Want something to do other than trick-or-treating this Halloween?
Check out some of these fun, family-friendly activities!
Bobbing for Apples
Whether it is from that extra tote that you have in storage or an old steel stock tank, bobbing for apples is one of those activities that never ceases to be a good time (mostly for those watching). It might seem a touch embarrassing but filling up a container with water and a bag of apples is pretty much as simple as it gets. Try variations such as two people/children competing at the same time.
Creating a Haunted House
For some reason scaring people in a haunted house is a pretty enjoyable experience. The whole thing can be done for under $100. Get some black and orange spray paint, a quart of dark red paint, some cardboard boxes, a fog machine for $50 off of amazon, a ton of spider web, some string lights, and let your imagination run wild. This is a bit more time consuming to set up, but a ridiculous amount of fun that your kids will never forget.
If you have not tried fresh pumpkin pie, you should really give it a shot this year. Pick up an extra pumpkin at the store and give these AllRecipes instructions a chance. Put on some music in the background, and the family will have a fantastic time. If your little ones are a bit too little to help, take the pumpkin parts you are not using and throw them on the ground on top of some newspaper. That should keep them entertained for a bit while you make some pie you will never forget.
While you are working on that pumpkin pie, the seeds make a delicious and healthy snack for you and the family. We do NOT recommend these for children under five; otherwise, it is pretty simple to do! Put the seeds in a strainer, rinse off the pulp, throw them in a pan with your favorite salt and a couple teaspoons of butter and bake them for 45 minutes at around 300 degrees (until golden brown). Throw them in a container, and you have a great holiday snack to munch on!
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Another great way to spend time with the family during the holiday is to have a pumpkin carving contest. Invite some stuffed animals to be the judges, and your kids are sure to have a good time. There are a ton of stencils you can print out online for free or for a few dollars. If you want to make it a more exciting time, make the rule that there are no stencils, and everyone has to use their imagination.