Halloween is almost here, and my kids don’t have costumes. It’s not unusual for us to wait until a week before Halloween to put something together, but this is cutting it a little close, even for us. I searched the web for the best costumes that are easy to put together quickly and use things we probably already have around the house. I was also inspired to come up with a couple of ideas of my own. Here are 10 last-minute Halloween costumes for kids that can be made in no time and on a dime (OK, maybe a few dollars, max).
If you're also looking for quick and easy Halloween decor ideas or just need a fun mask, check out DIY Halloween 101.
Although you may have decided to give out non-edible treats this Halloween, chances are your neighbors are still handing out the sweet stuff. When your kids come home from trick-or-treating with all that loot and start sorting through it, the sheer volume may make you freak out (more than the pint-sized grim reaper at your door did). What are you going to do with all that candy? You could let the kids eat most of it in one sitting (and get sick), or you might be tempted to dump it in the trash. No need to take drastic measures. I recommend giving your kids the opportunity to pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then make the rest disappear like magic. Read on for a few neat tricks.
The days finally have a real fall crispness to them, the last of the leaves are turning, and windows and front steps are flickering with the glow of carved pumpkins at night. All month we have been reporting on special Halloween events for kids and families throughout the greater Boston area. And during this, the final week before Halloween, there’s plenty of spooky fun for Boston kids and families, from costume parades and pumpkin festivals to town-wide trick or treating events.
Read on for a roundup of 20 (mostly) free things for families to do for Halloween. And we’d love to hear how your family will celebrate - leave a comment below!
There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little pumpkin is just too young and is still afraid of the dark. You have a sensory child (like mine) and a complete meltdown seems inevitable. You’re trying to move toward a more earth-friendly or less sugary Halloween. Or, you just want your kids to think more about giving than getting.
Whatever the reason, there’s no need to feel left out for Halloween. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating in Boston, and dare I say, they may be even better than the real thing!
This is not your typical list of haunted houses! In addition to a classic haunted house (actually, a trio of haunted houses), we have rounded up a 3D haunted house, a haunted ship, a haunted castle, and a haunted cornfield!
All are within an hour of Boston, and most run through Halloween. Please check the schedules before you go, and if you have the flexibility, consider going during off peak hours (weekdays, during the day, etc.) if available. And note that ages recommended are by the venues; parents know their children best, so please use your judgment.
What's the first thing my family does to prepare for Halloween season? No, not make costumes or crafts or plan out our calendar. Our very first activity is to throw out all the stale candy my daughter has been hanging on to since last October 31.
Whatever you do with your child's Halloween haul—donate, repurpose, hoard or eat—there's no question that trick-or-treaters collect way too much candy. And while I'm glad my kid doesn't actually ingest it all, many children do, and the health implications of that are pretty scary.
So this year I'm not going to be part of the candy craze. Instead, I plan to give out small, fun, non-edible treats, like the kinds of tchotchkes you might find in a birthday goody bag. (So if you have any of those lying around the house, start gathering them up now.) Yes, I realize these things may end up sitting around as long as last year's candy, but since they don't go bad I can always hand them out again next Halloween.
Here are some cool things to hand out on Halloween besides candy that won't get you egged.
For little kids, Halloween is usually more about the treats than the tricks. The excitement is in getting dressed up, making decorations, and enjoying sweet treats from neighbors – not gore, creepy stuff, or being scared silly (I think that usually comes later, although it’s hard for me to imagine a time when my kids will appreciate the more macabre side of Halloween).
For fun, not-so-scary – but maybe slightly spooky – Halloween happenings in and around Boston this month, read on. I’ve rounded up activities for creative types, nature nuts, and animal lovers who just want the Halloween festivities to be sweet.
Halloween is in the air, and it's one of my favorite holidays! I love the spookiness and silliness of the season and seeing my kids dressed up in their costumes, their imaginations running wild as they transform into princesses, devils, ladybugs, and vampires.
Last week we told you about Halloween costume swaps for kids. Now we've got five fun and EASY Halloween crafts, so even tots can join the fun. So grab your glitter, googly eyes, and scissors (and newspaper to protect your table) and enjoy these Halloween crafts.
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