Have your kids decided what they’ll be dressing up for this year? Sure the sugar rush is fun but those costumes are expensive! Make sure you’re getting lots of use out of them. In most places, the weather is finally cooling off too so it’s a great time to be outdoors. It’s also the beginning of the holiday craziness. Wondering how you’re going to get some family time during this busy Halloween season? I’m sharing some Halloween activities your whole family can enjoy.
Trunk or Treat
Want to try out trick or treating before the big day? Going to a truck or treat is a fun Halloween activity that your whole family can do together. Schools and churches usually host these. Participants decorate their trunk (or parking space) and hand out candy and treats. This can be a little less scary for your kids if you’re trunk or treating at the school or church they attend because they’ll see familiar faces. It’s also a great way for parents to catch up since trunk or treats are usually smaller.
Trick or Treating
Check with your local government agency or home owner’s association to find out the time for trick or treating in your neighborhood. Trick or treating is a fun Halloween activity to do as a family because you can catch up with your spouse or other adult friends while the kids rush excitedly from house to house.
Weather not cooperating to spend time outside? Just need a quiet night in to rest and relax after a long week? One of my favorite Halloween activities is snuggling up on the couch with my kids and watching some of our favorite Halloween movies and specials. Try some of these ideas for some spooky things to snack on while watching your family’s favorites.
Bundle up and head out to spend a day together with this Halloween activity. (Or if you live in the South, cover yourself in sunscreen and bug spray before you head out to pick out your pumpkins.) Make sure you have some ground rules in place before heading out. Do pumpkins need to be a certain size (my kids have to be able to carry their own)? How many pumpkins is everyone allowed to get?
Head out and pick some fresh, delicious apples. And don’t forget to grab some delicious cider doughnuts and cider while you’re out too. Before you head out, come up with a fun apple treat to enjoy after you’re done with this fun Halloween activity.
Once you’re back home with the pumpkins, you can make plans to carve them. Let the kids come up with their own ideas or take some time to look online to get some ideas. If carving isn’t your thing, consider markers or paint to decorate your pumpkins.
Want to get some adult time? Or maybe get to know your neighbors that you wave hello to in passing? Have a small get together at your house. Ask everyone to bring a dish to share so you don’t have to do all of the cooking. The kids will be happy just playing together but you could come up with a few easy things for them to do during the party (print off Halloween coloring sheets, decorate pumpkins, have some relay races or contents).
And while you’re enjoying all of these Halloween activities, keep this Halloween Eye Spy on hand. The kids can check things off as they spot them. Use it while you’re trick or treating, enjoying the pumpkin patch, or even on your drive to and from school or day care.