1. Pick your costumes
We have the same 2 costumes for two years in a row – Smarty wants to be a witch for Halloween parties and a ghost for Halloween night.
2. Read spooky books
This is an incomplete list of Halloween books we read over years and recommend to others…
3. Visit a pumpkin patch
Even if it’s a “fake” suburban parking lot pumpkin patch, it’s certainly worth an hour of your time!
4. Decorate your house
We try to add seasonal touches all year round, but Halloween and Christmas are good excuses to do a little more.
5. Pumpkin science play
We had an easy pumpkin decomposition experiment with a piece of pumpkin that I cut when making pumpkin cookies. See what happens to the pumpkin after a few days “in the wild”. Have a long philosophical discussion about what happens to our bodies when we die.
6. Bake pumpkin cookies
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were delicious, but daughter said they were “too gingery”. Less ginger next time!
7. Play with goop
This is a very standard goop (or oobleck) made out of water and cornstarch. Many “pizzas” can be added with food coloring and spices.
8. Create Halloween crafts
So far most Halloween crafting took place in school and YMCA afterschool, but we made air-dry clay Halloween decorations – we still need to paint them.
9. Carve pumpkins
We do pumpkin carving close to Halloween, but daughter was very happy to make a potato head pumpkin that joined our non-carved pumpkin family outside.
This is a picture from the last year, and it’s amazing to see how much my little witch grew this year. The first trick-or-treating event falls on her birthday this year, and she is super excited to go.
Your turn: Are you in Halloween mood yet? What are your favorite things to do in October?
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