While Halloween presents unique challenges this year for people with special needs, there is still plenty of opportunity to have fun while staying safe. Check out our list of spook-tacular activities that are sure to lift your spirits!
1. Halloween Sensory Bin
Kids will love this Halloween themed sensory bin! All you need is a plastic container, dried black beans, and Halloween trinkets from your local store or Amazon. Once you’ve put everything in the container, add cups and spoons for your kids to play with.
Read the full directions here.
2. Thankful Pumpkin
Instead of carving a pumpkin, use it as an exercise to talk about what you’re grateful for. Use a black sharpie to write out what you’re thankful for and use it as a daily reminder. Then share them as a family daily, weekly or at the end of the month. Gratitude changes our mindset to focus on the positive!
See more here.
3. Three Ingredient Ghost Strawberries
All you need is strawberries, white melting chocolate, and mini chocolate chips! Dip the strawberries in the melted white chocolate and make a ghostly face with the chocolate chips. Enjoy!
4. Mummy Hot Dogs
Make lunchtime extra festive! Wrap hot dogs in crescent dough (like a mummy!) and bake in the oven until golden brown. Spooky, yet delish – yum!
Check out the recipe here.
5. Pumpkin Slime
All you need is white glue, shaving cream, a couple drops of orange food coloring, and baking soda. A little messy, but a whole lot of fun!
Here’s how to make it.
6. Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt
You may be looking for alternatives to the traditional ‘Trick-or-Treating’ this year. Here’s an idea: Hide candy around the house, dress up in your costumes, and see who can find the most treats! Even during the toughest times, we can all find ways to have a bit of fun.
7. Four Ingredient Pumpkin Fluff Dip
This sweet and festive dip is easy and oh so yummy! All you need to do is mix together vanilla instant pudding, a container of whipped topping, one can of pumpkin puree and a little bit of pumpkin pie spice. Let it cool in the fridge and enjoy! Eat with your favorite crackers or pretzels.
See the recipe here.
8. Halloween Movie Night
A Halloween movie night is a must! Create a blanket fort in the living room, make some popcorn, and snuggle up for a night in.
9. Costume Contest
You be the judge! Put on your costumes and make a runway. Create different categories like, scariest, funniest, or most creative costumes – everyone wins!
Check out Target’s Adaptive Halloween costumes here.
10. Go to the Pumpkin Patch
Nothing screams Halloween like going to the pumpkin patch! Plus, it’s easy to socially distance while you’re outside. Pick out your favorite pumpkins to carve or paint.