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Do You Have a Halloween Ritual?

Our family is big on traditions.  We’ve got them for major events like birthdays and Christmas, as well as small things like Saturday mornings and bedtime.  Recently, I’ve been thinking about all the Halloween activities and projects we’ve tried (or wanted to try) since the kids were born.  This year, I’m looking to officially elevate a few of them to “tradition” status.


As I was compiling ideas, it occurred to me you too might be interested in starting a family Halloween tradition.  So I’ve put together a list of possibilites – 31 to be specific (it seemed like a suitable number).  Here they are:

1) Make 3D Spider Sacks from yarn.

2) Make over-sized Trash Bag Spider Webs.

3) Make ghosts.

4) Cover the house in bats.

5) Make Halloween Luminaries (the mummies are my favorite).

6) Make Soap Slime.

7) Take the kids to a historical cemetery and make some grave rubbings.

8) Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

9) Read spooky stories by candlelight each night In October like Design Mom.

10) Make a Homemade Costume.

11) Visit a pumpkin patch (bring your camera, they’re great backdrops for photos!).

12) Use your pumpkins to make Toddler-Friendly Jack-o-Lanterns.

13) Use your pumpkins to make Cookie Cutter Jack-O-Lanterns.

14) Have a family pumpkin decorating contest, winner gets 1st pick from everyone’s candy.

15) Roast pumpkin seeds.

16) Boo Your Neighbor – So fun!

17) Take a spooky walk around the neighborhood.

18) Make Glow In the Dark trick-or-treat bags.

19) Don’t live in a family-friendly neighborhood? Host or attend a trunk-or-treat block party.

20) Trick-or-Treat at a retirement home – This is our all-time favorite activity with little kids.  The residents LOVE it.

21) Trick-or-Treat with Unicef.

22) Make Spider Pancakes Halloween morning.

23) Eat Dinner In a Pumpkin.

24) Make Colcannon.

25) Make Jello Ghosts for dessert (or a party).

26) Make traditional caramel licorice for dessert (or a party).

27) Make a Monster Cake for dessert (or a party).

28) Brew Homemade Root Beer.

29) Choose a different treat to make from the Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook each year.

30) Introduce your kids (and their candy) to The Sugar Plum Fairy.

31) Snag clearance costumes to Make a Dress Up Box.


So what do you think? Will you start a Halloween tradition of your own this year?  I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

dana September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hi Steph!
I haven’t been on here for a while and wow! You just keep growing and doing cool amazing posts! Thanks for linking to my stuff. It’s fun to see traffic coming over from your site. Keep up the cool creativeness and fun graphics. Hope all is well :)
– dana


aMuse Toys September 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Awesome, as if we weren’t excited for Fall already! 😀


tiffany October 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Wow these are great ideas. I think my boys will love them. Thank you for sharing.


Buncolady October 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!
Our family has a couple of traditions. One night sometime before Halloween, I make a halloween dinner. With all the great pins on pinterest, I have never made the same meal twice! We have had a meatball hand, monster pizza, worm sandwiches, skeleton ribs,
mash potato ghosts, spider cupcakes, worm cupcakes, zombie boogers, bug juice etc.
I make everything from beverage, appetizer, entree and dessert.
The other tradition I have, I make a halloween box for the kids to open. The contents are Halloween toys, candy, silly glasses etc but the items are covered with maybe spider webs and all sizes of spiders or zombie gauze, bones and body parts. The kids are so excited to see what the box holds each year. I have a box that creaks with loud noises and music that I got from Hallmark one year. It is perfect for the halloween box. I also do a Halloween breakfast with ghoulish donuts, haunted orange juice etc. So much fun and so many memories. We always take a picture of all the kids in front of the box with some of their silly mustaches or goggly eyes. We pick our favorite picture that year and put it into a halloween frame. Every year for our Halloween dinner, all the pictures are sitting out and everyone talks about how much fun that year was and their fond memories.


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