It’s time to get ready for Halloween.
With Covid rearing it’s ugly head, the CDC has made a statement that door-to-door trick or treating is a high-risk activity.
Staying home doesn’t need to squash our families’ fun festivities. FFTC has created a simple formula for you to make your Halloween at home the most fun you family has ever had in October.
We’ve collected ideas for all ages. Our advice–if you are unsure what your child can handle –is to lean into the innocent side of childhood instead of the slightly more mature side of childhood.
To make Halloween a super fun experience for the kids and to keep it simple for the grown-ups, here’s the simple formula for every grown-up to use.
- Choose two or three categories
- Choose one item from each category.
- Put a costume on everyone (including the grown-ups).
- Do activity one.
- Eat some candy. (I guess I’m assuming you will have some candy around. If you don’t, this is easy enough to skip.)
- Do activity two.
- Eat some supper. (Make it easy and super fun like frozen pizza, or again skip it if the timing is wrong)
- (Optional) Do activity three
Halloween at Home Formula Categories
My kids’ parties always start with a story. And there is something especially fun about reading a story in costume. So even if reading stories is something your family regularly does, this category is still magical. It’s easy and everyone enjoys a good story. Here are our suggestions.
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Easy Middle Grade Books
Books for Teens:
Movies can be as interactive as you want them to be. They are a great way to set the flavor of the party playing in the background or as the main activity and focal point. Again anything done in costume is more fun.
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Food can make or break your celebration. And you can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want to. You can even support some local shops for festive treats.
Kiddywampus: Free Treat Basket with a purchase of $25+
Nadia Cakes: Special Fall Flavors
Make at Home Treats
Monster Cookies with Eyes (we are totally doing this)
Pumpkin Bars (our favorite fall standby)
Games and Fun
Let’s face it. Halloween is all about the candy. But there are some other festive activities we can include that isn’t simply eating lots of candy. Here’s a list of ideas.
Bonfire: You can dance, sing songs, tell stories, or simply roast hotdogs or marshmallows.
Pumpkin Decorating: Why not make it an activity for the actual day of festivities. You can carve or you can paint one.
Pumpkin Bowling: Check out how to do it here.
Candy Hunt: Think Easter Egg Hunt but in the fall.
Dance Party: You can never go wrong with a fantastic dance party. Here are some songs to include.
Full Moon walk: It’s a blue moon on Halloween. Take advantage of it.
Take Home Craft Kits
Have a Spooktacular Halloween with ArtStart Halloween Creativity Kits! Get 3 Halloween Creativity Kits in one and you’ll have everything you need to decorate this Halloween!
Heartfelt’s Autumn Crafts include several fun Halloween crafts – spiders, pumpkins, witches and ghosts. Find the full list in the Autumn Crafts to Take Home PDF.
Online Craft Class:
10/6/2020 – 10/9/2020 Animated Animal Masks with ArtStart. Let your imagination soar, as you get ready to celebrate Halloween in style! Create a mask of your favorite animal! Learn how to sculpt with newspaper and to reimagine objects as features on your mask. With artist Julie Boada. 10/6-10/9. Ages 6+.
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