My family loves autumn, who doesn’t? Caramel apples, Pumpkin pie, warm comfort foods, changing leaves, and crisp clean air. However, one fall holiday we don’t participate in is Halloween. Due to the origins of Halloween, and the safety of strangers giving my children candy, myself, and many other Christian families choose not to celebrate; but it’s hard explaining to your little ones why they can’t join in the fun. Here’s one idea on how to make things just a little easier when getting the day done and over with.
Plan A Fall Party With Friends:
This year we’re having a fall party! Invite some of your kiddo’s friends and their parents over for some clean fall fun! The activities you can do are countless! My children are very crafty as are most, so during the day we collect dry leaves to make colorful fall placemats. You can find out how to make them in another one of my articles. They really enjoy putting them together themselves and seeing them used over the course of the rest of fall. Once the placemats are made, opt for a food project. Whether you’re baking cookies or apple bars or roasting pumpkin seeds, kids love to cook. Make sure the project you choose is age appropriate and have fun! Once dinner is finished and the sun is going down, have the kids grab their blankets or sleeping bags and head in front of the TV for some classic kids’ movies. Great fall favorites that time has forgotten include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Casper. Cuddle up with a cup of hot cider, wear your favorite pajamas, eat the goodies you made earlier and have a good time.
Children don’t care as much for the holiday if you just spend quality time with them making the alternative special. Don’t be afraid to get loose and enjoy cooking, crafting and making a mess with your kids. When the day is over, it will be well worth it. So if Halloween isn’t a tradition for your family, try this idea to keep your kids happy and most importantly safe.