With Halloween just around the corner, many of you are probably wondering what to do with your kids this year. If you’re not up for the usual trick-or-treating extravaganza, we’ve compiled a list of at-home activities for you and your little ones to do together. You don’t need to run around the streets or sit in front of the television to have a bit of Halloween fun. This year, engage with your kids and create some new memories by crafting, baking, creating and strutting around in all your favourite costumes. 

Sewing Crafts

To start off, you’re going to want our Little Monsters Sewing Kit. This craft kit has five unique designs including four monsters and one iPhone case that you and your child can craft together. Sewing has so many great benefits for children, including developing fine motor skills, improving confidence, teaching patience, understanding directions and not to mention learning a life-long skill in a fun way. Created for boys and girls between the ages of 7-13, this beginner’s kit is the perfect way to enjoy a Halloween evening at-home, monster-style. Not a big sewer yourself? All necessary pieces, pre-cut felt materials and step-by-step instructions are included in this kit. Grab yours now so that you can have it by Halloween night!

Make Leaf Bag Yard Decorations

Next, it’s time to break out the Sharpies and let your kiddos draw on your yard bags before filling them with leaves. Big eyes, scary mouths, ghosts, pumpkins - whatever gets them in the Halloween spirit. Make a regular autumn chore fun by adding it to your October 31 yard decorations. Grab a rake and spend time cleaning up your yard, jumping in the leaves together as you all laugh and enjoy some time outside. Soon, you’ll have several ‘ghosts’ and ‘jack-o-lanterns’ stuffed with leaves adorning your front yard, awaiting any passersby who dare to cross your street. Creativity and chores combined? Who would have thought!

Make Halloween-themed Foods

Next, move your crew into the kitchen. Any great holiday often centers around food, so do what you do best and create something delicious with your little ones. Perhaps this is a learning experience for your children and a way to make cooking fun. For a healthy snack, grab mini carrots and dot the ends with a sliced almond, resembling fingers and fingernails. Perhaps next you whip up a pureed pumpkin soup with ghost-shaped biscuits ready to be dipped into the hot, soupy goodness. And finally for a yummy dessert, make cookies and decorate them with orange and black icing, spooky shapes and sprinkles. Creating something fun together and then devouring is a staple on most holidays, so why not Halloween?

Hold a Costume Contest

One perk of spending Halloween at home is that your kids can wear as many costumes as they like! Perhaps they change into a new costume and persona every hour, or they have 10-minute wardrobe changes before strutting their new character down a makeshift runway. You could even incorporate some of your earlier activities into their costume choices, with one child being a monster wrangler holding their brand new sewing creations or the other a chef with spooky dishes to serve. You don’t need to brave the elements or the clock this year when staying at home, so let your kids’ imaginations run wild with costume ideas galore.

Tell Spooky Halloween Stories

Grab an old bedsheet and make a fort in the living room by draping it over chairs and pillows. With a flashlight and some comfy blankets, pile under the sheet and go around the circle sharing your scariest Halloween stories, tailored to your children’s age, of course. Perhaps you tell the story about a black cat crossing your path, wreaking havoc on your day, or a spooky old house down the road from where you grew up that you swear was haunted. Let your kids craft a story and see where their imagination takes them - perhaps they’ll bring their newly sewn little monster under the covers with them. 

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about who gets the most candy and getting scared by another horror movie. There are plenty of activities for you and your kids to enjoy together, to engage with one another and learn how to do something new. So we challenge you to spend Halloween a little bit differently this year - you might just like it. Get ready to grow with your kids and enjoy this spooky holiday from the comfort of your own home this October.

Get your Little Monsters Sewing Kit ASAP.

Happy Halloween!