Going out trick-or-treating may not suit you for Halloween this year, maybe the weather is going to be bad, the kids got sick, or you live in an area that trick-or-treating just isn’t feasible. This doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good time making holiday memories with the family. A family Halloween big night in might be the perfect way to celebrate with your family.
Family Halloween Gamenight
Make a fun night in with the family and plan a Halloween themed game night. You can have the winner of each game could pick a normal size candy bar from a bowl. Make some memories and enjoy being festive with the kiddos. Here are a few ideas you can use for your game night.
Pin the Witches Nose
Here is an alternative to the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game. You need a large printout of a witch, but you really just need her face. Tape it up on the wall or a door in your home and have then blindfold each person one at a time and give them a go to pin (using blue tack) their printout of the nose onto the witch.
A classic game that only requires a few rolls of toilet paper. This easy game is quite fun and only cost a few dollars (buy the cheapest toilet paper you can find). Split into two teams, one person on each team will be wrapped, and the others will wrap him or her. Set a timer and the team that manages to cover their mummy first wins the game. To make it more of a challenge you can have the mummy hop to the finish line.
Pick up some of your favorite candy for a game blindfold individuals, then one by one let them taste test a part of each candy. Can figure out which is which? This is a super simple game that can be sweet fun!
You can also play a little relay race in your backyard before it gets dark on Halloween. To make it themed for Halloween, you are going to have a bones race.
What you are going to do is make two large skeletons with the same number of bones. They should fit on large pieces of cardboard. Often you can find a skeleton Halloween decoration at the dollar store that you could cut into pieces as an alternative.
Two teams will need to run to the other side of the yard to grab one bone at a time, return it to the cardboard, and tape it up in the right spot. They keep going back and forth until the first team with a finished skeleton wins.
Paint or Carve Pumpkins
A good ol’ Halloween tradition you can choose to do on Halloween instead of earlier if you want. You can turn this tradition into a craft to do together on the night of Halloween.
Want an alternative to the messy carving tradition? How about you paint or paint pen your pumpkin! This is also a great option if you potentially want to cook with your pumpkins after the holiday instead of leaving them to rot into muck on your front step.
When you decide to cook them, just peel the skin off and you can enjoy making a delicious homemade pumpkin pie from your creation.
A different spin on the pumpkin painting, use chalkboard paint all over your pumpkins the day before and on Halloween, you can use chalk and draw all over them any design you like. This might be a good option for toddlers if you aren’t into making a paint mess. With a little planning ahead on your part, you can have some unique painted pumpkins that kiddos can design with chalk later.
Halloween Themed Dinner
Cook a whole meal from scratch together as a family that is Halloween inspired. After drawing on your pumpkins and snapping some good photos of it, make a delicious pumpkin pie out of it. Have an eyeball spaghetti dinner with some pumpkin-shaped carrots on the side. You can really have a bit of fun with this depending on how creative you want to get. Decorate the table and set in up with all the cutlery and napkins, maybe even light some candles to have it feel “spooky”. A family dinner is something you can never go wrong with.
Halloween Movies & Shows
There are tons of things you can watch with your kids on Halloween that aren’t scary and are family-friendly. The following television shows and movies are perfect for Halloween when you want them to enjoy the holiday but not get frightened.
Charlie Brown – It’s the Great Pumpkin
Check your TV Guide and will likely find this television special somewhere. A 1966 Classic which features Charlie Brown and friends who are getting ready to go trick-or-treating, while Linus spends the night in the pumpkin patch, because of a story about ‘The Great Pumpkin’.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
For those who have babies or younger children, there is a Winnie the Pooh movie called Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and the rest of the gang go on their regular adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood where it is Halloween. A light heart family film you can enjoy with the younger ones and still enjoy the Halloween spirit.
Since it came out in 1993, Hocus Pocus has become everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. It is fun to watch, not too scary, and family-friendly. The movie features three sisters who are witches and live in Salem. They come back centuries after their death when they get resurrected. An immortal black cat helps the young characters get rid of the witches for good and save everyone in town in the process.
Another 90’s release Disney Halloween movie for kids. Some kids follow their grandmother home to find out they come from a family of witches, the good kind. They discover Halloweentown where the “supernatural” can live a normal life for the rest of the year. The siblings work together to help sort out a villain who wants to change Halloween town to not be the fun family-friendly place it is.
A film I certainly enjoyed watching every year as a kid and enjoying a fun concept of a town where it is like Halloween all year long.