Parenthood comes with so many decisions. Suddenly, we are faced with deciding how our beliefs play out in today’s society. So one of my opinions (and it is okay if you disagree) is that our children are being exposed to many things before they are emotionally capable of processing the situations. That is one reason we stay in for Halloween. I cannot control the numerous houses and lawns covered in gory decorations so now that I have little ones we chose to stay in and have a more wholesome age-appropriate Halloween. By avoiding the frightful imagery we will surely have a good night’s sleep. If you think staying in is a weird tradition, let’s talk about the fact that we teach our children, “do not take candy from strangers”…except one night a year when they are dressed like death💀lol.
To keep the holiday cute for the littles we make some themed food. Above are last year’s boo-cumbers, which are sliced cucumbers topped with laughing cow cheese spread and olives to make a face. Below is a picture of our jack-o-lantern and holy ghost pizzas.
Of course, we don’t want to miss out on the sweet part of the night. So our no trick treats are Rolo sprinkle pretzel spiders.
Dress Up-the kids have their everyday costumes clothes they pick from firefighter, superhero, doctor, fairy, princess, etc.
Painting-from paper to pumpkins to faces, we paint it all.
Movie-pick your favorite Halloween/Fall show to watch with the family. Our tradition is to watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin. This adorable show is age-appropriate for little ones with teachable moments of appreciating differences and living courageously.
Like most parents, we end the majority of our days reading as part of our bedtime routine. Some Halloween/Fall books that we enjoy are…
I love you, Little Pumpkin
Mom, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween?
The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival