Halloween is a huge deal in this house. We spend the entire month of October celebrating!
My daughter has already decorated with sparkly pumpkins and Halloween gnomes and spiders. We’ll plan pumpkin decorating—mostly painting them because last year they went all out with everyone carving pumpkins and my dd didn’t like the mess. Painting them and letting them rot on the inside is the better plan in her mind.
Of course, there will be big plans for costumes. We get costumes, but we’re really serious about the accompanying makeup transformations. (I’ll share photos throughout the month of previous efforts.)
Then there are the events around the local area. Tomorrow’s the “Pumpkin Patch” in a little town not far from here. If the rain that’s forecast holds off, we’ll head there for hayrides and good food. Halloween night itself is a marathon. The town’s churches hold “alternative” events, giving out candy and hosting games. The kids time it so they can hit every one of them and still be able to “Trick or Treat” around a neighborhood or two. At least, the little ones do. Okay, so the big ones will go in costume and hold the 8-year-old’s hand and hope the person at the door sends some extra candy their way. You are never too old for Treats!
And of course, every weekend until the big day, we’ll be watching some Halloween classics. Of course, there’s Hocus Pocus and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Those were my dd’s favorite when she was growing up, and she’s continuing the tradition. We’ll watch Halloweentown and the new Halloween classic starring Adam Sandler—Hubie Halloween.
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A few years ago, I found this thin rope and made a giant spider web… we hang it every year and add more and more spiders around it.
Love making smores around this time… I know there are so many creative food activities with Halloween themes.
Costume contest for adults at the local club is fun.
Bobbing for apples
Miss handing out candy
I make a basket for my granddaughter
With out candy.
But I sneak a piece in for her. Lol she’s 3
We always watch Hocus Pocus. I like Practical Magic too.
Create “shadows” of your family out of construction paper to place in your windows for Halloween night. I’ve seen some houses that have them and it’s really cool!
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 🙂
And it might be nice to share Halloween crafts (cards? paper pumpkins?) with a nearby convalescent home?
baking Halloween snacks
We have enjoyed going to museums and libraries for Halloween Festivities.
Enjoying harvest festivals at the local nature center and parks.
Halloween has never been a holiday that I do. I took my kids when they were little but never enjoyed it. I was so ready to quit when people were trying to get it set up as parties and trunk or treat but it has kept going. I have no decorations for it and won’t be getting any.
Halloween isn’t a big deal for us but our mobile home community usually has a party in our clubhouse. COVID cancelled that last year and we’re not sure we will be having a party this year. 🙁 I don’t really decorate for any holidays any more.