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.

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!

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!

Family-Friendly Fall Activities: Scavenger Hunt

Fall is a wonderful time to go hiking. The cooler weather and changing leaves provide the perfect nature setting. Are you trying to get your young children to enjoy the outdoors too? Try an autumn-themed scavenger hunt.

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The simple idea of finding items in nature can inspire young children to love the outdoors. The excitement of checking off finds allows children to interact on the trails. Do you need inspiration for your scavenger hunt list?

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  1. Red leaf
  2. Squirrel
  3. Wildflower
  4. Acorn
  5. Yellow leaf
  6. Insect
  7. Brown leaf
  8. Spider web
  9. Orange leaf
  10. Mushroom
  11. Smooth rock
  12. Animal tracks
  13. Pinecones
  14. Dried pine needles
  15. Green leaf
  16. Small sized bird (Sparrows)
  17. Large sized birds (Egrets, Cranes, Eagles)
  18. Feather
  19. Bark
  20. Leaf in Water
  21. Bird’s nest
  22. Woodpecker holes
  23. Frog
  24. Bumpy rock
  25. Something you like
  26. A cloud shaped like an animal
  27. Empty snail shell
  28. Beehive
  29. Seed Pod
  30. Tree stump
  31. Bunny
  32. Moss on a rock
  33. Rocks in water
  34. Snake
  35. Mud puddle

Of course, you will have to make your list to match nature items in your location. Have fun! Happy searching!

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.  

Staycation Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

It’s here the long 3-day holiday weekend. Millions of people will travel this weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you decide to stay home for the long Labor Day weekend? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of things to do close to home. Many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs.

Low Cost or No Cost Activities for Labor Day Weekend

  1. Go Hiking: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family.
  2. Beach Day: Pack a lunch and spend an entire day at the beach.
  3. Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
  4. Host a BBQ
  5. Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
  6. Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park.
  7. Host a Bonfire Night: Don’t forget the S’mores.
  8.  Host a Themed Movie Night: Order pizza, make popcorn, and play your favorite movies.
  9. Do Crafts: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts.
  10. Read a Book: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read.
  11. Go to a Local Sporting Event: Football and other events are a fun activiy for everyone. Don’t forget to tailgate.
  12. Attend a Local Community Event: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend.
  13. Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally.
  14. Make a Themed Meal: Create a meal based on your favorite movie. Or use the vegetables from your recent trip to the Farmer’s Market.
  15. Go on a Day Trip: Travel close to home. Visit sites in the next town over. Or go on a long car ride.
  16. Go for Bike Ride: Enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, get out and ride your bike.
  17. Visit a Local Restaurant or Business: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot.
  18. Be a Hometown Tourist: Visist all the local sites.
  19. Get Organized: Spend time organizing your living space.
  20. Just Relax: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Take long naps or sleep in.

Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends.

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50 Activities for Your Fall Bucket List

The first official day of Autumn is almost here. Are you ready for new Autumn adventures? Gather your family or friends together and enjoy the season. Do you need ideas to add to your Autumn bucket list? Check out the following for inspiration.

50 Fall Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

  1. Decorate
  2. Go Hiking
  3. Go on a Hayride
  4. Go Apple Picking
  5. Fall Themed Puzzle
  6. Build a Scarecrow
  7. Go to a Corn Maze
  8. Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
  9. Go on a nature Scavenger Hunt
  10. Host a Chili Cook Off
  11. Go Geocaching
  12. Go on a Nature Walk
  13. Host a Bonfire Night
  14. Eat S’mores
  15. Eat a Cider Donut
  16. Drink Apple Cider
  17. Visit a Cider Mill
  18. Go to a Fall Sporting Event
  19. Tailgate
  20. Take Fall Family Photos
  21. Host a Fall Photo Shoot with Friends
  22. Play Football
  23. Jump in a Pile of Leaves
  24. Make Cookies with an Autumn Leaf Cookie Cutter
  25. Purchase a Special Fall Themed Mug
  26. Make Pumpkin or Spice Cupcakes
  27. Make a Homemade Apple Pie
  28. Plan an Autumn Picnic
  29. Plant Bulbs for Spring Flowers (Tulips are beautiful in the Spring)
  30. Make Homemade Applesauce
  31. Light an Autumn Candle
  32. Make Fall-themed Crafts to Giveaway
  33. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  34. Make Caramel Apples
  35. Drink a Spicy Tea
  36. Make Pumpkin Bread
  37. Go to Oktoberfest
  38. Read or Write by Candlelight
  39. Movie Night in your Pajamas
  40. Host a Fall Crafting Session with Friends
  41. Roast Chestnuts
  42. Take a Long Drive to View the Fall Foliage
  43. Make a Fall Wreath
  44. Collect Colorful Leaves
  45. Try a New Soup Recipe (Perfect for a chilly day).
  46. Replace Batteries in Smoke Detector
  47. Make a Corn Husk Doll
  48. Bake Apple Chips
  49. Make Granola or Trail Mix (Great for hiking)
  50. Grab Your Favorite Book and Read Outside

Enjoy the Autumn Season!

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