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5 Family-Friendly Halloween Activities for Children of All Ages

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-09-26 7:09 am --

Halloween is a unique holiday, insofar as it’s experienced differently by each age bracket. Whereas younger children are mostly after the candy and games, teenagers are most enticed by the scary movies and haunted houses. For parents with multiple children, it can be challenging to find Halloween activities that are fun for your older children, while remaining appropriate for younger children. Here are some fun ideas for Halloween outings that the whole family can enjoy.

  1. Skip the Haunted House and Visit a Corn Maze Instead

Haunted houses are an undeniable blast, but they simply aren’t fit for young children – unless you want your four year old sleeping in your bed for the next six months. Corn mazes, on the other hand, are a fun and festive Halloween alternative that children of all ages can enjoy. For young children, consider bringing a stroller or be prepared to carry them, as it can entail a lot of walking. However, children of virtually any age can find endless amusement in wandering around a life-sized maze, attempting to navigate their way to freedom. 

  1. Enter a Dog Costume Contest

For very young children, even a human costume contest can be too scary, as older people often go overboard with the fake blood and gore. A dog costume contest, on the other hand, is fit for all ages, as most furry friends are decked out in silly and humorous outfits, as opposed to nightmare-inducing monstrosities.

  1. Set Up a Halloween Carnival in Your Yard

If you’re considering hosting a Halloween event, a pop-up carnival can be a fun and family-friendly way to attract a crowd. Create contests and games, and have children compete for prizes like candy and popcorn balls. Some classic game ideas include bobbing for apples, potato sack races, and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. For pumpkin tic-tac-toe, simply buy up some miniature pumpkins. Leave half of them orange and paint the other half black. Then tape a tic-tac-toe board to a table and use the miniature pumpkins as playing pieces. 

  1. Host a Neighborhood Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkin carving contests are a blast, and children of all ages can find ways to participate. Obviously, since pumpkin carving entails the usage of sharp instruments, it’s important to ensure children are accompanied by an adult. For young children, the children can be in charge of drawing the face, while the parents cut it out. The children can also have fun pulling the pumpkin guts out of the pumpkin – just be prepared to clean the mess up afterward!

  1. Attend a Sleepover at the Museum

Most major museums have Halloween sleepover parties with activities planned that can suit children of all ages. The American Museum of Natural History, for instance, offers a Halloween sleepover for children ages 6 to 13. Museum sleepovers are both fun and engaging, while offering an educational and interactive experience for children.

Halloween is a favorite among children. Yet, not all Halloween activities are fit for young kids. To plan an engaging Halloween adventure your whole family will enjoy, you need the right supplies at your disposal. Click here to browse a variety of Halloween supplies, and start planning your family’s Halloween outing today.