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Tips for Celebrating a Socially Distanced Halloween in 2020

Like so many other things, Halloween this year will look drastically different from any other year. There will be a lot less trick-or-treating—if there’s any at all. Any door-to-door visits will most definitely be followed up by a rigorous round of hand sanitizer. And instead of wearing a mask that’s part of your costume, you’ll be wearing a face mask as you socially distance from any friends. Ah, life in 2020!

But don’t worry—COVID-19 doesn’t have to be the scary movie reality that brings all of your Halloween plans to a halt! When it comes to the holidays—Halloween and beyond—you don’t have to completely hole up and shelter in place like a Victorian (as much as we love the Victorians). There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate a responsible, socially distanced Halloween!

We’ve always loved the idea of incorporating spooky chic decor in our homes throughout October—or even taking haunted house decor cues from our favorite Halloween movies! It effortlessly sets the mood for the season! And when you buy through Modsy, you can get all your decor without even leaving the house 😉 If you’re in the mood for some spooky escapism, you can always head to our blog and see how five Disney villains would design their homes and steal some decor ideas from them! From there, you can have a fun but safe Halloween with Halloween movies, a costume parade, a virtual Halloween hangout or a face mask decorating party.

If you need a few more ideas, today, Modsy designers are sharing 10 ways they’re celebrating. We hope it’ll give you some inspiration on how you can bring some festive fun to your life on October 31!

1. Embrace Fall Colors and Decor

I’ve been seeing a lot of autumn colors coming out in furniture and home stores—colors like terracotta, pumpkin, cream, and earthy greens. It definitely gets me excited, since it’s a familiar take on fall colors, but with a fresh spin! Embracing these seasonal colors in my home decor is giving me something to look forward to in a difficult year. –Michal G.

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2. Go All Out With Halloween Decor

I’m going to go all out on decor this year. I live in a studio, so I have a compact space to fill to the brim with decorations. I plan to indulge all my senses with the fall spirit with lots of candles, spooky decor, yummy fall treats, and Halloween music and movies all season long. And I’ll still dress up no matter what! –Katie W.

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3. Try Trivia Trick-or-Treating

My family and I are going to do a movie marathon of Halloween-themed movies with only popcorn and sweets as snacks. We’re also holding a Halloween trivia party based on the movies we’re watching. The person who gets the right answer gets candy. If they try and get it wrong, then they have to do a trick! –Rohayna A.

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4. Celebrate with Spooky Movies, Takeout, and Themed Cocktails

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is dressing up and creating spooky themed cocktails. My hubby and I will more than likely get dressed up for a night in, order take out, and watch a scary movie! – Victoria M.

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5. Attend a Virtual Costume Contest

This Halloween I will be having a costume party over Zoom with friends. I think it’s important to still have a sense of normalcy during the holidays—and seeing your friends in costumes, although virtually, is a great way to do that. As always, I’m putting out my Fall and Halloween decor to help get in the spirit. And I may be adding to the collection this year, now that I’m home more than ever, to enjoy the festive feel. –Katie F.

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6. Set Up a Halloween Candy Hunt

We decided to do a Halloween Candy Hunt. It’s just like an Easter Egg Hunt but, instead of eggs, we place the candy in Halloween party bags and let the kids search for them in the yard. That way, the kids can dress up and still collect candy. Then we will have a dance party. Making Halloween special during a pandemic can be challenging—so we’re focusing on the parts we love and reinventing our approach to doing them. –Samara W.

7. Host a Virtual Movie Marathon

I’m doing a coordinated Halloween movie night watch party with friends. We use our phones to connect on Houseparty so we can see each other, chat, and play games together. –Sarah C.

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8. Harvest an At-Home Pumpkin Patch

My daughter is 11 and LOVES halloween. Since we can’t really go out and do much, we have decided to decorate the inside of the house a lot more than usual. We also love to go pumpkin picking in the fall, so this year I brought the pumpkin patch to us by drawing all sorts of pumpkins on construction paper. I made some fake vines out of brown yarn and glued little green leaves to them. On Halloween weekend, I’m going to put all of the pumpkins out on the floor to create a “pumpkin patch” and then she and I will pick the ones we want to “decorate.” Then I plan on making a little station with different art supplies and stencils so we can “carve” and “decorate” our pumpkins. –Jennifer M.

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9. Go Family-Only Trick-or-Treating

The children in my family will be trick-or-treating at family members’ homes. We’ll still be dressing up and going out, but instead of walking around the neighborhood we’ll decorate the cars and drive to relatives’ homes. The kids will still get to enjoy Halloween, and we feel better knowing that where we’re going and the treats they’re getting are safe! –Katelin Rae S.

10. Screen a Backyard Movie

We’re having an outdoor Halloween! Our neighbors are coming over to watch a Halloween movie on a big screen in our yard. The kids will be dressing up, and we will have a bunch of Halloween and fall-themed food. –Brielle M.

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Here’s How 5 Disney Villains Would Decorate Their Homes in 2019

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Halloween is right around the corner, and we couldn’t think of a better way to get in the spirit than by decorating some evil and spooky spaces. And while last year we reimagined the sets of some of our favorite Halloween classics, this year we’re looking to some of our favorite villains for inspiration.

And not just any villains. This year we’re serving up an extra special Halloween treat—rooms inspired by our favorite Disney Villains! That’s right, in addition to our cast of princesses, we reimagined how 5 Disney Villains would decorate their homes in 2019. Keep scrolling to explore the designs and even get some inspiration for your Halloween (or year-round) decorations.

evil queen disney villains1. The Evil Queen from “Snow White”

It’s a tough job designing a room fit for the fairest of them all (no pressure but we heard her last decorator died after eating a poison apple). So nothing but a chic and moody Rococo style boudoir would do for the Evil Queen and vindictive stepmother of Snow White.

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We were majorly inspired by the Queen’s outfit from the classic Disney film. Her space is composed of shades of inky blue, royal purple, and gold highlights. The furniture has some not-so-subtle throne vibes, and luxurious materials like velvet and marble make for an extra regal atmosphere.

Of course the Evil Queen’s portrait is the only art in the space, but it’s accompanied by a gallery of mirrors and more mirrors on the wall. (Including her magic mirror, for a daily dose of compliments.)

Disney Villains Homes 20192. Cruella De Vil from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”

She may be evil, but you can’t deny Cruella de Vil had style. And while we’re definitely opposed to turning puppies into coats, we couldn’t pass up the chance to design her home office lounge space. (No animals were harmed in the making of this design!)

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Cruella de Vil home 2019

We thought Cruella’s 2019 style would be a bold approach to Hollywood glam (which loves all kinds of animal print). We filled her space with sleek, statement-making pieces in her signature red, black, and white color palette. This is a style we at Modsy call “less is more chic” which juxtaposes over-the-top elements with minimal styling and no-frills furniture.

disney villains homes 20193. Captain Hook from “Peter Pan”

Captain Hook’s living room is a cozy retreat, inspired by the captain’s quarters on his ship. This Disney villain’s look features many elements of American Colonial design with a few nautical and worldly accents.

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Captain Hook home 2019

Captain Hook home 2019

We imagined he’d use this space to confer with other shipmates, like his boatswain Mr. Smee, and plot their next attack or track down Peter Pan.

We made sure his space was filled with lots of pirate-worthy treasures. This includes a map of Neverland, a telescope to keep a lookout for the lost boys, and a chest to keep gold safely tucked away.

Ursula disney villains4. Ursula from “The Little Mermaid”

Probably one of the most iconic Disney villains – how can you not love a half-octopus witch with two eel sidekicks? – Ursula’s bedroom is a chic, underwater lair-meets-oasis. Her home was in the deepest part of the ocean and had an electric palette of pinks, purples, and aquas.

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ursula's home 2019

ursula's home 2019

We were inspired by art deco design for her bedroom, which you can see in the shell-shaped bed frame, geometric patterns, and curved designs. We filled her room with oceanic touches, like the coral sculptures and shell art, that give her space an under-the-sea vibe.

Don’t miss the easter eggs from the movie! Can you spot King Triton’s stolen trident, her crown, and eel cronies outside the window?

Jafar disney villains homes 20195. Jafar from “Aladdin”

Jafar may have been the Sultan’s most trusted advisor, but to us he’s the evil sorcerer who tried to seize control over Agrabah. And while the Jafar preferred a decor scheme that was evil and dark, we updated his 2019 style to something more minimal and sleek.

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jafar's bedroom 2019

jafar's bedroom 2019

The geometric and austere space reflects his evil and cold personality. While the palette of blacks, grays, and red was inspired by his outfit from the original film. The king bed is probably the closest Jafar will ever get to being Sultan. An evil sorcerer can dream, right?

We also had to include some references to his cobra obsession in the space, including the rug and serpentine wall sconces. The bird sculpture pays homage to his parrot, Iago and the hourglass references the time he tried to trap Jasmine.

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