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The ways we usually celebrate Halloween feel extra scary this year: Attending a crowded party? Bobbing for apples? Walking through a haunted house and having ghouls chase you, or more terrifyingly, breathe on you? No, no, and extra no to that last one.
A while this year may have been scary, we still want Halloween to be spooky, creepy, and fun-filled. Here are 10 ideas to make Halloween haunting (aka memorable).
Your mask? Instant costume
That mask you have to wear at all times can be a costume, too (duh). Bonus: people will be extra socially distant when they spot a creepy clown perusing the cereal aisle.
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Haunt your own house
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Host a virtual party
Zoom meeting, meet mask. Get dressed up and have your friends participate in a good old fashion Ghoul’s Night. Bonus points for telling ghost stories or doing horror movie trivia.
Scare your neighbours
Think of one good reason you shouldn’t turn your front door into a giant, gaping monster mouth or make your lawn home to a 275-foot spider web.
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Have a pumpkin-carving competition
Have a pumpkin carving contest with your friends — distanced, via zoom or simply share photos. And no, putting a mask on a pumpkin doesn’t count.
Make your nails festive
Whether it’s creating a creepy blood drip or sticking these easy decals on top of your existing polish, add a festive finish to your claws (er, fingers).
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Have a movie marathon
Horror movies and Halloween go together like Jason and camp. Host a Netflix party so your friends can have jump scares along with you, or sign up for Shudder, the streaming service dedicated solely to horror movies (they’re also doing a 61 Days Of Halloween promo, where they’re dropping 8 new original horror movies and exclusives between now and the big day).
Dress up your pets
OK, maybe we can’t check out our friends’ costumes,, but does it really matter when you can dress your guinea pig up as a mythical creature?
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Check out the drive-in
Check out your local drive-in movie theatre to see if they’re screening any of the Halloween classics, like “Hocus Pocus” or “Scream.” Nothing says fright like being in a car with your bubble of people late into the night.
Don’t forgo the extras
Halloween is all about sugar and atmosphere. So, even if you’re not going out, don’t forget the candy, Halloween music, fall-scented candles and more candy.