-o’-lantern containers!
Count the number of guests to prepare enough food. As per ruling under community quarantine, limit the number of guests - up to 10, including those living in the host house. For a safer event with more guests, throw out a virtual party and if possible, plan to have identical food menu to make it closer to a real one.
Here are ten innovative ways to spend Halloween at home in extraordinary and memorable ways. You can mix several activities to make it more fun-filled.
|Ideal for||Grilling, Marshmallow Roasting, Campfire|
|Other Notes||Lazada link offers free 20 pcs of 9 1/2 inch - barbecue bamboo sticks|
|Ideal for||Movie Marathon|
|Other Notes||Complete 8 Films in One Disc Box|
|Ideal for||Cosplay, Costume Party|
|Other Notes||Lazada link offers free Eye Mask|
|Ideal for||Halloween Party Light|
|Other Notes||Built-in Button Batteries|
|Category||Toy, Board Game|
|Ideal for||Parlor Game, Fun Challenge|
|Other Notes||Whipped Cream Not Included|
|Category||Food with Toy|
|Ideal for||Challenge Game|
|Other Notes||Weird and Wild Flavors Included As Challenge|
|Ideal for||Cake and Pastry Making|
|Other Notes||52 Pieces of Cake Decorating Sets|
|Ideal for||Cosplay, Character Photoshoot|
|Other Notes||Available in 2 palettes with 12 colors each, Lazada link offers Free Brushes|
|Other Notes||Available in Orange and Black|
|Ideal for||Parties, Physical Activities|
|Other Notes||Browse the Online Store for Male Socks|
Telescoping Marshmallow and BBQ Roasting Forks
Harry Potter Films DVD 1 - 8
Reversible Red & Black Cloak
Halloween LED Castle Lanterns
Pie Face Sky High Game
Bean Boozled Spinner
Cake Decorating Tool Set
Face and Body Paint
Ladies' Socks with Halloween Prints
Enjoy Campfire Barbecue and S'mores under the Blue Moon
Make the Movie Marathon Magically Memorable
Wear a Multi-functional Costume and Get Ready for a Photoshoot
Glow Up Your Home with Lighted Halloween Decorations
Whip Up Some Thrilling Games To Boost the Excitement
Munch Some Flavorful Trick-or-Treat Candies with a Twist
Bake and Decorate Halloween Cakes with the Family
Do Arts and Crafts with the Face and Body as Canvas
Treat Your Kids and Neighbors with Halloween Candies
Plants versus Zoomba: An Online Workout Party
|Category||Kitchen Supplies||Entertainment||Clothes||Decors, Props||Toy, Board Game||Food with Toy||Kitchen Supplies||Cosmetics||Toys||Clothes|
|Ideal for||Grilling, Marshmallow Roasting, Campfire||Movie Marathon||Cosplay, Costume Party||Halloween Party Light||Parlor Game, Fun Challenge||Challenge Game||Cake and Pastry Making||Cosplay, Character Photoshoot||Souvenirs||Parties, Physical Activities|
|Other Notes||Lazada link offers free 20 pcs of 9 1/2 inch - barbecue bamboo sticks||Complete 8 Films in One Disc Box||Lazada link offers free Eye Mask||Built-in Button Batteries||Whipped Cream Not Included||Weird and Wild Flavors Included As Challenge||52 Pieces of Cake Decorating Sets||Available in 2 palettes with 12 colors each, Lazada link offers Free Brushes||Available in Orange and Black||Browse the Online Store for Male Socks|
Steve Owens shared in his YouTube video about creating his signature Halloween recipe. Green apples are fruity-licious, and s'mores are consistent Halloween campfire treat. But putting them together? It's an gooey, yummy dessert that deserves a place in our tables and tummies.
Get inspired with this video from Crafts for Kids and get a little more creative and have fun with the kids by making these Halloween crafts that you can use as a decor too! All you need are some popsicle sticks, paint and other coloring materials, construction paper, and glue!
Liven up or make some rooms in your house spooky with some paper chain garlands! Print it on orange and other colored papers or print in black and white, color it in, and hang it.
Additionally, you can also place some mini electric candles all over the room. Turn those mini lights on, switch off your main light, and enjoy the night exchanging some horror stories!
We have more items that you can consider to purchase to celebrate Halloween and extend them to observe All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day. Check out our articles below and we hope to give you more ideas.
Halloween and other holidays need not to be gloomy just because of the pandemic. Our lives are already a blessing worth celebrating, so there is always a reason to be joyful in every circumstance. Also, Undas is celebrated in the following days, so let us not forget to remember our departed loved ones.
We hope that you are able to get some ideas to pull off a stay-at-home Halloween activities that you can enjoy. And we look forward that you will share with us a thing or two by tagging us on our Instagram and Facebook page.
Author: Roel Pillas Malubay
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