A socially distanced Halloween

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I’m writing this post in August, because my brain is already kicking into all the festivities that are approaching. (Even though now it is almost Halloween and I’m only now getting it published)

Last year was my first trick-or-treating experience as a parent and it was seriously amazing. Seeing my sons joy was a true highlight that I will never forget.

Here’s a photo of my babyyyyyyy! Ugh. This pulls on my heartstrings.

But anyway, last year was such a joy! With the state of the world, who knows what trick or treating will look like this year.

-Insert festive, fall, pumpkin, candy covered brainstorming here.-

So, these are just my plans complied in a blog post. If you’d like to see how they play out come October 30th-31st, make sure you’re following me on Instagram @shorthairsandlongnaps

Also, I am 100% planning on celebrating Halloween Eve as well! And will be squeezing in as many pandemic approved themed events as there are!

1. The Night Before Halloween


This is one of my favorite children’s book series! Way back when, when I worked in childcare, these were always on my list to read whenever possible. They’re so cute, light and fun.

2. Festive jams


I feel like this goes without saying, but maybe there’s some people who don’t go full out festive any chance they get.

But during a blah pandemic, it’s time for some festive Halloween pajamas! They even have so many FAMILY sets this year! LOVEEE!

3. Scavenger hunt!

My son is two, so I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do this, but it’s happening. Again, make sure you’re following me on Instagram to see what I come up with for this.

My brief thoughts are clues throughout the house and then he finds a little bag of goodies!

He’s obsessed with Jack Skellington, or the pumpkin king as he says, so maybe I’ll pretend Jack left him some notes and a gift.

Or maybe the great pumpkin from Charlie Brown. How cute!

Which would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

5. Festive Menu!

So, when I started this post, I wasn’t sure what Halloween would look like and planned to celebrate “Halloween Eve” as well. Truly I would celebrate two days regardless of a pandemic, but especially now more than ever, everything is just more fun when its extra special. Also, I love food and creating in the kitchen, so lets chat menu!

October 30th – Halloween Eve (Which is actually our trick or treat night where we live)

Breakfast – Spiderweb pancakes and Jack-o-lantern fruit bowls

Lunch – Jack-o-lantern quesadillas 

Dinner – Jack-o-lantern stuffed bell peppers

October 31st – Halloween!

Breakfast – Stuffed Mummy crescent “sandwich”

Lunch – Monster face english muffin pizzas

Dinner – Festive pizzas! 

So, there it is. Five simple ideas for celebrating Halloween eve & Halloween at home. This post did not turn out how I imagined, but I hope one of the ideas might help you out! I will update this post with photos & recipes, but unfortunately, it will be after I make them. 

Make sure you’re following me on instagram to see how our festive days go. @shorthairsandlongnaps

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