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The Procrastinators Guide to Halloween at Home: Dad Edition

We get it. And we’ve got you covered. We searched high and low for you. Everything on our list is available for overnight delivery or in-store pickup at your local store. Or can be pulled off with items you have at home. Everything you need to scare them just enough— because not even a pandemic can stop Halloween.

THEME 1: SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT

There are tons of Halloween kids’ movies (that won’t give them nightmares) for a classic movie night. You can go to town with a projector, sleeping bags, bean bags…the works. Or you can makeshift your own. Just pull out blankets, plenty of pillows, and if you’re lacking in white walls, your TV will do the trick. Popcorn, however, is non-negotiable.

THE WORKS

Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Portable Projector

LG CineBeam LED Projector With Bluetooth Screen Share

BenQ 1080p Short Throw Gaming Projector

Pottery Barn Kids Navy Anywhere Beanbag Slipcover (Insert Available, sold separately)

Crate and Kids Adjustable Bean Bag Bed Chair

THE ESSENTIAL KIDS HALLOWEEN MOVIE LIST FOR EVERY AGE

  • Halloweentown
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Addams Family
  • Ghostbusters
  • The House With A Clock On Its Walls
  • A Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Casper
  • Goosebumps 1 and 2
  • Monster House

THEME 2: GHOST STORIES “BY THE FIRE”

Create a campsite experience right in your own living room or take it outdoors if you’re feeling adventurous, then bring on the spooky tales. Just add s’mores.

THE WORKS

Nostalgia Indoor Electric Stainless Steel S’mores Maker

Hershey’s S’mores Kit

Crate & Kids ADVENTURE PLAYHOUSE

Crate & Kids Teal Corduroy Floor Cushion

Crate & Kids Plush Campfire Set

Confetti Cool Canopy

Love Tree Large Portable Children’s Indoor Outdoor Fort

Dorcy 55 Lumen Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight

The Night Before Halloween

How I Met My Monster (I Need My Monster) Picture Book

We’re Off to Find the Witch’s House

The Addams Family: An Original Picture Book

The Berenstain Bears Go On a Ghost Walk

Editor’s Note: Most of the books above are available for overnight delivery. But may we suggest you support your local book shops and get some in person. It will guarantee delivery and support small businesses. All titles have been tried and true by LEO staff’s own kids.

THEME 3: HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT

This is pretty straight forward. Get a boatload of candy, small toys, and more. Hide them everywhere and anywhere and send the kids on the hunt. You can keep it indoors or take it to the streets, using a printable neighborhood items list (below). Or even make it a virtual party.

GEAR

Halloween Printable Scavenger Hunt Kids Game

Virtual Scavenger Hunt Halloween Party Game

Light-Up Orange Pumpkin Halloween Pail

AND THEN SOME

Jumbo Halloween Coloring Book for Kids

Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix

Pottery Barn Kids Disney Mickey Mouse Halloween Bowls

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