I don’t know about you but I am a massive child when it comes to Halloween and Christmas. I love this whole period and really enjoy getting into the spirit of things this time of year.
Every year I always love putting together a costume and makeup look – i rarely buy something ready made. Some of my favourite costumes in the past have been; zombie (obviously), R2D2, sugar skull and a spooky doll. I’ve had some pretty epic Halloween parties in my time – the most memorable is probably when we turned our kitchen into a kill room from the TV show Dexter. Yes, really.
All that being said Halloween with kids means you need to turn down the fear factor a little. Last year was our first Halloween as parents and so the raging house party was off the cards. Happily for us it also coincided with our Edinburgh leaving do so we hired out the function room of a local bar and had our party there whilst Luisa was minded by visiting grandparents. Winning!
Although she was only 5 months old Lu did get into the spirit of things by dressing up in a cute star wars onesie which I have stashed in the attic as I can’t bear to part with it.
This year Luisa is 17 months old so she’s able to get involved in some spooky fun. So far we’ve done a little bit of crafting and we’re planning a bit of a family party. Obviously a toddler isn’t going to be able to handle complex crafting but there are little ways you can get them involved. What I like to do is let Luisa take part in the messy painting or colouring and go back and refine her creations later 😉
Here are a few of my ideas inspired by the huge collection of articles on the Families site.
- Firework painting with toddler friendly poster paints
- Make a seasonal sensory play activity with crunchy leaves and smooth conkers
- Have a snack of some apple vampire teeth
- Make handprint ghosts using white paint
- Have a spooky bath with glow sticks
Another thing we’re doing to embrace the season is planning a few fun days out. I’ve had a look online and actually found that there’s a lot available for toddlers. So far we’re scheduled to visit a local open farm for Halloween fun and tractor rides, we’re also going to see a baby sensory show and a toddler friendly halloween dance event in a local church. You can pop your town or postcode into the search bar on the Families site to find more activities in your area.
So whilst Halloween might be looking a little tamer for me these days there’s still lots of fun to be had with Miss L in tow and as with everything, I wouldn’t trade her.
Have you got any spooky family fun planned for this month?