7 Easy And Fun Ways To Make Halloween Special For Young Children

Whether you love this holiday or are looking to embrace it for the first time. There are frightfully fun ways to bring Halloween to life and fun for your family. From fancy dress, decorating your house to spooky stories, here are some easy and fun activities and ways you can celebrate this spooky time of the year. 

I’ll be completely honest before this year Halloween wasn’t a big deal in my household. But, this year, since Evan has been in preschool he has found a new enthusiasm for ghosts and all things spooky. 

Here are some of the fun activities that we have embraced in order to make it extra special. 

Spooky Crafts

Name me a child that doesn’t love doing some kind of arts and crafts? From making salt dough ghosts and ghouls to upcycling household items into spooky sensations there are ways to bring the holidays to life and make memories. For us, this year we made some ghost puppets and then tweaked the idea to make some spider puppets as spiders are Evans favourite creepy-crawly currently.  

Read Some Not-Too-Scary Stories

We, as a family, have always been massive fans of reading to the children, and with autumn being well and truly in full swing, there is no better time to snuggle down and get stuck in with a fun, not too scary, spooky story. This year as Evan is 3 his favourite stories have been ‘Room On The Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘There’s A Witch In Your Book’ by Tom Fletcher. 

Go Pick Your Pumpkin

Pumpkin picking is a great way to get the kids out, let them burn some energy, whilst keeping in the Halloween spirit. It is becoming increasingly popular and with a quick google search, you should be able to find somewhere local where you can go and pick your own. The added joy of this activity is the majority of the time the farms are decorating and in some places offering additional activities so you can make it into a fun family day. Just remember to pack your wellies, it can get muddy!

Pumpkin Decorating

Top tip – There are pumpkin carving tools available that make cutting out the shapes and designs a little easier, but of course a knife and spoon will do the job as well. 

Pumpkin decorating is a traditional Halloween staple and let’s be honest, we all know why. It is easy enough and simple to do. When hollowed out and designed carved out they are highly effective and can be adapted to support any design complexity or skill set. You can either design the image yourself if you prefer you can print off stencils from the internet.

Decorate The House

Whether you decide to go full spooktastic or want to do something more subdued decorating is a great way to engage young minds and bring the magic of any holiday to life. 

From placing some pumpkins near the door, showcasing their spooky artwork to transforming your home into a haunted house, it is a task that everyone can partake in. 

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

The luxury of any The luxury of any and all holidays is there is so much to be seen and found. There is no better way to engage with children than to see the mystery and beauty all around. With that in mind, scavenger hunts are a must. They engage your child and get them to take a good look at the world around them and undertake in an adventure to find everything listed.

Spooky Snacks

Can you really class it as a holiday if there isn’t a special type of food. Of course, with Halloween there is the standard sweets and candies associated with trick and treating, but there are many more engaging and interesting ways to this season special. it is also a fun way to get the fussiest of eaters to try something new, but showcasing it in a fun way. Depending on the ages and temperament of your children will determine how creepy you can make the snacks. With Evans interests currently our favourites have been ghost biscuits, banana fingers and Halloween candy bark.

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