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As if COVID-19 wasn’t scary enough! Now Halloween is just around the corner, trick or treating its way towards us. For many children, Halloween is a chance for monstrously dreadful costumes, an unholy amount of sweets and plenty of mischief. However, with the continued concerns over COVID-19 and local lockdowns across the country, outdoor activities are limited and some say Halloween is off.

But we say, “BOO!”

Here are 5 ideas and activities to make your kids lockdown Halloween spookier than ever!

1. Virtual Costume Party

Fear not! Dressing up and costumes are still high on the agenda this Halloween. Create a virtual costume party with other parents over Zoom (other video chat services are available) and let your kids show off their spooky attire. Need ideas for costumes? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered:

Classic – Cut a couple of holes in an old white sheet and voilà! You have your very own pint-sized poltergeist.

Creative – Got any big Amazon boxes lying around? Draw a creepy haunted house on the side of it with your child and turn it into a costume.

Current – Grab yourself a silly blond wig (the more ruffled the better), any child-sized suit (the more ill-fitting the better) and you have yourself an absolutely terrifying Boris Johnson.

2. Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt

If you’re stuck in the house, local lockdown or not, why not create your own scary treasure trail for your children. Write up some clues and get your kids scrambling round the house for special treats. But don’t make it too easy, add some tricks into the hunt as well to add an extra scare. e.g. peeled grapes = eyeballs, or jelly = brains.

3. Make Healthy Halloween Snacks

Just because it’s Halloween – doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. Our top tip is to make a healthy, yet creepy, snack with your kids before they attempt to gorge themselves on sweets. Here is a recipe we found that has high nutritional value, but still has a healthy dose of spookiness.

Monster Teeth Recipe

Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith apples, cut into 8 sections each.

1 cup natural smooth organic peanut butter.

1 cup of yoghurt covered goji berries or mini marshmallows.

1 Tbsp. lemon juice.

For the lips: Section each apple and then drip over lemon juice to prevent browning. 

For the gums: Spread about 1 tsp. of peanut butter on each slice. Be generous as this is the glue that keeps it all together.

For the teeth: Stick 4 or 6 yogurt-covered berries or mini marshmallows on an angle in the peanut butter, then place a second peanut butter apple slice on top.

Cool for 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.

4. Host a Scary Movie Marathon

Pile all the duvets onto the sofa, break open the sweet & salty popcorn and get ready for a Halloween movie marathon to remember. No matter what kind of home streaming services you have, there are so many Halloween movies just waiting to be binged. Need a few pointers? Here are a few suggestions for spine-tingling, hair-raising and child-friendly Halloween movies:

The Nightmare Before Christmas – The classic, must-watch, animated spectacular for absolutely everyone. Watch now on Disney Plus.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit – Nothing quite compares to a Wallace & Gromit adventure. Watch this super slapstick child favourite on Netflix.

Goosebumps – No not the archaic old TV series, but the spookily silly adventure starring Jack Black. Get the creeps and watch on Netflix.

Coco – Pixar knows how to tell a story. Coco is a colourful, funny and incredibly touching ode to family. Watch now on Disney Plus.

5. Pumpkin Carving

You can’t beat a classic. Whatever the state of the world, you can always rely on carving yourself a Jack-o’-Lantern for Halloween. Whether it’s scary, silly or just plain funny, pumpkin carving is the quintessential Halloween activity. While the internet is awash with unbelievable designs, I found that sometimes all you need is a simple sharpie to bring your creation to life. Check out mine below.

Happy Halloween from everyone at Juno!

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