Create some unique halloween traditions with kids!
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, it’s a great opportunity to build community with friends and neighbors, and make positive memories. Here are some other ideas to encourage family connection and memory making together through fun halloween traditions with kids:
“Boo” Your Neighbors Together
In the spirit of the “May Day” tradition of hanging a basket of flowers on a friend’s door as a surprise, “Boo-ing” is the opposite of trick-or-treating. The week before Halloween, leave a small gift (a book or fun seasonal item) with a note or poem instructing the recipient to do the same for someone else. You can also leave them a sign to let other people know they’ve already been “boo”-ed. (as in a little surprise, not a bad cheer)
Create a “S’Mores & S’Movies Night” Tradition
Enjoy a crisp fall night and make s’mores over a backyard fire pit before you snuggle up and enjoy a movie together. Take time to choose a classic movie everyone will enjoy, one you’ll want to watch it every year, and maybe decide together you’ll only watch in then to make it special. (Some ideas: ET; Ghostbusters; It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; Monster’s Inc.; James and the Giant Peach; Pooh’s Heffalump movie; Spooky Buddies (if you like those cute Labrador puppies)
The Pumpkin Fairy or Switch Witch Tradition
One option for reducing the amount of candy kids consume after Halloween is to introduce the option of leaving some of the candy out for the Pumpkin Fairy (or Switch Witch, or whatever you want to call it). Like the Tooth Fairy, an exchange takes place – some fun book or toy in place of the candy. “Something good for something better.”