Halloween traditions were a fun part of my childhood, and my mom still calls every year to make sure we know when the Charlie Brown Halloween special is on. Discover traditions with your kids with these fun Halloween ideas:
- Pumpkin patch. Start the holiday out right with a visit to a patch to pick out your own pumpkins and decorative gourds. [See our Fall Fun List or great local venues.]
- Pumpkin seeds. Toast pumpkin seeds instead of tossing them in the trash because they provide antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals in a tasty, crunchy snack. Visit www.allrecipes.com for recipe ideas.
- Pumpkin carving. Visit www.zombiepumpkins.com for over 240 designs and templates to help with carving your pumpkin.
- Booing. Last year we ran to the front door to see who was there and found… nobody. But we did find treats! Plastic cups full of Halloween-themed pencils, erasers, spider rings and candy. A note was left behind, and it turns out we had been “booed.” We never found out who booed us, but we promptly went to www.beenbooed.com to get instructions on how to spread this holiday cheer.
- Holiday specials. Depending on the ages of your kids, watch a Halloween-themed or scary TV show or movie, like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Coraline, The Haunted Mansion, The Nightmare Before Christmas or Young Frankenstein.
- Colors. Do it up in orange and black. Paint your daughter’s nails, eat Devil’s food cupcakes with orange frosting or color Halloween pictures you print from www.halloween-coloring.com.
- Dress up. For ideas, visit www.thedailygreen.com and search “costumes” to see a slideshow with 25 ideas for costumes made from recycled materials.
- Trick or Treating. Head out in your neighborhood, go to the mall, or visit the church or school-hosted events in costume to trick-or-treat for candy! Isn’t it what you remember most fondly from Halloween? If you plan to participate in a trunk-or-treat event, find ideas for car decorations at www.trunkortreat.homestead.com.
Most of all, enjoy the memories, the candy and Halloween-themed goodies and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures.