7 GREAT BUDGET FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN THIS HALLOWEEN

The COVID-19 rates have once again risen all over the United Kingdom. Understandably most peoples priorities have changed again which results in our children missing out on Halloween this year. One of the most fun, spooky yet exciting holidays there is and we can’t get involved like normal. Just because you aren’t allowed to go trick or treating this year it does not mean you have to missing out on all the fun. Here are my top 5 activities for the kids… and the adults too!

Were your children seriously disappointed when they discovered that Halloween has been cancelled this year? They most definitely weren’t alone. Just because it might not be safe for us to go out trick or treating it don’t mean we can’t celebrate the holiday. I think we need to take full advantage of sweets being sold on the cheap, the endless amounts of discounted Halloween props and the chance to have even more quality family time.

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HEAD OUT ON YOUR VERY OWN GHOST HUNT:

A socially distanced walk outside never hurt anybody right? Well then. Head out this Halloween on a spooktacular wild ghost and ghoul hunt. Of course, this is something that you could tweak around depending on your children’s age. Allow them to still dress up, pack for the expedition and let their imaginations go wild. This is even better if you live locally to any parks, woodlands, and/or forestry areas. Once again, this most definitely depends on your own child but if you’ve got brave little ones you can make it really scary and go out in the DARK.

SPOOKY SENSORY JELLY PLAY:

In all honesty, I think this was by far the most fun my 17-month-old daughter has ever had. All I did was go and purchase a packet of orange jelly from ALDI which only cost me 30p. I then used Halloween cake toppers to decorate the bowl to make a halloween ‘theme’. We decided to give her a spoon and let her go wild. Of course, she didn’t sit there and eat the whole bowl but she did have great fun breaking it up, squelching it in between her fingers and eating a little bit here and there.

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EASY HALLOWEEN MAKEUP:

We all have that stash of old makeup in the back of the cupboard that we don’t wear but also can’t throw out. Why not let your little ones go wild and make full use of these so that they don’t go to waste. My daughter always wants to be “just like mummy” and put my makeup on. Halloween is the perfect excuse to have fun and create some fantastic make up ideas. Below you will find a list of some examples that you could try creating together:

  • Skull makeup
  • Zombie makeup
  • Scarecrow makeup
  • Clown makeup
  • Witch makeup
  • Angel makeup
  • Broken doll makeup
  • Ghost makeup
  • Spider web makeup
  • Corpse bride makeup
  • Zombie bride makeup

BAKING CAKES AND BISCUITS:

Forget all about trick r treat and stay indoors eating cakes and biscuits instead. There are so many different Halloween cakes, shortbread biscuit and dessert ideas over on Pinterest. We found a very simple recipe and whipped these beauties up within an hour. If you arent the best baker in the world then that’s also ok because it’s all about having fun anyway.

Don’t forget it’s all about making a lot of mess too! Yay

skeleton shortbread baking

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APPLE BOBBING:

You’ve got the classic apple bobbing and then you’ve got this super gruesome Halloween styled apple bobbing that I’m going to show you today. When I was a young girl my mother always set up this fun game for us and we loved it. It’s so simple to organise and I promise the children will have so much fun playing it.

METHOD:

  1. If you have a washing line then FANTASTIC. If not, then use your string to create one either indoors or outdoors.
  2. Now get your apples and cut a circular hole through the middle of them.
  3. Place 1 of the worm sweet through the hole inside of the apple and leave it to hang out a little bit either side.
  4. Using the rest of the string tie however many apples you want (usually 1 per child) onto the washing line.
  5. You should now have each apple hanging down off of the washing line with a yucky worm inside.
  6. Now the aim of the game is to have every child stood by their apple with their hand’s tied behind their back. An adult will count down from 3, 2 1 and then it’s the first person to be able to get hold of the worm in their mouth and pull it out of the apple.
  7. The winner then gets to eat their worm sweet! (It’s a lot harder than it sounds)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFOREHAND:

  • Apples (any kind)
  • Chewy Worm Sweets
  • String
  • Something to tie your hands behind your back.

WATCH A SCARY MOVIE:

Is Halloween really Halloween if you don’t watch a scary movie. I have decided to put together a list of family friendly scary movies to watch this year. On that list you will find a variety of different choices depending on your china age. We have everything from cartoons all the way to paranormal activity. Which I must admit isn’t entirely family friendly but most definitely is scary! Take a look on that link to see our favourite scary movie selections.

scary movies for kids
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THE BEST PUMPKIN CARVING IDEAS:

I am ashamed to say I am not the most creative person when it comes to pumpkin carving. I usually go for the cliche Jack o lantern with triangle-shaped eyes and individual squares for a mouth. This year we went all out with the Halloween decor and we even got our pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch. We decided to host a family competition to see who could create the best design and it was great fun. Of course, Alexis was ruled out of this one because she can’t be trusted with a sharp knife. Matt did in fact win this year with his impressive pumpkin version of Post Malone. God knows why or how he did it but it was pretty good.

Halloween has always been my favourite holiday! There is something about the spookiness that just really excites me. As a family we always try to come up with new, scary and fun things for us to do. If you decide to try out any of our ideas then please make sure to tag me and let me know on Instagram & Twitter. I would love to hear all about it. Happy Halloween!

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2 Comments

  1. November 1, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    A great post creating all sorts of Halloween fun for the kids! Thanks for sharing!

    • November 1, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      Oh thank you so much for that I really appreciate your comment 🙂

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