On the Horizon..
It’s that time of the year again, and as we head into autumn our thoughts turn to shorter days, falling leaves, harvests, pumpkins.. and of course Halloween.
Thinking up new and different ideas for Halloween each year can be challenging, but fear not because we here at the Kovol Blog have got it covered. Halloween of course wouldn’t be Halloween without kids, so here’s a guide to plenty of ideas that’ll give the kids a fully-involved spooky time with hours of fun.
Don’t forget to check out the links at the bottom of the article to a couple of websites with even more great Halloween ideas for kids.
Where to Start?
There are many different Halloween activities for kids that you can use to keep the little ones busy in the lead up to Halloween. As Halloween gets closer, kids will get more and more excited so having a few activities to keep them occupied might also make your life a little quieter.
There are all kinds of Halloween activities that you can consider using with the kids. You could try Halloween crafts, creating Halloween decorations, Halloween games, Halloween puzzles, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting or Halloween cooking.
If you decide to do Halloween crafts, consider having the kids make something that will also double as Halloween decorations. That way the kids can enjoy creating their item and then continue to enjoy as it is displayed as part of the Halloween decorations. Kids can create Halloween wreaths, with dead twigs, spiders and artificial webs. They can also make ghosts to hang inside or to hang outside from trees. Bats and spiders can be made to hang about also. Tombstones are also good for decorating outside.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and Well.. More Pumpkins
Of course Halloween would not be Halloween without the good old-fashioned orange-colored squash we call pumpkin. Favorite kids’ Halloween activities are often those that work with pumpkins or make use of pumpkins in some way. Kids can have a go at pumpkin carving to make Jack O' Lanterns but will of course require lots of supervision for this one. Pumpkins can be used for other things also, so consider painting pumpkins to decorate them instead. Kids can also have a go at making pumpkins with paper plates or clay.
For some amazing pumpkin carving ideas, take a look at this link on delish.com.
In the Kitchen..
Candy and snacks are abound at Halloween of course, many of which can be incorporated into fun baking ideas. Cooking and baking is a fun Halloween activity that will keep the kids busy and entertained. It’s a great bonding activity and may also bring out their creative side too. Aside from the traditional pumpkin pie, there is an almost endless list of ideas that you can use for cooking at Halloween.
Ask them to come up with their own name for a food and see how creative they can be -- things like Magic Cake, Bat Wings, Eyeball Surprise or Witches’ Brew. Once they have come up with a name, ask them what ingredients they think could be use to make that. If they don't think of their own recipe ideas, then search online.
However, if you want some ready-made super-dooper Halloween recipe ideas, then just take a look at some of these scary-good treats, again on Delish.
It can get chaotic in the kitchen with kids involved though, so if you want some quiet time as Halloween approaches, then there are some calmer kid’s Halloween activities that will keep them busy and occupied. Try a Halloween puzzle. You can search online and it is also fun to make your own. Make a Halloween word find by drawing a grid and putting Halloween words into it. List the words underneath and then fill the empty space with other letters.
Another great Halloween puzzle is to find Halloween riddles and write each riddle on a card and then each answer a separate card. Kids can have a go at matching the riddles to the answers. This also makes a great Halloween game. It can be played like the concentration game where all cards are turned face down and players take turns at turning over two cards and trying to make a match. Halloween Riddle Match Up makes a fun Halloween game that all of the family can enjoy.
Keeping excited kids busy and happy in the lead up to Halloween is easy if you have a few activities planned. Some of them will require you to you supervise the kids but there are many that the kids can do on their own.
If the above still isn’t enough for you, then check out these links below for even more inspiring Halloween ideas:
From all of us here at the Kovol Blog Team, we hope you have a fantastic and spooky Halloween!