Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Kids
Halloween is always a popular holiday with children and teens alike. Though Halloween with kids might make the adults among us groan at the idea of sugar-filled little ones running around, the holiday is also a perfect opportunity to help your foster children get creative and have fun.
Many foster children move around a lot, which means they unfortunately often miss out on the fun celebrations and traditions that surround the holidays that other children get to experience. To help you make this Halloween special for your foster children, we’ve put together a list of fun and creative ideas that you can use to help them celebrate, no matter their age.
First off, we have one of the most popular Halloween traditions. Pumpkin carving is always great fun for kids of all ages, and is a great way to get their creative (pumpkin) juices flowing. It can get pretty messy, so make sure to put down a lot of newspaper or sheets that you can easily wash, and provide bins for the discarded innards.
You could make this a friendly competition by challenging everyone to see who can make the scariest or funniest pumpkin. It’s obviously important to be safe and watch over younger kids carefully to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. Here is a very useful article about pumpkin carving with young children, full of tips, tricks, and ideas.
Everyone loves dressing up on Halloween! Shop-bought costumes can get expensive, so why not challenge your kids to make their own? Have everybody in the family take part if they’re willing, and once everybody has their home-made costume, host a Halloween fashion show, and vote on the best one. This really helps get the kids thinking about how they can recreate their favourite characters with materials they can find in the house, and doesn’t cost a penny!
Make your own horror story
This idea works well with older primary school and high school aged kids. Have everybody gather round and give each person a piece of paper. Explain that you’re all going to work together to write some scary Halloween stories. Everybody agree on how you will all start the stories; for example, it could start ‘One Halloween night…’ or, ‘It was a cold, dark, night…’.
Once you’ve agreed on the first line, make sure everybody writes it down. Then, tell everybody to write the next sentence of the story on their piece of paper, and then pass it to the person on their left. Though the first line is the same for everybody, each story should be different from the second sentence onward, as each person writes down their own ideas.
Once everybody has passed their piece of paper to the next person, they should read what’s on the paper in front of them, and then continue that story for one more sentence. Then, pass it to the left once more. Continue doing this until each story has gone around the circle twice, and has reached its original author. Have everybody read out their own story and see how they ended up. (These stories usually make everybody laugh because they’re so full of twists and turns due to everybody contributing to them ).
Bake your own tasty treats
Trick or treat! Obviously one of the most exciting parts of Halloween for kids is all of the awesome treats they want to collect. If you have time, why not create your own treats with the kids? There’re some great ideas all over the internet for some fun and delicious treat recipes that are really easy to make with kids of all ages. You can find some fantastic Halloween cake ideas here, and lots of other recipes for fun Halloween treats here.
Have a Mummy race
This is a fun activity that requires at least four people. Make teams of two, and give each team a roll of toilet paper (you need to make sure you’re OK with using a lot of toilet paper for this game!). Challenge each team to race to turn one of their members into a Mummy as fast as possible. This activity always get a little loud and crazy, and you need a lot of open space if there’s more than two teams playing, so push the furniture to the side, or play in the garden if you can!