Getting the kids involved with the planning makes Halloween even more fun! Here are some Halloween-themed activities that the you and your kids can enjoy together!
1. Make Pumpkin Picking an Event
Yes, you can pick up a pumpkin at the local supermarket – and that’s great if you’re in a bind. But it’s much more fun if you can make an event of it. Look online for a pumpkin patch event in your area, or search for a nearby orchard offering pumpkin picking, hay rides and apple cider. Organize a date to go with good friends and you’ll enjoy it that much more.
2. Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Invite good friends and neighbors over on the weekend of Halloween to see who can carve the most interesting, or scariest, or funniest jack-o-lantern. If small kids will be attending, be sure to have mini pumpkins and magic markers on hand so that they can participate too.
3. Add a Smile to the Serving Table
If you’re thinking of throwing a party this year, do something a little different and use small pumpkins as serving dishes. Hollow them out and carve a jagged edge in the top. Put saran wrap on the inside and voila – it’s a bowl! If you need to keep something cool, place a small plastic bag of ice in the bottom.
4. Get a Spooky Manicure
It’s amazing what a few bottles of nail polish can do to help you get in the spirit. Women and girls can sport basic orange or black nails or try a fancier look with orange and black stripes or by adding spooky stickers!
5. Play Hide the Pumpkin
If you’re looking for a simple but fun Halloween game, try “hide the pumpkin.” All you need is a bunch of mini pumpkins, which you can usually get at your local grocery store around this time of year. Then hide them all over the house or in the yard and the person who finds the most wins a prize (think Easter egg hunt)!