Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Activities for Families

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Stores are decorated with Ghosts and Skeletons. Jack-O-Lanterns are lighting up front door steps. Advertisements for haunted houses and corn mazes are appearing on billboards. It's no secret. Halloween is just around the corner!
When it comes to Halloween activities for families Trick-or-Treating is definitely a favorite. But it doesn't have to be the only thing your family does this week. Here are additional ideas for some Halloween fun:
1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch: If your family still hasn't picked out their pumpkins, what better way to do it then by taking your kids to a pumpkin patch where there they can choose their future Jack-O-Lantern from a variety of shapes and sizes. Click here for a listing of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and other GREAT Halloween locations for families.  
2. Make a Halloween Treat: If your children are always asking to help you make dinner here are some creative Halloween treats that kids can make. Cooking can be a great way for children to enhance their math and science abilities as they measure and count ingredients or watch their food magically change from a liquid to a solid in the oven.
3. Create Your Own Halloween Costumes: Who says you need to make a dent in your savings on store bought costumes this year when you can make your own. Click here, here, or here for some creative homemade costume ideas for kids, including last minute ideas that wont involve any sewing.
4. Put a Spooky Twist on Arts and Crafts: Do your kids love to color? Why not print out some Halloween coloring pages from Disney, or get creative with things you already have. Make spiders out of  pipe cleaner, ghosts with cotton balls, or pumpkins with paper plates. Don't forget to display the artwork, your kids will love seeing their creations used to decorate the house!
5. Watch a Family Friendly Halloween Movie: Looking some some Halloween movies that your kids are allowed to watch? Click here for a list of not-so-scary Halloween movies appropriate for your whole family.

Whatever the activities your family decides to do this week, remember to have fun and be safe! Happy Halloween from the Help Me Grow team!

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