Ideas For Halloween Traditions With Your Kids
Halloween traditions, just like with any other holiday or celebration, can be lots of fun and a great way to make special memories with your family.
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One of the things I like most about Halloween is that you can pick and choose the traditions and activities you and your family really enjoy, and leave the rest behind.
Halloween can, of course, be scary, but when you have little kids like I do that is not the part of Halloween I enjoy. Actually, that is the part that is least fun, to me, because I have to shield my kids from the scariness.
I like to make our Halloween celebration more about fun and a celebration of fall instead of scary stuff. That means a couple of different things for us:
Celebration Of Apple Season
The fall is when apples become ripe and are at their tastiest. To celebrate we make hot apple cider to sip on the night of Halloween, to help us warm up after a cold night of trick or treating.
In addition, we like to make caramel apples to eat. The kids get more than enough candy on Halloween night so we try to make these a week or two before Halloween so they are thoroughly enjoyed, instead of just one more sweet to choose from.
Halloween Traditions - Pumpkin Harvesting And Carving
You can't have Halloween without a pumpkin or two. You can go to a pumpkin patch to pick up your pumpkins, and then come home and paint them, or carve them.
For the really little kids we generally paint the really small pumpkins, because then they can do everything themselves.
For the older ones we help carve pumpkins. Make sure you save the seeds so you can have roasted pumpkin seeds - yum!
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I personally love all things pumpkin flavored, so I generally also like to make some pumpkin bread for everyone to enjoy for breakfast the day of Halloween.
A great Halloween tradition is to make all kinds of pumpkin flavored items, including pumpkin cheesecake, bread, ice cream, donuts, and more.
Costumes - One Of The Most Fun Halloween Traditions
My family always loves dressing up for Halloween. It doesn't matter whether you buy them, or they are homemade costumes, it is always a blast.
Keep your costumes even after Halloween, and get them out periodically for the kids to play with. My kids love it, and it really encourages imagination.
Make sure you take plenty of pictures of the kids in their costumes, but if things start to get crazy each year right before trick or treating starts try to have a dry run with the costumes at an earlier time and take pictures then. We have done this in years we had time, and it really made it much more fun and less stressful.
After Trick Or Treating Party For Your Family
After trick or treating my kids are pretty jazzed up, from the excitement, costumes and the candy.
One of my favorite parts of Halloween is this after time, when we all just hang out as a family. We let the kids choose a couple of pieces of candy, pop in a family friendly Halloween movie, and let them pass out candy to the rest of the trick or treaters still coming around the neighborhood.
Like I said above I also like to serve a warm drink, like hot cider, to warm everyone back up after coming in from the cold.
Well, these are a few of our family's Halloween traditions. I would love to hear what you do too. Tell me below in the comments.
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