Halloween doesn’t need to be expensive - try these five activities you can do in and around your home, for FREE.
As the nights get longer and the weather takes a turn for the worse, it can be more and more difficult to find cost-effective, engaging activities for your kids. Luckily, one of the biggest opportunities for your child’s imagination to run wild is almost upon us. Halloween provides the perfect chance for loads of ghoulish games and fiendish fun to keep your little 'uns entertained for hours.
Whilst trick or treating remains the most well-known pursuit, there’s plenty more choice if you want to twist from tradition but stay true to terrifying themes. We’ve rounded up a number of options here, including some weatherproof choices should the sun fail to shine.
British wintertime kicks in on Sunday 27th October - four days before Halloween - and that means it’ll likely be dark before bedtime. So what could be spookier than a night walk around a local woods or a dimly lit village centre?
Take torches or use your phone to stay safe, and depending on the age and disposition of your children, you can incorporate games like hide and seek. It’s best to stick to a location you know well, not only for the familiarity of not getting lost but also to keep your kids on the right side of the enjoyment/petrified scale. As long as you don’t make things too scary it should also help you wind them down with a little bit of exercise at the end of the day. Just remember to wrap up warm and take plenty of spooky snacks.
Chilling Costume Making
Nothing screams Halloween more than a costume, and an unbounded imagination and sense of creativity can keep costs down significantly by repurposing standard household items for a horrifying twist.
Staples such as tin-foil, bin bags and bedsheets are all obvious choices, but you can recycle clothes with black dye or old toys with a splash of fake blood; that tool-box can be much more fearsome with a few choice splashes. You can make this easily by adding red food colouring to a standard gravy recipe, which means it’s an edible option you could even incorporate into your meals!
Kids love creativity within cooking, and Halloween can throw up plenty of chances to do this. Any standard baking you can cut into scary shapes such as bats, ghosts and wolves, whilst red food colouring can turn any liquid the colour of blood. Who doesn’t want to pour red milk on their cereal first thing Halloween morning?
Pretty much any meal can just be renamed and/or redesigned with a Halloween pun, try Bogey Bread -add green olives to your dough pre-baking!
Don’t fancy trick or treating? One of the best ways to avoid any weather pitfalls is to stay in for home movie nights, raiding your old DVD or Blu Rays or gorging on a streaming service. You can check what is upcoming on Netflix, Now TV and Amazon Prime plenty of time in advance to plan what to watch (and check suitability for younger kids).
Obviously you can pretty much watch whatever you want, but classics such as Casper, the Addams Family and The Wytches are pretty fool-proof choices that are tailor-made for jumpy Halloween films that won’t leave your sprogs quivering with trauma.
Need to keep your kids active but the weather outside is abominable? You can engage in some dastardly dancing at a repulsive rave by simply subscribing to a Spotify playlist and cranking out the classics, bopping to Ray Parker Jr’s ‘Ghostbusters Theme’ and Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’. Better yet you can create your own playlist with a bit of internet research, as well as adding some personal favourites along the way.
Remember to check beforehand if any of the playlists have explicit content in them (this one is safe), or edit your account settings to make sure they’re filtered out. It might also be a good idea to check the songs first yourself, as a death metal anthem might bring about the wrong type of fear with your kids.
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