Spending on a trick-or-treat bag to collect your Halloween treats can often feel like a waste of money. If you have not already got reusable buckets or fabric trick-or-treat bags and are out of time to head to the shops, you can try this fun activity instead. You'll be encouraging your children to be environmentally friendly by recycling, reducing , and reusing.
In this post I discuss the following topics:
Preparing the things you need for this activity together with your child will stimulate their curiosity and can initiate interesting and engaging conversations. This is a perfect activity to start a discussion about the colours, shapes and textures that are seen at this time of year in nature and in our home decorating. Chat about the images and words you'll be using to decorate their loot bags and why they are associated with Halloween. As always, our activities are easily adapted to suit all ages making them fun for the entire family.
Your homemade , recycled Trick-or-treat bag is now ready to use.
Halloween was as always a super fun way to spend the day with my kidlets. We spent the morning getting ready. We stuck window clings on the windows, hung paper plate ghosts outside, put out our jar lanterns we had made, hung a broomstick on the door knocker with the words “Happy Hallo-scream”, put spiders and cobwebs in the windows and placed all our Halloween witches and pictures around the house.
Every year we squash a witch under the house-the children really like this! Finally we set out our pumpkins and dressed up. This year we had a four year old Dracula, an eight year old Hermione Granger, a six year old Devil and my hubby as Freddie Kruger. I was dressed as a witch.
I invited some little friends to join us from 2pm and we did:
Decorating Pumpkin shaped cookies
Some word searches, join the dots, colour by number, and colouring sheets all Halloween themed. I had various sheets for the age range and abilities of the children.
Time for face painting and temporary tattoos. I had bugs, snakes and skeleton tattoos for them to choose from. These are always a hit with my boys.
A movie-this time we watched Hocus Pocus , which was fine for my 8 year old and her friends but my 6 and 4 year old were not so thrilled by it, maybe a little grown up for them. They had a snack of popcorn (Scrambled crispy brains), cucumber fingers (mouldy fingers) and carrot strips (vomit chunks!)
They then had a bit of free play in the garden with torches and we lit all the candles in our glass jar lanterns and carved pumpkins.
Feeling hungry it was time for food. I served up cheese and tomato Pizza (scabs and pus), chicken pops (eyeballs) and worms (spaghetti) and to drink was red squash (blood) out of goblets.
At 6pm we headed out into the dark to trick or treat. The weather was dry and mild so perfect for lots of walking. We visited all the houses with pumpkins outside and were treated with lots of sweets and chocolates. One house had a witch who made the children stick their hands through a cloth into a bowl of goo! YUCK. A few of the houses really made an effort to decorate and looked great! We really enjoyed the front garden graveyard and the huge silvery space ship that had crashed.