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.

32 Classic Movies to Watch for Halloween

Are you looking for something to watch for Halloween? Go old school. Classic monster or alien movies are a fun way to enjoy a cozy night in.  Pop some popcorn, cuddle under a blanket, and enjoy one of these old-time favorites.

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  1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  2. Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
  3. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
  4. Dracula (1931)
  5. Frankenstein (1931)
  6. The Mummy (1932)
  7. Son of Dracula (1943)
  8. Werewolf of London (1935)
  9. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  10. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
  11. The House of Frankenstein (1944)
  12. The Wolf Man (1941)
  13. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
  14. House of Dracula (1945)
  15. The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
  16. The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  17. The Indivisible Man (1933)
  18. The Indivisible Man Returns (1940)
  19. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  21. Them! (1954)
  22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  23. Island of the Lost Souls (1932)
  24. The Thing from Another World (1951)
  25. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  26. The House of Dracula (1958)
  27. Nosteratu (1922)
  28. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  29. The House of Usher (1960)
  30. The Birds (1963)
  31. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
  32. 20 Millions Miles to Earth (1957)

Do you have a favorite that is not on the list?

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.)

40 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready for your trick-or-treaters? Are you thinking about handing out something other than candy this year? Perhaps you only get a handful of trick-or-treaters? Or you know some of your neighbor children cannot have candy. Due to allergies or other restrictions, many children are on strict diets.

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Alternatives to Halloween Cany

  1. Halloween Pencils/Erasers
  2. Temporary Tattoos
  3. Halloween Stickers
  4. Vampire Teeth
  5. Bouncy Balls
  6. Spider Rings
  7. Stampers
  8. Bubbles
  9. Lego Figures
  10. Mini Art Kits
  11. Halloween Activity Pads
  12. Halloween Color Books
  13. Halloween LED Rings
  14. Halloween Glasses
  15. Foam Putty
  16. Glow Sticks
  17. Slime
  18. Stretchy Skeletons
  19. Slap Bracelets
  20. Play Doh
  21. Rubber Duckies
  22. Slinkies
  23. Punch Balloons
  24. Halloween Wind-Up Toys
  25. Yo-Yos
  26. Whistles
  27. Kazoos
  28. Mini Paratroopers
  29. Finger Puppets
  30. Bookmarks
  31. Books
  32. Plushies
  33. Mini Flashlights
  34. Mini Fidget Spinners
  35. Halloween Crayons
  36. Spin Tops
  37. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  38. Halloween Jewelry
  39. Mini Nail Polishes
  40. Punch Balloons

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45 Horror Movies to Watch for a Scary Halloween Night

October is a great time to cuddle under a warm blanket and watch a movie. Are you looking for something creepy, spooky, or bone-chilling to get you into the Halloween mood? Dim the lights, pull your blanket close and watch one of these movies.

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Horror Movies for Halloween

  1. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  2. The Conjuring 1-3
  3. Poltergeist (1982)
  4. 13 Ghosts
  5. Annabelle
  6. Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Scream 1-4
  8. Halloween 1-3
  9. The Ring
  10. American Psycho
  11. Friday the 13th
  12. A Quiet Place 1 & 2
  13. The Thing
  14. Demon House
  15. Saw Movies 1-9
  16. Goodnight Mommy
  17. Jeepers Creepers 1-7
  18. It & It Chapter Two
  19. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  20. The Amityville Horror
  21. The Exorcist (1973)
  22. Pet Sematary
  23. The Shining
  24. Rosemary’s Baby
  25. Creepshow
  26. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  27. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  28. The Omen (1976)
  29. Freddy vs Jason
  30. The Last House on the Left
  31. Hellraiser movies
  32. The Howling (1981)
  33. As Above, So Below (2014)
  34. Night of the Living Dead
  35. The Witch
  36. When a Stranger Calls
  37. Evil Dead (2013)
  38. Paranormal Activity
  39. Psycho
  40. Doctor Sleep (2019)
  41. Us (2019)
  42. 1408 (2007)
  43. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (2019)
  44. The Descent
  45. Slither

What is your favorite scary movie to watch around Halloween?

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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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