Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun For Families
As fun as trick or treating is for kids, Halloween can also be scary for young ages but doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of age appropriate shows, apps, and books to get you in the spirit without being frightened. Here are some ways you can enjoy some not-so-scary fun as a family.
Carve a virtual pumpkin for practice. Create some mess-free fun and practice your virtual carving skills thanks to the Parents Carve a Pumpkin app. This easy-to-use free app lets your child drag and drop shapes to carve a virtual pumpkin while saving you cleanup headaches. Other great pumpkin carving apps for older ages includes the Carve It! Pumpkin Carving ($0.99 via iTunes) and Carve a Pumpkin! app via iTunes. ($0.99)
Watch Halloween episodes featuring favorite characters. Originally broadcast on October 27, 1966, It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a Halloween classic but for those who don’t love the Great Pumpkin, PBS Kids has special Halloween specials featuring Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Curious George. Catch your favorite characters on special episodes airing on your local PBS stations on the following dates:
- Sid the Science Kid Halloween Spooky Science Special: October 28 and 31
- Dinosaur Train Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pumpkin Patch: October 26, 27 and 28
- Curious George: A Halloween Book Fest on October 28
- Dinosaur Train Night Train on October 29
Do some bewitching Halloween science experiments. Brew up some misty punch, create a touch box to invigorate the senses, make ghosts and bats dance with static electricity, write and reveal secret messages, or concoct some glowing bubbling brew before you head out for a night of trick or treating. 6 Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween is your how-to guide to some engaging science fun that will enthrall young learners.
Curl up on the couch with a fiction or nonfiction Halloween book. Some favorites include:
- Curious George Goes to a Costume Party by Margret and H.A. Rey
- The Halloween Book by Jane Bull has fun crafts for all ages
- Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian
- The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman
- Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell
- Franklin’s Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois
- Trick or Treat? Neat! By Suzy Spafford
- Corduroy’s Halloween by Don Freeman
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
- The Witches Supermarket by Susan Meddaugh
- Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
- That’s Creepy by National Geographic Kids is a perfect one for older siblings who will love taking a look at that provides some insight about Halloween legends and a history of horror that’s educational at the same time.
Create a no-sew costume together. If your child has changed their mind yet again and their indecision is driving you batty, go with a no sew option that’s easy to put together. PBS Parents shows parents how to easily transform their WordGirl superfan into the beloved superhero with the colossal vocabulary, by using just a few materials. There’s also a video tutorial on how to create a Halloween Ninja costume with a single t-shirt.
Decorate the house and take care of last minute costume details together. Involving little hands help kids get into the spirit of the day and even if you’re strapped for time, Fiverr provides busy parents with a helping hand with Halloween task prep at prices starting at $5. What can Fiverr do for you? Get a Halloween pendant necklace made, have a festive Halloween poster designed to hang in your home, transform into a vampire or another creature for the class party or Halloween night, ensure that your house has the coolest lit pumpkins on the block, or send a fun Halloween video greeting to loved ones far away!
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