With lockdowns seeming to be a thing of the past (fingers crossed!), we’re hoping to see a bit of normality restored for Halloween 2021. If you haven't celebrated it with kids or trick-or-treated before, it doesn't have to involve lots of effort. Children of all ages (and adults too!) can get into the fun of the season with just a little bit of prep. Our Halloween Shop should have plenty to inspire you, but in additon, here are 10 fun and fiendishly easy ways to have fun with the kids this October 31st.
1. HAVE BUCKETS OF FUN
If you're heading out trick-or-treating, they'll need something to carry their stash in. Here's some inspo if you fancy a making your own crafty pail or tote for their treats. We especially love this Glow-In-The-Dark Trick Or Treat Bucket from Stacey Risenmay, aka Not Just A Housewife. All you need is a washed out metal paint can, some black duct tape - handy for so many craft projects - and some glow-in-the-dark tape, readily available from Amazon. (Believe me, glow-in-the-dark-tape is something you'll never realise you needed in your life until you buy a roll - then you'll be sticking it everywhere!)
If you want to keep things simple, you could spookify a KIDLY Label Foldaway Bucket & Spade with a scary face made out of shapes cut from black duct tape. (Told you it would come in handy!)
2. DRESS UP
Of course, dressing up's a huge part of the fun and we've got amazing, quality costumes and face paints that'll make great additions to the dressing up box that they'll return to all year round.
Want to make something yourself? You can keep it pretty simple: make a mummy dress-up using bandages or a torn up old sheet. (Even a loo roll aided by some sticky tape will do.) Or dress your child up in black or red, then use facepaint to turn them into a vampire, skeleton or devil.
3. MAKE DASTARDY DECORATIONS
You can browse masses of brilliant ideas for all sorts of decorations from the simple to the sophisticated to transform the house a little or a lot. How about an origami ghost garland or a Day of the Dead puppet, courtesy of brilliant crafting resource RedTedArt, or these fab spooky shadow puppets by Mini Eco? If you're running low on craft supplies, stock up from our range of craft kits.
4. CARVE A PUMPKIN MASTERPIECE
You can always buy ready-made lit up versions but we think there's nothing like the fun of carving your own pumpkin and there's loads of inspo out there. If you have several kids, or you're hosting a party, it can be fun if everyone has their own pumpkin to carve. But if this seems like a lots of hassle, or you're celebrating with just one toddler, keep the plan simple. (And if you just draw a scary face on a mini pumpkin in black marker pen - we won't tell!)
5. PLAY GHOSTLY GAMES
Spaceships & Laser Beams has loads of brilliant ideas for Halloween fun and games. We especially like the simplicity of Would you rather….? - essentially it's about posing either/or questions, so it's only limited by your imagination - and here's a cool printable you can use to style up your Halloween tea table and get your game going.
6. READ SPOOKY STORIES
We've got fun Halloween-themed books for you to enjoy together (don't worry - they're not too chilling). If you want to amp up the spookiness, you could read them holding a torch under your chin!
Jack o'lanterns originated in Ireland and used to be carved out of turnips, potatoes and beetroots. Americans inherited the tradition from Irish settlers, using what they had available - pumpkins - instead.
7. COOK A CREEPY FEAST
Whether you're hosting a Halloween tea, have been invited to someone else's, or you're keeping it nice and quiet at home by yourselves, making or decorating some spooky food can be educational and enjoyable for kids of all ages. Shop our fun baking and cupcake decorating kits to make spooky bakes - or look online for fun-looking but easy-to-achieve dishes. They don't all have to be cakes and sweeties either - you can make a hearty bowl of soup look fiendish with a little imagination.
Here are a few of our fave ideas for a slap-up Halloween supper:
Meringue Ghosts - easy to whip up and they look cute even if they go wonky. (That's the kind of cooking we love.)
Eyeball pasta - tasty and wholesome and VERY scary-looking.
Spider soup and mummy toasties - a delicious recipe we would actually eat all year round.
8. STAGE A ZOMBIE-OFF
Have a talent competition to see who’s best at walking like the undead. We're expecting loud groaning zombie noises too, of course!
9. HAVE A HAUNTED DAY OUT
With most Halloween events cancelled last year, it seems lots of venues are going all out to attract families in 2021. Check out this handy digest of Halloween events courtesy of flashpackingfamily. And maybe now is a good time to get family membership for the National Trust? They have beautiful palaces, castles and houses to visit across Britain, plenty of which have spooky backstories you can learn about on your visit.
10. GO ON A SPIDER SAFARI
This is also the season for marveling at all the incredible arachnids out there and their super natural spidey powers. While you're out trick-or-treating, or on your next walk in the park, look out for some webbed wonders. A torch might help you find them in the garden after dark.
And don't forget
If you're looking for costume, craft or baking inspo we have a whole Halloween section to tempt and terrify you. Whatever you get up to, have a great time! And don't forget, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team are always here to help, 7am-11pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.
Pumpkin & lights: Łukasz Nieścioruk on Unsplash
Meringue ghosts: realfood.tesco.com
Spider soup: coop.co.uk
Spider web: Erfan Parhizi on Unsplash