Halloween season has begun, and it’s time to get your family ready for the holiday! Instead of frightening events or movies, check out some alternative Halloween family activities that are entertaining and keep your kids nightmare-free at the same time.
Your kids will love spending time with you and working on these fun activities. Halloween can be a scary time for younger kids, but with family-friendly events and movies, you can show them that it’s not so scary at all.
Look for family-friendly local events
You’ve got plenty of options in Vancouver if you want a fright, but remember that not all events are suitable for all ages. For example, you might be interested in this year’s Parade of Lost Souls on October 26, but you won’t want to take your kids there. The Dance Party is even strictly for those 19+ only.
Celebrate the less-scary side of Halloween with your kids at the Stanley Park Ghost Train or other autumn events around town. If you’re not sure about a gathering, call ahead to make sure events are acceptable for the whole family before you take your kids somewhere that may frighten them.
Get ready for Halloween season with some not-so-spooky movies
Halloween movies are a perfect way to get ready for the season or to relax when you need a break from the excitement of festivals, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. But. . .you want to make sure you’re choosing an appropriate movie for your kids.
To be safe that you won’t give your young children nightmares, check out a helpful Halloween movie guide. Depending on the ages of your kids, you might want to choose something fun and Halloween-themed or with a few mild scares – or go for an all-out horror movie to watch once they’re in bed.
Make your costumes and go trick-or-treating
Halloween is even better when you celebrate as a family. Especially when your kids are little, you can get away with some fun group Halloween costumes. You could even make costumes to impress everyone with your original idea when you take the kids trick-or-treating.
Looking for somewhere fun to trick-or-treat? Try the events at the City Square Shopping Centre or see if your neighborhood is holding Halloween events over the weekend instead of Thursday the 31.
Decorate, carve pumpkins, make crafts and bake together
Part of the fun of Halloween – and other holidays – is starting fun family traditions like decorating and carving pumpkins together. Check out easy Halloween crafts you and the kids can work on. Find some delicious seasonal pumpkin recipes to bake together. Or check out some pumpkin treats at local eateries.
What other ways will you celebrate Halloween with your family this year? Any suggestions of places to take your kids?
Written by Peyton Tolliver who is a mother of two and a freelance writer. With a passion for technology, gaming, music, movies and television, Peyton is considered as an entertainment-geek. In addition to keeping up with the latest technology and TV shows, Peyton enjoys short walks on the beach, playing with her kids and going to concerts. Follow her on twitter @PeytonTolliver.
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