It's a little over a week until the end of October and Halloween! The seasons are changing so rapidly aren't they?
Autumn and Halloween were especially memorable times for me when I was a kid and I want to try making this season just as memorable and special for my little boy as it was for me.
To help you cross some things off your Fall ‘bucket list' I've created a list of 5 Family Activities for a Memorable Halloween. 🙂
1. Make homemade Autumn and Halloween decorations & let the kids be the decorators
Decorating for the season doesn't have to cost a lot. Try getting creative with your kids and letting them do the decorating. You could go for a nature walk and find brightly colored leaves, dry them and use them in decorating. Kids could also make their own jack-o-lanterns and bats out of construction paper and use them to decorate as well. You could even take a trip to the dollar store and let your kid pick out some inexpensive crafty things to use in decorating. You might be surprised what kind of awesome ideas your kids have!
2. Bake Halloween cookies or make another treat together
Make some Halloween themed cookies and let the kids decorate them. Many people do this for Christmas time but why not do it for Halloween? You could also try making candy apples or something else yummy! 🙂
3. Have a spooky family movie night
Choose a night that works best for the family so everyone can join in a watch 2-3 spooky movies (age appropriate ones of course). This isn't just for the kids to have fun – parents should try their best to leave the stresses of work and otherwise behind and just enjoy being together as a family. Do your best to stay away from your smartphone or tablet and forget about any other distractions for a while. Don't forget lots of snacks – maybe this would be a good time to eat those treats I mentioned in #2 above. 🙂
4. Visit a pumpkin patch and let your child pick out the pumpkin for carving
Kids always love going on special expeditions to find the perfect pumpkin for carving. It always seems to give children a great sense of accomplishment when they get to pick out THE pumpkin. Other good places to explore would be a corn maze or haunted house (for older kids).
5. If Trick or treating with the kids – parents put on costumes too!
Let's face it – trick or treating is fun. Why should the kids be the only ones dressing up? Kids will always remember how special it was that their parents when dressed up in costume with them.
Bonus: Have fun! Be silly!
Life as an adult and parent can get hectic and stressful at times but try to put these things aside for a while and just focus on having an awesome time with your kids! Giggle, laugh, have fun! Holidays aren't just for kids! Children love to see their parents happy and when they look back on these times when they're older they'll always remember how much fun mom and dad had too!