Every parent can use some inspiration for Halloween, especially when trick-or-treating with little ones. From themed snacks and movies to preparing costumes, it’s a fun, busy time for all celebrating families. To keep the holiday safe and upbeat, here are some top Halloween tips for families to follow.
You don’t need to overspend on costumes to create something fun and memorable, especially if they’re only going to wear it once. Sites like Pinterest have loads of creative ways to make DIY costumes your small child will love. Have them help, if possible, to involve them in the fun experience.
Encourage your child to eat before going trick-or-treating so they don’t get hungry, tired, or cranky. However, it’s best to be prepared and to bring water and a healthier snack like fruit or a granola bar in case they want something while walking around. Otherwise, they will feel sick if they only eat candy or treats.
Decorate the house with your little one to celebrate the season. This can include a few sections of the house like the living room or front porch, or the entire house! Searching for ideas? Think of setting up a small pumpkin patch at your front door with pumpkins, hay, and corn stalks. You can also sketch and cut out spooky designs like spiders, ghosts, or bats and place them throughout the house. Another idea parents can incorporate is to hang multi-color LED strip lights and cobwebs around the house.
It’s all about pumpkins! Pick out a pumpkin and simple design with your child and supervise them while you carve together. You can find easy, printable designs like flowers online.
Families will love these classic and newer Halloween-inspired movies:
Consider making or buying snacks like apple cider, pumpkin bread, caramel popcorn, decorated rice krispie treats, or decorated pizzas!
Whether or not you trick-or-treat, you can get in the Halloween mood with your little one by reading family-friendly books about fall weather, spooky spirits, and pumpkins. Your local library may even have a display in place, so ask your librarian for recommendations. Here are a few top-rated themed books:
Look up kid-friendly parades and festivals in your local area. They have costume contests, treats, carnival games, and other fall and Halloween-inspired activities.
Keep safe and have fun by following these top Halloween safety tips:
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