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Throw a Zombie Egg Hunt for Spooky Trick-or-Treat Fun at Home

Children in costumes looking for Halloween candy in their backyard.
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If the pandemic has you apprehensive about doing the usual trick-or-treat adventure this year, here’s an alternative: combine Halloween with a backyard egg hunt.

Do zombies really lay eggs? Sure, why not! Anything’s possible on Halloween. And there’s no reason to limit yourself to zombie eggs, either. You can hide goblin eggs, dragon eggs, ghost eggs, and so on. All you need is a big pack of those cheap, colorful Easter eggs to repurpose for this task.

Of course, you can just use them as-is, but you’ll get a lot more mileage out of the experience if you decorate them, too. Have a family craft night the week before Halloween and decorate them with markers, stickers, paint, or even glue and glitter.

Before you know it, all those eggs will be transformed from bright Easter hues to spooky Halloween oranges and blacks. When it’s time for the festivities, fill each egg with candy and strategically hide them in your backyard. Then, just get out of the way and release your gremlins to tear apart the yard in search of treats.

If you’d rather give it all an after-dusk upgrade, pick up a pack of these clear toy capsules and pop a piece of candy and mini glow stick in each one before sprinkling them around the yard. You can also make hard-boiled eggs and paint spooky designs on them.

If you can get the kids to stand still for a moment or two, be sure to get some Halloween pics of them in their costumes.

Finish off Halloween with some wicked treats and not-so-scary movies. This year is all about forging new traditions, so anything goes!

Jill A. Chafin Jill A. Chafin
Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »

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