Halloween is many kids favorite holiday. My three year old asked all year long when she was going to be able to dress up and get candy, and much to her delight, that time is now!
My neighborhood is still doing both trick or treats and, the newly popular, trunk or treats, so we won’t be missing out on those (socially distanced, of course) but there are so many other fun activities you and your family can do this time of year.
One of our favorite traditions (for pretty much any holiday) is watching seasonal movies. Halloween is no exception! With Halloween, you may want to be careful to pick a movie based on your child’s age.
A few of my favorites for little littles are:
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- Spooky Buddies
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Room on the Broom (this one is short!)
A few favorites of kiddos (and, heck, these ones are my personal favorites too!) are:
- Hocus Pocus
- Hotel Transylvania
A few family favorites for older kiddos (and adults!) are:
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Edward Scissorhands
These are just some of the favorites in our family, but of course all kiddos are different and some movies may or may not be appropriate for your child.
Another longtime family tradition of ours during the Halloween season is to make homemade goodies. These can be anything from cookies and cakes, to candy and drinks. Pinterest has a thousand ideas on Halloween treats if you’re not sure where to begin.
My three-year-old, Cambri, loves to help make cookies. Add a little food coloring to your regular cookie recipe and add some fun, festive sprinkles for a spooky treat that’s sure to please everyone.
Another fave of ours is to get pretzel rods and dip them in colored chocolate and decorate with sprinkles (can you tell we love sprinkles around here?). You can even dip them in regular chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate for a spooky, spiderweb feel!
We talked in a previous fall article about the fun of carving and painting pumpkins, but ahead of Halloween I had a chance to learn about painting pumpkins for awareness. I knew this was a thing, but didn’t realize how many options there were!
Have your child pick their favorite and use it as a learning opportunity to teach your youngsters about the different causes. Maybe one even affects your family personally, so this is a great way to bring awareness to others.
A few of the colored pumpkins I’ve come across are:
- Teal: This color of pumpkin is to show passersby that your Halloween trick or treats are allergy friendly (ie. Non-food treats, like glowsticks, or stickers). A lot of stores even have teal pumpkins already pre-painted if you want to give this option, but don’t have time to paint one yourself.
- Blue: If you see someone with a blue pumpkin outside their home, or carrying a blue pumpkin bucket for trick or treat, they are bringing awareness to Autism (the child carrying the bucket may even be on the spectrum).
- Purple: Brings about awareness for Epilepsy.
- Pink: Brings about awareness for Breast Cancer.
You could even start your own pumpkin painting traditions based on something that affects your family. Use it as a tool to teach others and open a dialogue with those around you.
Halloween is such a fun holiday filled with many treats (and maybe even a few tricks). Just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and enjoy with our loved ones. I hope our Halloween traditions bring you a little joy this season, whether you’re celebrating at home with your family or going to door to door!
What are some of your family’s favorite Halloween traditions? Leave me a comment and let me know! We’re always up for trying something new!