Though your Halloween season this year might see fewer Halloween costumes, and though you might have to wear a face mask to the pumpkin patch to get your jack-o-lantern, that doesn't mean the season is lost. In fact, there's a lot you can do to celebrate everything spooky right at home!
For starters, there's that pumpkin patch: As long as you wear a mask, and stay six feet apart, this activity can actually be a perfect Halloween tradition you keep alive and well this year. Ask around to see what kind of accommodations are available and then set the day up so you really enjoy it! And once you've brought the pumpkin home from the pumpkin patch, you can get into some really elaborate pumpkin decorating with the little bit of extra time everyone has this year.
Can you guide your kiddos through a Halloween scavenger hunt at the pumpkin patch, or peruse the Halloween party games at the store (or online) to see which ones might work well with a smaller group? What sort of DIY prize can you award for the scariest story told around a backyard campfire? Can you use pipe cleaners, play dough, or printable stickers to make a homemade prize your kiddos won't forget?
The bottom line is, there's still plenty of spooky fun to be had this year — whether or not trick-or-treating is safe for your community. After all, in a world where you can buy googly eyes from the craft store, wrap anything in toilet paper or tissue paper to make it scary, and gorge yourself on candy corn, what more could you want?
Price: Starts at $28.95/month; use code SPOOKY20 at checkout to get a special discount
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What's Included: Why not try science to make for fun Halloween activities? Club Scikidz delivers STEM-based science and math activities, experiments, and projects every month to help your kids discover the world around them and also happen to be a lot of fun! Every box centers around a new topic, such as a Climate Change or Space and includes supplies, a lab notebook filled with DIY experiments and riddles as well as an 18-page activity guide. Make this Halloween a little less about candy corn and other Halloween candy, and more about making learning fun.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. and to select countries on the 27th of each month.
Price: Starts at $33.95/month; use code CELEBRATE10 at checkout to get a special discount.
Order By: October 9
What's Included: This monthly box teaches your kids about their favorite holidays with a Monthly Celebration Kit. Thoughtfully curated to celebrate seasonal holidays and occasions, watch as your child unboxes T-shirts, decor, recipes, and crafts unique and relevant to that month. And what better place to start than with their extra spooky Halloween-themed kit? Introduce your child to haunted houses and spiderwebs with creepy crafts, T-shirts, and table decor perfect for Halloween decorations or Halloween parties. All products are preschooler-friendly.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US every month
Price: Starts at $20.00/month; use code CRATEJOYLOVE at checkout to save $5
Order By: October 19
What's Included: Let's face it: date night can be a bit of a challenge to get creative with, even in a non-pandemic year. If your significant other's idea of a great night is one involving a little spookiness, look no further than Crated with Love.
Crated with Love has two specials this October: their Howling Hotel date night, which is an escape room-type box, and a Zombie Apocalypse date night box. (Because who says love has to stop at till death do us part, right?) Each month, your date box will include 4-5 challenges or activities to help inspire laughter and strengthen your relationship. With their creative and unique themes, each date is specifically designed by their team of marriage and family therapists to make date night fun again — no babysitter required!
Shipping: Normally ships within the U.S. on the 1st and 15th of the month; shipping later in month for Halloween boxes
Price: Starts at $30.00/month; use code GETCRAFTY for free shipping on your first month.
Order By: October 27
What's Included: Adults & Crafts is a thoughtfully curated craft subscription box for adults and teens to create fun and trendy projects. Every month features a different craft, allowing subscribers to learn a new craft technique like wood-burning and engraving. For October, that craft technique is a mosaic tray project, perfect for fall. Other products featured that you create include wine carriers, epoxy resin coasters, and more! Whether you're spending quality time with your friend or looking for another idea for date night, consider Adults & Crafts to get your DIY on.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 20th of every month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month; use code BOOKSFORSTITCHIN at checkout to get a special discount
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What's Included: Fun Halloween activities can be solo activities, too: this month, Season of the Stitch is offering a "Home Sweet Haunted Home" stitch kit box. With Season of the Stitch, you can merge a classic American handicraft with modern humor—each month's cross stitch subscription box includes a witty pattern that celebrates a quirky holiday of the month, along with instructions, color key, a 6"x6" stretched Aida stitching canvas, 3-13 colors of floss, and a needle. Sure, carve your jack-o-lantern this month, but also carve out some time to needlepoint your way to a creative project that lasts longer!
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the 4th of every month
Price: Starts at $59.95/1 box every 3 months
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What's Included: Even though we can't go to as many soirees as we'd like to right now, that doesn't mean we can't have a great time with Swar-Yay!, the home entertaining and hosting box. Each season, you'll receive a box packed with unique items—and yes, they're seasonally themed, so October's theme is mystery and magic—that are perfect for special occasion festivities and entertaining. Just remember to maintain physical distance and hey, why not incorporate a face mask into your Halloween costume this year?
Shipping: Quarterly boxes begin shipping every March, June, September, and December. Only ships within U.S.
Price: Starts at $31.99/month; use code 5PERCENT at checkout to get a special discount
Order By: October 20
What's Included: Put down the crayons and paper plates of kiddo playtime: everyone knows that baking is the grown person's creative outlet of choice! The Bake Eat Love boxes included a handcrafted recipe featuring a specialty ingredient, a new tool for your kitchen, and video tutorials to bake eye-catching, supremely delicious desserts. This box is appropriate for all ages and all experience levels, and the October offering features chocolate lava cakes with caramel and pumpkin spice whipped cream.
Shipping: Ships in the US between the 21st-24th of every month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
Order By: October 26
What's Included: The truth is, when the Halloween party is over, and all of the Halloween candy is gone, most of us still want something sweet, no matter what time of year it is. This delightful cookie of the month subscription is a perfect treat for you or someone you are about. Each month, you'll receive a box with the baker's chosen special cookie of the month—Little Red Kitchen's Fall Box is their Fall Harvest Collection, featuring molasses spice, caramel apple oatmeal, and brown sugar pumpkin cookies. Pass the candy corn, sure, but also sign up for this spooky fun and delicious subscription box!
Shipping: Ships in the US and to select countries every month