Halloween is such a fun holiday to spend with your family and friends. It’s not just about the candy and costumes, it is so much more than that! It’s about building lifetime memories with your family and having a good time!
Growing up, I remember so many exciting activities I used to do with my family for Halloween. My parents would take my younger brother and I every year to the pumpkin patch. We loved decorating them and getting crafty. One year, we painted our pumpkins, and another year, my mother found these awesome pumpkin stickers. The stickers were mess free and they added a fun look to the plain orange pumpkins. Pumpkin carving can be fun but also quite advanced. It’s a great bonding activity if you do it alongside with your child. If you are feeling up to the pumpkin carving challenge I recommend using a template. PBS Kids has a ton of templates you and your family can print out from all of their hit TV shows and online programs. Visit this link to access all of the templates. No matter how you decorate your pumpkin, they are a festive way to adorn your house and make it inviting for the trick or treaters!
Pumpkin Carving Templates from PBS Kids
Another special memory I have from Halloween is baking in the kitchen with my mother. Every year we would make different spooky treats. In elementary school, my mother and I made Oreo spiders with red vines sticking out as spider legs. Four years ago, we made Halloween themed cupcakes and here’s a picture from when we made them. We used plain vanilla frosting and color dye to make most of these. My mother and I had a blast making them and all of my friends were so impressed. I can remember all of us trying not to eat them because they looked so perfect. I also made a Frankenstein Cake with my mother a few years ago. This cake looks hard, but it is surprisingly a lot easier than it seems. Here is a picture of that cake we made. We used Funfetti cake mix for both the cupcakes and cake because it was my favorite cake mix growing up and it still is my favorite! Baking activities are fun for the whole family. PBS has a section on their website devoted to a bunch of different Halloween baking ideas. Impress your friends and family with all of these ideas on this link here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2012/10/25/spooktacular-halloween-party-treat-ideas/
DIY Halloween costumes are sometimes some of the best costumes. I lived in New York for the first five years of my life, and Halloween was usually cold therefore my parents used to get very creative at picking or making costumes with jackets! But once we moved to South Florida, we had a ton more options to choose from! I remember one year, I insisted on being a Christmas tree for Halloween. My mother put a water bottle in my hair so it would stick up, and we wrapped tinsel around it so it looked like the top of a tree! Then I had a green puffy dress decorated in rhinestones. My mom then ordered these ornament key chains that light up, and she attached them to my dress so I would actually light up! I wore brown tights with brown crocs (because they were so comfy) and let me tell you, my costume was a hit for the night!!! Whenever I talk about costumes, I always love to pull up this throwback picture of my brother and I dressed up for Halloween in 1999. I laugh every time I see him dressed as a Pea in a Pod. Of course, when I was Dorothy I needed those red shiny slippers and my dog Toto! But whether you make the costume or buy it, Halloween costumes are a memory your family and children will have forever. PBS Kids has an assortment of DIY costume ideas for your child to dress up as their favorite PBS character. Visit the website here to view all of the amazing DIY costume options and ideas. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/pbs-kids-halloween-costumes/
Just because Halloween is only one day of the year, it does not mean you can’t celebrate it for the whole month of October! There are so many activities and memories to be made. I will always cherish the memories I made with my family and the many memories to come. I hope this post sparks some creativity and ideas for you and your family to try!
This blog post was written by Kasandra Meiler, our new WFSU Education Intern! Kassie is in her Junior year at FSU working on her BA Theatre major, and minoring in communication and education. We are extremely lucky to have this talented young woman working with us this semester! Look for more blogs from her coming soon…