Hallowe’en photoshoot ideas when you’re locked down in the middle of a global health pandemic!

There’s absolutely no doubt………and I mean none whatsoever that the Covid-19 health pandemic has caused incredible pain and suffering the whole world over. It’s also restricted what we can and can’t do in a massive way this Autumn or Fall. With Hallowe’en, Bonfire night and Christmas looming ever closer it’s looking like it’s going to be a huge casualty in terms of the fun things we and our kids are going to miss out on………….

………..or are we?

There’s a feeling here in the UK which borrows from an extremely desperate time in the Second World War. We call it the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ (in reference to the British Expeditionary Force’s evacuation from Dunkirk) and if you’re unfamiliar with this idiom, it basically means an attitude of being very strong in a difficult situation and refusing to accept defeat.

“We shall never surrender…….”

Sorry, my interest in World War 2 is trying to hijack this post!

It looks like trick or treating might be off the agenda on October 31st here in the UK……it may not be advisable to do so with the current rising Coronavirus figures. So what are we going to do that’s safe instead? My kids absolutely love Hallowe’en……..always have done. Every year, when they’ve painted their faces and put on their costumes before we go out trick or treating, I set up a light (or two) and do a mini photoshoot before we head out for an evening of sugar fuelled spooky mayhem!

It may seem obvious but as a photographer, documenting these occasions has given me enormous pleasure and beautiful family memories to look back upon.

We made this image with the gridded beauty dish. We placed it to the right…..and I mean hard right. You can see the spill of light from right to left against the wall. Now I know you’re going to say the beauty dish should only be used front and centre and you’re right of course, but this is Hallowe’en, horror lighting…….and anything goes! This is a white wall shot by the way, the texture overlayed in Photoshop. Check out my easy to follow tutorial for this technique here…………


Two strip boxes with grids and the smoke machine for this shot…………it was made just before we headed out trick or treating. Take a few moments and make those memories. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

So what does this Hallowe’en hold for us?

Well, we’re definitely going to do a mini photoshoot for starters. We’re going to most likely stay home this year. Decorate the house. Watch a fun scary movie? Play some games and have a Hallowe’en fondue. Maybe the adults might indulge in a glass of seasonal grog! Dad doesn’t mind a glass of whisky if the truth be known………..

Whatever happens you can be sure we’re going to make the most of it, 2020 has been a testing year but we’re determined to have a good time. I hope you are too.

Be sure to share your Hallowe’en shots with me. I’d love to see them.

Stay safe.



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