Last-Minute Halloween Ideas for Family Fun
Yikes! It’s almost Halloween. If you’re scrambling for new (or some tried and true ways) to celebrate the holiday with your family, keep reading. We had busy parents in mind when we wrote this blog.
To save you time, we’ve scoured the Internet for inspiration and easy how-tos about activities for the kids, festive foods you can quickly make, and of course, ideas for costumes. We’ve also included a few safety tips to keep in mind to avoid scary situations.
We hope this information makes short work of your Halloween preparations, but more importantly, adds to the fun for your whole family. Take a look!
Costumes for the Kiddos
Sometimes kids know exactly what they want to dress up as. Sometimes they don’t. If it’s the latter in your family, start with the basics: What does your child like? From there you can start narrowing down the choices.
- For inspiration, here are some really clever DYI costume ideas that don’t take a lot of effort to put together.
- For sensory friendly Halloween costumes, check out these ideas for kids with autism.
- Want super simple? Print out these masks, have the kids color them in, add an elastic band, and voilà, you’ve got a homemade Halloween mask.
- For safety…
- If your child’s costume is dark in color, add strips of reflective tape so they can be more visible when out trick or treating.
- If you’re using vibrantly colored make up, check out this list from the FDA for approved color additives and test the makeup on your child’s arm a day or two ahead of Halloween to make sure they don’t have a bad reaction to it.
Creative and Crafty Activities
A great way to celebrate Halloween as a family is to gather round a kitchen table or counter and have fun together with arts and crafts. What you create can also do double duty as decorations!
- Are you trunk or treating this year? Here are fun ways to decorate your car and trunk.
- Create a giant spider web decoration with just white tape and creepy crawlers stuck to it.
- Got some Q-tips or straws? You can make these skeletons.
- How about a game of pumpkin tic-tac-toe or I Spy Halloween?
- For everybody who loves to color, here’s a very special coloring sheet from The Behavior Exchange!
Spooky Fun Food
The only limit to Halloween-themed foods and snacks is your imagination.
- You can’t go wrong with the classic Dirt and Worms pudding dessert.
- Another crowd pleaser is Mummy Hot Dogs.
- How about some Candy Spiders? It has just five ingredients and the only cooking is the melting of chocolate.
- For more ideas, here are 50 more recipes for a tasty Halloween.
More Safety Tips
- Instead of burning candles in your Jack-o’-Lantern that can create a dangerous situation, try battery-operated flame luminaries.
- If you’re driving around to trick or treat, be extra careful and go slow. Kids may not be paying attention and unexpectedly dart out between cars.
- Take care, if you’re hosting a Halloween party, to make sure no one drives home who has been drinking. Safety first. Fun second.