Thursday, October 29, 2020

A New Spin on Halloween

 Halloween is in 2 days!!! I always think it is such a shame that the real Halloween doesn't happen during camp. It has everything, hilarious costumes, yummy candy (aka canteen!), and a night full of themed shenanigans. 

You don't need me to tell you that Halloween will be different this time around. But we are Camp Foley, and everyone at Camp Foley is ready to adapt when things need to be different. Here are some ways you can celebrate Halloween while staying safe this year...

1. Make Your own Decorations!

Brother and sister dressed up for Halloween in front of DIY Halloween decorations. Build anticipation for the big day by making your Halloween décor a showstopper. Think: Paper chains around the mailbox, lights over the door and construction paper silhouettes in the windows.

2. Create a Halloween home movie or play.

It’s the perfect scenario: Everyone already has a costume! Get the family involved in writing a script, building or arranging a “set,” picking out theme music, rehearsing, and filming. Then share it as a “Quarantine-O-Ween” family greeting.

3. Learn a Halloween dance!

This could be the big finale for your home video or play – or just a great way to get some exercise and laugh together as a family. Search YouTube for “monster mash dance,” “monster shuffle” – or choreograph your own, featuring your child’s best moves! Practice then perform, preferably in costume.

4. Plan a scary (or not-so-scary) movie night.

Host a full-length feature with a theme that ties to Halloween or your child’s costume, or plan a marathon of Halloween-themed TV episodes. To make sure your selections are age appropriate, check

5. Have a Hallo
ween-themed reading hour.

Check your library for book suggestions! Many offer curbside pick-up during COVID-19. (And if you

need help getting your child excited about reading, check out these strategies.)

6. Make Halloween treats.

From cookies frosted to look like witch hats to tangerines peeled and garnished with mint to look like pumpkins, the options are endless. Whatever you decide, you’ll be spending time with your child building kitchen skills and having fun.

7. Camp out under the blue moon.

In case you hadn’t heard, there will be a full moon on Oct. 31, 2020 – something that happens just once every 18 or 19 years. It’s also a “blue moon,” aka the second full moon of the month. So set up a tent, and enjoy the show. Howl if you want to.

8. Host a video chat costume party.

Use a video chat app like Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype to host a virtual event. Invite your child’s friends to participate in a spooky singalong, dance party or group chat. 

9. Join a virtual pumpkin-carving or -painting contest.

Host your own with family and friends, or try searching your online community for virtual events open to the public.

10. Create a Quarantine-O-Ween scavenger hunt.

Instead of your child trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, they can trick-or-treat around the home or yard. Hide treats, create clues, and send your child on a spooky scavenger hunt.

Check out more ideas here! and From all of us here at Camp Foley we hope you have a safe, fun, and spoooooky Halloween!

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