Halloween Family TraditionS
- Decorate the house near October 1st- decorating is a morning activity and the kids love to join in and help! The kids decorate their own rooms and I do the mantel. It’s fun to let them have choice in this.
- Buy Costumes Early- We’ve had sooo much fun with dressing up for Halloween! Dressing young kids up as animals, especially their own spirit animal, is the cutest! I like to buy the costumes a little big, so they will definitely fit on Halloween and they can get use out of them through the year! I just add them to our costume bin, after the big day. I also like to try them on as soon as they arrive so we can make sure they fit ok and wash them beforehand. Another thing I love to do, that helps make the actual trick or treating day so much more fun... about a week before the big day. We get dressed up and have a photo session, that way I can just post the photo that I already have and that stressor is avoided! On Halloween, we get action shots and enjoy the kiddos and the fun of the day!
- Pumpkin Patch- We love to go pick out our own pumpkins at the patch. Sometimes we do the hay ride, always see the animals and it is the one time of year we have donuts and cider for breakfast!
- Pumpkin Carving- I love this! Adam hates it... haha I usually carve the pumpkins while he’s at work. He doesn’t like the gooey or the smell. We like to take all the seeds out, carve faces, count the seeds and talk about all of the senses we’re using. Some of my kiddos enjoy this more than others. It’s funny to see who takes after who with the gooey mess!
- Pumpkin Seeds- We love to bake the seeds in the oven with just a little salt. It’s a healthy snack, too!
- Candy- This is not my favorite part of the holiday but it is the kids’ so I try to remember to keep it light and fun! I’m usually pretty strict about refined sugar and junk food. We usually let them have one piece at the end of the trick or treating event, and then one piece after dinner for a couple of weeks. We’ll see what happens this year!
Modified halloween for the Pandemic
This year, I plan to try to make our night as similar to what we do traditionally. We will dress up, walk through the neighborhood, like a parade. If people leave bowls of candy at the end of the driveway, we will take one piece each but if not, we’ll just walk. I’m planning to leave a bowl at the end of our driveway and bring some candy in our stroller, just in case. We will not be going to any doors or getting within 10 feet of others. We’re very lucky that we’re able to walk to Adam’s parents house. He didn’t move very far away from his childhood home! We will walk to their house, where all four grandparents will be hanging out and ready for us to arrive! We’ll try to wave from a distance to our neighborhood friends. What will you do differently for trick or treating this year? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Adam’s mom and I like to get the kiddos cute clothes from Carter’s or Old Navy. The pumpkin shirts and pants in the photos are from Carter’s and Old Navy. I love that they have cute, nice clothes for kids but aren’t overpriced!
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