Over 25 family friendly Halloween traditions!
The other day I was picking up groceries and I noticed the Halloween candy was out! I’m not the typical person you see that posts on social media about how annoyed they are that the holiday stuff comes out so early, I’m actually the opposite. I’m literally ecstatic.
Why? Because it’s not just Halloween candy, it’s all of the fun family traditions that come along with it!
Last year, Farrah was finally starting to get into the holidays and now that she’s 3 she is probably more excited than I am. Seriously though. We watch Halloween and Christmas movies year round at her request! Plus, we have her big brother who is excited too, so the holidays are really just a fun time for us.
So, I have some of our Favorite Halloween Traditions for you today. Most of them are kid friendly, and maybe only 1 or 2 might not be if your kids are still young like ours. Let us know which one you will try this year!
Reverse Trick or Treating– I LOVE baking. So this is a ton of fun. Bake up your favorite fall treats (like these pumpkin bars) and take them to friends, family, and/or neighbors.
Tell Scary Stories by Candlelight– My 3 year old has the best scary stories. They typically go like this “Mom, something scary [dramatic pause] WEREWOLVES!!!!!!” hahah anyway, this is just a lot of fun. Either make up your own, or look some up online! If you do flashlights instead of candles, you can make it extra fun by telling the stories inside a fort made from blankets and couch cushions!
Halloween Pillow Case Tradition-Okay, so we’ve never actually done this one. But I saw it here on SO Festive and just thought it was an adorable idea. Basically, you just make Halloween themed pillow cases every year. I think it would be fun to make these and them use them as your candy bag while trick or treating.
Pumpkin Patch– You have to visit a pumpkin patch! We usually go to a couple. We have a great one near us with a petting zoo and horse rides for the kids. This is also, the ideal place to pick out pumpkins for the next 3 traditions.
Pumpkin bowling– Just pick out a smaller pumpkin, carve 3 holes for your fingers, and get bowling! This is a great party game! And, if you don’t want to get too messy, Target sells reusable pumpkins that you can carve. They’d go perfect with a plastic bowling set. Plus, you could reuse it year after year.
Pumpkin carving/decorating– Carve or paint your pumpkin! I’ve seen some really cool ones decorated with glow-in-the-dark puffy paint on Pinterest.
Toast Pumpkin Seeds.
Attend Pumpkin Nights-It’s a Halloween festival with food, face painting, and a half mile display of over 3,000 hand carved pumpkins all lit up! They are in multiple states now!
Go Trick-or-Treating– It wouldn’t be Halloween without this. You don’t have to limit yourself to door-to-door either, most malls and zoos even do trick-or-treating now.
Pass out candy.
Read Halloween books– We do this every day in October before bed. Here’s a list of our top 31 Halloween books for kids!
Make Pumpkin Bread– Major indulgence for me. I love my pumpkin bread as the occasional breakfast during the Fall. I’ve tried to come up with a healthier version, and I just can’t. Nothing compares to the carby, refined sugary goodness. I’ve decided that some things are just not meant to be healthy…
Drink Apple Cider-Halloween is the most appropriate time of year for this.
Visit a Corn Maze– Scott and I always make fun of this one and then we actually get lost! (P.S. How adorable is that mini hay maze they had for the kids?)
Make decorations– I love getting all crafty this time of year! I’m not particularly great at it, but there’s a ton of simple crafts out there!
Go to a Haunted House– Date night anyone?
“Boo” your Neighbors– Similar to reverse trick-or-treating except it’s anonymous. You ding-dong-ditch a plate of goodies to a family member or neighbor with a note attached, saying they’ve been Boo’d.
Make Fun Halloween Themed Treats– Like these easy Halloween yogurt covered pretzels
Make Caramel Apples!
Set up a spiderweb obstacle course for your kids to wake up to– They shared this on Chicken Babies and I thought my 5 year old would totally get a kick out of this! I can just picture him, with his eyes all wide, saying “oh my goo(d)ness!,” followed shortly by a fake faint lol He’s pretty hilarious.
Watch your Favorite Halloween Movie every Friday in October– In case you didn’t already know, there’s a Friday the 13th in October this year! Can you say Scary Movie Marathon??
Visit a cemetery or legitimately haunted place in town and tell ghost stories– I’ve never actually done this. I’m too chicken, but I consider doing this every year lol
Make Spooky Food like these hotdog mummies!
Make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes on Halloween morning
Dress up in a group costume & have a photo-shoot! Tip: If you plan on taking pics of your kids in their costume, do it before Halloween. Usually on the day of they are too excited to get candy that they won’t cooperate with pictures very well. Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to stay still for pictures. This year I bought a 5 ft posable skeleton to use in the pictures. The kids always have more fun posing if there are props of some kind.