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5 Fun & Socially Distanced Ways to Enjoy Halloween

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at HWS chapter.

Coronavirus may have turned this year upside down, but that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to have fun this Halloween. While it may look a little different than previous years, there are still ways to celebrate the scary season and enjoy time with yourself or your roommates. Here are a few suggestions to get festive while still abiding by COVID social distancing guidelines.

Themed Food and Drinks

Just because you have to stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t bring fun food and drinks to an intimate get together with your roommates or on your own. Don’t be afraid to make some fun seasonal treats, such as caramel apples, or party favorites, such as chicken wing dip. This will get you and your roommates in a festive mood and celebrating the holiday. Plus, Halloween is on a weekend this year, so feel free to experiment with some fun and tasty Halloween-themed cocktails if you’re over 21. Bonus points if you use dry ice instead of ice cubes for an extra eerie feel!

Host a Halloween Zoom Party

For those who are extroverts, it may feel defeating that you can’t go out and hang out at a party this Halloween. But there are still ways to be social this season, especially with the capabilities of Zoom. Instead of an in-person party, host a Zoom party! Activities could include Halloween costume contests and fun online games, such as online Codenames and virtual escape rooms. 

Halloween Movie Marathon

Halloween movies are my personal favorite part of Halloween, even if I am a scaredy-cat. I personally love not-so-scary Halloween films, such as Hocus Pocus, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Ghost Busters. However, watch whatever floats your boat! There are tons of cult classic Halloween horror movies out there, like Halloween, Scream, and Chuckie. Bonus points if you watch Coco or Nightmare Before Christmas a few days after the holiday!

Carve Pumpkins with Roommates

Carving pumpkins is the most nostalgic part of Halloween for me, and that definitely is still 2020 appropriate! Whether you pick your pumpkins from the patch or from your local store, you can still carve away to make the best jack-o-lanterns out there. A dorm friendly tip is to buy electronic tea lights to put inside the finished jack-o-lantern, so you are still able to get the full effect without a candle!

Dress up!

It may seem silly to wear a costume if you have nowhere to go, but I promise it will still be fun. The feeling of planning, buying, and prepping your outfit will definitely get you in the spirit. Day of, you can flaunt it to your friends and maybe even get an Instagram picture or two. Just the small act of doing your hair, makeup, and changing into the outfit can put you right into the Halloween mood.

Julia is a biochemistry major on the pre-med track. She aspires to be an OB/GYN and is focused on writing blogs about women's health. When not writing, Julia is also a member of Koshare Dance Collective.