As a child growing up in Canada Halloween was one of my favorite times of the year and a holiday that I have fond memories of. Even though Halloween isn't really celebrated here in Australia, it is important to me to expose my son to it and hopefully start some new family traditions of our own. Here's some fun ideas to get you started in creating memorable Halloween traditions with your own family:
Frightful Family Photos: Take individual photos of your family in costume each year, frame them and display them for the month of October in a special place in your home.
Pumpkin Picking: Pick your own pumpkin from a local pumpkin farm then have fun painting or carving them.
Mr Pumpkin Potato Head: Make a pumpkin man with a pumpkin (for the head) and your own clothes stuffed with paper to make the body.
Decorate Your Home With Homemade Decorations: There are heaps of crafts that you can do with your family that are cheap and easy to make. Kids love getting involved a what a great way to get them in the spirit of Halloween.
Painting Or Carving Pumpkins: Young kids can paint their own pumpkin and older kids can carve their own (with parental assistance of course).
Make Your Own Costumes: Be creative and thrifty and make your Halloween costumes with the help of your kids. They don't have to be perfect as long as you have fun making them together.
Have A Special Halloween Dinner: Before trick or treating why not have a fun Halloween themed dinner with Halloween food.
Make Halloween Sugar Cookies: Kids can help measure, pour and stir and they love decorating cookies too.
Write A Halloween Story Together: All members of the family get to contribute to the story. You can keep these stories and read them ear after year.
Make Boo Baskets For Your Neighbors: Put a basket of Halloween treats or decorations together, leave the basket on your neighbors porch, ring the doorbell and run away.
Have A Halloween Party: Invite some of your family or friends over, bob for apples, play "Pin The Nose On The Ghost" or even set up a mini haunted house.
Halloween might seem like a silly holiday to some but its a great opportunity to have fun with your kids and make lasting memories and traditions. Do you have a Halloween tradition in your family that you'd like to share?