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Even though spooky season is thoroughly underway, there's still a need to follow safety guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. While that means the landscape of Halloween looks a little different, it doesn't mean you can't still get your creepy kicks this October. Here are some creative, socially distant Halloween ideas!

Create a Candy Graveyard

Use novelty skeleton bones to create a path that stops at individual graves full of candy! Go wild decorating to give each station a unique flair and your trick-or-treaters will have a blast stocking up on candy in a safe, socially distant way.

Carve Pumpkins as a Family

This is a pretty common activity that many families already do. But this year, it might take on a new significance as we look for ways to celebrate Halloween safely. With that in mind, a trip to a pumpkin patch followed by carving spooky (or silly!) designs all night might be the perfect option. Turn on a scary movie and snack on some candy to really amplify the atmosphere.

Ghost Your Neighbors

Not in the online dating sense, of course. Rather, this Halloween consider ghosting your neighbors – in other words, create goodie bags full of treats and leave them on your neighbors' doorsteps with a friendly note to pass it on. See how far you can keep the "haunt" going!

Make Custom Halloween Facemasks

If you are going out for Halloween, it's wise to still mask up. Why not get in the spirit of things by designing your own custom Halloween masks? Check out these designs for inspiration then get started on your own macabre masterpiece!

Trick-or-Treat at Home

Instead of going door-to-door in your neighborhood, go door-to-door in your own home! Set up different bowls of candy in separate rooms, then decorate each door with a unique spooky theme. Play some Halloween music and sounds for creepy ambiance, and you've got your very own trick-or-treat route at home!

Bake Halloween Treats Together

This one's great with younger kids who are eager to help out in the kitchen. Get the whole gang together to whip up some awesome Halloween-themed goodies…and then eat them. The goodies, of course.

Get a Tarot Card Reading

What better time than Halloween to get in touch with your spiritual side and catch a glimpse into your future? For extra fun, hire an expert to give you a tarot reading over a video call.

Throw a Costume Parade

With socially distant spacing, a costume parade through the neighborhood is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit! You can set up candy station stops along the parade route so trick-or-treaters can still get their sweet fix while showing off their costumes.

Put a Spin on Easter Egg Hunts

Instead of hiding plastic or painted eggs, sneak some goodie bags with glow-in-the-dark stickers affixed to them throughout the house and backyard. Once it's dark, give your kiddos a flashlight and set them on the hunt.

Throw a Virtual Costume Contest

The best part of Halloween is dressing up, right? Well we're not going to let 2020 take that from us. Dress up in your favorite costume or create a brand new one, then show it off to friends and family with a virtual costume contest.

Have a Scary Movie Night

If you aren't already spending every night in October watching horror movies (explain yourself), schedule time to watch a few scary flicks and eat some tasty snacks!

Tell Scary Stories

Gather the family and have everyone share their own scary story. For bonus atmosphere, recite your tales around a campfire in the backyard!


Spooky season is here! There's only one way to celebrate: turning your home into a ghastly Halloween haven. And while you could drop tons of money on store-bought décor, why not try your hand on some homecooked decorations? Take these DIY Halloween décor projects for a spin this spooky season to get your ghoulish vibes right.

Empty Bottle Candlestick Holders

Take any empty bottle, spray paint it matte black, then insert a candlestick in the opening. Now you've got spooky flickers of candlelight!

Paper Bats & Cats

Cut out silhouettes of bats, cats, half-moons, and other creepy imagery using black paper, then stick them to the outside of windows throughout your house – they look great and are easy to make!

Flannel Face Pillows

Flex your sewing muscles with this nifty project that turns your favorite throw pillows into adorably creepy monsters.

Oversized Spiders

Foam balls, toothpicks, some paint, and a few more crafts are all you need to make these oversized spiders.

Bubbling Cauldron

Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Creating your own frothing cauldron is a breeze. Just take a cast-iron Dutch oven and mix in a little water and dry ice and voila!

Illuminated Ghost Garland

Want to make your home feel truly haunted? Follow these simple instructions to make a bunch of friendly ghosts that'll light up your home with spooky charm.

Partygoing Pumpkins

Instead of carving up your pumpkins, try decorating them with other crafts: gemstones, glitter, masks, and more.

Pumpkin Archway

Let trick 'r treaters know exactly what kind of house they're approaching with this custom pumpkin archway out front.

Mummify Your Front Door

Take some white crepe paper, adhesive putty, and some scissors to transform your front door into a macabre mummy. If you want more silly than spooky, add some googly eyes.

Spider Cake

Take any store-bought cake and add some white frosting to a frosting piping bag (or make your own with a sealable freezer bag) to layer spiderwebs on the exterior. Stick some small novelty spiders on top of the webs and you've got a chilling yet delicious spider cake!

Witch Legs

Spruce up your front lawn with these wicked witch legs. A few crafts and some elbow grease are all you need for these witchy bush decorations.

Trees from Another Dimension

Those aren't any ordinary trees in your yard – at least not when you give them a set of ghoulish eyes! Draw some pupils on a fluorescent foam circle to create the eyes, then stick them to your trees with double stick tape.

Mason Jar Ghosts

Turn mason jars into g-g-g-g-ghosts! Hit them with some glass spray paint and affix some googly eyes to the front and bam, you've got ghosts.

Candy Corn Pinata

Festive cheer comes in the form of a giant piece of candy corn with this craft. Except this one isn't edible – it's a pinata!

Hanging Cage Props

Keep ghastly prisoners in line with these homemade hanging cage props. Follow this guide to make your own!

Skull Candle Holder

Set the spooky mood with these DIY candle holders made with plaster novelty skulls.

Crystal Ball Candlesticks

These nifty pieces of décor may look like something you'd drop $15 on at a big-box store, but you can make them on your own for less!

Hanging Bats

How adorable are these DIY hanging bats? All you need are black socks, hot glue, crafting foam, and a few more supplies to craft your own.


Any city that's been around for as long as St. Augustine is bound to have its share of spooky corners to explore. That holds true for the country's oldest city; there's so much frightful fun to have here come October! Check out these Halloween attractions in St. Augustine, FL for a terrifyingly good time.

Dark of the Moon Tour

St. Augustine's famous red-tipped lighthouse is one of the city's most popular landmarks. It's also notoriously haunted, having been featured on CNN, Fox News, and even TAPS Ghost Hunters. Discover the lighthouse's paranormal residents on the Dark of the Moon Tour or interact with them on one of the more exclusive Investigation Only tour.

Dead Walk

Want to discover what still lurks in the darkest and most forgotten parts of St. Augustine? Then grab your K2 Electromagnetic field monitors, steel your nerves, and secure your spot on the 90-minute Dead Walk tour.

Creatures of the Night

For one of the more family friendly Halloween attractions in St. Augustine, FL, check out Creatures of the Night at the Alligator Farm. Kids will love costuming up and hunting down collectible creature cards throughout the zoo, while the whole family can enjoy the hands-on interactions with the park's creepiest critters.

Ghostly Experience Nightly Tour

But if ghost tours are exactly what you're after, why not go for the oldest and best? You'll tip-toe through haunted back alleys guided only by the soft glow of lantern light as you learn about the city's gruesome past and the ghosts it left behind on this award-winning tour. Keep your eyes peeled for supernatural shadows or strange orbs of light; it's all evidence of the paranormal that many tourgoers have experienced.


Halloween is almost among us, which means time is running out to get your spook on. If you aren't in the scary spirit yet, don't fret! There are still a few frightful attractions in Jacksonville that will fill you with fear just in time for All Hallows' Eve.

Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing Beaches - 1944 Beach Blvd. Thursdays-Sundays through Halloween

Adventure Landing's annual Haunt Nights boasts four chilling haunted houses for intrepid explorers to investigate, including an ancient mental asylum and a research facility that's overrun with zombies. If you need to shake off some of the fear, there's even a ticket package that includes a go-kart race or a game of mini-golf. Tickets can be purchased here.\

The Old Spanish Trail Westside – 13535 West Beaver St. Thursday - Sunday Nights through October 28

Take a trip out to The Old Spanish Trail for a journey into madness you won't soon forget. This sprawling two acre trail features three distinct themes for you to creep through. At the center of it all is a haunted building from the 18th century. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online here.

Warehouse 31 Unleashed Southside - 11262 Beach Blvd. Thursday-Sunday through November 3; Additional dates include 10/29, 10/30, & 10/31

Face off against deranged clowns in a twisted circus or investigate a formerly popular meat factory that was mysteriously shut down over night more than a hundred years ago. These are only two of the four terrifying haunted houses available for brave visitors willing to face their fears at Warehouse 31 Unleashed. If you think you've got what it takes to make it through each horrifying setting, grab your ticket here.

The Haunted Brewery Northside - 111 Busch Drive October 19, 20, 26, & 27

Jacksonville's Anheuser-Busch brewery has been overrun by all manner of foul creatures that go bump in the night! Gather up your squad and lead the hunt against the zombie horde that's descended upon the brewery. Once you've done some damage to the zombies, head to the haunted putt 'n crawl or the Creepy Clown CarnEVIL for some relaxation. For more details on these attractions and more, head here  

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