A few days ago, my oldest daughter got Boo’d. It was such a fun surprise, we couldn’t help but join in on the fun. For those of you who haven’t heard of it: you drop off a Halloween treat on a friend/neighbor’s front door step, with a note explaining they just got “Boo’d”–but try not to get caught! The fun is in keeping them guessing who did it.
1. You’ve Been Boo’ed!
We decided we will be making this an annual Halloween/October tradition and can’t wait to do it again next year. We filled our goody bags and buckets with vampire teeth, pencils, spider rings, Halloween tattoos and more! I was the getaway driver and Big Sister got in a workout by sprinting from the car to the houses and back again!
2. Painting Mini-Pumpkins
Another one of our other favorite Halloween traditions is painting mini pumpkins! Whenever I have the kids painting in the kitchen, I cover the table with an old fitted sheet so that clean up is as easy as scooping it up and tossing it in the washing machine. And instead of getting tiny hand prints all over my walls, table and chairs, they can use the sheet to wipe off paint from their hands. Once the pumpkins are dry they will make a great indoor or outdoor Halloween decoration!
3. Pack some Halloween in your kids’ lunches
I like adding fun touches to my kiddos’ lunches. So for the month of October they have been getting Halloween-themed napkins. I will also be sending them a ‘ghost’–so easy to make–half a banana and three dark chocolate chips! If you are still in the ‘play-date’ party age group, your playgroup will likely be hosting a Halloween play-date and a healthy snack to take would be min-jack-o-lanterns!
The peeled clementine-pumpkin would be perfect for a kiddo who still needs some help peeling.
These are great for an older student’s lunch, a Halloween themed play date or school party.
4. Boo at the Zoo
One of our favorite places to go in Austin is the Zoo. Coming from San Diego, we were surprised by how small Austin’s Zoo is–but then we realized that is part of the charm! The kids can walk the whole zoo, get up close and actually see the animals and there is a fun train ride that takes you out to see a beautiful rural area of Austin. Every year we get tickets to the Boo at the Zoo. Though it can be pricey for a family of our size, we feel it’s worth it because it’s for a good cause– most of the animals at the zoo are rescued. You get to walk the zoo grounds at night with your flashlight and the evening is topped off with a ‘haunted train ride’. So fun!
5. Donate Halloween Candy
We love Halloween—especially for the candy! But we always get much more than our tummies (and teeth) need! So last year we started a new tradition of choosing a few pieces to keep and donating the rest. This site lists just a few places in Austin and I’m sure your town has places where you can make a donation–do a quick internet search and something is bound to come up!
What are some of your favorite October traditions?
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