Wondering what to do on Halloween this year with your baby or toddler? Holidays can be so much fun with little kids. Halloween might be one holiday that leaves you wondering what to do with your little one, though.
While you may have been all about the scares pre-kids, you’re likely looking for something a bit more family friendly this year. And that’s okay!
One of the beauties of having a family is learning to grow and adjust plans to try new things. Just because your little one is too young for haunted houses doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on this holiday.
Here’s some family friendly ideas for celebrating this holiday this year. And most of them are pandemic friendly, too!
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What To Do On Halloween With Little Kids
As you make plans for this fun holiday, keep in mind that some things may not be an option for you depending on where you live. And of course, with a pandemic going on, some events and activities may be closed for the time being.
Don’t be afraid to get creative this year. Now is the perfect time to try out some new things, and make some new traditions.
Go Trick or Treating
Trick or treating may not be an option this year, depending on where you live. However, some areas not as affected by current events may still be open for trick or treating.
And in others, safety precautions are being put in place to accommodate. Check out what’s going on in your area, and make an informed decision for your family.
Neighborhood Trick or Treating
Taking your child trick or treating around the neighborhood is a classic Halloween activity. Of course, your area may or may not be very family friendly when it comes to this. Use your discretion, and don’t be afraid to stick to houses you know.
Trunk or Treating
Another good option for trick or treating is attending a trunk or treat event. Many churches hold these events, and communities are beginning to hold them as well.
Trunk or treat is similar to trick or treating, only instead of going door to door, you go from car trunk to car trunk. People decorate a car trunk, and all the cars are in one location. Typically these events are much more family friendly, and safer for young kids.
Whether you decide to go trick or treating or not, you can still have fun dressing up. Even if you stay home the entire time, letting your child dress up in a fun costume can help make the day special.
For ideas for costumes, check out these posts:
- The Best Halloween Costumes For Baby
- Fun Infant Halloween Outfit Ideas
- The Best Pregnancy Shirts for Halloween on Amazon
Visit a Maze
Another fun thing to do with little kids is to visit a corn maze. Many corn mazes will be decorated for Halloween. Visiting a spooky maze can be the perfect thing for kids.
A lot of corn mazes will also have other activities set up as well. It can make for a great day trip!
Watch Halloween Movies
While I wasn’t allowed to trick or treat growing up, we always stayed home and watched a movie together instead. And really, this is a great alternative for little kids who are too little to enjoy trick or treating.
If trick or treating is not a good option for your family, watching a Halloween or Fall themed movie can be a great way to spend the night. You can make it extra special by having dinner while you’re watching. Or just make some fun Halloween snacks to eat during the movie.
Here are some great Halloween movies for kids:
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Hotel Translyvania 1, 2, & 3
- Happy Halloween, Scoobie Doo
- Toy Story of Terror
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
- Paw Patrol: Halloween Heroes
Make Halloween Crafts
Halloween is a great time to do some fun crafts. Spend the day making spooky spiders, cobwebs, and more.
If your little one is a bit too young for spooky things, you can also just do some fall crafts.
Make a fall sensory bottle, or other fun fall themed crafts.
Make Halloween Snacks
Halloween themed snacks can be a lot of fun to make. Involve your little one in making them, then enjoy them together.
Themed snacks are great for celebrating the day, and for enjoying during a movie later.
Visit A Pumpkin Patch
Visiting a pumpkin patch is something we started doing early on, and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s so fun to watch our son interact with the pumpkins. Each year he’s able to pick up bigger ones, and has a greater understanding of the pumpkin activities that are set up.
Lots of pumpkin patches also set up other activities as well. It can easily be a lot of fun for the whole family, and provide you will a fun thing to do on Halloween.
How Do You Celebrate Halloween With Little Ones?
How does your family celebrate Halloween with little kids? Share your best ideas in the comments below!