I really love making the holidays special for my family. I think it is so easy to get sucked into the mundane, so I love that holidays provide us with an opportunity to just be out of our ordinary! Plus, I love candy. So, it’s easy to see why I’m a big Halloween fan. Kids love to dress up and go run around, I love the fall colors, and the list just goes on and on!
Place your holds at the library now– The earlier, the better. I like to grab Halloween books and age appropriate movies. Goodnight Goon, Curious George’s Halloween book is fun, Little Blue Truck Halloween, Pete the Cat Trick or Pete, Go Away Big, Green Monster, Trick Or Treat Pout, Pout Fish, The Witches or Goosebumps for the older kids, and Room on The Broom are some of our favorites. For movies, I try to find the movie version of the books I mentioned above. Shrek’s Spooky Stories, Halloweentown, Monsters INC, Toy Story of Terror, Winnie the Pooh’s Halloween Movie, Hocus Pocus (obviously!) Hotel Transylvania, E.T., Super Monsters Save Halloween, and my personal fave: Double, Double Toil & Trouble. My kids are still pretty young, so I have be very discerning with our movie selections.
Consider hosting a costume exchange or shop thrift stores to find affordable or even free costumes!
Make a visit to the dollar spot at Target (and BOO! your neighbors!) –
The Target Dollar Spot has the CUTEST fall/Halloween stuff every year. I always grab my boys their themed glass milk bottles, I think they add a very festive touch without breaking the bank.
I also grabbed their Boo’ed kits this year, add a little candy and surprise your neighbors!
Decorate a little bit- Halloween isn’t a holiday I think we should go crazy for in the décor front, but the Dollar tree has some fun things. We love to grab pumpkins from the local pumpkin patch and put outside our house!
Which brings me to my next point, go to the pumpkin patch- We try to find the farms that offer something to the whole family like hay rides, food trucks, petting zoo, whatever. It makes for a very fun fall outing and a beautiful backdrop for photos!
Decorate your pumpkins- When the boys were younger, we used to let them just paint them. I’ve never been great at carving pumpkins, but I love the stickers and stencil style kits you can get now.
Make this harvest trail mix recipe from my dear friend Jacki at Crazy Life with Littles– This is an easy one that the kids will love! I plan to make this the night we have our annual Hocus Pocus showing!
Print out these adorable free coloring sheets from Bessy from Simply Bessy! I like to print out a bunch of coloring sheets and store them with some orange craft items so the kids can color whenever they feel like! Stickers, pipe cleaners, etc!
Check out your local community events- When we lived in Indiana, our local parks and recreation did a themed Halloween trail. It was so neat and it cost 1.00! Find out if your recreation department or library does anything like this!
Save on food on Halloween day- Krispy Kreme usually does a free donut, Chipotle typically does Boo-Rito ( a 3.00 burrito to any one in costume!), IHOP typically offers kids 12 and under a free pancake (they can decorate it.) I’ll come back and update this post as businesses share their Halloween deals.