Quarantine Halloween: Making The Best Of It With Family

Halloween is looking mighty different this year due to the pandemic. In my town, trick-or-treating is not an option since we are in the red with COVID cases. At the very last minute, I decided to throw my family a small Quarantine Halloween party just for the 8 of us!

Table Scape & Activities

I tried my best to plan a day that was laid back, but also busy. Aside from movies (We agreed on the Addams Family movies), and pumpkin carving, I found this adorable gingerbread house at my local Walgreens that we can make. I also grabbed 4 different .98 cent Halloween themed knick- knacks from our local Walmart for non-candy treat options. Creating treat buckets using fun toys and candy is also another way to treat the kids that are missing out on trick-or-treat activities.

Many of the Halloween paper goods have been cleared from the shelves. While sticking to my shoe-string budget, I drew a monster face on red solo cups I already had on hand. I added some spider stickers and fun swirly straws and they instantly became Halloween ready.

Quarantine Halloween Party 2020

Treats

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Jello is an easy and budget friendly treat to make. I mixed grape and strawberry jello and gave it a mix to look like guts. Add some gum-balls with eyes and it would surely win the kiddos over.

Another simple treat are the classic dirt cups! I haven’t made these in such a long time!

All you need are some gummy worms, Oreos and chocolate pudding.

Make your pudding according to the directions ( I used instant pudding) and pour it into a serving bowl or individual clear plastic cups. Crush your Oreos and sprinkle them all over the top of the pudding for the ‘dirt‘. Add the gummy worms for a final touch and you are done! You can even take it a step further and add cookies like Nila Wafers or Milanos for tomb stones!

I filled a dollar store bowl with some of my families favorite candies, and filled a second one with treat bags! I found these cute skeleton mugs at my local Walmart for .98 cents each, and filled them up with some monster Hershey kisses and M&M’s.

My kids asked this momma for cupcakes. When I started baking, I realized I was out of liners!!! So a bundt cake it was. I could have had so much fun with this, but I tried to use what I had and keep a shoestring budget.

Red Velvet cake and chocolate frosting make this super rich! I added sprinkles I already had and used left over gummy worms from the dirt cups for some Halloween fun!

The tombstone brownies were the quickest to put together. After baking your brownies (or using store bought) add a Milano cookie as your tombstone. You can add candy corn pumpkins or frosting for an extra Halloween touch.

Meals

Breakfast

For breakfast, I woke up early and went to our local Dunkin’ Donuts for their adorable Halloween donuts. It’s a treat that my kids absolutely love. To add an extra touch, I purchased fake vampire teeth from Walmart for only .98 cents to add to the center of each donut hole!

They still had a few donut decorating kits left, and I thought this would be a great morning activity before we get cozy and watch our first movie.

A simple breakfast of bacon and fresh eggs from our hens along with these festive donuts was a real treat. Yet if your family loves pancakes or waffles, you can easily dye them vampire black or goblin green!

Lunch

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My family LOVES quesadillas! So creating Jack-o-Lanterns out of quesadillas was a no brainer! Add some yummy toppings like salsa, sour cream and even guacamole and it will be a sure winner for your family. You can add anything your family enjoys in your quesadillas; from chicken & steak, to a margarita style with basil, fresh tomato and garlic.

Snack

An easy snack is string cheese. I set aside a handful for snack time and drew a ghost face on each one. You can do something very similar with mandarin orange fruit cups with Jack-o-Lantern faces.

Dinner

For quarantine Halloween, I wanted to keep it basic with a simple meal I know my family will enjoy. Cheeseburgers and hotdogs tend to be a no brainer with most kids, especially mine. Add some chips, or your favorite style of fries, and dinner is served, quarantine Halloween style!

The hot dogs were simple create. Instead of using buns, roll out some crescent rolls and cut them into thin strips. This helps create spiders and mummy dogs! Use relish, ketchup, or mustard to create spooky eyes on your creation!

Whether you’re a fan of making your own burgers, or simply purchase them from the store; they will come out delicious no matter how you make them. I personally make my own, mainly because it is cheaper. There are many recipes for making homemade burgers, and overtime you can create your own mix.

My burgers are always changing; sometimes I stuff them with peppers, onions and mushrooms and other times just cheese. For quarantine Halloween, I used my own steak seasoning blend (you can buy burger seasoning as well, but I found steak seasoning much tastier), Worcester sauce and finely diced up onion for some flavor. Add an egg or two for your binder and I decided to add a little shredded cheese for some extra yumminess.

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To add a touch of Halloween to these burgers, take your favorite cheese (cheddar or American is our favorite) and cut out a Jack-o-Lantern face.

I loved how these came out! So simple but full of Halloween spirit.

Marshmallows

Later in the evening after dinner and a movie, we wanted to sit outside and roast some marshmallows. I filled treat bags with marshmallows and drew cute ghost faces on them. Pair the marshmallows with graham crackers and a favorite chocolate candy and it will be the perfect ending to a quarantine Halloween.

What was your favorite Quarantine Halloween idea?

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Comments

  1. I bought a DIY Cake decorating kit at Sam’s Club yesterday for my daughters to decorate this evening as an activity. It’s really neat! It includes a 1/4 sheet marble cake frosted with white frosting and has green icing and orange icing in ready-made icing piping bags, a bag of chocolate curls and RIP Chocolate Overdose Tombstones and zombie hand decorations. Should be fun! My youngest child was also craving a pumpkin pie, so we’ll have that too with some homemade whipped cream on top. My kids are older and don’t trick or treat anymore (ages 17, 20, and 27). So we usually stay home, either grill out or have pizzas, and pig out on candy, Halloween-themed treats I make, and watch horror movies.

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