Halloween Traditions

by Destri on October 26, 2011

Anyone who has been reading TMH for long knows I have a thing for traditions.  I think they create the best memories and give our children roots.  Last year I wrote a post on Halloween Traditions I wanted to start with my family in hopes of making the celebration about more than a night of candy, filled with fun memories.  A year later I am happy to report it worked.  That week stands out in my mind more than any other from last year, even more so than the Holidays.  Looking back, I think I can give the credit to keeping it simple.  It was all fun and no stress.  I need to learn from that and carry on through the Holidays this year.

We are getting started a little late this year as we have been out about the last week, so I think I will pick some of our most favorites from last year and combine a few activities to one night.  Here we go:

Fun Ideas For Family Fun Leading Up To Halloween

  • Wednesday - Read “spooky” stories by candlelight.  This was a hit last year!  I took the idea from Design Mom and found a few of the books she had listed, and a few more fun ones at the library.  A reader had a great idea last year to add hot apple cider to this night so I’ve added it to my list.
  • Thursday – Tonight It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is on ABC.  Pop some popcorn, get a few snacks and pile the blankets and pillows on the floor and enjoy the old Peanuts classic. You can find information for the ABC Family 13 nights of Halloween here.
  • Friday - Hit the pumpkin patch and like last year, enjoy all the festivities.  We usually avoid the bounce houses, corn mazes and such, but last year we gave in and let the kids do it all.  They had a blast.  We found a new place to go to this year that has more traditional activities, so I am even more excited for this night.
  • Saturday – Carve the pumpkins and light them up.  This is my husband’s favorite part, and I happily let him deal with the mess.  Take one of the pumpkins and make dinner in a pumpkin. After dinner take a spooky walk around the neighborhood with flashlights to check out all the Halloween decor.  This was probably my kids most favorite activity!
  • Sunday – We have a little party at our church that we will hit, and then take treats around to our neighbors.
  • Monday – Halloween!  You know the drill – costumes, candy, and belly aches. I had my kids help me fill up bags with sand that we put around the house to light at night, they thought that was pretty cool.

It gets me excited just typing it up!

Now it’s your turn, I am always on the lookout for new ideas. I would especially love to hear any with older kids!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina October 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

Great ideas Destri! I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to Halloween…it’s hard enough to get the costumes ready and the treats for class but we always watch Charlie Brown (although I can’t believe we grew up hearing the word “stupid” that many times in a cartoon! HELLO?? Seriously.) But I love that cartoon so much!
Will have to hit the spooky story list too.
We always have breakfast for dinner on Halloween. I have no idea why and it has nothing to do with Halloween (are you surprised, really? We are a bit off our rocker) and my husband starts singing this silly song “breakfast for dinner on Halloween!”


Suzanne October 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

Sounds like fun, I usually have my kids decorate sugar cookies in the Halloween shape and carve pumpkins. Our little community usually does a hay ride to thru the tiny community to trick or treat and the kids have enjoyed it in the past.


Shanie October 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

I love your ideas!! My son is 3 this year so its the first year that he has been able to interact really and understand whats going on. We bake something every week that is fun and halloween/fall-ish. This week was of course halloween shaped cookies. Last year I started a tradition of getting a couple of Halloween books and those are the books that we read before bed every night… I added a couple of new books this year and he loves it! We have been doing lots of halloween crafts this week as well. I love the idea of making a tradition!! Thanks for sharing!! :)


Whatever DeeDee Wants October 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing.


Madeline October 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a great idea, traditions are the best. (Cue “Traditions” from Fiddler On The Roof) What did you mean by filling bags with sand and lighting them? I think I know what I’ll be watching on TV tonight!


kate October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

With Hallowe’en promptly following Thanksgiving then Bonfire Night and then a birthday we are kinda sugared and partied out but the house is decorated with pumpkins, candles, bats, ghosts, turkeys firework pictures and party balloons – it’s fair to say Oct/Nov is pretty eclectic here! So all I think I will add is Tina’s Breakfast for Dinner on Halloween and I am set!
ta-da all set.
spooky smiles


Amy October 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Have you seen the Simpsons episode “Grand Pumpkin” which is a parody of the Charlie Brown episode? So hilariously funny. Tried to find the link on you tube, but only found a 15 second clip.

Anyway my husband and I had a tradition where we watched an old horror movie the weekend of Halloween after the kids go to bed. Last year we watched the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Not sure if we’ll do it this year because we have a busier weekend. It was a fun tradition while it lasted.


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