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 five 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).
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.
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-Lanterns 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.
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.
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I love all of the suggestions. We always go to a local farm and pick out our pumpkins. They also have bonfires, a haunted house, haunted hayride and hot apple cider. It is always a fun afternoon and can go into the evening.
I love the idea of making candles. I like having things around my house to decorate that my daughter has made.
These all sound fun, and we love visiting the farms. We must try the slime !!
I love Halloween <3 .
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!
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 🙂
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.
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!
Are traditions are going to the apple orchards, taken a hay ride, making leaf piles, and decorating pumpkins.
Leaf piles are the best! Thanks for sharing!
We have built haunted cookie houses — like a gingerbread house, but with candy corn etc.
Fun! Did you use a kit or make your own from scratch? I have heard of those and have been looking for a ‘Made in USA’ kit!