Halloween celebrations often involve drinking – so much so that it’s considered by many to be an “alcoholiday.” On this Halloween of 2020, alcohol consumption may reach frightening levels, considering that alcohol consumption has increased dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Unfortunately, alcohol consumption may contribute to mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression), which are independently worsening during the pandemic.1 If you’re looking for some last-minute ideas for this pandemic Halloween, look no further! Keep reading for 31 fun, healthy, and safe Halloween activities (no alcohol drinking or candy eating necessary!) – complete with resources to make these ideas come to life.

31 Alcohol-Free Halloween Activities

  1. Direct your own horror movie (with the help of a phone app)
  2. Paint a pumpkin
  3. Go on a virtual haunted house tour
  4. Make a healthier Halloween trail mix
  5. Go for a night hike (the full moon will be especially haunting!)
  6. Make pumpkin soup
  7. Read a thriller novel
  8. Participate in a virtual costume contest
  9. Try out gory special effects make up
  10. Learn the “Thriller” dance
  11. Make gourmet caramel apples
  12. Whip up a virgin witches’ brew (complete with dry ice)
  13. “Boo” friends and family by leaving a treat on their doorstep
  14. Have a backyard Halloween photoshoot
  15. Go apple-picking, with COVID-19 precautions
  16. Host a virtual murder mystery game
  17. Play horror movie trivia
  18. Play Halloween-themed charades
  19. Eyeball beer pong (just use water instead!)
  20. DIY Halloween décor (for this year and next!)
  21. Play Halloween bingo
  22. Put together a DIY Halloween costume (no shopping required)
  23. Visit a pumpkin patch, with COVID-19 precautions
  24. Enjoy a backyard bonfire
  25. Run a virtual Halloween race
  26. Tell ghost stories
  27. Roast pumpkin seeds
  28. Decorate your bike and take a festive ride
  29. Carve a pumpkin
  30. Go on a walking ghost tour, with COVID-19 precautions
  31. Watch a scary movie

Have a fun and safe Halloween! 🙂


  1. Pollard MS, Tucker JS, Green HD. Changes in Adult Alcohol Use and Consequences During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(9):e2022942. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22942