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Halloween is a great time to do fun activities with the kids to let them know you love them! Now that I have 4 kids, I’m finding it hard to make sure each child has enough attention. The newborn is taking so much of my time, I feel guilty for not spending enough time with the three older kids. I have never been one to feel #momguilt, but now, I guess I am!
Having 4 kids is like another level of busy-ness! You know how some people say, having 3 kids is like having 2 and anything after 3 is also like having 2? It’s not! It’s super hard! Leaving the house is like…IMPOSSIBLE! Luckily, we have help, but it’s still hard!
All I tell myself is that it will get better. It’s just hard right now because the newborn is….well a newborn and he will grow up soon enough..I just need to enjoy his baby-hood! LOL. It will get better. We just have to HANG IN THERE!
Having said all this….We need to make time for what matters. We need to prioritize and schedule fun activities with the kids so they feel loved. I always apologize to my older kids for not being able to spend as much time as I’d like to with them, but luckily for me, they are so understanding and know that right now, their baby brother needs me.
Ok..So, I’ll cut to the chase. Here’s a list of 10 fun things you can do with your kids (this Halloween) to show them you love them, even though you’re super busy.
10 fun activities to do with your kids this Halloween
1. Go to the pumpkin patch
Going to the pumpkin patch is tons of fun. At our local pumpkin patch you can catch a hayride, watch a live show, jump around on some hay stacks, or go through a corn maze! Oh yea, you can also pick your own pumpkin from a super muddy field. Your kids are going to love getting all muddy. Make sure to wear your rubber boots! Take a lot of pictures at the pumpkin patch! It makes a nice backdrop for family photos!
2. Do a Halloween craft activity
Make a spider out of black pipe cleaners or make ghosts out of white plastic bags and hang it in the front yard. You can find tons or arts and crafts activities on Pinterest. My kids LOVE doing arts and crafts activities.
3. Visit a haunted house
On Halloween, one of our neighbours goes all out and transforms their front yard into a super spooky graveyard. The owner also dresses up as a dead person dragging a ball and chain! It totally freaks out the kids! I love it!
4. Watch a scary movie together. (Maybe not too scary! LOL!)
My kids are pretty young so we’re not going to watch Chuckie or something like that. How bout Hotel Transylvania, Coraline, or Casper? There’s also Frankenweenie, or the Nightmare Before Christmas. Here’s an oldie but a goodie, The Witches.
5. Decorate the front yard
I love making the house a bit scary for Halloween. We hang creepy skeletons at the front of our house that chuckle and scream when you walk by. We also make our front yard into a graveyard. And of course we place the jack-o-lanterns, the kids carve at school, on our doorstep. Make decorating the front yard a family activity.
6. Make Halloween greeting cards together
My kids love cutting out construction paper and drawing. Get them to make cards for the whole family like grandma and grandpa or for their cousins.
7. Make spooky Halloween treats together
My kids love baking cupcakes! Decorate your cupcakes with orange and black icing to make them look like pumpkins! Or make Halloween cookies! The possibilities are endless and you can get really creative!
8. Shop for costumes or make your own costumes
We don’t usually buy Halloween costumes every year as we like to recycle our costumes but this year, we ended up buying the girls new ones. We looked at costumes online and we ended up buying a Mal costume, (from the popular Disney movie Descendants) and for my 5 year old, we got her a nurse costume! (Just like mommy! LOL!).
9. Carve a pumpkin/Decorate a pumpkin
Here’s an idea. If you don’t feel like getting all messy by carving a pumpkin, paint your pumpkin! You can paint the pumpkin white and draw a face on it with black marker! It will definitely stand out!
10. Tell some creepy Halloween stories around a fire pit
This summer we ended up buying a fire pit. If you have a fire pit, set it up this Halloween and roast some marshmallows while telling some creepy stories. Get the kids to invite their friends for a spooky storytelling by the fire! You can find stories to read or just make it up on the spot!
Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!
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