This Week’s Eeks

5 ideas for a spooky but safe Halloween


(Brianna Silva / Amherst Wire)

Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor

Editor’s Note: This Week’s Eeks is a four part series during the month of October featuring the spookiest movies, tv shows, podcasts and more to help get you in the Halloween spirit; because even a pandemic can’t stop the things that go bump in the night. 

We’ve finally made it the end of Spooktober, as All Hallow’s Eve is upon us, the night when the veil between our world and what lies beyond is at its thinnest. Even if you don’t believe in all that sort of stuff, there is no doubt that this year will be extra eerie, with a full moon on Halloween night (not to mention the holiday falls on a Saturday this year). However, we are still very much in a pandemic, so our usual tricks and treats we get up to might no longer be suitable if you’re looking to stay safe. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the most terrifying night of the year! Here are five ideas to still have a spook-tacular Halloween night for all the responsible zombies and ghouls out there. 


Have a horror movie marathon

I think one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween at home this year is by putting on a spooky flick. If you’re not sure what you want to watch, try writing down all your ideas and putting them in a hat or bowl, and picking one out. If you have all night, pick a few! That way, there is somewhat of a fun surprise added, and if you’re trying to please picky movie watchers in your house, this ensures fairness. Set up blankets and pillows for maximum coziness, light a few candles and bring treats like Halloween candy, popcorn and candied apples. It may not be the awesome costume party you were hoping for, but it’s a fun way to celebrate and lift your spirits! If you need some ideas on what to watch, head over to week one of “This Week’s Eeks.”

Decorate and carve jack-o-lanterns

What better way to celebrate than paying homage to this centuries-old tradition. Grab some friends from your “pod” or family, and have a pumpkin carving contest. Select some pumpkins and let your imagination run wild. Carve or paint your pumpkins however you want. Think of some “awards” to give out, such as “Most Original,” “Scariest,” “Cutest,” etc. It’s up to you. I think adding a little friendly competition makes this a “gourd” and fun way to celebrate the holiday. Not to mention, it’s pretty cheap. You can find pumpkins pretty much at any grocery store, and there are plenty of pumpkin carving kits out there with all the tools you might need to see your ghastly creation come to life.

Have a costume contest

Just because you’re not going to any costume balls or fang-tastic themed parties this year, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun dressing up. Grab your roommates, family or boo at home and have an old-fashioned costume contest. Pick a theme, or don’t; sometimes it’s the most fun just seeing where people’s creativity leads them. If you can’t be with anyone this Halloween, maybe consider throwing or attending a virtual costume party. It may not be exactly the same, but it’s always fun to become someone (or something) else for the night. Create a fun prize for the winner, such as candy or treats, and be sure to take a lot of pictures. Maybe even consider building a photo backdrop and having a photoshoot. It’s up to you!

Have a baking extravaganza 

Whether you live alone, with friends, or with family, making fun and spooky treats is something that anyone can do. Get some inspiration by heading over to Pinterest, or watching YouTube videos, where you’ll find a plethora of Halloween baking recipes and treats to die for. Pick a few to try and you’ll be a kitchen witch in no time! You can also blast some Halloween tunes while you’re whipping up your ghostly creations. Pair this with a movie night, and you’ll have the perfect (and delicious) stay at home Halloween. 

Have an at-home dance party

Speaking of Halloween tunes, why not build your own mini dance floor right in your own home? Consider buying some strobing or multicolor disco lights, clear a space where you can boogie-woogie with your friends or family, turn out the lights and let the good times (or heads) roll. You can also pair this with dressing up, and you’ve created your own safe, at-home Halloween party.

The point is, Halloween this year doesn’t have to be canceled. Just because we can’t exactly operate normally, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun, eat way too much candy and have a good scare. There are still plenty of ways you can have a howling good time, while still staying safe and responsible. 


Well, ghouls, that concludes this miniseries. I hope you had as much skele-fun as I have all October long, getting in the mood for the most wonderful time of year (and no, it’s not Christmas). I witch you all a very Happy Halloween! 


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