July 18, 2024

How to throw a socially-distanced Halloween party that’s still actually fun

We know, we know. You may have had plans for a six-person Halloween bash, with games, dressing up and tablescaping thrown in but a second wave of Covid has now prevented many of us from socialising outside our households.

So, how can you still have a legal, fine-free Halloween party that’s actually fun?

Don’t worry. you’ve come to the right place. There are still a bunch of ways to make October 31 feel as scary and silly as before…

Virtual fright

Yes, you’re sick to death of Zoom but it’s a way to still gather up with your mates or family for a celebration, especially since Halloween must involve fancy dress you need other people to see it, right?

The most original, make-do-with-what’s-lying-around costume wins a prize (sent to them via Amazon). You might want to check out these celebrity Halloween costumes for some inspo and Halloween makeup ideas too.

Hallow-scream table

Just because it’s a virtual bash, that’s no reason not to make a highly instagrammable tablescaping centrepiece. Get some inspiration from Rosanna Falconer or H&M home and head to your local florist or greengrocer for a bunch of mini pumpkins to scatter on the table (or paint) with matching foliage, think autumnal shades of orange, browns and yellows. Add some height with dinner candles in the same shade. You could even write out a trick or treat and hide them in the napkin. Join up with your other party-lovers online and compare efforts.

Gory food and drink

Why not theme your virtual Halloween dinner party to something with a frightening twist? From homemade pizzas scattered with spiders made from olive toppings to witch hot dog fingers, eyeball cake pops and oranges carved out like pumpkins and filled with jelly, this is the time to get seriously creative in the kitchen. Of course, your beverages need to be suitably themed too, think blood-red punch and green goo cocktails.

Scary movie marathon

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a scary film. We all secretly love hiding behind a cushion, but they don’t all have to be a heart attack-inducing horror. From classics like Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas to a remake of The Witches starring Anne Hathaway or Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, there’s loads to keep you suitably scared out, depending on your tolerance levels. You could do a Google Box style sess and keep everyone’s Zoom on while they watch, with planned intervals for gory snacks and drinks.

Halloween competitiveness

No real-life party, no problem. All of the classic Halloween party games work just as well online with other teams. There’s apple bobbing, Halloween music quizzes, treasure hunts in the dark with spooky-themed sweets or a Halloween Murder Mystery.

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