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Family Fun Ideas for the Halloween Season

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The Halloween season isn’t just for kids. It can be a lot of fun for both you and your child. Adding a family fun day to your schedule during Halloween time can build memories that will last a lifetime. The day of holiday fun may also become a new family tradition that will be passed from one generation to the next.
Planning Halloween Fun for Kids
Planning a family fun day for the Halloween season isn’t hard and doesn’t have to be expensive. A lot of the materials you need are probably things you already have laying around your house. Have your fun day on a weekend or another day when your child doesn’t have school. Make it an all day event. Spend time with your family from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed that night. The following is a list of ideas that you can use for your family Halloween day.

• Make a nice Halloween breakfast. Pumpkins are in season during this time. Try making some pumpkin pancakes or muffins. Sit down with your family and enjoy your meal. You can use this time to discuss the events of the day.
• It is probably best to get any activities that involve leaving the house done first. After breakfast is done and the kitchen is cleaned up, take your child to get a pumpkin. If you can afford it, purchase a pumpkin for everyone in the family. It is always fun to pick your own pumpkin. If your area has a local pumpkin patch, try going there. If not, check the local grocery store, or street side vendor.
• When you get home from purchasing your pumpkins, take some time to decorate your home for the holiday. Your child will love to help hang the scary decorations around the house and yard.
• Have a Halloween lunch. You can find many different holiday themed recipes on the internet. Run a search ahead of time so you can be prepared.
• Dig out the construction paper, crayons, markers, glue and scissors. Make some new decorations to hang in your home. A lot can be made with very little materials. Try making some pumpkins, ghosts, black cats and haunted houses.
• Get together some old clothes and make a scarecrow with your family. If you each have old clothes, you can have a scarecrow for each member of the family. Fill a pair of pants and a shirt with leaves and tie off the ends of the sleeves and pant legs, and the bottom of the shirt. Place the filled shirt onto the waist of the pants. For a head you can use a paper bag with a scary face drawn on it.
• Carve or paint your pumpkins. If you want your jack-o-lantern to have a fancy design carved into it, there are books you can buy at department and grocery stores, or you can find some printable patterns online. While you are gutting the pumpkin separate the seeds. Cook the seeds for a nice family treat.
• Have a Halloween themed dinner with your family.
• At the end of the evening, relax and watch an age appropriate Halloween movie with your family. Enjoy some popcorn and pumpkin seeds as a treat.
• Read your child a holiday themed bedtime story.
Having a family fun day during the Halloween season, is a fun way for families to build memories and traditions. The events you plan do not have to be expensive, you may have a lot of the materials you need right at home. Use these ideas or make up some of your own. Either way, you will have a wonderful time.

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