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10 Delightful Ways To Celebrate Halloween At Home With Your Kids

While your actual house may not be "haunted," here are some easy suggestions on keeping the Halloween spirit alive at home! It's as easy as switching to GEICO. Just 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.

1. Decorate your pumpkins beyond just carving!

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Carving and painting are not the only options. For example, you can make an adorable "mummy pumpkin" with white duct tape and a permanent marker. Gauze and googly eyes are another great way to make a gourd spooky.

2. Plan a Halloween movie night...

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Casper the Friendly Ghost, anyone? There are so many great family-friendly Halloween movies that you could even do a marathon!

3. And make a frightfully good pizza to eat!

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Create a boo-tiful pizza at home. Try shaping mozzarella cheese into ghostly figures and making spiders by halving whole black olives and attaching sliced olive legs.

4. Coordinate with your neighbors to do a Halloween gift exchange.

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While we might not be able to trick-or-treat door to door this year, why not bring the excitement home with a Halloween gift swap? Decide on a price limit with your neighbors, coordinate who's swapping with whom, and fill a Halloween bucket with various candies and knickknacks. Then deliver to your neighbor's door on an agreed-upon date.

5. Craft Halloween cards together.

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Halloween normally isn't a card-giving holiday, but why not start this year? Make fun 3D spiders on your notes by gluing loose buttons and black yarn on card stock. Spooktacular!

6. Break a Halloween piñata!

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Just because you're celebrating a home doesn't mean you can't have secret candy surprises. Get some inspiration for piñatas here.

7. Hold a virtual costume contest.

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Start a group chat or email thread with your extended family and friends and invite them to share images of their kids' Halloween costumes. Everyone can then vote on various categories like "spookiest costume" or "cutest costume." Create digital awards and share with the winners!

8. Create a Halloween playlist.

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There are plenty of premade playlists available on your favorite music streaming platform, but nothing beats playing "Monster Mash" on repeat!

9. Decorate your front door to get into the "spirit."

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Even if regular trick-or-treating isn't happening, your door decor can still be creepily cool! Get some inspiration here.

10. Make a Halloween countdown calendar.

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Countdown calendars are very popular in December, but who says October can't get one? There are calendars you can buy online; or you could make one yourself and fill it with candy or jokes to have fun surprises every day of the month.

Try this one for size: What's a ghost's favorite kind of pie? Boo-berry!

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