Halloween Activities and Recipes

Halloween is such an exciting time. There are the days leading up to Halloween, Halloween morning, Halloween at school, and then of course, Trick or Treating on Halloween night. Yes, it seems the fun never ends… no matter how much you wish it would!

Before you reach for another glass of witches brew, check out this  list of Halloween activities and recipes, sure to entertain your little ghouls while they get ready for the next sugar rush.

1. Decorate Pumpkins:  This is our family’s favourite Halloween activity.  If your kids love carving pumpkins then this activity should keep them happy for a while. For a twist on the traditional, check out all these fantastic FREE pumpkin stencils! If you like roasting pumpkin seeds, here’s a trick: boil them first! Makes all the difference in the world.

2. Take Part in a Halloween Event Around Halifax: There are TONS of events in Halifax around Halloween. Check out Our Best Picks for Spooktacular Halloween Events in Halifax and Beyond.

Halloween Activities and Recipes
3. Ghostly Shepherd’s Pie for Halloween: Here’s a great recipe from our Editor in Vancouver: Ghostly Shepherd’s Pie. She says it’s super-easy and always a big hit with the monsters!

4. Watch a Halloween Movie Family Fun Canada has rounded up a great list of kid-friendly Halloween flicks. Movies like Monsters Inc. or Casper, or Hotel Transylvania are a great mid-afternoon activity.

5. Explore Your Neighbourhood: Take a drive, or a walk to explore the decorations around Halifax!  Visiting spooky houses in the daylight has lots of advantages. First of all, the decorations aren’t nearly as scary. Secondly, there’s no candy to be had in the daytime, so you might actually enjoy a relaxing family Halloween walk!

Halloween Activities and Recipes
6. Halloween stories: Head to the Library and Bring Home a Stash of Halloween Books! Or visit one of the amazing local bookstores in Halifax, and start building your own Halloween collection! The Halifax Public Library has a huge collection of Halloween books for kids. A few of our favourites are: Pumpkin CatMole’s Harvest MoonThe Halloween PlayThe Runaway Pumpkin, and The Haunted House that Jack Built.

7. Get Crafty: Check out Pinterest’s vast selection of  Halloween recipes and crafts (which my family would quickly convert into Pinterest-fails).  But for no-fail Halloween fun, check out Frugal Mom’s Pumpkin Apple Stamps or these cute Halloween Mini-Pizzas from Parents CBC. And while this isn’t really a craft, I love all these Pinterest Pumpkin-themed Games such as the easy-peasy Pumpkin Ring-Toss (all you need is a pumpkin and a hula hoop!).

Enjoy these fun Halloween activities and recipes! Happy Halloween!