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5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween as a Family

26 March 2023

Halloween is a great opportunity to bring the family together. Here are 5 great ways to celebrate this special time of year with your family! 

Pumpkin Picking & Carving

There’s no better way to welcome Halloween than getting your family together and going to a local pumpkin patch. Pumpkin picking is a great way to get everyone out in the fresh air doing a social activity. It is just all-around good fun for the family!

A big benefit is that it can give your children a sense of control and purpose in the activities that they are doing. By letting them pick out their own pumpkin you’re slowly giving them greater confidence and freedom in their decision!

Carving up your pumpkins is also a fantastic family activity. Why don’t you think creatively and see what exciting theme your family could come up with this year? If your children are a little older, consider doing away with the traditional scary face and try putting words on your pumpkin (or making it into a ghoulish lamp) instead.

Trick or Treating

Another absolute classic that can’t really be beaten is going trick or treating! When you step back and think about it, trick or treating is such a unique experience for your children and your family. There are very few occasions in which all of the community’s families get out and about to take over the neighbourhood’s streets. Make the most of it!

Think about grouping up with another family’s children – this way you can take turns looking after them. Sharing the load over a long night is very helpful.

Make Halloween Costumes

We’re all guilty of last-minute shopping for Halloween costumes and sometimes at quite an expense! Consider getting creative this year - you can reuse old clothes and some very simple household items to create spectacular costumes! How about a knight, a ghost, a skeleton or the scariest of them all, a tourist?

Making costumes with your family is a fun way of engaging your children with arts and crafts. It can give them a sense of ownership of their costumes and result in them bursting with pride when they take to the streets in their homemade outfits.

Make Treats

Another fantastic activity to get everyone together during Halloween is to bake some frightening treats. If your family is like mine, some of the fondest memories are formed in the kitchen – so make the most of that and get everyone together in the kitchen for Halloween.

You don’t have to get complicated with the flavours - make brownies with orange and black icing. Or maybe you could make ghostly white chocolate lollipops? The variety never stops with treats!

Spooky Crafts

If your children loved the pumpkin carving then why not embrace that interest and try out some other Halloween arts and crafts. Making Halloween decorations is a really fun way of reusing common household items. Making them one year also means you get to use them year after year! How about trying out spiders made with pipe cleaners, or lollipop stick themed Halloween characters? The options are endless!

Photo by Daisy Anderson

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