It’s that time of year again! I’ve just got back from holiday and I’ve realised we are so close to the start of Autumn. We didn’t have much of a summer here in the UK, it’s been kind of wet and grey for weeks, so I’m already getting in the spirit for Halloween! I thought I’d share some fun activities that the whole family can enjoy!

Halloween is a time of excitement and imagination, especially for kids. From dressing up in costumes to collecting buckets full of candy, there are countless ways to celebrate this haunted holiday. If you’re looking for some fun and festive activities to do with your children, I’ve gathered a list of spooktacular ideas that will make this Halloween an unforgettable experience.

1. Pumpkin Carving

Get creative with pumpkin carving! Let your kids choose their favourite designs or create their own spooky faces. Make sure the younger ones are supervised, and don’t forget to save the seeds for a tasty roasted snack. If your serious about pumpkin carving, try this pumpkin carving set. It contains 8 handy tools to make sure you get the job done!

2. DIY Halloween Decorations

Involve the whole family in making homemade Halloween decorations. From colourful paper bats and ghosts to spooky garlands and painted Halloween signs, the possibilities are endless and are great if you’re on a budget. Let your kids unleash their creativity and decorate your home together. Prepare yourself for the horror! Hehe.

3. Haunted House Tour

Transform your home into a mini haunted house. Set up eerie decorations, create spooky sound effects, and guide your children through a thrilling tour. Add interactive elements and surprises to make it a memorable experience for everyone. Try picking a theme like the nightmare before Christmas and go wild with cool decorations.

4. Have a movie night

Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy a Halloween-themed movie night. Choose age-appropriate movies such as “Hocus Pocus,” “Casper,” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Make some popcorn, dim the lights, and let the movie magic unfold.

5. The best dressed wins a prize

Encourage everyone to go all out and host a costume contest for the family. Encourage everyone to dress up and get into character. Have fun capturing memorable photos and award prizes for creativity, scariest, funniest, or best overall costumes! This year I am loving this Wednesday costume! The best at doing the dance wins!

6. Trick-or-treat

Have a practice run of trick-or-treating with your kids. Set up a mini trick-or-treat route inside or outside your home where they can go from room to room or knock on doors. This helps younger children become familiar with the process before the big night if it’s their first time. You could also set up some fun candy traps to make sure they work for the big day. You could make a spiders web and hang candy from pegs so that kids have to find the candy.

7. Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

Organize a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt around your home or yard. Hide Halloween-themed items or treats and provide your children with clues to find them. This activity promotes problem-solving and keeps the excitement alive. It also encourages kids to work in a team.

8. Spooky Baking

Get into the Halloween spirit by baking themed goodies with your little ones. Make witches’ broomstick cookies, mummy cupcakes, or spiderweb-shaped pizzas. They will love the hands-on experience and taste-testing their creepy creations. I love these silicone moulds, make professional Halloween treats easily.

9. Face painting

Transform your kids into their favourite Halloween characters with face painting. From witches and vampires to superheroes and ghosts, let their imaginations run wild. Use non-toxic face paints and include the whole family for a fun group activity.

10. Ghostly Story Time

Gather around a dimly lit room or a cosy campfire and share spooky ghost stories. Tailor the stories to suit the age and scare tolerance of your children. Encourage them to contribute their own tales or create a collaborative story together.

11. Pumpkin Seed Sensory Play

After carving pumpkins, save the seeds for sensory play activities. Dye them with food colouring, lay them out on a tray, and let your children explore the different textures, colours, and sounds. It’s a great way to stimulate their senses while having fun. This one is good for much younger children. It also encourages them to learn about texture.

12. A Virtual Seance

If physical gatherings aren’t possible, organize a virtual costume party via video call. Have a group of friends or family join in, show off their costumes, and play Halloween-themed games together through various online platforms. Great for relatives that live a long distance away!

13. A Glow in the Dark Dance Party

Transform your living room into a glow-in-the-dark dance party. Hang black light bulbs or use glow sticks to create an eerie ambiance. Play spooky songs and let your little monsters dance, showcasing their best Halloween moves. You can get a variety of glow in the dark costumes and glow in the dark face paints to make things really fun.

14. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

If available in your area, take your kids to a pumpkin farm. Get your cameras ready for awesome photographs. You could even get dressed in spooky costumes before you go! They’ll enjoy selecting their own pumpkins and taking part in additional fun activities often offered at these venues.

15. Visit a Haunted Maze

Finally if you get the chance, visit a haunted maze. Last year I visited Alnwick Gardens for their haunted maze! It was loads of fun and there were some great activities for children.

Halloween presents an excellent opportunity to engage your children in thrilling, creative, and memory-making activities. Whether it’s traditional favourites like pumpkin carving or exploring new adventures like a virtual costume party, the options are endless. Have a wickedly enjoyable Halloween with your little ones and make this holiday an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

Happy almost Autumn.

Thanks for reading.

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