Halloween Activities For the Entire Family

Autumn background with jack-o-lanterns and leaves
Autumn background with jack-o-lanterns and leaves Photo Credit: Pexels

Halloween is coming up and that means it’s time for spooky activities! Maybe the idea of haunted houses sends you into full-blown panic mode or the insides of a pumpkin make you gag. Do not worry, there are still plenty of things you can do with your family to celebrate this holiday together!

Halloween Snacks

Everyone loves Halloween and everyone loves snacks. There are hundreds of different Halloween snacks to choose from. Hop on Pinterest and find a few that look fun and scary and make them with your family.

Scary Movie night

There are tons of family-friendly Halloween movies and of course your not-so-family-friendly scary films you can kick back and enjoy. Pop a nice big bowl of popcorn, grab some candy, and some blankets and enjoy a movie night from the comfort of your own home.

Learn about the history of Halloween

You can check out a book from your local library or even surf the internet to find information about how Halloween began and why we celebrate it the way we do. As a matter of fact, I might have to do this myself because I’m not sure I even know the history of this holiday.

Children in costume playing with sparklers behind jack-o-lanterns
Children in costume playing with sparklers behind jack-o-lanterns Photo Credit: Pexels

Throw a Halloween Party

When I say party, I don’t mean go super crazy (unless that’s your sort of thing). I mean hang up some cheap decorations, make some Halloween snacks, play some scary music, and dress up in your favorite costume and dance the night away. If costumes are going to be worn during your party, you might as well have a costume contest! If you are entertaining smaller children, throw in some crafts and games into the mix. The more people you invite, the more fun you will have.

Caramel Apple Bar

A caramel apple is a traditional fall treat that everyone loves so why not have some more fun with it? Provide a variety of toppings, unique or simple, so everyone can create their own special snack. You can even invite some friends over so they can enjoy it with you and your family.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

With the help of the family, create some festive goodie bags and deliver them to your friends and family. Fill them up with Halloween treats and bring a smile to friendly faces as you hand them their treats. The smile of loved ones is the greatest reward.

Pumpkin and gourd bowling
Pumpkin and gourd bowling Photo Credit: Home My Design

Pumpkin and Gourd Bowling

I have never tried this personally, but it seems like it would make the whole family laugh. Buy ten gourds (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) and line them up like you would bowling pins. Find a round pumpkin and try to knock down as many pins as you can. I have seen videos of this game and let me tell you, it does not look easy at all. How many can you knock down?

Halloween Game Night

Invite your friends and family over for a Halloween-themed game night. There are tons of easy-to-assemble games for kids and even adults including games like pumpkin golf, cornhole, and bingo! For 28 different game ideas, check out this article!
Halloween Cocktails

Everyone deserves a drink or two and what a better time than Halloween? There are hundreds of different drinks you could create for your guests and even just yourself. A simple search on Google or Pinterest will pull up hundreds of drinks, but here you will find 40 of the best cocktails for the occasion.

Fall Fire

Everyone enjoys bonfires so why not fire up your fireplace or build a bonfire outside in your backyard. You can make monster s’mores and tell scary stories around the fire. If you have a tent and it’s warm enough where you live, you could even camp out that night!

No matter who you are or who you are entertaining, there are plenty of things you can do with your friends and family that do not involve visiting haunted houses or carving pumpkins. The opportunities are endless and some of these ideas may just become the new family tradition!

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Taylor Huggins works in the media department of EF Hutton where she is a front-end developer, graphic designer, and freelance writer. She has been a freelance photographer for over four years and runs her own small business where she books photo sessions and commissions graphics for people. Taylor loves to go on adventures and drink insane amounts of coffee.

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