Stuck at home this Halloween night? Don’t let bad weather or anything else ruin one of the best holidays of them all. Bring monstrous fun into your home with these simple, inexpensive ideas the whole family can enjoy.
Watch family-friendly Halloween movies
Throw a pizza or two in the oven and have a movie night. Treat your family to perennial favorites like Hocus Pocus, Labyrinthor It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Or try a more recent hit like the Hotel Transylvania trilogy. You may also enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Other films based in the J.K. Rowling novels are good too, but may be scary for young viewers. Be sure to choose flicks that won’t frighten your kids too much.
Get creative with Halloween arts and crafts
Don’t limit your creativity to carving and decorating pumpkins. Give crayons and coloring pages to younger kids. Fashion Halloween cards from colored construction paper with older kids. Sculpt a jack o’ lantern from orange clay. Or work together on a season-themed scrapbook. If art isn’t a thing in your home, try building Halloween monsters and symbols with Lego bricks. Nothing like the spooky season to inspire the imagination!
Play Halloween games
What better way to spend the night than by playing a ghoulish game or two? Some popular games like Monopoly and Spot It have seasonal editions where the rules are the same and only the theme and design are different. If you have a favorite board game or card game, check if there is a Halloween version available. Or play something new like Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters or Halloween Charades.
Egg hunts don’t have to be for just Easter…
Easter shouldn’t have a monopoly on eggs. Buy a bunch of orange Easter egg shells and Halloween party favors that fit in them, and you are set. Hide the eggs throughout your home, and challenge family members to find them. If you do not have shells, just hide the prizes themselves. Make sure there is plenty for everybody.
Make some spooktacular treats
Not keen on the kids indulging in candy? Distract them with homemade Halloween treats. Bake sliced apples or sweet potato pie, make Halloween cookies, toast pumpkin seeds, or blend a delicious eggnog. Making your own holiday foods is not only fun, it can be healthier too.
Read Halloween storybooks
Who doesn’t like a spooky story? Snuggle up in bed and enjoy a Halloween tale or two such as Room on the Broom or The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. Classic fairy tales by the Grimms such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel are also appropriate for the season. Avoid stuff that may frighten your young readers though. You want a book that will entertain, and not actually scare, children.
So, don’t get let down if you can’t go to a costume party. With a little imagination, you and your family can still have a happy and fun-filled Halloween night. Just remember not to make things too scary. Our team wishes you and scary (and safe) Halloween!