45 Ideas for Your Halloween Bucket List

Do you love Halloween? Are you looking for extra ways for you, your family, and friends to celebrate all month long? Check out the following ideas to add to your Halloween bucket list.

  1. Decorate for Halloween
  2. Make and Send Homemade Halloween Cards
  3. Give Out Boo Gifts
  4. Make Your Own Halloween Costume
  5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  6. Carve Pumpkins
  7. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Host-or-Attend a Halloween Party
  9. Try Bobbing for Apples
  10. Go on a Haunted Hayride
  11. Hand Out Candy on Halloween Night
  12. Participate in Trunk-or-Treat
  13. Participate or Watch a Zombie Walk
  14. Purchase a Halloween Mug
  15. Make Halloween Slime
  16. Visit a Haunted House
  17. Walk Through a Halloween Themed Corn Maze
  18. Create a Halloween Tree
  19. Listen to Halloween Themed Music
  20. Watch the Entire Series of the Adams Family or the Munsters (Or both)
  21. Host a Bonfire Night with Scary Ghost Stories
  22. Create a Halloween Themed Gingerbread House
  23. Watch Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  24. Take an Evening Walk with Flashlights
  25. Do a Halloween Themed Photoshoot
  26. Write Your Own Halloween Story
  27. Go look at Halloween Decorations in Your Community
  28. Host a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  29. Create a Halloween Themed Wreath (Your local dollar store has numerous supplies for less)
  30.  Host a Halloween Crafting Session
  31. Make Soul Cakes
  32. Make Halloween Playdough
  33. Watch Hocus Pocus
  34. Read Halloween Books
  35. Paint Mini Pumpkins
  36. Plan a Costume Themed Dinner Party
  37. Host a Witches Tea
  38. Make a Halloween Themed Breakfast
  39. Plan a Fun Halloween Movie Night
  40. Dance to Thriller
  41. Watch Classic Monster Movies
  42. Go on a Pumpkin Walk
  43. Attend a Pumpkin Weigh Off Competition
  44. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
  45. Make a Halloween Inspired Meal

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Drawing Prompts

It’s that time of year! Are you ready for things that go bump in the night! October brings cooler weather and Halloween! Drawing your favorite Halloween scenes and scares is a great way to spend a chilly, October afternoon. Do you need a few drawing prompts to get you through the month?

31 Halloween Drawing Prompts

  1. Self-Portrait with Halloween theme
  2. Pumpkin
  3. Black Cat
  4. Bats
  5. Witch
  6. Cauldron
  7. Haunted House
  8. Witch’s Broom
  9. Spider and Spider Webs
  10. Ghosts
  11. Skeleton
  12. Owl
  13. Witch’s Hat
  14. Candy Corn
  15. Pumpkin Patch
  16.  Costume
  17. Crystal Ball
  18. Halloween Scene
  19. Vampire
  20. Frankenstein
  21. Werewolf
  22. Mummy
  23. Zombies
  24. Creature or Monster
  25. Trick or Treat Bag
  26. Potions Shelf
  27. Old Tree
  28. Witch’s Shoes
  29. Raven
  30. Artist’s Choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

25 Drawing Prompts for Fall

The fall season brings cooler temperatures and rainy days. Drawing is a great rainy-day activity. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and drawing paper are available at your local dollar store. The inexpensive materials allow you to get creative and stay within budget. Yes, later you can invest in other drawing tools to help enhance your artistic side. If you are looking to keep within the fall theme, check out the following drawing prompts for Autumn.

  1. Self-Portrait in a Fall Scene
  2. Apples
  3. Trees
  4. Leaves
  5. Corn Stalks
  6. Corn Maze
  7. Harvest
  8. Pumpkin Patch
  9. Pumpkin
  10. Gourds
  11. Cornucopia
  12. Scarecrow
  13. Owl
  14. Bonfire
  15. Hay Bale
  16. Hayride
  17. Pinecone
  18. Hot Beverage
  19. Tradition
  20. Weather
  21. Mushrooms
  22. Football
  23. Pie
  24. Family & Friends
  25. Artist’s Choice

Enjoy your fall season! Get creative!

Simple Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

The first official day of Autumn is approaching quickly. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall season brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and earlier sunsets. Are you looking for simple ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox? Check out these family friendly activities to welcome the fall season.

Get Outdoors

Being outdoors is the best way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

  • Go hiking: Check out your local, state, or national park for nearby hiking trails. Most hiking areas post the difficulty of the trail. Basic trails are great for young children or just starting to hike.
  • Go on a nature walk: The fall foliage is perfect for taking pictures. You can easily turn your nature walk into a learning experience for your children or yourself.
  • Watch the Sunrise or Sunset: Spend time watching the day begin or end. Sipping a nice cup of tea or hot cocoa is bonus.
  • Go on a fall picnic: Pack a lunch and head out to the park for a fall picnic.
  • Bonfire night: Host a bonfire for family and friends. Don’t forget the S’mores. A warm bonfire on a crisp fall evening is a great way to start the season.  
  • Stargaze: Spend a cool, crips evening looking at the stars. Don’t forget the hot cocoa.
  • Outdoor Photo Shoot: Grab your camera or hire a professional for an outdoor photoshoot.

Get Crafty

Doing crafts does not require a large expense. Many dollar stores have fall accents perfect for crafty use. Or use items found in nature.

  • Fall wreath
  • Leaf rubbings
  • Center pieces
  • Door hangers
  • Mason jar crafts

Consider making an extra craft item to give away. A small center piece or door hanging could really cheer up someone’s day. 

Make a Harvest Meal

Plan a meal with an Autumn theme. Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Apples, corn, squashes, tomatoes, and other root vegetables are bountiful this time of year. Turn your abundant harvest goodies into delicious dishes.

  • Homemade Cornbread
  • Apple Bread
  • Apple Crisp
  • Stuffed Squash
  • Butternut Soup
  • Tomato Soup

These are only a few ideas to add to your harvest meal to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

The Autumn Equinox brings numerous changes to the landscape. Step back and recognize the changing season. Make a gratitude list. Be grateful. Enjoy the moment, winter is coming.  

Drawing Prompts for July

Summer does not always bring sunny days. Rain, humid, or high temperatures may cause you to retreat indoors for comfort. Days inside are perfect for creating art including drawing. Whether you use markers, pens, pencils, or crayons, drawing is a great creative outlet. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for July.  

  1. Self-Portrait
  2. Fantasy
  3. Freedom
  4. It’s Independence Day! 4th of July! Celebrations
  5. Shoes
  6. City
  7. Boat
  8. Family
  9. Fun
  10. Landscape
  11. Pet
  12. Sunset
  13. Nature
  14. Dreams
  15. Patterns
  16. Home
  17. Creature
  18. Love
  19. Fish or Aquatic Animal
  20. Hat and Sunglasses
  21. Food
  22. Balloons
  23. Friendship
  24. Emotions
  25. Clowns
  26. Bugs
  27. Transportation
  28. Clouds
  29. Seashells, Beach, Sandcastles
  30. Zoo
  31. Artist’s Choice

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day usually brings large parades, community events, and other social activities. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the yearly events are canceled. Are you looking for last-minute activities to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day ideas for you or your entire family to enjoy.

Make a Leprechaun Trap

St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without tales of leprechauns. Use the tales as inspiration to make a leprechaun trap. Cereal boxes and craft materials are perfect supplies to build a trap. Get creative. Take photos and try to catch a leprechaun for his gold.

Shamrock Art

Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.

Image by L Gould from Pixabay

  • Paint or color the shamrock.
  • Glue glitter, split peas, yarn, sequins, macaroni, or other material to your shamrock. (If you do decide to glue items to your shamrock template, use card stock to print the outline)
  • Decorate and hang your shamrocks around the house.
  • Use your decorated shamrocks as placemats for a traditional Irish meal.

Traditional Irish Meal

Preparing a traditional Irish meal is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Pinterest has numerous recipes to follow. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or involve the entire family, try something new.

Image by HomeMaker from Pixabay

  • Colcannon
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Irish Champ
  • Irish Lamb Stew
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Guinness Cake

Watch St. Patrick’s Day Movies

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for family movie night. (Yes, you and your cat count.) Make popcorn, eat green candies or order pizza. And watch a great movie to celebrate the day.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Buy green carnations or pots of clover. Don’t forget to look for a lucky four-leaf clover.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

 

 

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Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper Craft

Are you looking to start a new Christmas tradition? How about making handmade Christmas wrapping paper for all of your gifts? Doing Christmas crafts as a family activity is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Best of all, making homemade gift wrap is an easy project for all ages.

Materials Needed:

  • Sponges of any size and shape
  • Scissors
  • Butcher paper, newsprint, or other types of packing paper (You can purchase rolls of brown shipping paper at your local dollar store).
  • Paint
  • Containers for paint
  • Markers

Instructions:

  1. Cut sponges into various shapes, for example, Christmas trees, gift boxes, stars, candy canes, and ornaments. (Help younger children cut the sponges into shapes.)
  2. Spread your choice of paper on a flat surface.
  3. Squirt small amounts of paint in your container.
  4. Dip your cut sponge into the paint.
  5. Make certain the paint covers the entire sponge for a clear shape.
  6. Press sponge on to the paper. When you are finished, simply rinse the sponges of the entire paint residue. You can use the sponges more than once.
  7. Continue the process until you reach your desired design.
  8. Allow the paint shapes to dry.
  9. Use markers to add outlines, Christmas songs, Bible verses, names, or other designs to your gift wrap.
  10. Now, wrap your Christmas gifts and enjoy it.

Homemade gift wrap is an excellent way to provide a personalized touch to your presents. Use your imagination to create numerous sheets of wrapping paper. Set the mood for family fun by playing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and eating snacks.

Going Back to Hogwarts

Harry Potter fans worldwide celebrate September 1st as the day to return to Hogwarts. Since social distancing and restrictions are still in effect for many areas, finding small ways to celebrate is essential. Are you wondering how to celebrate going back to Hogwarts? Check out the following ideas for inspiration.

Celebrating Going Back to Hogwarts

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen,

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

J.K. Rowling

Return to Hogwarts in your own way by participating in different family-friendly activities.

  • Watch the Movies: Make some popcorn, order pizza, and pick your favorite Harry Potter movie to watch. Choosing a favorite may be difficult; you can always binge-watch the entire series over the next couple of days.
  • Re-Read the Series: Curl up under your favorite blanket and spend time re-reading the series. Or read the series together as a family.
  • Listen to the Audio Versions: Do you have other work to do? Turn on the audio version of the series.
  • Make Wizarding World Themed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. But the sentiment still holds up for returning to Hogwarts. Make chocolate frogs, coins, or a complete meal based on the food from the Hogwarts’ feast. Don’t forget the cake.
  • Have a Craft Day: Pull out your crafting supply stash and make Wizarding World themed crafts.

    Melt pony beads on old pizza pans to create large Harry Potter inspired sun catchers.

    There are numerous easy crafts to make, including owls, plaster frogs, coins, ornaments, and more. Of course, you will need your own wand.

  • Participate in Online Events: With all the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, many sites, including the Wizarding World, are hosting online events.
  • Listen to a Podcast: Find a new or re-listen to Harry Potter-themed podcasts.
  • Play Games: From video games to board games, play Wizarding World and Harry Potter themed games.

Do you want to know the best way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts? Have fun. Enjoy time with your family. Or curl up with your dog and dive back into the Wizarding World by reading the very first Harry Potter book.

10 Days of Harry Potter: Owl Craft 2

In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, owls are useful for sending letters, packages, and more. If you were attending Hogwart’s, wouldn’t you want an owl?

Now think about your owl:

  • What is the color of your owl?
  • What color eyes does your owl have?
  • What is your owl’s name?
  • Who would be the first person you sent a letter to via your owl?

Materials Needed:

  • A ceramic owl (Wal-Mart sells ceramic owls for under $4).
  • Paint in the colors of your choice
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

  1. Put newspaper or other protective material down for painting.
  2. Paint your owl.
  3. Allow your owl to dry.
  4. Display your owl, proudly.

Write a story about your owl. Enjoy the entire creative process of making your owl.

 

10 Days of Harry Potter: Make a Wand

Making a wand is another way to celebrate the wonderful Wizarding World. In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stong, the character Ollivander tells Harry, “Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter… After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great.” (Rowling, 1998).

Tips on Making a Wand

Making a wand is your personal creative choice. There is no right or wrong way.

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden dowels, chopsticks, or pencils
  • Hot glue gun (depending on your design you may need more than one glue stick)
  • Paint in the color of your choice
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • String (optional)
  1. Start on a clean surface.
  2. Drip the hot glue around the top of the wooden dowel to make your desired wand grip. At this point, you can different beads, string, or other embellishments to make a unique wand handle.
  3. Allow to completely dry.
  4. Paint in the color and design of your choice. Use your imagination. Write down all the details of your wand. What does the color mean? What is in the inner core of the wand?
  5. Allow to completely dry again.
  6. Enjoy your wand creation.

 

Reference

Rowling, J. K., author. (1998). Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books,