Make fall memories with these 10 Fun Family Halloween Traditions. These are the things your kids will remember about their childhood and help them to create Halloween memories they won't forget. This post was sponsored by Crest.
10 Fun Family Halloween Traditions
Who's ready for Halloween? The weather has cooled, decorations are up, and there's excitement in the air for the sweetest day of the year.
And not just for kids, for their parents too. According to the Crest Candy Confessions survey, “the average parent eats one-fourth of their children's Halloween candy.” And “44% of parents admitted to eating more Halloween candy than their children.”
Check out more surprising survey stats, ways to reduce Halloween stress, and how to create memories your kids won't forget with these 10 Fun Family Halloween Traditions!
1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Growing up I don't ever remember visiting a pumpkin patch or doing something that was such a basic family Halloween tradition. So as a parent, I've made sure that my girls remember by visiting some of the best pumpkin patches.
Sure it's a little more expensive to buy your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch versus the grocery store, but it's all part of the experience. You're sure to be creating memories of this fun family Halloween tradition that your kids will remember.
2. Carve Pumpkins
Spending time carving pumpkins together is one of our favorite family Halloween traditions. I'm a sucker for themed pumpkins, so it makes for a really fun presentation of jack o lanterns! And because the weather is so warm in Texas, we're usually able to create at least two pumpkins each every year.
Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils:
- Superhero Pumpkin Stencils
- Disney Princess Pumpkin Carving Stencils
- Pokemon Pumpkin Carving Patterns
- Harry Potter Pumpkin Stencils
If your kids are younger or pumpkin carving isn't your thing, you could also try one of these no carve pumpkins.
3. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Since we have to scoop out the insides of the pumpkin before carving it, we might as well do something with all of those seeds. Roasting pumpkin seeds is a great way to get your kids involved with cooking and reduce waste. Plus, they make for a delicious, savory treat amongst all of the sweets.
4. Make Halloween Treats
Who doesn't love a good Halloween themed treat? My girls love helping in the kitchen to create spooky Halloween treats to celebrate all month long. They can help make healthy Halloween treats for school or colorful candied apples to enjoy as dessert.
Christmas isn't the only holiday that our family decorates for, our house is pretty much in a state of constant decoration from October until January. I use the kid's crafts they've made over the years, after Halloween sales, and edible Halloween decorations like this haunted gingerbread house or these candy jars to make our house festive and fun!
6. Family Movie Night
Theme your family movie night by choosing a Halloween themed movie. Some of my girls' favorite Halloween movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, The Witches, Toy Story of Terror, and Hocus Pocus.
7. Halloween Reading
Why stop at just theming your Halloween movies this time of year? Most kids have after-school reading assignments and having Halloween books is a fun way to keep the excitement of Halloween going strong.
8. Picking Out Halloween Costumes
It's so tempting to want to guide my kids costume choices, but allowing them to choose their own Halloween costume gives them the chance to have fun and explore different parts of their personality. While it would be fun to create a theme for the family, it's way more important that I give them the freedom to have fun. I love seeing how different the girls are and those differences reflected in thing like their Halloween costumes.
9. Trick or Treating
What would Halloween be without trick or treating? We live in a neighborhood without sidewalks so we like to join up with other families. There's safety in numbers and a fun experience since one of the neighbors often loads up their trailer with hay to make a fun ride between houses.
Since we go with the girls trick or treating, we make sure to leave allergy-friendly Halloween candy out for anyone that stops by while we're gone. Did you know “most people (73%) purposefully buy more Halloween candy than they needed for trick or treaters so they can eat the extra?”
10. New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
According to the Crest Candy Confessions survey, “7 in 10 parents enforce a stricter teeth brushing and flossing routine on Halloween, and 41% compensate for Halloween candy by serving a healthier dinner on the holiday itself or the next night.”
After you're done trick or treating and your family has enjoyed a few pieces of candy, head home and surprise the kids with new toothbrushes and Crest toothpaste! This is a fun family Halloween tradition that will help your kids be mindful about how much candy they're eating and excited to take care of their teeth.
This Halloween, bring on the candy because Crest has you covered!
Do you have any family Halloween traditions?