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When all your favorite littles are excited about Halloween trick-or-treating and costume parades, it’s challenging to switch up a time-honored tradition. However, there’s plenty of Halloween celebrating that kids and adults can do at home that keep the fun and spooky experience alive and well. Here’s five tips you can easily put together without much fuss.
1. Candy Scavenger Hunt
Rather than knocking on neighbors doors for a bag full of treats, hide candy throughout your house (backyard too, weather permitting) and let the kids have fun seeking out all the sweet treasures. You can even offer clues with each find to help them discover the next treat!
2. Decorate Pumpkin Cookies
Bake a bunch of pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and let the kids go crazy with simple vanilla frosting (make it easy and buy the canned stuff), and lots of colored sprinkles!
3. Make Orange Hot Chocolate
Simply incorporate melted white chocolate in some warm milk and add orange food color – serve with the decorated pumpkin cookies for maximum Halloween deliciousness!
4. Dinner Costume Party
Who says costumes are only for trick-or-treating? Have the whole family dress up in costume for dinner! Grab some dry ice for a centerpiece to make the dinner extra-spooky!
5. Read a Halloween or Spooky Story Together
Finish off the day with some special family reading time. Whether it’s a favorite Halloween book or funny monster story, family memories are made snuggling together with a book.
We hope you and your child have a fantastic Halloween and that these suggestions are useful, however you choose to celebrate it. For an extra and unusual treat, think about giving the gift of reading with Elephant Books. Happy Halloween!
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