How to celebrate Halloween at home

With Halloween just one day away, many are switching up their traditional plans and opting for more socially-distanced, COVID-safe activities to get in the spooky spirit. The Seattle DOT recently announced its “Trick or Street Blocks” allowing residents to safely trick or treat while following Phase 2 guidelines. And if you are feeling more cautious, there are plenty of ways to make this holiday feel special, like the classic at-home pumpkin carving. Grab your costume and read on for a few ways to safely celebrate Halloween this year!

Trick Or Treat -- socially-distanced style!

Many streets in Seattle have pre-existing barricades, as they are designated “Stay Healthy Streets.” These areas allow groups of 5 or fewer to safely trick or treat (maintaining six feet, of course). You can also apply for a Trick or Street Block permit to carry out the tradition in your neighborhood!

Support local restaurants by dining in or ordering festive takeout

If you’re willing to eat out, some Seattle dining spots are offering themed menus. Cafe Nordo in Pioneer Square has tickets to “A Bloody Delicious Dinner in Hallowonderland,” while Fremont’s Dreamland Diner has transformed into “Screamland” with a costume contest on Friday and Saturday. The Mountaineering Club’s Spooky Campfire Night is sure to be a hit -- just make reservations beforehand to enjoy!

Cook / craft your own special Halloween meal and drinks

You don’t have to leave the house to enjoy festive eats. Check out this list of fun food recipes, including mummy finger pizzas and finger cookies, and this slideshow of cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshments! We also highly recommend grabbing one of Silver City Brewery’s seasonal beers, like the Oktoberfest Lager. 

Outdoor pumpkin patches and haunted attractions

Stalker Farms in Snohomish is offering an outdoor drive-thru haunted attraction! You can buy tickets and still be spooked from the safety of your own vehicle. At Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm, small groups can enjoy a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and a corn maze where you can rent a firepit for up to 2 hours. Oh, and don't forget the full moon on Saturday night!

Scary movie marathon

When it comes to scary movies, we don’t shy away. Just a few of our favorite contemporary options are Us, Midsommar, The Haunting of Hill House, The Invisible Man, The Conjuring, The Witch, Hereditary, or It Follows. If you’re in the mood for more traditional films try the original Halloween or The Shining!

Have a spooooky (but safe) and happy Halloween!