Hello Readers! Today is officially Halloween! Now, some of you probably took your kids out over the weekend for trick or treating since today is a school day. But that shouldn’t stop you from making today an exciting day for them. So, today’s topic is about Halloween fun for your family and ideas to help you get started.
To begin with, I highly recommend planning out something special for them in the morning. Why not serve a special breakfast of Mad scientist pancakes (green-dyed pancakes) with blood syrup (red dyed syrup)? You can send them to school with mummy dogs (Hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked), blood sauce (ketchup), the ever popular ants on a log, and other simple yet spooky-themed foods like that. And, if possible, make their return home special with a haunted house to walk through or a game like a treasure hunt. You can make the treasure a movie pack for after dinner with popcorn, their favorite treats, some homemade cookies, and a few drinks (even if it’s just water or juice). And set aside time after dinner to watch a scary movie with your kids. I highly recommend something like Casper or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! You can even do The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Wizard of Oz for older kids. And as for teens, you can either choose to watch a scary movie with them (such as Scream or Halloween) or you can let them have the movie to themselves and spend the night relaxing sans kids.
I know that celebrating the holiday may go against your better judgement, especially on a school night, but letting your kids unwind may actually help them as they most likely won’t have a break until Thanksgiving (some schools do not allow for Veteran’s Day off). Given that the last holiday was Labor Day at the start of September, this is a great opportunity to let them have a small break from their day-to-day schedules. And it gives you a chance to make some great memories with your kids.
So, if you hadn’t thought of doing something special for your kids for today, don’t worry. There’s still time to partake in it. Here are some tips:
- If there’s still time for breakfast, whip up your favorite pancakes or waffles and add a little food coloring to them for a fun flair! If you’re like me, then pancakes or waffles are reserved for weekend breakfasts and brunches, so having them on a school day will really make your kids’ morning fun. For an even more festive touch, try making funfetti ones with sprinkles and vanilla glaze!
- If there’s time to make a festive lunch, then send them with some themed items like Mummy Wrapped dogs, Monster Fingers (sugar cookies, dyed green and in long logs, with sliced almonds for nails at one end; or you can use cucumber sticks instead), Jack o’lantern oranges (use a pen to draw the face on an orange or tangerine), Ants on a log, etc. This will get your kids in the mood for the holiday
- If you’re strapped for time, head to the dollar store to pick up a few treats for a basket. Get a plastic trick or treating pumpkin, some popcorn, some of their favorite drinks, and a Halloween movie. Put them together and either give them to your kids for after dinner fun, or try the next option with it.
- Create a treasure hunt with clues throughout your house and a treasure at the end, in the form of a Halloween treat (like the movie pumpkin from above). You can make the clues simple, like listing the next place for the next clue, or you can make it elaborate, like a puzzle or rhyme to solve. I would recommend 3-5 clues for kids ages 5 to 10, 6-9 clues for kids ages 11 and up. If you have multiple ages, then go with the highest number of clues for your youngest. So, if you have a 9 year old and a 12 year old, then go with 5 clues. If you have a 12 year old and a 15 year old, go with 9 clues.
- Plan to make tonight about your family and some fun. Plan a movie to watch that’s themed for Halloween, pop some popcorn, and relax as a family. You can even allow your kids to partake in a few treats from their Halloween haul. I highly recommend checking out the kids’ tab of Netflix for some movie choices since they tend to be family friendly picks. But, some of our favorites in my own home are The Wizard of Oz, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Harry Potter (any).
I hope this has inspired you to come up with some fun for your family to celebrate Halloween in a new way this year!
Until next time,