Let’s celebrate Halloween 2022! Halloween is a day of candies, costumes, movies, and more! It’s a wonderful way to start family traditions that children can look forward to throughout the whole year.
Our 8 Favorite Ways To Celebrate A Safe, Family-friendly Halloween:
1. Decorate Your Home 🕸️
Decorating the house is always a fun family activity, no matter the holiday or occasion! You can put up fake spider webs, skulls, ghosts, or other spooky decorations around the house to get your children in the Halloween spirit. Purple and orange lights give your home the perfect spooky Halloween feel. Decorating makes for great traditions that can continue for years to come.
Pro tip: put on some eerie Halloween tunes while you decorate to make the activity even more fun!
2. Design Your Own Costume 👻
Dressing up in creative costumes is fun any time of the year. Even if you aren’t planning on going out for a Halloween party or to trick-or-treat, kids will have fun pretending to be their favorite characters. Plus, they’ll enjoy the creativity of finding materials around the house to use for costumes. Pull out aluminum foil, white bed sheets, funny hats, and cardboard boxes to see what kind of costume you can put together!
Take some photos of your costume and your kids to show your friends and family. For a great Halloween photo, add orange, red, or purple lighting in the background!
3. Carve A Pumpkin 🎃
One of the most memorable pastimes of Halloween is pumpkin carving! Pumpkins are a huge part of autumn and spooky season. Break out the carving supplies and decorating kits and design a jack-o-lantern. You can even make it a family competition and judge who has the best design!
Don’t want to carve the pumpkin? No problem, you can just paint it instead! This is a great (and safe) option for young children who can’t use carving tools yet.
Pro tip: if you live near a pumpkin patch, take the kids to pick out their own pumpkins. It’ll make the experience even more special!
4. Bake Some Spooky Treats 🍪
Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth by baking up spooky-themed treats. Try making ghost-shaped cookies or spider muffins to share with your family. For inspiration, check out our article, Fun popcorn recipes for kids to make as family! Our Googly-Eyed Cookie Monster is a great recipe for Halloween weekend.
There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by swapping scary stories. Here is a list of spooky family-friendly stories for kids. Huddle around a bonfire or use a flashlight to add that extra eerie effect.
No Halloween party would be complete without some music to get your little ones in the spirit! Your little monsters will have some seriously ghoulish fun singing along to our Halloween songs. It’s time to BOO-gie!
6. Family-Friendly Scary Movie Marathon 🍿
If the spooky decorations, costumes, and lighting weren’t enough, you could watch some kid-friendly Halloween movies too! Grab some popcorn and a blanket and get comfortable with these classic family-friendly Halloween movies for kids. Our all-time favorites are “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Corpse Bride,” “The Addams Family,” “Ghostbusters,” and “E.T.”
7. Go Trick-or-treating 🍬
Trick-or-treating is a beloved tradition on Halloween. Since the pandemic, many neighborhoods have found new and creative ways for kids to trick-or-treat while keeping the community safe! Another way to make trick-or-treating secure and fun is to design your own scavenger hunt at home! Hide chocolates and candy all over the house for your child to find. Kids love hunting for surprises—especially when those surprises are delicious! You can leave clues or puzzles that your child has to solve to find their treasure.
Pro tip: Looking for Halloween activities at home for toddlers and babies? Just adapt the game! Rather than a full-on scavenger hunt, get in costume and play hide-and-seek. When they find you, give them a sweet, safe treat!
8. Observe The Moon 🌒
Did you know that there will be a waxing crescent moon on October 31st? This is an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about the solar system—and tell scary stories afterward. Go outside and observe it for yourselves, but remember, beware of werewolves!
We hope that this has inspired you to plan your own unique Halloween experience for your children at home!
Halloween and Lingokids 🧡
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