Halloween is a day filled with mysterious fun, tasty treats, and warm memories, but this year will undoubtedly be different. Whether trick-or-treating is in the cards or not, you can still delight your child with a holiday packed full of whimsy—and yes—lots of candy. Here’s how to make it happen.
1. Deck Out Your House
There’s no better way to get into the seasonal spirit than by going all out on eerie decor. Making and hanging decorations is a great way to keep kids occupied. Even with limited time and few supplies, you can transform your space into a haunted wonderland; these DIY ghost balloons are proof. Find more inspiration here.
2. Read Your Way to the Holiday
Make a quick trip to your favorite bookstore or order some Halloween reads online—stat! Once you’ve picked them out, wrap them up as gifts to give to your kids. Go the extra mile by sprucing up your child’s space with spooky decorations, which will add a sense of magic while you’re reading.
3. Spend Time in the Kitchen
Bake your way to the big day by whipping up some cheerful desserts. Try making vanilla bean ghost milkshakes, candy corn bark, or spider cupcakes. If you’re really feeling uninspired, consider ordering a Halloween Cookie Kit from Baketivity. The kit is delivered with all the supplies needed to make a dozen dazzling cookies, except for the egg and the oil. It also comes with educational games, activities, and an apron for your little sous chef.
4. Create a “Boo Basket”
Surprise your kids with a last-minute basket filled with festive goodies. Amanda Johnston, blogger behind Project Whim and a mom of three, created this adorable “Boo Basket” for one of her kids. She stuffed the basket with Halloween pajamas, a haunted house paint set, light up rings, candy, and more. You can find inexpensive yet exciting knick-knacks like these in the dollar section at Target.
5. Pull Out Some Art Supplies
Color, paint, and create ghoulish projects with your favorite sidekick. These adorably wicked crafts help keep little hands busy and will fill your house with on-theme decor. Drop your child’s creations off on your friend’s and family’s front porches to spread the monstrous mood!
6. Visit a Local Candy Store
We can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween than at a local candy shop. Head to Hammond’s Candies, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, or Deiter’s Chocolates and bring home all your child’s favorite sugary sweets. If you head to Hammond’s, be sure to wear a costume. They will be offering 15% off all of their products to kids and parents who are dressed up for the special day!
7. Hit Up Some Spooky Events
Luckily, there are still a ton of family-friendly events that are taking place around the state. Watch Hocus Pocus at the Park Lights and Movie Nights screening in Aurora, head to Chatfield Farms and get lost in the corn maze, or attend a drive through trick-or-treat event.
8. Find New Ways to Make it Special
People got creative by concocting inventive candy chutes earlier this month, and while it’s a cute idea, there are other ways to adjust the candy-collection tradition. Rally your neighbors and make a plan to scatter goodie bags with individually packaged candies or favors along your driveway. The goal is to eliminate little hands reaching into a candy bowl or kids gathering too closely around the door.
If you’re more comfortable staying in, set up treat stations in different rooms of your house or pull together a Halloween scavenger hunt with candy hidden around the house and yard. No matter how you celebrate, top off the evening with a favorite Halloween movie or story and your kids are sure to have fun. After all, they typically just want to munch on candy!