It’s time to plan for Halloween Kids Fun! While we have tons of ideas for getting out and having fun in the Twin Cities on Halloween, staying home can also offer families’ fun festivities. FFTC has created a simple formula for you to make your Halloween at home the most fun your 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 Kids Fun 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:
Spooky or Fun Movies
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.
We have collected a bunch on the list below. Use it as a resource or purchase the one you want right there!
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.
Nadia Cakes: Special Fall Flavors
Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies is our go-to place for stocking up on fun baking supplies — food color, buttercream frosting, toppers and seasonal items of all types.
CandyLand Candy Store is great for finding unique candies to mix in with your treats or top your cupcakes.
Last year, Kiddywampus offered a Free Treat Basket with a purchase of $25+. We’ll let you know if they offer this deal again.
Make at Home Treats
Monster Cookies with Eyes (we are totally doing this)
Pumpkin Bars (our favorite fall standby)
Halloween Kids Fun and Games
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.
You can dance, sing songs, tell stories, or simply roast hotdogs or marshmallows.
Why not make it an activity for the actual day of festivities. You can carve or you can paint one.
Think Easter Egg Hunt but in the fall. You can even use our ideas for where to hide Easter eggs when hiding your candy.
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
ArtStart Halloween 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
Heartfelt’s fall craft menu always include several fun Halloween crafts – spiders, pumpkins, witches and ghosts. Find this year’s craft menu here.
More Halloween Kids Fun
Get spooky with Green Kids Crafts! We’ve got a fun promotion for their Halloween-themed boxes. Use code “SPOOKY” for 15% off on these select boxes from now until October 31.
- Click here for Halloween Costumes
- Click here for FFTC’s Halloween Guide
- Click here for Halloween for Tweens and Teens
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