With the 31st inching closer, there’s really no denying it… Halloween is everywhere! That ‘Kids Crafts and Activities’ group you follow on Facebook is suddenly flooded with DIY black and orange trick-or-treat baskets and spooky glow-in-the-dark milk jug ghosts. Your local clothing store has become a ‘fancy dress retailer’ over night, and don’t even get me started on the candy isle at the super market! Gummy spiders, candy eyeballs, some kind of chewing gum nose that shoots fake blood (yuck… i know!)… hhmmm….
There are many reasons some people chose not to celebrate Halloween. For some, the holiday has just gotten a little ‘old’. For others, certain aspects of the celebrations go against their beliefs. And for a large part of the world, Halloween is just not really celebrated.
For all of you out there that have no Halloween plans this 31st, here are 7 other family-friendly things to do instead… You might even just about get away with it with the kids.
1. Throw an ‘Anti-Halloween’ Party
Who says you can’t have a party too? Go ahead, get some bright, colorful decorations, put on a happy movie and blast some upbeat music. Put out lots of healthy, cheerful-looking snacks, and don’t forget the golden rule – absolutely NO FANCY DRESS!
2. Have a Pamper Party
If you have a house full of girls, this a great option, although, boys might just go for it to if you ‘sell it’ to them properly 😉 . Raid the kitchen and whip up a couple of batches of ooey, gooey homemade face and hair masks and spend the evening getting silly.
3. Have a Netflix snuggle-night
There are so many great things to watch on Netflix. It might kill your back, but why not bring out all the duvets and pillows, and make a giant bed in front of the television. Find a couple of great movies that you’ve been wanting to watch with the kids, make a huge bowl of super-star snack mix and hunker down for the night. It’s only once a year!
4. Take a mini-vacation
Okay, so maybe this is a little extreme, but if you have some frequent flyer miles racked up, or the in-laws aren’t too far away, a little mini-vacation could offer just the right kind of distraction for those that want to escape the Halloween Hoopla. Put the kids in the car, pack the cooler bag and hit the open road!
5. Celebrate something else instead
create your own holiday, or celebrate one of your favorite holidays twice! There’s nothing stopping you from celebrating New Year’s Day again on the 31st of August if that’s what you want to do. Go all out, get hats and streamers and play Auld Lang Syne full blast… why not? Rock the party!
6. Invite over some friends and have a kids ‘host’ a dinner party
Why not get together with another family and celebrate ‘not-celebrating’ together? Pick a menu that the kids can handle, and let them take charge… you might be surprised at just how great a time is had by all!
7. Build a big bonfire
Build a big bonfire in the backyard, and roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Instead of telling ghost stories, why not try pulling out the old family photo albums and telling “When you were little…” stories instead? I know that’s one of Kayla’s favorite things to do!
There really are so many options – i hope you’ve found an idea you like! Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, remember, be safe!
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