Halloween is such a fun holiday for kiddos - and let's face it, for adults, too! There are so many great possibilities for decorations, costumes, snacks and activities. Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, my kids will be asking all day if it is time to put their costumes on and go trick-or-treating. So I decided to put together some activities to keep them busy throughout the day and decorate our house even more. I even put together some printable templates for you to use with your kids!
If you are like us, you have a few neighbor kids you like to give an extra-special treat when they stop by on Halloween. These cute treat bags are perfect! Simply put some candy corn, peanuts and a handful of Fudgy Peanut Butter Popcorn in a clear treat bag. Print these tags on some cardstock and use them to seal the top of the bags. Cute and easy!
Print tags (PDF)
A nice, sturdy bag for trick-or-treating can help prevent those ripped-bag spill disasters on Halloween night. Make it fun by allowing the kids to create their own. Pick up a few white tote bags and permanent fabric markers from your local craft store. Then have the kids pick out their favorite pumpkin carving stencil. Use the stencil and fabric markers to add a nice Halloween-themed picture to the tote bags. They could even use letter stencils to put their names on the bags.
Ghost Paper Chain
Paper chains are a classic and easy decoration. We make them for all kinds of occasions. For Halloween, we use orange and black construction paper and add ghost cut-outs. I have provided a couple of printable templates for you to make it even easier. Simply alternate black and orange paper strips to make the chain. Attach a "link" at intervals and then add a ghost. So cute and so easy!
Paper chain template (PDF)
Ghost template (PDF)
The kids wanted to add more decorations to our yard and this ghost will be perfect! Simply drill a hold in the bottom of a round, plastic bowl and drape a piece of white fabric (I used a white kitchen towel from my local craft store) over it; cut a small hole in the fabric to correspond with the hole in the bowl. String a piece of rope through the holes in the fabric and the bowl. Draw a simple ghost face on it and ta-da! A cute yard decoration!
With all of these fun activities, the kids are sure to work up an appetite! Pizza is always a favorite. In fact, we have already gotten into the Halloween spirit with our pizza. Just last weekend, the kids cut pumpkin and ghost shapes out of pre-made pizza crust, added their favorite toppings, sprinkled with Pizzeria Seasoning and made their own personal pizzas. This also works great with flour tortillas if you prefer a thinner crust. The kids had a blast! We will definitely be doing this again on Halloween.
As a mom, I always love to add a healthy element, too. I think we will put together this cute Jack O' Lantern Veggie Tray with Onion Onion Dip. Yum!
I hope your Halloween will be as fun as ours! Have a scary good day!