6 Spookytastic Halloween Activities for Half Term
Looking for fun things to do with the kids this half-term? We’ve got you covered. In this month's blog we’ve made a list of easy crafts, outdoor activities and some spooky book activities for inspiration.
1. Face Painting
Whether your kids want to look cute, scary, like a jungle animal or one of their favorite characters from movies and TV — or whether your makeup application skills are beginner, intermediate, or expert face painting is a great activity to do as a family. And it, thankfully, involves no last minute sewing projects!
2. Reading spooky books
As the nights get dark all the time spent indoors can make it tricky to keep your kids entertained. A good book, however, can keep them entertained all evening. Whether they read independently or you help out with some funny voices, autumn evenings are perfect for getting cosy with a hot drink and a gripping book.
David Walliams ‘Little Howler’ is a great read this time of year, you can find it on our website here.
3. Carve a pumpkin
Are you thinking of having a Halloween party, or just want to set the mood for trick-or-treaters? Carving a pumpkin is a great activity for getting your kids in the Halloween spirit.
This activity should be supervised by an adult at all times.
4. Ghost walk
While they may be too spooky for some, ghost tours can be a great way to get to know the curious history of your home town. If there are no ghost tours in your area, taking a family walk while telling some spooky ghost stories will do the trick.
5. Halloween Treats
The best thing about Halloween baking is if it doesn’t go to plan, or doesn’t look as pretty as you’d hoped you can always call it a ‘scary’ cupcake or a ‘corpse’ biscuit. Perfect for those baking mistakes. Simply throw a few gummy worms and add a dash of red food colouring to everything and you’ll always be on theme!
6. Movie Night
After you’ve made your seasonal treats why not settle down to watch a halloween movie. There are plenty of child friendly spooky films for all the family to enjoy on a cold autumn night. To help you on your quest for age-appropriate scares, here’s a short list of some of our favourites:
- Ghostbusters (1984) - a classic.
- Hocus Pocus (1993) - The infamous three witches!
- Corpse Bride (2005) - a must when Halloween rolls around.
- Monsters Inc (2001) - Perfect for all ages!
From everyone at Books4Us, we hope you and your family have a great Halloween! Be sure to tag us in your Halloween adventures @books4us.