6 Virtual Halloween Games and Activities for Kids

Whether you’re sick or avoiding getting sick, we’ve got you covered with easy ways to celebrate Halloween virtually this year.

Halloween kids at home

Between COVID-19, the flu, RSV, and the common cold, you and your family might be planning to celebrate Halloween a little differently this year—to avoid getting sick or to stay home while you're sick to avoid getting anyone else sick.

Though some families may opt for traditional trick-or-treating, crowded parties, and indoor haunted houses, others—especially those who are considered high-risk or live in areas where community transmission is high—are on the hunt for safe Halloween alternatives. When it comes to celebrating in person, keeping the festivities outdoors and reminding guests to stay home if they're not feeling well are your best bets. But if you're looking for Halloween activities to enjoy from home, virtual fun and games—utilizing things like Zoom and FaceTime—will ensure that your family still has a Halloween to remember—that's a little less trick and a little more treat.

Here, we've broken down the top ways to celebrate Halloween virtually amid the pandemic and cold and flu season.

Zoom Halloween Costume Contest

A Zoom costume contest will allow the whole family—don't forget about the pets!—to dress up and show off. Create categories like "Funniest Costume," "Best Group Costume," and "Scariest Costume" to give more than one person a chance to win.

Prizes can even be virtual, too! Opt for things like treats from your local bakery or an epic pizza party (which can be delivered right to your door).

Pumpkin Decorating Party

Host a virtual party so your kids can carve, paint, and decorate pumpkins alongside friends and family. Take it to the next level with a jack-o'-lantern drive-by to see the finished creations from a distance.

Scary Storytime

Lower the lights, let the hot chocolate flow, and bust out your favorite kid-friendly scary stories. Your kids can also take turns reading their favorite fall or Halloween books. Have an Amazon device? You can remove all the work by asking it, "Alexa, tell me a spooky story."

Virtual Halloween Game Night

Link up with loved ones by planning virtual Halloween games and crafts. Ideas include Halloween charades, a contest to see who can fill out DIY Halloween mad libs the fastest, or a Halloween scavenger hunt where each family is responsible for finding the next clue. Make the scavenger hunt extra ooey and gooey by creating an "oobleck" mixture—as seen above—for little ones to dig through.

TikTok Halloween Challenge

Here's a virtual Halloween activity that teens and preteens can really get behind: take viral TikTok challenges, but make them festive. Have your kids dress up in costume, perform a TikTok dance of their choice to "Monster Mash," "I Put a Spell on You," or another Halloween hit, then sync up to vote on the best one. Parents can even join in on the fun, create adult versions, and have the kids vote on the funniest.

Halloween Karaoke/Dance Party

Create a playlist of your Halloween faves—"Thriller" anyone?—or take turns belting out your own versions. You can also have your kids dress up and sing or dance in character!

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