Whether you’re out trick or treating or handing out candy with the kids, there are lots of creative (and last minute) ways to celebrate Halloween. Here are five fun activities that don’t involve pumpkin carving:
1. Baking isn’t just for Christmas:
When we were kids we always made Halloween cookies. It’s even better than making Christmas cookies because you don’t have to save any for Santa. Simply take your typical sugar cookie recipe and buy some Halloween cookie cutters at any kitchen/home good store. Next, some orange and black food coloring for frosting and you’re ready for a treat!
2. Costume making:
So you might not be Maria von Trapp who can make clothes out of curtains but there’s plenty of home made costumes that are perfect for little ones. If you’re making the costumes, come up with some do-able options first, then let them pick.
- Fairy princess/Ballerina: if they already own a tutu you’re basically done!
- Story Characters: Harry Potter, Smurfs, Madeline, etc.
- Animals: bee, monkey, bear (stick to monochromatic animals)
- Sports: gymnast, golf player, football player, soccer player
And for yourself: Mary Poppins! Costume pieces: black hat, umbrella, bag, white button down shirt, bowtie, skirt (Extra points if you put a little soot on your face; just use dark eye shadow!)
3. Scary goblin bowls:
This is great for kids staying at home to keep them entertained. Take a couple of bowls (works best if you get the black cauldrons most party stores sell). Fill each one with something gooey (ideas below) and have them tell you what it feels like (i.e. brains/eyeballs etc). Try putting little plastic spiders in each bucket and have the kids collect as many “creepy-crawly” spiders as they can.
Ideas for gooey cauldron stuffers:
- Spaghetti with pasta sauce (extra bonus points if it’s really cold)
- Can of beans
- Artichoke hearts
- Melted candy bars
- Mushy Avocados
4. Treasure Maps
Print out a map of your neighborhood and come up with a path before you head out. Have the kids draw arrows and circle areas where they think they’ll find the best candy. It’s a fun way to keep them entertained when walking around.
5. Design your own candy bag
Take pillowcases and fabric markers and have the kids draw and write on them. Use the pillowcases to carry all the candy. It’s a lot easier to carry and it’s a great Halloween memento.
What are some of your favorite Halloween activities to do with your charges?
– Jami Schwartz