This year, the HomeExchange community spread the Halloween spirit with contests, costumes, and even trick or treating. Here are some of the creative, spooky ways HomeExchangers celebrated Halloween 2020.

Halloween home decorating contest winner

Brittany from Boise, Idaho was the winner of the home decoration contest. Brittany's kids, ages 11, 9, and 3, did all the decorating themselves while she was sick with COVID-19.  "They did all the work and got creative by making ghosts out of old grocery bags," Brittany said. "They made a cemetery that has RIP stone for each kid too! They really had a blast this year being creative and having full reign while mom and dad were sick!"

Brittany's family received a year's supply of Ghirardelli chocolate as their prize.

Contest runners up

Olivia was the first runner up with her creatively decorated Quebec home.

"As soon as the earliest colours appear in the trees we will go our to the park leaves hunting, just going outside and collecting anything you can craft with," Olivia said. "Camille looks up Pinterest for new ideas and then it’s just a work in progress. Starting right after Labor Day we decorate more and more every day. Every year there’s something new we add to our autumn/Halloween decoration. This year it was the broom drawings on the window. Last year the floating candles were new. We (I) love to decorate and it’s always a shame when everything has to come down again mid-November."

Kerri was another contest finalist, with her impressively decorated home in Austin, Texas. Her decor include a 350 lb hammerhead shark with glow-in-the-dark bones that guests can autograph in chalk.

HomeExchange Halloween costumes

HomeExchangers did not disappoint when it came to showing off their Halloween costumes! Here are some that were shared on our Facebook page.

HomeExchange spooky stories

We started a story with the sentence, "Curled up with a big bowl of popcorn and a novel, Liz was ready for a quiet night in, when all of a sudden she heard a blood curdling scream."

Home exchangers joined in enthusiastically, adding a sentence or two where the story left off and creating two gripping stories. Check them out here!

We hope your Halloween was a memorable one, even if your celebrations looked different than in past years. Thank you for being part of this community and making it a fun, warm, welcoming place!

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