When you think of some of the best Halloween activities, then your mind probably wanders immediately to trick-or-treating or finding your kids their perfect spooky costume. But, October is full of so much more fun than just those activities. If a rainy autumn has got you down, or you just want to try something new and different with your family, then there are a whole host of fun activities that you can try. October is a great time of year to be outdoors, thanks to the fresh air and cooler weather, but whatever you choose to do this Halloween, remember that nothing beats family time spent together.
Go Pumpkin Picking
This is a classic Halloween activity, but has grown in popularity over recent years. It is a great way for you and the family to head outdoors in the crisp autumn air and visit a local farm. Many places like to offer a whole host of Halloween activities as well as pumpkin picking, such as tractor rides, maize mazes, pumpkin decorating and costume competitions. Get wrapped up and get ready to find the biggest and best pumpkin!
Decorate Some Halloween Rocks
This may not sound like a great activity, but it is so much fun! Collect some fun shaped rocks, stones and pebbles (or buy some from your nearest home store), buy some glass or rock paints and create your spooky and scary creations! Whether you paint on some ghoulish monsters, pumpkins or ghosts, your children are sure to love trying out a new craft. When you’re finished, coat using a clear varnish or, for smaller rocks, clear nail varnish, then you can either keep them or head out and hide them around your neighbourhood for others to find!
Make Monster Cookies
Kids love to bake and what better time to let them be creative than Halloween! Monster cookies are ideal for children of all ages and all you need is a basic cookie recipe or kit, fun food colouring and fondant eyes. Make colourful batches of cookies – green, orange and pink work really well – and poke the eyes into the dough. When they’re baked, your kids will love eating these little monsters!
Create Fun Halloween Costumes
No matter your plans for Halloween, they’re likely to involve a costume of some sorts. If you buy one from the store, there’s no harm in adding your own additions to it and it’s a great way to get the kids involved in something creative, especially if the weather’s a little miserable. Whether it’s adding some fake blood to a costume, making fun accessories or practising your Halloween makeup, you can easily spend hours adjusting and adding to your costume! Halloween glitter makeup is a great, and messy, thing to practice beforehand and kids love anything which involved glitter!
Brew Some Fun Party Punch
If you’re planning a Halloween party, get the kids involved and brew your own punch! Every Halloween celebration should involve a witches brew or poison potion of some sort and it’s a budget-friendly, fun thing to make beforehand. Simply get a Halloween cauldron (a big mixing bowl will also do!) for your punch, a few bottles of lemonade or a colourful drink, such as cranberry juice, and jelly sweets. Add to the bowl and mix together to create your party punch!