Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people, especially children! Kiddos love dressing up, going trick-or-treating, and stocking up on candy. While trick-or-treating may be a bit different this year, there are many other ways you can celebrate Halloween that your little ones will love.

At Adventures in Learning in Tustin and Orange, we are a child learning center with programs for infants, preschoolers, and school-aged kiddos. We believe that when you teach a child to adapt at a young age, it can benefit them throughout their lives. Instead of letting them be upset about the possibility of not trick-or-treating this year, teach them to adapt and come up with other fun ideas that they will be excited about!

In this blog, we are going to help get you started, but be sure to try and come up with some ideas of your own!

Costume Fashion Show

A costume fashion show allows your kiddos to show off this year’s Halloween costume in a fun and unique way. You can make this fashion show a longer activity by bringing out their dress-up clothing, letting them create costumes, and then finishing with their actual costume. Your children will love it! This allows them to really get into character and fully embody whatever or whoever they decided to dress up as for Halloween. You can be the judge of the fashion show, giving candy prizes!

Make a Haunted House

While this may be a little scary for young children, making a haunted house can be a fun way to get in the spooky spirit. Whether you decorate your entire home or you decide to simply make a spooky blanket fort, we are sure your kiddos will love it. Head to the party store and pick up some decorations, let your children help pick some things out, and then get to work! If you decide to go for the blanket fort, you can place it in front of the TV and watch some kid-friendly Halloween movies in there with snacks!

Bake Halloween Goodies

Baking with your children is a great way to spend some quality time with them and can also teach them a lot and help them develop. Look up some fun Halloween treat ideas online and let your children pick what they want to bake, you could pick a few and bake one a week until Halloween! From ghost-shaped cookies that your children can decorate to orange Rice Krispies that you turn into pumpkins, there are many fun treats that you can make with your kiddos and then enjoy them in your spooky blanket fort.

Do Halloween Crafts

Crafts are another activity that children love and that can benefit them in a number of ways. Spend some weekend time creating Halloween crafts with your children. Just like Halloween treats, there are many different Halloween crafts you can do with your kiddos. Make spiders out of black craft poms and popsicle sticks. Create monsters with toilet paper rolls and pipe cleaners. Look up some ideas and start creating fun and spooky art with your children. You can use their craft projects to decorate your home just in time for Halloween!

Decorate Pumpkins

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a fun family activity that can become a great tradition. Let your children pick out a pumpkin to bring home and decorate. Whether you decide to carve your pumpkins or paint them, this is an exciting Halloween activity. When you have older children, carving them can be more fun and allow them to give their pumpkin a crazy face. Plus, they are fun to look at when you put a candle inside! If you have young kiddos, painting the pumpkins can be an easy alternative! Let your child paint their pumpkin with a unique design, a spooky face, or whatever else they want to add to their pumpkin. You can even add some glitter, buttons, and other fun craft items.

Tell Spooky Stories

While this may not be a great option for super young kids, it can be fun for children who are a little older. There are kid-friendly spooky stories that are not really that spooky. But they can be fun to read to your child in the little blanket fort you made. Be sure to pre-read these scary stories to make sure they won’t actually scare your little ones! As a parent, you know your child best, use your judgment to pick the best kid-friendly scary stories to read and enjoy a night reading in the fort!

There are so many unique and fun activities you can do with your children to still make Halloween an exciting and spooky holiday, even if there is no trick-or-treating. Try out some or all of these ideas! Your children will learn that they can still have fun and will love doing all of these activities with you.

Be sure to check out the programs we offer at Adventures in Learning. We can help your children learn, grow, and develop from the time they are six weeks old until they are ready to head to school! Contact us to learn more.