29 October 2016

7 Things to do with young children at Halloween

Halloween can be a little bit scary for young children but it's something that the little ladies are really excited by and are keen to celebrate. Here are 7 ideas of how you can have some fun at Halloween and the week leading up to it without it being frightening:

1. Visit your local pumpkin patch

Our local pick your own farm has a wonderful field full of pumpkins where you can choose and pick your own pumpkin. The little ladies are really excited to see pumpkins as far as the eye can see and to choose their own. It's something we did for the first time together last year but is a tradition we will continue each year as it's lovely, simple family time that everyone enjoys.

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Miss Dot off to the pumpkin patch
choosing pumpkins at the pumpkin patch
The little ladies choosing their pumpkins this year.
2. Carving pumpkins

Once we have picked our pumpkins we take them home to be carved. Of course you don't have to go to a pumpkin patch for pumpkins you can pick them up from supermarkets which is just as fun. The little ladies are too young to get involved with cutting the pumpkins but they really like hollowing them out, it kind of doubles up as messy play and gives them a chance to explore different textures. 

carving pumpkins
Everyone got involved in removing the pumpkin 'guts'.

Pumpkin carving ideas
Miss Tib's with her pumpkin
They then really enjoyed selecting a design for daddy to carve them. This year Miss boo has chosen a 'happy ghost', Miss Tib's chose a 'friendly pumpkin' and they chose a bat for Miss Dot. I picked up some pretend tea lights in a supermarket so we are able to put them by the fireplace in the evenings without any worries about them getting hot. They will go on the doorstep on Halloween.

pumpkin carving ideas
From left to right Miss Dot's Bat, Miss Tib's friendly pumpkin and Miss Boo's happy ghost.
3. Halloween Baking

The little ladies love baking and really enjoyed making these 'Spooky Halloween Biscuits'. They were really easy to do and fun to decorate. We added popping candy to add a 'trick or treat' element to them. We also have some Halloween cupcake cases which we will make using a simple sponge cake recipe and decorate with green and orange icing and Halloween sweets.

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Miss Tib's making her Halloween biscuits
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Our Halloween Biscuits
4. Halloween Crafts

Miss Boo was really keen to make some Halloween decorations so we made pumpkin and witches faces from paper plates, paint and paper and I cut out some ghost shapes for them to decorate. Miss Tib's and I have also made bats and owls at a tots group we go to each week which were very sweet and not at all scary.

halloween craft ideas, owl and bat
Miss Tib's owl and bat
halloween craft ideas with preschoolers
Miss Boo and Miss Tib's pumpkins and ghosts

5. A pumpkin trail

We visited Burghley House this half term and took part in their annual pumpkin trail. A gorgeous treasure hunt through the gardens with clues to find and a prize at the end. The little ladies loved following the map and the letters to spell out the mystery word. Miss Boo particularly enjoyed this and it was wonderful to see her recognise, read and write the letters on her sheet after her first term at school.
Burghley pumpkin trail
Miss Boo's pumpkin trail worksheet
Burghley pumpkin trail
Miss Boo Concentrating on the pumpkin trail

6. Visit the Bewilderwood Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

We had a wonderful day at the Bewilderwood Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. It's a magical, children friendly event in the woods in Norfolk which really captured the little ladies imaginations. It runs every October for 2 weeks and we'd really recommend it. You can read our full review of it HERE.

Bewilderwood glorious glowing lantern parade
The woods are transformed into a spooky place to explore
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The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood

7. Dressing up

The little ladies begged me for these witches headbands in the supermarket the other day, they put them straight on their heads from the shelf so i didn't have much choice! They adore dressing up and making believe and I think they make super cute little witches. They have little witch dresses to wear to our annual family Halloween party where they have fun with their cousins.

3 little witches
I hope that's given you a little bit of inspiration and some ideas of what you can do with your children this Halloween. I've also pinned lots of ideas to my Halloween Pinterest board which look like lots of fun:

If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them, please leave them in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

 Me x


  1. Your biscuits and crafts are amazing! Carrie- Flying With A Baby

    1. Thank you Carrie, I can't take the credit for them, they are all the little ladies work! Taryn x


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