Halloween Holistay – Spooktacular Celebrations at Home

This Halloween has the potential to be unbeatable! Forget local events and parties, your home is the place to be to find the scariest Spooktacular this year. This autumn we’re dressing up and putting on the fake blood in support of The Big British Camp Out – Halloween Edition. Join us again, like many of you did over the summer, to support amazing NHS Charities right from your back garden. Visit the event page on Facebook here to show your interest and donate what you can to NHS charities. Plus, don’t forget to share your spooky snaps on Saturday 31st October to be entered into the GO Outdoors Halloween #GOHolistay competition, where one lucky ghost or ghoul will WIN!

Get Your Spook On! Once you’ve signed up to The Big British Camp Out event it’s time to start planning your Halloween Holistay. Here are some spine-chilling ideas and terrifying treats guaranteed to make your garden spooktacular!

Mother and Daughter at a Halloween Campout in their back garden featuring carved Halloween pumpkins

1. Creepy Camp Out

Do Halloween differently this year. Get into the garden, pitch the tent and snuggle up with the family to share some scary stories by torchlight. You could even decorate your tent and garden with lights and a pumpkin or two. Got little ones? Consider building a cushion castle in the living room or get the sleeping bags out. Just watch out for those things that go ‘bump’ in the night! Share your camp out creations and snaps using #GOHolistay for a chance to WIN.

2. Host a Virtual Party

Halloween is the perfect excuse for a party. This year join up with friends and family online so everyone can take part in the Holistay fun! Share spooky stories with your friends on Zoom, play gruesome games with your family on Facebook or show off your scary Halloween outfit to Grandma on Skype. Bringing everyone together on Halloween virtually is the best way to connect! You could even send out e-invites to all your guests so they know what time to log on.

3. Pumpkin Pals

No Halloween party is complete without a pumpkin! Get creative and flex your artistic flair in time for Halloween; just make sure you have a grown up to help when carving. Once your Pumpkin has a face, features or fun design, add a tea light and pop it outside your house to let everyone know you’re enjoying a Holistay Halloween-style!

4. Go Ghosting

Enjoy trick or treating safely this Halloween – go ghosting! Create a treat bag full of ghoulish goodies for someone in your household. Then simply leave it outside their bedroom door with a note for them to discover. You could even do it for friends and neighbours; just be sure to leave it on their doorstep. It’s a great way to spread socially distanced cheer this season.

5. Do the Monster Mash

No matter how small the party, festive tunes are still a firm favourite. Dress up in your wicked Halloween costume, turn up the volume and show off your scariest dance moves (that includes you Dad!) You could even play a game of musical statues with your household or on Zoom; simply dance until the music stops and the winner is the last one dancing!

Mother and Daughter stood outside a tent in their backgarden dressed in Halloween costumes

6. Watch a Halloween Movie

What’s your favourite Halloween movie? The Addams Family, Goosebumps, Frankenweenie, The Witches? There are so many great classics for all the family to enjoy so grab the popcorn, snuggle on the sofa and scare yourself silly at the small screen.

7. Ghostly Games

There are some really spooky Halloween Games guaranteed to have you belly-laughing with all your family. Ever played ‘Toilet Paper Mummy’? Two teams must work to wrap their chosen mummy in toilet paper. The winning team is the first to totally cover their teammate. Or why not take part in a donut eating contest. You’ll need a length of sturdy rope tied between two trees or in your house. Then tie ribbons or string from the rope down to donuts which hang in line with your mouth. (Make sure there is one that everyone can reach). The aim of the game is to eat the donut the fastest with your hands behind your back. Let the fun commence!

8. Scavenge for Sweet Things

Create your own Halloween Holistay scavenger hunt by hiding treats and surprises around the house or garden, then writing clues for your family and friends to find them. From toffee to tombstones, sweets to spiders, follow the clues to uncover a trick or a treat.

9. Devilish Decorations

Transform your home into a Halloween Holistay with delightfully devilish decorations! Use spooky fake spiders, blinking lights and party banners to dress your home for the season. Find the perfect place for your pumpkin and then get your Halloween costume on ready to dance the night away.

10. Morning Adventures

You’ll likely spend most of the day preparing for your Halloween Holistay party. However, we’d encourage you to get outdoors on Halloween morning for an exciting adventure. Take a family bike ride around your local area or walk the dog around your nearest park. On the way, see how many homes you can see also taking part in their own Halloween celebrations.

Whatever your plans are for a Halloween Holistay this year, don’t forget to join The Big British Camp Out and support amazing NHS Charities. Plus, share your snaps to be entered into our #GOHolistay competition!