Fun Halloween Activities for the Whole Family at Home
Ghosts and ghouls! Spooky season is here, and that means fun fall activities. We love a good pumpkin patch, corn maze, or harvest festival, but let’s be honest, as the days get shorter and the air gets chillier, sometimes we just want to relax and enjoy a cozy evening at home. Here are some kid-friendly activities you can do indoors and still feel nice and autumnal.
A centuries-old tradition, the practice of carving pumpkins and lighting them from within goes back to the 17th century. Get creative with your jack-o-lanterns, and if you really want to impress, enlist the help of some trusty stencils to create the perfect scene. Here are some stencil sets to truly make your gourds stand out on Halloween night:
Pro Tip: If you carve, keep the pumpkin seeds! You can season and roast them for a yummy snack, then add the leftovers to school lunches that week.
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds:
Clean and dry seeds
Toss with butter and seasoning of your choice
Roast at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until crispy
Shake and flip the seeds frequently to avoid burning on one side
Not sure about your serrated knife skills? You can also paint your pumpkins, which adds an extra-creative element to the activity! This kid-friendly painting set includes three brushes, paint, stickers, and even googly eyes.
Spooky Movie Marathon
Is there anything better than snuggling up under one or more blankets and having a movie night at home? We think not. Set a theme for the night and get settled in! Some of our favorite themes for movie marathons are Halloween Classics, Disney, and, if you have older kids, Traditional Old School Horror. Set the mood with some festive treats, fresh popcorn, and your kids’ favorite snacks.
Making slime at home is always a hit with kids! If they like tactile crafts, there are tons of fun ways to make the slime Halloween-themed. Here is a simple, three-ingredient slime recipe to make things extra easy.
You can make large batches, bottle them up, and pass them out at the class Halloween party.
Everyone loves a classic! Stock up on apples on your next grocery trip and set up an apple bobbing station. A big tub or bucket in the kitchen sink works fine but put a big towel under the bobbers’ feet.
Keep track of the apples bobbed and tally up the points per family member. It can be a prize or something simple like the winner gets to choose the movie of the evening or what you’re having for dinner!
Toilet Paper Mummies
A waste of toilet paper? Maybe, but wait until you see the photos!
If you have enough people, pair them up in teams. Pass out a few rolls of toilet paper, set a timer for 30 seconds, and ask each person to wrap up the other like a mummy.
The pictures make an adorable Halloween card or a fun family video that grandparents will adore.
After all, it’s the start of the holiday season! Happy Halloween, everyone!