Fall is here in Orange County and one thing is for certain – it’s time for pumpkins, sweaters, and family fun activities. While last year many fall events were cancelled, this year many local favorites are back offering a little fun for everyone. If you’re not comfortable with crowds quite yet, you can still have fun celebrating at home with these family-friendly safe fall activities.
Spooky Yet Safe Fall Activities Families Can Do At Home:
Binge Halloween Baking Championships
Catch up on all the latest episodes of all the amazing Halloween baking shows on the Food Network and then try your hand at your own creepishly delicious plate. I’ve got a leg up on the competition. (Shameless plug for my brother-in-law from Santa Ana who previously cooked up our worst nightmares on season six of Halloween Baking Championships!)
If your kids would like to get into a little fun food competition, sign them up for this virtual Halloween Cupcake Wars class. They can battle it out on zoom with kids from all over the country to decorate the spookiest, creepiest, most creative cupcakes imaginable.
Hide candy in the yard for a Halloween candy hunt
If your kids are little enough, you can hide candy, treats, or small toys in the yard for them to find. Like an egg hunt, but with a Halloween theme. If they’re a little older, you can opt for a scavenger hunt with spooky clues and riddles to solve for a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
Host a Zoom cocktail hour with these spooky concoctions.
Brew up a tasty cocktail and get boozy with your favorite friends. For a treat that’s sure to please, drop off a pre-made cocktail like one of these creative conconctions from Good Housekeeping. This is not exactly one of the kid-friendly safe fall activities, but a fun one for adults to enjoy once the littles are safely in bed.
Snap professional photos at a safe distance
Get the kids dressed in their costumes and hire a local photographer for a mini-shoot to capture another interesting Halloween. Check out An OC Mom’s Guide to Photographers in Orange County to find one in your area!
Participate in a virtual pumpkin carving contest
Carve the pumpkin at home, post a video or photo of your pumpkin on social media, and whomever gets the most likes wins. If you’re feeling really brave, place wagers to see who wins as a fan favorite. I’m currently waging all my kids’ candy in our pumpkin war.
Roast pumpkin seeds
This is one of the easiest and fun family-friendly safe fall activities on the list. Make the most of your pumpkins by scooping out the seeds when you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns. Toss them on a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil and salt. Then bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes (stirring occasionally), and you’ll have a delicious snack!
Watch all “31 Nights of Halloween” on Freeform.
This is an annual tradition in my house already. Starting October 1, we plan every movie night around this spooky line-up of Halloween cult classics. Bookmark the full spell-binding lineup here. Even if you start in the middle of the month, you’re still guaranteed to see a slew of fun fall-themed movies.
For more ideas on family-friendly and safe fall activities, check out this post on how to create a safe halloween carnival for your neighborhood. And be sure to scroll through the An OC Mom’s Guide To Fall In Orange County for even more Halloween-themed inspiration.