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WHAT TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN?

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Hey everyone,



It's the first of October which means that Halloween is just around the corner When I was younger my mum and dad would never let me go trick or treating as they said it was begging and they also didn't like that we would be disturbing people at home. I thought it was so unfair but on a few occasions I did sneak out with friends to go trick or treating but I soon understood why they wouldn't let us go...people don't always open their doors :(

Nowadays there is more of a hype centred around Halloween and more people are are getting involved even shops have aisles and promotions dedicated to Halloween. However even though we are becoming more accustomed to Halloween many parents don't want to go door-to-door and lets face it not everyone wants visitors at their doors. Last year Amelia was too young for Halloween and due to sleep deprivation we didn't get involved. Amelia may still be too young to go trick or treating but there are so many other activities we could get up to so I have complied a little list (I know another one) of different things that you and your family could get up to this Halloween. 

No to trick or treating? Still let your children dress up and have lots of fun in the comfort of your own home. Its a win-win situation as one your children are getting involved and two you don't have go around your neighbourhood getting cold. There are so many activities that you all can take part in...why don't you get creative? Help your children make their own costume (how easy would it be to make a ghost!!!) or let them loose with paper, crayons, paints and create a masterpiece. I will definitely be letting Amelia loose and getting creative with her, she absolutely loves messy play. 

Face painting is another favourite. 

What is Halloween without a bit of pumpkin carving? Carving pumpkins is a really fun activity that all the family can take part in. However take great care with sharp knives and obviously make sure that children are supervised at all times. But once you have scooped out the insides don't forget to try and cook up a pumpkin feast and get the little ones involved to create the ultimate Halloween food or treats. 

You could have a Halloween party. This could be a small gathering just for the children or you could get involved and have a big party for everyone to enjoy. My Auntie always holds a Halloween party for adults and children, it is so much fun watching people arrive in their Halloween costumes (no costumes - no entry) and then get stuck into some fun-filled Halloween games such as the apple bobbing. Remember how fun this game was?

How about organising a Halloween themed night in with the family? There are so many ways to keep them occupied at home why don't you let them indulge in Halloween treats, watching scary movies (my favourite has to be Hocus Pocus) or share the best ghost stories with a torch under your chin - my brother was always great at doing this with me and my sister. But if you do want to venture into the garden you could hold a Halloween scavenger hunt. What is not to love? Just hide all those treats in places not too hard to find and if your children get tired you can call it a night. Yay!

Take your children to locally organised events. As Halloween has become more popular I am sure that there events being held in your area. For my area there are lots of craft fairs, the library hosts an event called  'Spectacular Spooky Stories' for children and the there is a big trick or treating route around the main town where most shops like to get involved in the Halloween spirit. Go to Goggle, research and find out what is happening in your area!!!

You could also take your family out for the day. There are so many great locations that host events for Halloween that will sure to get you all spooked! I came across this Halloween guide that has a big selection of events that will be taking place around the UK that will be perfect for you and your family. I would love to go to London for Halloween as it has so many scary locations such as the Tower of London or the London Dungeons I think these would be really great this time of the year!

So I think that is about all I could think of at the moment. I love these different ideas for Halloween instead of going door-to-door and let face that is soooooo last year! :)

Kelly-Anne

29 comments on "WHAT TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN?"
  1. I love Halloween! You have just reminded me about Hocus Pocus - hope its on Netflix #brillblogposts

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    1. That would be great if it is on Netflix, that film is just the best Halloween film! Thank you for your lovely comments x

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  2. Fab list of ideas. I've also seen parents in a community decide among themselves to open up their homes to trick or treaters. We called it guising when I grew up in Scotland. I loved it!

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    1. That would be such a great idea. I have not managed to meet all my neighbours yet, but hopefully next year we could do something like this. Thank you for your lovely comments x

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  3. Great ideas. We haven't really done anything for Halloween yet as our girls are only three, but they have a halloween party in school so that should be good. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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    1. They don't really understand when they are small. I thought we could still do something crafty for Halloween as Amelia loves to doodle. Thank you for hosting x

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  4. Brilliant ideas great post really informative thanks for linking to the binkylinky

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    1. Thank you Nigel, I hope I have given people who don't like trick or treating some ideas for Halloween. Thank you for hosting and your comments. x

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  5. One of the things I miss about being in the city is the fact that there was always something to do for the holidays and I, without fail, took 3 little ones and 2 teenagers, as a lone parent (hubby worked out of town) to every event there was. Now that we live in such a small town there aren't many options. Thank you for sharing with #momsterslink.

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    1. Aw thank you for hosting. Aw that's a shame that your area doesnt hold many events. Perhaps you could host your own and invite people over. Thank you for your commentsx

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  6. It's great to see more and more organised Halloween parties these days - even our local community group had one last night. We didn't go though because so far Marianna is just terrified of everything Halloween. I'm letting her off as she's only 10 months but I hope she'll grow into a Halloween fiend like her mum! :D #binkylinky

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    1. Oh no that is a shame. My Amelia is just over a year old and I was unsure how she would take to Halloween, but she was unwell this year - a bit of a shame. Thank you so much for commenting. :)

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  7. I was never allowed trick or treating either. My children have been once and loved it but we normally have a little party and carve pumpkins #fridayfrolics

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    1. I think that a small party and pumpkin carving are always a great favourite. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comments x

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  8. I used to love trick or treating when I was little - I lived in the US & it's a popular holiday there. My oldest son doesn't enjoy dressing up so doing something with friends or family is more fun for him. #FridayFrolics x

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    1. I would love to spend Halloween in the US, some people in the UK are reluctant to take part. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your lovely comments x

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  9. We will be dressing up and we've been doing lots of Halloween themed crafts and reading books about witches and things. I'm on the fence about trick or treating, we did used to go as kids, but we lived in a street with lots of other children, so we just went to each others houses. I'm not sure I'd want my kids knocking on strangers doors? It's a tough one. Love your ideas! #thelist

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    1. It is definitely a tough one for many parents. This year we had so many trick or treaters I ran out of sweets, I didn't think we would get many. Thank you for your comments :)

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  10. We are going to a Halloween party with our twin girls which should be fun thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

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    1. Aw I hope you all had a lovely time at your Halloween party. Thank you for hosting and thank you for stopping by!

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  11. I'm a sucker for Halloween too. I love it because my three daughters love it so much. This week we tried baking Halloween treats but with no-baking involved! I'm hopeless at the real thing. Surprisingly it was a success! Enjoy this weekend. #BinkyLinky

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    1. My little one wasn't very well this year so we missed out, which is a shame. Next year I think that we will get on that baking train for Halloween treats. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments x

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  12. I offered to have a Halloween party at my house for a bunch of 2 year olds. We have loads of makey-do things to do which will mean covering up all the textile furniture! Really looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy the party at your Aunties. #TheList

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    1. oh my I hope you all had a fantastic time and I bet your home was quite lively. Thank you for your comments x

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  13. I'm not really into Halloween to be honest. The thought of strangers knocking my door for treats or a trick just doesn't sit well with me. As my husband said, we're taking our girls to a Halloween party over my friends house, but it's not really 'halloweens' more of a fancy dress party. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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    1. Halloween is not everyone's cup of tea but I hope you both had a lovely time with your girls. Thank you for your comments and thank you for hosting x

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  14. I wrote a similar post a while ago, as I know there are loads who don't like their kids trick or treating but can't think of alternatives. Love your choices here. I do take my 2 sometimes, but we only knock on doors with a pumpkin outside or Halloween decorations to be sure the person will be okay with us knocking :)
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

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    1. I know that some parents do not like the idea of taking their children trick or treating and I am unsure if I will take Amelia. This year she wasn't very well which was a shame, but there will always be next year. There are so many ideas that many family's could get up to. Thank you for hosting! :)

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