Halloween at home.

Unfortunately this year, due to the current health situation, many of the activities normally available in NYC to celebrate Halloween will be mostly cancelled.

While some activities will still be offered, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has just released their recommendations for celebrating Halloween this year (CDC Halloween guidelines).

While haunted rides, outdoor gatherings and the famous door-to-door trick or treat are to be avoided (germs can stay up to 72 hours on packages), a costume party and/or the screening of Halloween movies outdoors in small groups have both been classified as moderate risk activities by the CDC, as long as everyone stays within 6 feet of each other.

However, to avoid any risk, there are several alternatives to celebrate this, much loved children’s holiday, at home.


Here are a few of them.


Decorate your home.

Be creative and transform your home to become the most beautiful private haunted house in the neighbourhood. A fun activity to do with your kids to keep them occupied. And why not have a contest with your friends and family to see who can make the best decoration.


Create the most beautiful pumpkins.

Of course, don’t forget THE traditional pumpkin. As for the decoration of your home be creative and share the pictures of your wonders with your loved ones !
(Where to find pumpkins in NYC)


Make a treasure hunt, candy version.

Hide a few candies on the right and left, a few clues, to finally arrive at the ultimate goal…. The candy chest !!! No trick or treat this year but a fun activity to do at home.


Organize a costume contest.

What would Halloween be without a nice costume? Have a video conference with your family and friends to share your best costumes.


Horror movie night on television.

The many on-demand movie and series services such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ etc. will be offering for several days for Halloween, a great selection of movies for all ages. Thrills guaranteed. (Best Halloween movie for kids and teenagers)


Organize a virtual dinner with your friends and family.

To your stoves, dishes, spoons and recipe books! Halloween will be different this year but don’t miss out on it. Instead of going outside why not stay warm at home, prepare a nice dinner, and why not do it by videoconference with your friends and family for even more fun.
(some ideas of Halloween cookies : mummy cookie , Halloween spider cookie)



However, if you want to get some fresh air, there are also a few places that do everything they can to offer original solutions while respecting health rules and social distancing.


Note :  Due to Covid-19, we higly recommend to call each location before your visit for safety guidelines, reservations (if need be) and more information.


Drive-ins are more fashionable than ever lately. Some open-air cinemas offer special Halloween parties. Don’t forget to lock your doors…

Jucy Lucy BBQ (Ocean Breeze)
Rooftop Films (Brooklyn & Queens)
Bel Aire Diner (Astoria)
Newark Moonlight Cinema (New Jersey)
Skyline Drive In (Greenpoint)


Headless Horseman is replacing his haunted wagon ride this year with a terrifying drive-in. With only the body of your car for protection, will you be brave enough to try the experience? (Website)

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, with its army of over 7,000 shiny pumpkins shining along the river near Van Cortlandt Manor, the Pumpkin Planetarium, flying ghosts and a special appearance by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, make this event a “must see” in NYC during Halloween.
This year, a second venue appears for the very first time in Long Island. (Website)

Note: The Great jack O’Lantern blaze attraction is in strict compliance with NYC’s “LOW-RISK OUTDOOR ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT GUIDELINES”. The capacity is diminished, wearing a mask is mandatory and reservations must be made in advance.


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