5 Tradition Worthy Family Halloween Activities

Halloween traditions

In our household, Halloween is more than just a night of costumes and trick or treating. It is a whole month of spooky and Halloween themed fun! Here is a list of our 5 favorite family Halloween activities that have turned into traditions.

5 Tradition Worthy Family Halloween Activities

 1. Visit a local farm

October is the perfect time to support local agriculture and visit an event at a local farm!  Many farms hold fun family Halloween activities like haunted hay rides, spooky corn mazes,  and of course, pumpkin picking. There is something for all ages!

2. Make Halloween decorations

Instead of spending money on cheap store bought decorations this year, spend time with the kids creating decorations.  My kiddos have fun every year decorating empty plastic milk jugs to make spooky luminaries for our walkway on Halloween (learn how we do it here). As the kiddos get older, I am always looking for more challenging crafts to try, and the made in the USA Autumn Beeswax Candle Making Kit available at HearthSong, is perfect for kids age 5 and up.

Beeswax candle making kit #madeinUSA, a fun family Halloween activity!

3. Bake and decorate Halloween Cookies

Made in Vermont, Ann Clark Ltd. Halloween themed cookie cutters are our favorite Halloween baking accessory! These cookie cutters have held their shape and make the perfect size cookies! See how much fun my kiddos and I have making our Halloween cookies, and find tips on what American made baking products to use (as well as an awesome sugar cookie recipe), here

Ann Clark Ltd American made Halloween Cookie Cutters

4. Carve pumpkins like pros

Impress your older kids, and I’m not gonna lie, even the adults, with Grampa Bardeen’s Family Pumpkin Carving Set.  Turn those Jack-O-Laterns into works of art with this carving kit that includes scoops, carving tools, and stencils. The tools in this kit are designed by master carvers and are safer for children to use than traditional knives.

Family Halloween Activities- Carve pumpkins like the pros with Grampa Bardeen's Family Pumpkin Carving Set #MadeinUSA

5.Mix up a batch of glow in the dark slime

What kid doesn’t love making a mess, I mean, making slime? We make glow in the dark slime every year and still have fun doing so! Find the slime recipe and the list of American made ingredients you need here

Buy American and be the coolest mom around when you get everything you need to make Glow in the Dark slime.

Create a family tradition with these Halloween activities

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Post by Tracey Hanson

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  1. We have built haunted cookie houses — like a gingerbread house, but with candy corn etc.
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  2. Are traditions are going to the apple orchards, taken a hay ride, making leaf piles, and decorating pumpkins.

  3. I LOVE your ideas! Thank you for that! We always visit a local farm for our pumpkins, but the rest of the list we will definitely do this year!

  4. Love our annual trip to the local pumpkin patch…hayrides, ponyrides, family pictures, and a cart full of pumpkins to carve/decorate! 🙂 Love the glow in the dark slime idea…we are going to try that this year.

  5. Such great ideas! I am going to buy the Autumn Homemade Beeswax Candle Rolling Kit. I cannot believe it is only $25! What a great USA deal 🙂

  6. My children and I used to love to visit our local farms. We had many to choose from. I know they would have loved to MIX UP A BATCH OF GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME also!

  7. I love Halloween <3 .

  8. These all sound fun, and we love visiting the farms. We must try the slime !!

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