Halloween in Quarantine: Ideas for a Spooktacular Time at Home

Halloween and trick-or-treating go hand-in-hand.

Halloween in QuarantineHowever, this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, neighborhood knocking may not be something you and your family are up for doing. Use this guide brought to you by our friends at Montessori School of Iowa City to start generating ideas for Halloween in quarantine. This list includes some creative ways to dress up in costume and celebrate this creepy holiday at home!

Trick-or-Treat at Home

One of our contributors came up with this idea early in quarantine when she and her family were looking for some unique things to do at home. Her sons knocked on every interior door in the house and she and her spouse answered the door with treats. Just be sure to run ahead before they knock!

Haunted (Candy) Hunt at Home

Consider creating a candy scavenger hunt. Hide the goods, flip off the lights, and have your kids hunt for sweets with a flashlight. It’s like an Easter egg hunt, but with a spooky theme.

Halloween Movie Night!

Depending on the age of your kids, consider having either a scary movie night, or a Halloween themed movie night. Pop some popcorn, order a pizza, or make some of the ghoulish goodies featured below.

Halloween Treats and Sweets

From healthy snacks like clementines dressed up as pumpkins and bananas that look like ghosts, to devilish themed desserts of cookies, candy, and cupcakes — set aside time to make several of these 14+ Halloween themed snacks and goodies for kids.

Creative Creepy Crafts

From painting pumpkins to ghastly garland, browse through these more than 40 Halloween craft ideas. There is something for every age in this impressively, expansive list from Good Housekeeping.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

About Our SponsorMontessori School of Iowa City

Montessori School of Iowa City is one of the oldest Montessori schools on the continent. The school is comprised of pre-primary (2-3 year olds), primary (3-6 year olds), and elementary (1-3 grades). Each classroom is built on the foundation of respect for ones’ self, respect for others, and respect for the environment. Peaceful environments are created by meeting physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual needs. Children are guided by individual, small group, and collective lessons that are followed by practice and lead the child to mastery. All classes have music class and Spanish class each week. Before school program and/or after school programs are available. For more information, please visit the website or call 319-338-9650. The school is currently enrolling — tell them Iowa City Moms sent you!


Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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