Carve, Paint or Decorate Pumpkins - What would Halloween be without carving pumpkins? If you choose to carve them, don't forget to bake and eat the seeds - yummy! If you'd rather not deal with the mess of carving, there are so many other ways to decorate this fall staple! In addition to the obvious alternatives like painting, why not try melting crayons? Check out this post from Momspark.com for a how-to! You could even grab some duck tape - there are a lot fun prints out there and use that for creating a funny or scary jack-o-lantern! Simply pull off a piece and use scissors to get the desired shape. Then stick it on, that's it! Check out this post from Duck Tape for some awesome ideas!
Tell Ghost Stories - Use stuffed animals or puppets to tell ghost stories! The kids can take turns adding spooky elements to create a shared story. Or if you have a book of fairy tales (really any book will do!) on hand, an adult or big kid could have the puppets "read" the story from behind the couch or our doorway puppet theater. This is a great way to encourage launguage and inspire creativity and imagination!
Play a sPoOkY Game - No matter what time of year it is, board games are always a hit! If spooky is your thing, check out our appropriately-named Spookies Board game for ages 8+ - a press your luck, dice rolling game only for the bravest haunted house explorers! If memory games are more up your alley, try Fiery Dragons for ages 5+ - There's bats, spiders, skulls and lizards hiding in caves, can you find them?
Transform into Mummies! Pair up each child with an adult and one roll of toilet paper. It's the most fun if you can put each pair into a separate room for the mummification process. Then, get your roll-on! Use the entire roll to cover each child like a real mummy! The giggles spilling out from each room will be contagious! When everyone is finished, gather in a common room together at same time. The kids will get a kick out of seeing each other covered head-to-toe in toilet paper! This is one activity that every family should have materials on hand for -- Just make sure you don't use your last roll on this project - hehe! And don't forget to snap a group photo to creep out Grandma!
Research Creepy Things - Head to the library and get books on "creepy" things like bats, spiders, eye balls or brains! Learning about these things will help them to seem less creepy to kids! Did you know? The largest type of bat is called a Pteropus. It is also known as a "Flying Fox" or "Fruit Bat". These type of bats are very important to the environment as they help to pollinate over 500 species of plants such as mango, banana, guava and agave through a process called chiropterophily!