What memories does Halloween conjure in your mind? When I think back I remember really loving Halloween. As a creative type, I couldn’t wait to make my own costume. I don’t think I EVER had a store-bought costume in my life!
I went door to door typically in those suburban cookie cutter neighborhoods because they had the most participation and best candy. My neighborhood was all 70 year olds giving out pencils or apples (their house was inevitably T.P.ed every year and you’d think they’d get the picture at some point). The houses were so spread out that you were worn out by house 5.
The one thing I don’t remember about Halloween? My parents. I have small flashbacks in my brain going from random door to random door. I remember most of my costumes, but I don’t have a single cherished memory. It was just another night I got to do something different as a kid.
Now a days (I can’t believe I’m using that term), you have so many options for Halloween it can be downright overwhelming. Our family has been invited to 4 activities on Halloween and we just can’t make it to all of them unless Santa hooks us up with some magical reindeer.
If you’re just aren’t up for the cost of buying costumes, buying candy or running from trunk or treat to festival to doors, then consider doing a really memorable Halloween night in. Here are 5 ideas for a great stay at home Halloween. It all starts with a little planning!
1. Fun Food
Have your kids help you make some really fun food. My most favorite family food making activity is pizza. Buy the Pillsbury pizza dough, cut it up into personal pan size and let your kids make and design their own with their favorite toppings and bake them up on a cookie sheet. Check out these adorable Mummy Mini Pizza’s from Rhodes bread website. Pizza is one of the most kid friendly recipes on the planet.
There are so many things that you can do.
Crafts-The thriftiest craft idea I can think of is to go by your local Hobby Lobby or craft store and look through their seasonal kids craft section. My other favorite place is the Target Dollar Stop. Right now they have fun fall or Halloween felt coloring boards for $1.
Games- A roll of toilet paper can lead a pretty awesome game where somebody gets wrapped up like a mummy. A felt pumpkin on the wall becomes pin the face on the jack-o-lantern. Pinterest is busting at the seams with good games for fall and Halloween, I’ve put lots of my favorite ideas on my Fall Fun Pinterest board.
There are lots of classic family Halloween movies that may have been your favorite as a kid. Rent them online from Amazon prime or Netflix or stop by a Red Box. Just to clarify, if Freddie Crouger was your favorite childhood movie in the 80’s and your kid is under 13, please. just. don’t. Your night is going to end in kids totally afraid to fall asleep. Here are some alternative suggestions.
- It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (my 3 year old has watched this about 20 times this month on Netflix and LOVES it)
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks- oldie but goodie
- Harry Potter Movies
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
- Monster’s Inc.
- Monster’s U
- Casper (the one with Devon Sawa of course!)
- Goonies (just like in the Sandlot- the kids swear, so just keep that in mind)
- Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (the one with Johnny Depp of course!)
- Classic Willie Wonka
- Marvel character movies would be great too!
Go Outside- We have an awesome backyard firepit that we built a few years ago. This is the perfect spot for family memories and making some tasty smores.
- Have a smore cook off to see who can invent the best new smore recipe.
- Roast some uncured hot dogs.
- Play a game of flashlight tag while you’re out there.
Check out my Backyard Firepit Party post for more ideas on having fun with your family this Halloween at home.
5. Make a Dessert
Most kids love baking stuff from scratch. Find a fun cookie recipe and work together to make them up. If you’re kids aren’t into the baking part, grab a few supplies so that they can decorate the cookies when they cool. It gives them a fun activity to do while making some sweet memories together with you and your kids.
I hope that these 5 ideas for having a great stay at home Halloween have given you some fun inspiration! Make some memories, spend some time as a family and get ready for the Holidays. Ready or not, here they come.
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Kim’s is the party planning, cupcake loving, celebration catalyst behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. Kim was a pro event planner for over 7 years before she became a full-time blogger. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day and more! Kim aims to inspire you to create parties, celebrations and gatherings that everyone loves!