6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween while Social Distancing

Have you heard about the Ohio dad who invented a candy chute for a contactless way to get candy right into kid’s trick or treating buckets this year? I love it! Since then I’ve heard talk of slingshots, catapults, and some even crazier ideas on how to make trick or treating happen this October. Not gonna lie, my wheels have been turning too. We have made it this long adjusting our daily lives for this virus, and now as we are about to hit all the major holidays I can’t help but wonder how many traditions will need to be thrown out the window this year. Of course I am willing to do whatever is needed, and there are much bigger things to worry about. But I am grateful for the joy and hope that the holidays bring every year, and I am determined to not miss out on at least that part of the celebrations!

One major thing I am looking forward to is, this year, the holidays will be more about family time than ever! No extravagant parties needed, I am looking forward to making the next few months just as exciting and fun with just my own household! My “quarantine crew” and I can still party hard. And at the very least, more leftover candy for me this year 😉

If you’re hoping to make this Halloween something special, we’ve put together some amazing ideas you can throw together with your family. And even friends with some proper social distancing! All you need to get started is a printer and some scissors.

How to celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year

1. Throw a socially-distant Halloween party

We’ve all missed out on lots of family and friend get-togethers this year. (Cross your fingers we’ll be back to normal by next Halloween!) Luckily, weather permitting, you can still have a fun outdoor Halloween Party if you’re creative (and we’re betting you definitely are if you’re reading this blog!) Even if you are sticking with just your immediate family members this year, go all out! Slip an invite under everyone’s door see whose costume impresses even your teenager. Halloween while social distancing can still be as festive as ever.

Print off our ghoulish Halloween Invitations and customize them so everyone knows the lowdown (masks a must!) Decorate your trees with our fall garland (or maybe your trees are cloaked in fall colors already and don’t need any decoration). Add some twinkle lights to the trees and bushes for a bit of warmth.

2. Eat a spooky (but tasty!) Halloween feast with family

Remember our Halloween Feast? You can throw one with your immediate family. Use our Halloween Menu Printable to get started. These printable placecards can make each setting special, and complete it with that family member’s favorite candy!

3. Put on a Halloween Parade

Need a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your friends, but don’t want to get too close? How about a Halloween Parade in the neighborhood? Use any of our free costume ideas, including these easy iron-ons you can combine with items you probably have sitting around the house. I’d argue that the best part about Halloween right now is you can do it all while wearing a mask 😉

4. Host a Halloween movie night

Don’t have the energy or time for a party? Plan for a night in with your family, but make it memorable. If you’re getting tired of rewatching Hocus Pocus every year (if that’s possible) this could be a fun time to pull out a classic scary movie. The Birds, anyone? Eat out of our Halloween Candy Gift Boxes (you can fill them with popcorn, too!) After all, this is the year to trick or treat yo’self!

5. Incorporate costumes into your at home learning

For most of us this school year has become a modge-podge of online classes and homeschooling. If you’re already losing your motivation to keep at home learning going, don’t worry. If you don’t know what you’ll do when cold weather means you can’t keep ushering the kids outside for “nature class” – now is the perfect time to mix it up! One of my favorite ways to make learning super memorable is to have students dress up as the famous people they are studying!

This happens in our Great Artists! kid’s course a bunch. Some of the daily activities include recreating famous art pieces in person, not just on paper! We also did this when we dresses up as famous artists themselves for Halloween one year. Mix Halloween traditions in with your at-home learning by challenging your kids to dress up as someone they are learning about. Print off these placemats, make a yummy Halloween themed meal, and see what figure from history shows up to the breakfast table!

Plus for your younger children, they can join in on the fun too by dressing up as their favorite picture books! See what I mean here and here.

6. Hold a Halloween porch decorating contest

There’s nothing wrong with a little contest! In fact, since most sporting events got cancelled, I think we need a dose of healthy competition in our lives. You know we love to deck out our porches come Halloween. Use one of our printable designs to elevate your porch above the rest. 

If you’re not sure how you will celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year, don’t be too hard on yourself! Everything about 2020 has been different than we thought it would. However, taking part in beloved traditions like celebrating Halloween can help!

Click here to check out all of our printable Halloween resources, including the full Halloween Party Suite for a discounted price!

 

DIY Dried Flower Pumpkins

Today we’re bringing you a DIY fall project with dried flowers, but this one is a little different than our DIY Rainbow Pumpkins we posted last month. However, both projects could be left up year-round to add a little charm and cheer to your front porch.

I love our pumpkin projects because they involve no carving. That’s right, no scraping the inside of a pumpkin for hours until your arm gets numb. No sifting through pumpkin goop to get out the seeds for roasting. And no more planning out an elaborate design, only to accidentally cut off a huge piece of pumpkin and ruining the whole thing! I’m really making a case for a no-carving Halloween, aren’t I? Well it turns out, there are other ways to dress up pumpkins, and I’d argue they let you be even more creative than a carving set!

Unlike our colorful painted gourds, this pumpkin DIY relies on natural adornmentspreserved flowers, to be precise! You don’t need a perfectly round pumpkin for this DIY fall project with dried flowers. In fact, you could even dress up some acorn or butternut squash if that’s what you have on hand. How gorgeous would these pumpkins be as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece?

Even though we’re using preserved flowers for this project, that doesn’t mean the colors have to be tone down. You know which blog this is, right? Bring on the brightness! Choose jewel toned flowers that hold onto their hues after drying, like dried globe amaranth or strawflowers. How perfect is the name “strawflower”?! It evokes those beautiful red berries we all know and love and the “straw” makes me think of fall harvest.

Here are some of our favorite preserved and dried flowers from around the web!

DIY Fall project with dried flowers and pumpkins!

Materials:

See above!

Instructions:

  1. Pick out your flowers (we got ours from Terrain) and pumpkins. We went with a monochromatic scheme because…elegance!
  2. Plan your pattern.
  3. Start gluing! Use extra glue to make sure they stay on!

That’s it!

It’s really an easy project, but you can get super intricate with the design and style of the pumpkin. Again, how lovely would it be as a wedding centerpiece. I’m definitely showing these off ASAP!

Yes, summer is over, and it’s taking the beautiful flowers with it, but don’t fret! This DIY will help you preserve the colorful blooms all through the fall season.

Thank you Terrain for providing the beautiful preserved flowers! You can shop their collection here

Spooky Transfer Wood Plaques for DIY Halloween Art

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These rustic-chic transfer wood plaques are a favorite here at Lars. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and spooky, AND they match with any type of decor you may already have in your home. I’m tempted to keep these DIY Halloween Art pieces up year-round! Add some floral (or maybe some autumn leaves) to give it that sweet and spooky feel.

This year may look different holiday-wise, but don’t let that stop you from getting crafty and celebrating the holidays with Halloween projects! Plus, these plaques will last you years, and you can reuse them for future Halloween parties! Even if they’re just a part of your zoom background for now, you’ll be able to show them off at Halloween parties in the years to come! There’s something so rewarding about crafting your own decor, hanging it up, and being able to say ‘I made that!’ Especially now during COVID, I feel that home spaces need some extra love and creativity to keep spirits high during these not so normal holidays.

For a little extra Halloween spirit, pair these plaques with portrait luminaries for an extra spooky ambiance. Light the luminaries to highlight creepy photos (or more skulls and insects!) to complement your Halloween plaques. Or create this skull cake for a sweet and skull-filled Halloween. You don’t need to have a big party to enjoy a Halloween cake!

DIY Halloween Art – Wood Transfer Plaques

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Print the templates (black and white only! on laser printer only!) and cut it out to the size you’d like to apply it to.
  2. Position the design face down on the wood surface and rub it with a blender marker with a bone folder.
  3. Lift the design.
  4. Staple your ribbon into the wood on the back.
  5. Hang and enjoy!

Halloween art decor

Halloween art decorDon’t you love how simple this DIY Halloween Art project is?! Simple and beautiful are the names of the game around these parts.

For more Halloween decor inspiration, check our Halloween shop!

How to win this year’s Halloween costume contest

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Our Favorite Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

I’ve combed through the archives to share my favorite clever Halloween costume ideas for adults (look for mother and child costume ideas in the Lars archives!)

4 Easy Iron-on Costumes

Short on supplies? Need a really quick costume because you forgot Halloween was even happening because everything else has been canceled? Our 4 easy iron-on costumes will be right up your alley! You can put these together with clothes from your current wardrobe (or make a quick trip to the thrift store) and of course, an iron. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Famous Paintings by Great Artists

Remember our Tortured Artist Halloween Party a few years back? Remember parties? With other people? Where you could stand right next to them? Sigh…me too. If you’re feeling a little gloomy about it, channel that energy into one of our tortured artist costumes. My favorite is the interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Showstopper costumes made from everyday supplies

You’ll want to zoom in on this costume to see all the household items we used to make this DIY mermaid costume, trust me. Click here to find out how to make this costume and more!

Influential Women Costume Ideas

I could add so many more inspirational women to the list pictured here! The best part about these costumes is they require NO SEWING and NO IRONING. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

DIY Potted Plant Costume

I don’t know about you, but my plant collection has gotten exponentially larger in the past six months…what’s one more? Plus, this one is wearable! 😉 I’ve heard plant lady is the new cat lady soooo, feels relevant. Click here to find out how to make this costume!

Copenhagen Row Costume

I whipped this idea up at the last minute a few years ago when I was in desperate need of a fast, but clever Halloween costume idea. Now you have a use for all those empty boxes leftover from spontaneous quarantine purchases! These cute, human-size Scandinavian house costumes were inspired by Merrilee Liddiard’s book Playful (still one of my faves). Click here to find out how to make this costume!

DIY costumes from your craft closet

Click here to find out how to make these costumes and more with supplies you might have on hand already!

For more clever Halloween costume ideas head here!

How to get in the holiday spirit this year

Take 30% off all halloween printables in the Lars shop

All existing Halloween printables in our shop are 30% off using the code PRESPOOKY30. This sale is for you early birds who are looking to save time and $ by stocking up early on your decor and more! Whether you’re searching for costumes, decorations, cards, or candy gift boxes, get a head start (and a great discount!) on your Halloween planning necessities. Scroll down to see some of the items on sale in the shop!

Go all out with the holiday decor this year

I don’t know about you, but all this extra time spent at home has me dying for a change. I’m so happy to be prepping our new home to move in soon (fingers crossed! Check out our lastest house update here!) But if you’re in need of a change that isn’t so drastic or longlasting, decorating for the holidays is the PERFECT way to change it up your space without a major overhaul. Hang a garland on your mantel, paint some pumpkins,

Last month we brought back these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins to begin decorating for fall! If you’re looking to add some character to your rainbow pumpkins, check out the Pumpkin Faces PDF template in our Halloween shop! Who knew pumpkins could be so cute? 

Plan your holiday parties in advance

Get those dates on the calendar now for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! You’ll thank me later. Parties might turn into zoom calls, and holiday trips might turn into facetime calls to the grandparents, but at least you can plan to make the next few months special no matter what. Even if only your immediate family can make the guest list this year, check out our 11 ideas for a Halloween party to spark some ideas.

In our Halloween sale, you’ll also find garland templates, party invites, cake toppers, and plenty of other ways to complete your Halloween look this year. For the biggest discount, check out our Halloween E-book full of our most popular printables! (psst, even the e-book is an additional 30% off!)

Find a clever Halloween costume

Costumes are, in my opinion, one of the hardest parts about Halloween planning. You want to be creative and stylish without splurging on a new costume every year, right? We have plenty of costume PDF templates—  for both kids and adults—  discounted in our shop. The best part is that these costumes can be put together in under an hour AND you can use items you probably already own to complete the look. This halloween sale is meant to make your load lighter this year (so you can carry more weight in candy) 😉

Find joy in giving holiday gifts

There is no need to hold off on the giving spirit until December. I think any holiday is a great reason to drop off some neighbor gifts! We created some printable gift boxes to fill with seasonal candy and gift to a friend. This will come in handy more than ever this year when who knows if trick or treating will even be a thing??

Even if you’re staying in this Halloween, we have discounted items in our shop to help share the Halloween spirit! Send out some Halloween cards to friends, family, neighbors, and those you wish to share this spooky season with. The perfect pairing with one of these cards is a Halloween candy gift box! You can find the instructions for putting together the gift boxes here.

Enjoy your stress-free Halloween planning with 30% off printables (don’t forget the code: PRESPOOKY30)! You can find more Halloween sale printables in our shop!

Take time to make DIY holiday decor

The upside to this “new normal” and the impact it will have on the holiday season, is more and more people are taking time to create and get crafty! We love to see it. Adding a homemade touch is what makes holiday decor special, home-y, and a potential family heirloom. You can dive as deep into our 10+ years of archives as you want to go, but some of our favorite Halloween DIYs are these wood plaque transfers, or our rainbow pumpkin arch!

For more ways to get into the holiday spirit, check out our Halloween Pinterest board here!

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

We originally made these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins in 2017, and since then they have inspired even more rainbow pumpkin projects like this arch, and this paper pumpkin tablescape.

When it comes to Autumn and Halloween decor, I always have a difficult time deciding which direction I want to take it. Do you go traditional with black and orange and the typical bats and witch hats? Or maybe all white with plenty of skeletons and ghosts? Honestly, I’ll probably switch it up every year. But is it any surprise that I wanted to go rainbow? I love those front porches that are overflowing with pumpkins and I thought would look so fun in a beautiful muted rainbow palette. It’s a simple concept, yet the execution looks so stunning! These DIY Rainbow Pumpkins are the perfect way to adorn your porch for October and November!

Let’s paint the pumpkins rainbow!

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down your pumpkins with a wet rag to remove any dirt or grime and let dry
  2. Tape off the stem to avoid getting paint splatters on it.
  3. Paint 1-2 pumpkins each color of the attached color palette. Let dry
  4. Arrange on your front porch in rainbow order!

TIP: The paint will easily chip/peel off the pumpkin, so if you’d like them to last longer, feel free to coat them with a sealant.

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

Other DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Projects

Use this rainbow look everywhere this holiday season to tie it all together! If you want an even bolder rainbow pumpkin display and one that you can reuse in the future, check out our DIY rainbow pumpkin arch! For that project we used foam pumpkins so we can enjoy it for plenty of years to come. Or for our most simple and sustainable rainbow pumpkin project yet, you can make them out of paper for your holiday dinner party. You can find that tutorial here!

For more rainbow inspiration and DIY projects, check out our Pinterest here!

How to pick the right costume for your child while they still have no choice

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This post started out as a “here’s a cute photo of my son in a squirrel costume” and then turned out I had some impassioned thoughts about WHY and HOW to choose the best costume for your child while they still don’t have an opinion. Because there are few things more important that selecting the right costume for your child. Period.

Jasper is 20 months and I know I have a limited window for selecting costumes of which he has no say in. This is a cherished time. Because of the high stakes, I know you know what I’m talking about, I go back and forth on what he should be and I’ve come up with a rubric for costume selection. The ideal costume must include the following:

DIY Rainbow Ghosts Team Costume

This year for our lars costume we settled on simple… with a twist! I have always loved the simplicity of the classic sheet ghost costume, not to mention the quick, easy and inexpensive nature of it. But it has never really been in Lars fashion to follow the rules, which is why we turned to shaking things up and coloring our classic ghost costumes to fit our love of rainbows!

Jasper or Jared, Who wore it best?

Turns out, it was JASPER who found Jared Leto’s head!

I’m sure we’re not the only ones here who anxiously await the arrival of the Met Gala yearly. This year, when Anna Wintour announced the Camp theme, we knew we were in for a show (even though honestly, it’s how I would love to dress every day of the year). But boy it was an even better show than I could have imagined. I could take hours to discuss our favorite looks, who really embodied “camp” or the costumes that just left us a little confused, but I would rather just get to the point. Jasper as Jared Leto… Camp Themed! Dun dun dun!! Who wore it best? I’m clearly biased, but can you blame me? A baby in a wig… carrying a doll with a wig…? Sorry Mr. Leto, we think we’ll call this one a win for Jasper!

If you’re not too creeped out yet, click to see more! 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Arch

In another life, I think I should have been an architect. Or at least just an arch-themed one. You may have noticed by now that I have a bit of a thing for balloon themed arches. Lest we forget the flamingo balloon arch, the Rainbow arch, the heart arch…I think you get it, I love a good arch!

Of course, the problem with creating is that as soon as you finish one, you just want to do another, and I’ve had a hankering to make a new one as of late. As it turns out, our friends at Michaels were craving something colorful as well, so we teamed up to bring you what might just be one of my favorite arches yet. Behold, the Rainbow Pumpkin arch!

Halloween e-book out now!

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Halloween e-book

Our new Halloween e-book is out now! It features a collection of 8 of our favorite ghoulish printables and tutorials ranging from invitations, menu cards, cake toppers, and treat boxes. And you can find it in our shop!

Here’s a little preview!

Modernized Day of the Dead Ofrenda

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Day of the Dead OfrendaHave you ever heard of Day of the Dead Ofrendas? If you’ve seen the movie Coco, you probably get the gist. Ofrenda means ‘offering’ in Spanish and is a display set up to remember and honor your ancestors. The ofrenda consists of several components including photos of past loved ones, candles, fruits and sweets, flowers, papel picado, and more. It serves as a chance to welcome those ancestors who have passed back into your home and heart. Not to mention it creates the most beautiful display overflowing with flowers and foliage! We’re creating a modern-day take on the Ofrenda with foraged greenery, one that you can easily recreate and keep up all month long! This is my ideal kind of holiday decor, not to mention the sentimentality of it is so special!

Day of the Dead OfrendaRecently, Paul and I completed our 23andMe DNA tests, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and we are now anxiously awaiting our reports. With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to celebrate and learn more about my family history than with my very own ofrenda! This display is the perfect way to decorate for the season, but also a wonderful chance to learn more about yourself and your heritage. Win win!

See how easy the 23andMe service process is, discover more about your ancestry and get inspired to create your own Ofrenda