Halloween Photography Tips for Lasting Memories

The old saying, “they grow up so fast” is true. Capturing childhood moments is essential for lasting memories. Halloween is one of those holidays, many children outgrow quickly. Do not let the opportunity go, take the time to photograph your children at Halloween.

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How to Get the Best Halloween Photos

1. Pre-Halloween Photo Shoot

Before Halloween, let your children try on their costumes.  Use this opportunity to plan a photo session.

  • Go to different places in your community to pose.
  • Use your child’s costume as a building block for finding the perfect place to pose. For example, Spiderman can easily pose on playground equipment.
  • Allow your child to get into character. Encourage impressions.

2. Be Patient

The big night is here, time for all the Halloween fun. Remember as you begin to take photos, be patient. Children are going to be excited about trick-or-treating or other Halloween events.

3. Document the Process from the Start

Do not wait until your children are dressed to take photos. Start snapping photos as soon as you begin to get ready for trick-or-treating. Often, the best photos come during the process of getting ready.

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4. Feature Props

Your photos need to include every part of your Halloween celebration.

  • If your child’s costume has props or special features, focus on them in a photo or two. The details always make the costumes.
  • Include decorations in your photos, your carved pumpkins or other yard decorations.
  • Take Halloween photos with your pets.
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5. Group Photo

Along with individual photos, get a group photo before trick-or-treating begins. Make sure to include yourself in one of the photos. Pose together before the sun goes down. Remember to use natural light to get the best photo. When you can, skip the flash.

6. Trick-or-Treating Photos

The main event is here.

  • Take numerous action photos of your children going from house to house. Avoid using flash.
  • Use streetlights or porch lights to add a glow effect.
  • Find a bright light to create silhouettes of your children in costume.  
  • Get photos from different angles.
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7. Last Photo of the Night

When returning home, get one last photo. Ask your children to show off their candy collection. Of course, some younger children may be asleep by the time you return home. Do not forget to get a photo. This is a perfect picture opportunity for the end of the night.

8. Get Creative with Editing

When editing photos, use special effects.

  • Use fog effect.
  • Convert to black and white photos.
  • Make certain colors stand out. Orange is a Halloween color. Turn photos of pumpkins black and white but keep the bright orange colors.
  • Use the soft-focus option to center on your children.

Happy Halloween! When out trick-or-treating, remember to have fun.

8 Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Are you going to pass on trick-or-treating this year? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many families forego trick-or-treating for numerous reasons. Chilly weather, scheduling conflicts, health and safety concerns, or the time of trick-or-treating are often big factors. Even without trick-or-treating, your Halloween can still be lots of fun.

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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives  

  1. Halloween Party: Throw your own Halloween party. Halloween costumes, treats, themed music, and games are a perfect combination for a night of fun.
  2. Bonfire Night: With or without costumes a bonfire night is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy. Just be careful around the fire and don’t forget the S’mores.
  3. Movie Night: On a cold, rainy Halloween, cuddling under blankets, sipping hot cocoa, and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a perfect evening.
  4. Candy Scavenger Hunt: Hide the candy. No, seriously hide the candy for a scavenger hunt. Kids love to search for “hidden treasures.” A candy scavenger hunt is a superb way to celebrate Halloween.
  5. Craft Day: Spend the day doing Halloween themed crafts. Even your local dollar store has Halloween themed craft products. Make masks, draw haunted scenes, or paint fake pumpkins for a day of Halloween fun.
  6. Community Event: If you are concerned about safety, attend a community sponsored event. Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin walk, or Halloween at the zoo are great sponsored events for Halloween.
  7. Halloween-Themed Baking: Bake Halloween treats together. Deliver treats to neighbors. Or use the Halloween-themed goodies as part of your movie night.
  8. Halloween Pail:  A Halloween bucket is like an Easter basket. Grab a Halloween themed bucket and fill it with your kids’ favorite treats. Controlling the amount of candy is the best part. Add books, magazines, small toys, or other themed goodies to fill the bucket.

Yes, trick-or-treating is a fun part of childhood. When the weather or other issues get in the way, finding the best alternative to trick-or-treating is a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween

A Game of Halloween Charades

Are you looking for a fun interactive game to celebrate Halloween? Charades is a classic, easy-to-play game. Start by sorting your guests into two teams of equal amounts. Pick a timekeeper. Generally, a person has 2 to 3 minutes to act out the phrase. But if you have younger children, you may need extra time.

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Halloween Charade Ideas

A Halloween-themed game of charades is easy to plan. Simply write out book titles, movies, phrases, or words on pieces of paper in a bowl. If you need some inspiration, check out the following list of Halloween charade ideas.

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  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  3. Witch’s Cauldron
  4. Ghost
  5. Black Cat
  6. Graveyard
  7. Werewolf howling at the moon
  8. Skeleton
  9. Scarecrow
  10. Carving a Pumpkin
  11. The Monster Mash
  12. Mad Scientist
  13. Thriller
  14. Stirring a cauldron
  15. Vampire
  16. Frankenstein
  17. Bats flying at noon
  18. Full moon
  19. Visiting a haunted house
  20. Zombie walk
  21. Halloween candy
  22. Caramel apples
  23. Bobbing for apples
  24. Monster
  25. Mummy
  26. Mask
  27. Fangs
  28. Night of the Living Deas
  29. Pumpkin patch
  30. Trick-or-treating

Charades require a little acting but gain a lot of laughs.

25 Halloween Books for Kids

The weather is cooler, the days are growing short, and Halloween is just around the corner. Do you want to surprise your kids with Halloween books? Or do you need a list for your next trip to the library?  Check out the following list of fun Halloween books for kids.

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  1. “Creepy Carrots!” – Aaron Reynolds
  2. “Big Pumpkin” – Erica Silverman
  3. “Too Many Pumpkins” – Lina White
  4. “Ten Timid Ghosts” – Jennifer O’Connell
  5. “Pumpkin Countdown” – Joan Holub and Jan Smith
  6. “Little Witch” – Anna Elizabeth Bennett
  7. “The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt” – Riel Nason
  8. Room on the Broom” – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan” – Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
  10. “Stumpkin” – Lucy Ruth Cummins
  11. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Fink
  12. “Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch” – Shana Gorian, Ros Webb, and Josh Addessi
  13. “The Little Kitten” – Nicola Killen
  14. “The Scariest Book Ever” – Bob Shea
  15. “The Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” – Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  16. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
  17. “Gilbert the Ghost” – Guido Van Genechten
  18. “Goodnight Goon” – Michael Rex
  19. “Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete” – James Dean
  20. “A Halloween Carol”- Sean M. Hogan
  21.  “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” – Rebecca Green
  22. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Find
  23. “The Witches” – Ronald Dahl
  24. “The Halloween Tree” – Susan Montanari
  25. “Snowmen at Halloween” – Caralyn M. Buehner

With all the books available, you’re certain to get into the Halloween spirit. Older children may like the Harry Potter series too. Have fun! Keep reading! And Happy Halloween!

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Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe on Halloween

Trick-or-treating is a major part of Halloween. The rush of going from house to house to get a bag full candy is a childhood dream come true. As adults, keeping your children safe is your number one priority. Be cautious is necessary for a safe and happy Halloween.

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Plan

Before Halloween, get a rough idea of where you will be trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

  • Know the times of trick-or-treating in your community.
  • Draw map of your planned trick-or-treating path.
  • Stick to well-lit areas in your neighborhood.
  • Locate a safe place to meet up if anyone is separated from the group.
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Appropriate Fitting Costumes

Whether you are buying or making your child’s costume, safety is essential.

  • Appropriate fitting costumes are necessary to avoid trips and falls.
  • Avoid complicated costumes.
  •  Consider skipping masks and use face paint. A mask may hinder your child’s ability to see properly.
  • Use reflective tape on your child’s costume.
  • The material should be flame retardant.
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Halloween Night

When out trick-or-treating, keep these safety rules in mind.

  • Stay with your group. Remind your children the importance of staying together on Halloween night.
  • Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Stay outdoors. Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.
  • Stay on the sidewalk. Avoid taking any types of short cuts. The area may not be safe.
  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra light.
  • Watch out for other trick-or-treaters especially when driving around a neighborhood. Children who are excited to get to the next house may not look both ways before crossing the street.
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Inspect All Candy

The temptation to sneak a candy for the pail is natural for children during trick-or-treating. Emphasize the importance of inspecting all candy before eating.

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Most of all enjoy Halloween! Children will not always want to go trick-or-treating.

Fall Family Photos to Capture this Season

Fall is a busy time of year. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, viewing colorful foliage, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are all a part of the fall season. Each day provides numerous opportunities for family pictures. Are you capturing the best photos for lasting memories? If you need a little inspiration, check out the following list of ideas for fall family photos to capture this season.

Fall Family Photo Ideas

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  1. Walking down a hiking trail. (If you can do it, get your children to hold hands).
  2. Searching for the perfect pumpkin.
  3. Sitting in the pumpkin patch.
  4. Going apple picking.
  5. Baking a apple or pumpkin pie together.
  6. Doing leaf crafts.
  7. Attending a football game.
  8. Tailgating before the game. (Food is always a major part of game day photos).
  9. Playing catch football.
  10. Around a bonfire.
  11. Standing in front of trees with vibrant fall colors.
  12. Holding leaves out front of you. (For added fun, write names or wishes on the leaves)
  13. Raking and jumping in the leaves.
  14. Vising a local farmer’s market.
  15. At a community event.
  16. Making Halloween decoration together.
  17. Dancing to Halloween music.
  18. Carving pumpkins.
  19. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
  20. Volunteering.
  21. Drinking homemade hot cocoa in a new mug. (Do not forget the marshmallows.)
  22. Dressing up in Halloween costumes.
  23. A Halloween photo shoot in the back yard.
  24. Trick or treating.
  25. Decorating for Thanksgiving.
  26. Photo with extended family at Thanksgiving.
  27. Photo of everyone sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
  28. Kids choice. (Often children create the best photo shoot for your family.)

35 Halloween Movies for Family Night

Are you getting the mood for Halloween fun? Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a major part of Halloween. The time is perfect to pop some buttery, delicious popcorn or order a pizza from your favorite place. Now find the perfect family-friendly movie to enjoy.  

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35 Family-Friendly Movies

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  3. A Witches Ball
  4. Halloweentown 1 & 2
  5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  6. The Haunted Mansion
  7. Beetlejuice (1988)
  8. Casper (1995)
  9. Happy Halloween Scooby Doo (2020)
  10. Ghostbuster (1988)
  11. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  12. Harry Potter series
  13. Monster House (2006)
  14. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)
  15. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix)
  16. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  17. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
  18. Goosebumps (2015)
  19. Super Monster Saves Halloween (2018)
  20. The Addams Family (2019)
  21. Toy Story of Terror (2014)
  22. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2004)
  23. Pooh’s Huffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  24. Room on a Broom (2013)
  25. The House with the Clock In Its Walls
  26. The Little Vampire
  27. Spooky Buddies
  28. Halloween Town High
  29. Return to Halloween Town
  30. ParaNorman
  31. Monster Family
  32. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  33. Gremlins (1984)
  34. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  35. Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites

What is your favorite Halloween show to watch with your family?

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How to Find the Perfect Pumpkin to Carve

Halloween is creeping in closer each day! Are you going to decorate your porch with jack-o-lanterns? Pumpkins are one of the best parts of Halloween. Now, who is going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve? Do you know how to find the best pumpkin for carving?

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Tips for Finding the Best Pumpkin for Carving

The cooler weather, fresh air, and the big search for the perfect pumpkin is a great family-friendly activity. Bundle up warm and remember the following tips for finding the best pumpkin for carving.

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Color

One of the easiest ways to find the perfect pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern is color.  When searching the pumpkin patch, look for a deep, orange color. The deep orange hue signifies the ripeness of the pumpkin.

The Thump Test

Yes, there really is a reason people knock on pumpkins. A hollow sounding pumpkin is ripe. Pick up and your pumpkin and knock on the side a couple of times. Listen carefully for a deep hollow sound when you tap the pumpkin with your knuckles. If your first pumpkin pick did not pass the thump test, keep looking.

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Check Your Pumpkin Over

Next feel your pumpkin over for bad spots. If a pumpkin is beginning to decay, dark spots or bruises may be noticeable. Press in on questionable areas.  Search for scratches or other imperfections.

The sturdiness of the pumpkin is essential. Using your thumbs, test the bottom of the pumpkin for firmness. A mushy pumpkin will not last until Halloween night. Try to find a pumpkin without any blemishes.

Cradle Your Pumpkin

Avoid picking your pumpkin up by the stem. If you break the stem, the pumpkin will decay at a faster rate. A firm, secure stem means a sturdy pumpkin.

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Heading out to the pumpkin patch for your perfect choice is a great Halloween tradition. When searching, take your time. Enjoying the atmosphere is part of October fun.

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!

31 Drawing Prompts for October

Cooler days are perfect for arts and crafts. Drawing is one of the easiest art projects to begin. Even the local dollar store carries pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and art paper. The possibilities are endless. Do you need a little inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for October.

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  1. Self portrait
  2. Mushroom
  3. Acorn
  4. Leaf
  5. Clouds
  6. Pattern
  7. Tree
  8. Squirrel
  9. Sun
  10. Sunflower
  11. Key
  12. Insect
  13. Harvest
  14. Windows
  15. Fence
  16. Curious
  17. Nature Scene
  18. Dragon
  19. Fairy
  20. Mermaid
  21. Pinecone
  22. Historical place
  23. Water
  24. Weather
  25. Family
  26. Friends
  27. Moon and stars
  28. Owl
  29. Crow or bird
  30. Artist’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!