What are your favorite memories of Halloween? Trick or treating? Dressing up? Spooky parties or haunted houses? How about the seemingly never-ending supply of candy?
For many people, Halloween and candy go hand in hand. They think you can’t have one without the other. But that’s simply not true. You can have a fabulous Halloween as a family without enduring the cycles of sugar rushes and crashes.
If you’re ready to treat your family to a Halloween they’ll never forget, give these five activities a try.
Host a Candy-Free Party
Start a new tradition, and host a candy-free party at your place. You can include the costumes, games, and spooky aspects that Halloween parties are known for. But, instead of candy, pass out Halloween pencils, bracelets, toothbrushes, paper pads, or other non-edible treats.
A party isn’t a party without food, but you don’t have to fill everyone up on candy. Here are some popular, healthier treats to serve:
- Fruit leather made with 100% fruit
- Baby carrots and dip
- Fruit trays
Design a Halloween Mural
Several days before the holiday, tack a large piece of freezer paper to the wall. Then gather your art supplies and call your family over. Your goal is to create the background for your spooky mural.
Draw the ground and a full moon. Color it as you see fit, and then get ready for a week of family art.
Each day work together to add one new element to your mural. Try:
- A haunted house and graveyard
- Flying bats
- A pumpkin patch
- A scarecrow in a spooky garden with trees
- Anything else your family thinks of
Spend just a few minutes each day, and you’ll have a special background to display at your Halloween party.
After your kids are in bed the night before Halloween, get out a skein of black or white yarn for a maze. You’ll also need a pair of scissors and some small goodies. To avoid the candy, think about using something else as a prize:
- Small accessories for their costume
- Spider rings
- Halloween pencils or erasers
To prepare the maze, tie one end of the yarn onto your child’s chair leg. Then, walk around the room as you wrap the yarn around chair legs, into corners, across the tabletop, and anywhere else you can think of.
Once your web is created, cut off the yarn. You’ll want to tape your web’s end to keep it from unraveling. Then, place your child’s treasure nearby.
On Halloween morning, have your child untie the yarn from the chair, and slowly wind it up to see what treasures the spiders left. After this event, candy won’t even be missed!
Glow Stick Hide and Seek
Pick up some glow sticks at your local dollar store and play a round of glow stick hide and seek in the dark. Turn off all the lights in your house, and hand the seeker a glow stick. This person counts to forty while everyone else finds a hiding place.
The seeker hunts for the other players, using only the glow stick to light up the search. It’s a fun twist on traditional hide and seek because you can stand in really obvious places. If the glow stick doesn’t illuminate you, you won’t be found!
Cookie Cutter Placemats
Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to create holiday placemats. You’ll need:
- A piece of 12×18 construction paper for each mat
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- A pencil
- Cookie cutters
Have your child use a cookie cutters like a stencil, tracing around it to create designs on the paper. Remove the cutter and color the design. Create one for everyone.
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