Eight creative ways to make this Halloween one for the books.
With Autumn officially here, the countdown 'til All Hallows' Eve is on. Shops are getting us excited for trick-or-treating with their shelves stocked with mini versions of our favourite candy bars and with a myriad of fun and frightful costumes— but it isn't just October 31 that we look forward to. There are so many fun ways to get into the spirit leading up to the main event.
As if Halloween isn't already your kid's favourite time of year, we've rounded up wickedly awesome ideas to up the spooky ante. From DIY tea and homemade slime to smoking punch and cartoon-themed decorations, our list of ways to have some frightfully good fun will ensure your little goblins have their best Halloween season yet.
1. Make A DIY Halloween Banner
While we love a good smattering of spiderwebs and pumpkin carvings, a make-your-own Halloween banner is a great way to add a little creepy cuteness to any corner of the house, and it doubles as a fun arts and craft project to enjoy with your kids on a chilly afternoon. We love No Biggie's instructions for a DIY Halloween banner which calls for craft store bats. But fear not if these nocturnals are not at your disposal—spiders, witches, or any cut-out you can find will be equally eerie.
2. Host A The Great Pumpkin Movie Night
Looking for an activity to suit teeny trick-or-treaters as well as the bigger kids? Throw a cinema night featuring everyone's favourite spooky flicks, such as It's the Great Pumpin, Charlie Brown. Add some movie magic with this printable Peanuts Party Decoration Kit without the worry of being too frightening (Spoiler Alert: There are no scary spooks in this family-rated classic!). Go for the Charlie Brown party accessories like bunting, cupcake toppers and photo-opp props.
3. Make Your Own Halloween Slime
It's no secret that kids and icky-sticky goo go together like, well, Halloween and candy! Add some seasonal colouring (pumpkin orange, ghoulish green and ghostly white), and a much-loved craft becomes even more entertaining. We like the fun of decorating the mason jar that holds this Halloween Slime, and we're thankful that there's a fool-proof option for the less Pinterest-y parents among us—stick on googly eyes, and voila!
4. Add Lunch Box Jokes To Your Kid's Lunch
Our school-age cuties love anything Halloween-themed, so celebrate the season with some lunchbox giggles. We appreciate the ease and convenience of Skip to My Lou's downloadable and printable Lunch Box Jokes (no need to rack your brains for punchlines!). Just toss a joke or two in with your little one's packed lunch to ensure some harmless midday humour.
5. Create a Halloween-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Organize a kid-friendly Halloween Scavenger Hunt for your baby boo's, or a slightly scarier one for more courageous kids. Download and print these festive cards from The Resourceful Mama, and invite your gang to find the corresponding objects either in your home or at a fun destination like a Halloween fair or pumpkin patch.
6. Make Homemade Halloween Tee
Have a great time crafting and spending time with your kids by making your own Halloween t-shirts. We like Chaos Served Daily's instructions for Batty Bleached Tees, which calls for a homemade stencil and mild bleach solution to create festive designs on a cotton T-shirt.
7. Make Spooky Crispy Rice Treats
We love this recipe from our own Test Kitchen for a ghoulish twist on a familiar treat. The addition of green food colouring and some strategically placed candy pieces easily transforms a batch of crispy rice squares into a whole gang of Frankenkrispies, which are almost too cute to eat. Speaking of cute, these Dingbat Sandwich Cookies and teeny Chocolate Strawberry Rats also top our list of must-make treats that are easy for little fingers to help create too.
8. Make A Smoky Punch
Guaranteed to garner oohs and aahs, an eerily smoking punch bowl is bound to be the centrepiece of your Halloween celebration. You'll just need dry ice and a little hot water to create the illusion of a smoking punch bowl. We like She Knows' tips for Spooky Witches Brew with Dry Ice, which include layering a larger bowl for the ice and a smaller bowl to safely separate the punch.