Choosing age-appropriate Halloween activities
We know you'd never hand a carving knife and a pumpkin to your toddler or dress your teen in a superhero outfit. But if you're looking for some fun ideas on what to make, eat or do with the kids this year, check out our age-specific Halloween guide.
Halloween activities for babies
Make: Halloween Costume
At this age, Halloween is all about taking photos of baby in a cute costume. Head to Pinterest and do a search for “infant Halloween costumes”. From flowers to fairies and dinosaurs to dragons, you'll be overwhelmed by the cuteness. Take lots of pics to share with family and friends.
Eat: Pumpkin “Pie”
We love this recipe for pumpkin “pie” from Momtastic's Wholesome Baby Food website: Blend pumpkin puree with cereal and yogurt. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, top with powdered Cheerios, mix well and serve in festive orange polka dot candy cups.
Do: Visit a pumpkin patch
Many communities have pumpkin patches where babies can crawl around and explore those funny orange things growing on vines. Choose a pumpkin patch with wagon rides and a petting zoo and let baby experience the fun sights and sounds of Halloween.
Halloween activities for preschoolers
Make: Pumpkin play dough
Mix 4 cups of flour, 2 cups of salt, 4 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of oil and 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat on stove. Stir over medium heat until dough clumps together. Dump onto parchment paper or counter and knead until smooth. Roll into a ball and make a well in the center. Have kids squirt in a few drops of orange food coloring and nutmeg so it smells like pumpkin pie. Knead until color is distributed through dough.
Eat: String cheese witch's fingers
Who says Halloween snacks have to be sweet? Make spooky witch's fingers by cutting string cheese in half with a paring knife and scooping out a shallow area where the fingernail will go. Cut small horizontal lines for knuckles (parents do this part). Cut green or red bell pepper fingernails. Have the kids “glue” on the fingernails with the cream cheese.
Do: Make a scarecrow
Give the kids two broomsticks, some old clothes, a hat and plenty of newspaper to create a Halloween scarecrow. Display the fine fellow on your front porch.
Halloween activities for school kids
Make: Halloween treat bags to take to kids in the hospital
Show the kids how rewarding volunteer work can be by taking them to the dollar store to pick out small toys and gifts for sick kids in the children's ward or children's hospital in your community.
Eat: Healthy pumpkin cookies
Surprise the kids after school with a tall glass of milk and a batch of freshly baked healthy pumpkin cookies. What makes them healthy? Whole wheat flour and pumpkin puree are the star ingredients! Get the recipe right here.
Do: “Boo” the neighbors
Has this Halloween tradition hit your neighborhood yet? It involves secretly delivering a Halloween gift or treat of some kind, dropping it off on your neighbor's doorstep with a “You've Been Booed” poem, ringing the doorbell and running. Fun, right? Get your free printable “We've been booed” and “You've been booed” signs here and start a fun family tradition.
Halloween activities for teens
Make: A Halloween scavenger hunt list
A Halloween scavenger hunt is a great idea for a teen party. Have your teenagers create a Halloween scavenger hunt list and invite their friends to meet at your house, divide them into teams and make sure each team has a flashlight and a digital camera or smartphone. Designate a time to meet back at the house and check photos to see which team found the most items.
Eat: A big bowl of popcorn during a scary movie night
If you'd prefer to have your teen and his friends at home instead of out on the streets, host a scary movie night. Line up the horror films and provide plenty of popcorn, treats and blankets to hide under during the scary parts!
Do: Host a mystery whodunit party
Halloween is the perfect time to host a mystery party for teens and friends. Kits like Panic at the Prom include everything you need to plan the perfect party — invitations, name tags, character booklets, menu suggestions and of course, clues. Have the guests dress in character to add to the fun. At the end of the night, the kids will figure out which one of them was responsible for ruining prom night!
More Halloween fun
Learn how to make your own Creepy Candlesticks and a Witchy Walkway in this DIY video.