5 Fun Halloween Activities for Toddlers

Fall is a great time of year for going on hayrides, decorating for a Halloween party, and creating costumes for the big night. My favorite holiday has long been Halloween, and I’m so glad I have children with whom I can share all the fun. Here are some activities we’ve enjoyed in the past; some which we’ve made annual traditions.

1. Movie time

My siblings and I always liked watching Halloween-themed movies when I was a kid, a custom that has been passed down to the next generation. My sisters and their children usually come to my house in early October and we have a cookie decorating party. When we’re done cutting out pumpkin shapes and decorating ghosts, we slide the cookies into one of my wall ovens (I cook a lot in my spare time) and start our movie marathon. Some of our favorite movies are “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Monsters, Inc.” I’m glad all the kids are young now; I have the perfect excuse for avoiding scary movies that they may someday request we watch.

2. Pumpkin funAs you might guess, one of our standard activities is carving pumpkins. Really, since the kids are still toddlers, we spend more time drawing designs that the adults cut out, but the kids still really enjoy seeing the finished product. Sometimes we cut the tops off the pumpkins and let the kids scoop out all the seeds, which we then prepare for roasting. They have license to get messy and we end up with a tasty treat for our movie time. We also play around with glitter and paint, which results in pumpkins which look great on display on the front porch and show off the children's personalities.3. CraftingFor those who are too young to carve pumpkins, we usually end up drawing pictures, coloring Halloween-themed cutouts, and drawing monster faces on orange balloons that we later inflate with helium for our annual party. We usually let the kids just make whatever they want, which has resulted in great drawings of movie characters (the characters from Monsters, Inc. seem to be especially popular), decorations (orange-and-black garlands are super easy to make), and even Halloween stories about dastardly candy thieves.Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Haunted houses

We love visiting haunted houses (during kid-friendly, lights-on hours) and going on hayrides at a local farm. The latter presents a great chance to pick out the pumpkins that we later decorate and is a great family tradition that I’m glad the kids all enjoy. We also get fall treats, like cider, and make a day of it, usually ending up at someone’s home for pumpkin soup and other fall treats.

5. Costuming

It seems like my family and I spend the entire year deciding what to be for Halloween the next year. Needless to say, by the time Halloween actually rolls around, we’re all pretty excited to get dressed up. The little kids love having their faces painted as all sorts of characters, including Spiderman and The Hulk. Our face painting ‘party’ starts pretty early in the afternoon, as we head out for trick-or-treating before the evening gets too late. It’s great to see the littler kids wearing costumes their siblings wore in years past and to take lots of photos that usually get posted to Facebook for everyone to later enjoy.

Options abound for Halloween fun ideas and I’m happy that my family is as excited about the holiday as I am. Whether we’re watching movies, baking cookies, or headed to a pumpkin patch, we have a great time, from toddler to adult.

Anita Vance, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys spending quality time in the kitchen with her family and keeping up with the latest innovations in home appliances.

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