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7 Family Friendly Fun Ways To Celebrate Halloween


It’s nearly Halloween, Some parent’s may not like the thought of sending their children out to knock on strangers doors to receive sweets and treats. 

I personally love Halloween, and I don’t mind taking my children trick or treating. I do have a post about keeping your children safe while trick or treating

But if your mind is set against taking your children trick or treating but still want to celebrate Halloween, I have come up with 7 Family Friendly Ways To Celebrate Halloween.

7 family fun ways to celebrate halloween

Dress up

If you are going to celebrate Halloween then your kids will no doubt want to dress up. Let them put on their outfit, paint their faces, and take some photos. Why not paint your own face too, or let the kids do it for a bit of a laugh?

You could even join in with them, i’ve found some Halloween themed clothes at ASOS and George at ASDA

halloween costumes dress up

Party with friends

Get a few of their friends round after school or the weekend before Halloween, making sure everyone comes dressed up. Adults too!

Decorate the house, lay on some spooky party food, play some games, and a maybe organise a treat hunt before their friends go home.

If you don’t fancy having company, you could do this as a family too.

Halloween crafts

Some Halloween crafts after school are a fun way to get the kids in the spooky spirit. One of my favourite places to buy Arts and Craft resources is Baker Ross They have every occasion covered and they’re reasonably priced! 

Pinterest has tons of amazing ideas to try. Including my Pinterest boards.

Pumpkin Carving

This is a firm favourite activity in our house! It’s so much fun, but it can get quite messy. Grab yourself a pumpkin from your local supermarket or you could go and visit a local Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farm. Have a challenge to see who can carve the best pumpkin. If you have little ones, try paining and decorating pumpkins. 

pumpkin carving halloween

Movie night

For a quiet chilled night, you can light your pumpkins, sit in your Halloween outfits with some treats and watch a ‘spooky film’.  There are loads of great family-friendly Halloween themed films you can watch together. Why not try NOW TV or Amazon Prime. Get a 30 day FREE trial by clicking the banner below. 

Attend a local event

Keep an eye out for events local to you. Facebook Events is a great way to find out what’s going on in your local area.

Spooky stories

A nice way to end your Halloween night is with a spooky bedtime story. It doesn’t have to be scary though, there are some fab books that fit in with a Halloween theme. Check out my list of our favourite Halloween books.

halloween movie

What are your plans for Halloween this year? Will you be heading out Trick or Treating, or will you be staying indoors? Let me know in the comments below

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  1. October 21, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Fab ideas! We love Halloween too, although we don’t trick or treat and don’t get any trick or treaters as we live out in the sticks. We still pop some decorations up and go to the pumpkin patch and pick our pumpkins to carve. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

  2. October 21, 2018 / 11:44 am

    I think Halloween can be good fun. My girls wont be trick or treating on anyone’s door and I’m not expecting the doorbell to ring hear.. We will have a family movie, decorate and possibly create something. #MMBC

  3. October 24, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I will host the Halloween party for the kids this year! And, we are so excited. Thanks for some ideas!

  4. October 29, 2018 / 2:35 am

    This year is my oldest boy’s last year trick-or-treating so I’m already planning to have my first Halloween party for him and his friends as well as family for next year. That way he still gets to dress up and we will have a lot of fun 🙂 #MMBC

  5. October 30, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Some brilliant ideas here. My little girl gets a bit spooked by stuff just n ow, so it will be just getting dressed up for her. #TriumphantTales
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  6. Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy
    October 30, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    we go trick or treating but are also lucky enough to live in a community where there is plenty of other things for children to do around this time of year that those that choose not to are still able to have a good time. There is never a time of year when kids wouldn’t enjoy a good dress up party #anythinggoes

  7. Mummy here and there
    October 31, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    My boys love pumpkin carving and dancing to Halloween songs X #triumphanttalea

  8. October 31, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    ooh I love these! I’m well up for halloween this year! Great Tips! #Itsok xx

  9. November 3, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    With halloween being my favourite holiday of the year, I’m literally itching for the boys to get bigger so we can do these! I’ve hated the past few years as with kids we couldn’t host our yearly parties dammit!!!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  10. Twicemicrowaved tea
    November 5, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    We have taken our little girl trick or treating with her cousins since she was tiny! She’s almost 5 and she gets so excited about Halloween. There are some great ideas here though , if trick or treating isn’t your thing. #BloggerClubUK

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