10 Fun Ways for Families to Safely Celebrate Halloween

Decorate Festive Treats with Cookie Kits from Hilltop Bakery in Kaukauna

Witches, goblins, and princesses galore, each year our kiddos look forward to dressing up in their carefully chosen costume and drumming up some sugary loot. This year may mean celebrating a bit differently but there are still lots of ways to have fun without missing out on the tricks or treats!

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Hide Boo Baskets

No matter their age, kids will enjoy a collection of goodies to celebrate the day. Create a festive basket of goodies by filling it with all the best Halloween treats! Ideas for Boo Baskets are limitless but can include:

  • Favorite candy or snacks
  • Mini-games
  • Themed books
  • Spooky socks
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Family-friendly movie
  • Slime or playdough

Plan a Spooky Candy Hunt

Fill mini plastic pumpkins with candy or small trinkets and hide them around the house and yard! This is no ordinary candy hunt – challenge kids by having them reach through faux spider webs or into mysterious spaces with goo and little creepy crawlies! You can even plan a spookier hunt by adding glow sticks to the pumpkins and having a glow-in-the-dark hunt at dusk.

Chase Bubble Ghosts

Not all Halloween fun needs to be geared around candy! Give your little goblins a butterfly net and send them on a mission to catch bubble ghosts! Pair kiddos up in teams or send them off to see who can catch the most. Check out this homemade bubble solution – it creates extra-durable bubbles for even longer fun! Bubbles made from this solution tend to hover above the ground and even land without popping, making them easier to catch!


  • 2 c. Warm Water
  • 1/3 c. Dish Soap
  • ¼ c. Corn Syrup


  1. Pour measured ingredients in a lidded jar and mix well. 
  2. Allow to rest for a half-hour before using for best results. 
  3. Grab some wands and make some airy ghouls!

Host a Family Halloween Slumber Party

Grab your pillow and snacks and get ready for a fun, family slumber party! Not only can families make memories and spend time together, but they can still celebrate the holiday filled with fun!

  • Host a Costume Contest
  • Make Homemade Pizza Together (or pick up a pumpkin-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s)
  • Sip on Orange Ice Cream Floats
  • Compete with Games to win Candy
  • Carve or Paint Pumpkins

Make a Wagon Obstacle Course

Gather up a wagon and some outdoor items to create a fun yard-sized obstacle course. Family members can pair up into teams and be timed to see who can navigate the course – while pulling their teammate in a wagon! The winner gets first dibs on the desserts or treats.

Feast Around the Fire

If you have an outdoor fire pit, cozy up and swap spooky stories with your family. Whip out the smores or irons for pudgy pies and spend the evening digging into sweet snacks in the comfort of your yard.

We have some of our favorite pudgy pie and s’mores ideas for you here.

Watch a Freaky Flick

It simply isn’t Halloween without watching a Halloween classic! Choose from a variety of popular family-friendly flicks to rent and stream them right into your living room. What mysterious thriller are you going to choose?

Decorate Festive Treats

Hilltop Bakery in Kaukauna is offering cookie decorating boxes for $23.95 which are perfect for kiddos of all ages! Boxes are available by pre-order until October 28th by calling (920) 766-1771.

  • 15 Halloween Sugar Cookies – 3 pumpkins, 3 ghosts, 3 bats, 3 cobwebs & 3 spiders
  • 5 Colored Icings – white, black, orange, purple & neon green
  • Granulated Sugars – orange, green, purple
  • 5 Piping Bags
  • Instructions
  • Bonus Halloween Candy

Go for a Family Costume Ride

Be active and show off your best costumes with a fun, fall bike ride. Dress up in your Halloween attire and bike around your neighborhood, on a trail, or past family and friends’ houses. You will enjoy being in the fresh air and get to dress up all while safely social distancing!

See a Halloween Light Show

If it’s too chilly to bike or walk, consider going for a drive to check out all the lit-up Halloween decorations in your neighborhood, including the Ryford Street Light Show! The kiddos will enjoy going block by block to look at the creatively decorated yards and also will love the light show, synchronized to spooktacular music! While buzzing around and admiring the decor, why not stop by your favorite local business for a snack or treat?

Ryford St Menasha Halloween Lights
Ryford Street Halloween Light Show, Photo Credit: Shawn Schuessler

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween this year, enjoy the time with family and get excited about a day filled with fun, spookies, and sweets! Happy Halloween!

Photo Credit: Hilltop Bakery, Kaukauna. Used with permission.

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