Think Halloween is just for kids? Think again!
Now, I know when we think of traditional family holidays, the usual suspects come to mind, but for many families Halloween holds a special (and spooky) place in our hearts. As the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season, Halloween offers all the spirited magic, yummy treats, and festive fun that a family could hope for.
I invite you to join me in celebrating Halloween as a family this year. Even if you haven’t dressed up in ages or dared to let your fright flag fly, with a little imagination and a playful heart, your family can enjoy the best of the Halloween season — together!
Take a look at my six favorite spooktactular ways to celebrate Halloween as a family:
1. Mickey’s Halloween Party
My family kicked off the Halloween season in true magical form thanks to Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort. Where else could we play together, dance together, devour delightfully delicious treats together, enjoy spooks together, and create such enchanting Halloween memories? My little one even underwent a complete Halloween Time transformation (see above) thanks to A Pirate’s League! Doesn’t he look great?
2. Family Halloween costumes
You know what they say: the family that dresses up together has fun together! I saw so many incredible family costumes at Mickey’s Halloween Party (The Incredibles, anyone?), I immediately began researching costume ideas for mine! Check out these 25 Halloween costumes for the family (not gonna lie, the Up costume totally made me swoon). Or what about one of these 20 family costume ideas? Mary Poppins and Bert? Yes, please! And if you you’re having a hard time deciding like I am, check out 20 more incredible family costumes. Happy choosing!
3. Host a Halloween party
Crank up the fun factor and host a Halloween party for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers — you name it. Even planning a Halloween party is fun with these unique party ideas, charming themes, and fantastic party games!
4. Create a haunted house
Calling all boos and ghouls: if you’re ready to add an element of fright to your family fun, why not create a haunted house? With these terrifying DIY props and clever decorating tips, your house will be the one neighbors won’t soon forget!
5. Carve pumpkins
Pumpkins are the official symbol of the holiday, and no Halloween would be complete without a Jack O’Lantern (or five)! Whether you’re new to carving pumpkins or could simply use a refresher, check out this handy how-to video on carving like a pro. If freestyle carving scares you more than it should, we have a bunch of incredible templates for you to choose from. And of course, if no-carve is your jam, we’ve got you covered with toddler-friendly no-carve decorating ideas. Looking for more no-carve inspo? Click here!
6. Local Halloween fun
Did you know that Halloween fun is as close as your own backyard? Check out your city’s local newspaper and parks and recreation department for information on Halloween carnivals, festivals, haunted hikes, costumes parades, midnight movies, and more. Many local churches, zoos, and museums also offer low-cost or no-cost events along with trick-or-treat and arts and crafts fun!More On