The leaves are changing color, the days are shorter, and the temperatures are dropping, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner.
We all have our Halloween traditions: going to the pumpkin patch, having costume contests, carving a jack-o-lantern. But if you’re looking to start some new traditions, take a look at these ten fall activities that will help you get in the Halloween spirit.
1. Set aside a special night for scary stories.
There’s nothing spookier than telling ghost stories. Light up the fire pit, get some marshmallows for toasting, and take turns telling your scariest stories. If you don’t have a tale of your own, take turns reading scary stories aloud. To make the evening even more memorable, get some warm apple cider and some pumpkin-flavored treats to share.
2. Make a candy wreath.
Looking for a Halloween decoration that’s truly unique? All you need is a plain wreath, a bag of your favorite candy, and a glue gun. Cover the wreath with the treats, add a colorful bow, and hang on your door to delight the trick-or-treaters.
3. Get lost in a corn maze.
Okay, maybe don’t get lost in one, but find a farm with a corn maze and make it an adventure.
4. Decoupage your pumpkins.
Looking for a different way to decorate your pumpkins? Instead of carving them, why not decoupage them instead? Use your favorite candy wrappers, spooky wrapping paper, or brown paper bags. Cut them into strips and adhere them to the pumpkin using Mod Podge. Better yet, use fake pumpkins so you can bring them out every year.
5. Go on a Halloween scavenger hunt.
A scavenger hunt with clever clues is always a hit with the kids. Have the clues lead them to their favorite places, with a piece of their favorite candy at the end of each clue and a big basket of goodies as the final prize.
6. Paint Halloween-themed rocks.
Get a few smooth stones from your yard, garden center, or craft store and paint them to match the season. Try painting them like ghosts, pumpkins, bats, and more.
7. Bob for apples.
This classic fall activity is a longtime fall tradition. All you need is a big tub, apples, and water. You can add this as a fun activity for a scary story night or a quick game at a Halloween party.
8. Decorate sugar cookies.
We usually think about decorating sugar cookies for Christmas, but there’s no reason you can’t make festive Halloween cookies! Try different cookie cutter shapes and decorate them like pumpkins, spider webs, or bats. Or, get some candy eyeballs and add them to any type of cookie to give them a spooky feel.
9. Turn your garage into a haunted house.
Give the trick-or-treaters a special treat when they stop by setting up a small haunted house in your garage or on your front porch. Hang twinkle lights, get a fog machine, set up the jack-o-lanterns, play some spooky music, and you’re all set!
10. Host a scary movie marathon.
Bring it all together by hosting a scary movie marathon! Make it a single night, a day, or even a whole weekend. You can host in your living room, or set up a projector outside if the weather agrees. Add in some spooky snacks, warm apple cider, and some Halloween-themed blankets and pillows, and settle in for some scares.