Halloween is truly a magical and special time of the year. The mornings begin to fill with crisp air and frost begins to blanket the earth. Cozy pajamas become an outfit staple as do nights spent sitting by the fire. October always brings a wave of nostalgia as people reminisce about Halloween festivities and fall fun.
While Halloween activities are exciting, the real treasure to be had is spending time with your loved ones. To help you create these special moments, we have compiled a list of Halloween traditions to try. Whether you already have some traditions or are looking for new ones, this list will help you come up with ways to spend quality time with your loved ones while simultaneously creating memories that will last a lifetime. Now let’s get started!
- Halloween Arts & Crafts
While arts and crafts may sound like something just for kids, they can be fun and quite therapeutic for all ages! Pick up supplies, put away your electronics, grab a can of Zevia and make something special with your kids or friends! Looking for some craft ideas? Here are a few options to get you started:
- Ghost Garland: Cut out ghosts on craft paper and hang them across a piece of string.
- Ghost Hand Prints: Trace your hand, flip it upside down, and color in details to create a ghost.
- Paint Mini Pumpkins: Paint unique designs or faces on pumpkins.
- Toilet Paper Tube Bats: Use old toilet paper tubes (they will be the body) and insert paper wings to create a bat
- Leaf Art: Gather a handful of colorful fall leaves and some Crayon shavings. Place them both in between two pieces of wax paper and gently smooth with an iron on low heat. This will cause the Crayon to melt which will hold it all together. You can use colored paper to add a frame around the wax paper.
Don’t forget to hang up all the artwork afterward. It will be a perfect way to add decorations to your home, and your kids will be proud to show off their work!
- The Legend of the Switch Witch
Once Upon a Time, there was a good witch who would come out every Halloween night to visit all the children. If children left out candy for the Switch Witch, she would take it and in return, leave a special gift or prize. The more sweets the children would leave out, the bigger and better the gift will be!
The story of the Switch Witch is both fun and practical. You can tell your children her story or even make a homemade book to read to them. Not only is it fun to tell the story, but it is also a great way to sneakily reduce the amount of sugar your kids eat. Everything in moderation works well for Halloween too!
- Go on a Pumpkin/ Decorations Walk
As Halloween nears, neighborhoods fill with magical lights, spooky decorations, and the warm glow of Jack-O-Lanterns spill out into the street. You don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy it though! Bundle up, grab a warm drink and take an evening stroll around the neighborhood. You can even make a game out of it by finding the house with the best decorations, finding the spookiest house, or telling scary stories as you go. Not only is this a great way to get a little extra exercise but it is also a special way to enjoy each other’s company and build memories together!
- Make Some Spooky Snacks
There are so many unique and creative Halloween recipes nowadays. And the best part? There are plenty of better-for-you recipes too! Halloween doesn’t need sugar to be fun. Enjoy spending time with your kids and loved ones while making delicious creations!
Here are a few of our Halloween favorites (check out Zevia.com for full recipes):
Batty Zevia Root Beer Donuts: These chocolate donuts taste delicious and look like little bats!
Zevia Orange Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pie with delicious spices and notes of orange
Zevia Boozy Cream Soda Pumpkin Floats: This float tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup: creamy with notes of pumpkin and fall spices
Zevia Ginger Ale Pumpkin Mug Cake: No sugar, no mess, and fall flavors to die for.
Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes: Delicious pumpkin pancakes with a hint of ginger
After working hard in the kitchen, reward your kids with some delicious Zevia Kidz! Our tasty flavors are very refreshing and will go great with all of your Halloween snacks!
- Take a Drive
One of the best things to do to get into the fall spirit is admiring the fall foliage. There is something very spectacular about seeing the vibrant colors scattered across the trees. Pack some snacks and your favorite Zevia flavors, and hop into the car. You don’t need to live somewhere elaborate like the mountains or countryside to enjoy a drive; some of the best leaves are in local neighborhoods! If you want to add a little more fun to your adventure, pull over to have a picnic or to walk around and listen to the sound of leaves crunching beneath your shoes!
- Halloween Photoshoot (But make it FUN!)
No one has ever looked back on their life and said “I wish I had fewer photos”. When you take a picture, you preserve that memory forever. This year you can create and capture everlasting memories by doing a Halloween Photoshoot! You can do this throughout the month or on a dedicated day. Regardless of when you do it, there is one key ingredient you will need: FUN! If your kids don’t enjoy themselves, it will be evident in the pictures, so you have to make the whole experience exciting. You can host a costume fashion show, tell them to race through leaf piles or turn it into a scavenger hunt. Once the photoshoot is complete, print out the photos and create an album or scrapbook that you can look through every Halloween! And don’t worry, this isn’t just for kids! Grab your significant other, best friend, or even your pets and take some fun pictures. No one is too old to have some Halloween fun!
- “Boo” Your Neighbors!
Booing is not only a fun activity for your kids to do but it is also a great way to spread Halloween cheer throughout your whole neighborhood. To start, fill 1-2 bags or baskets with some Halloween goodies. Then the real fun begins! Take the bags and leave them on the doorstep of one of your neighbors. Ring the doorbell then quickly run away so that the neighbors don’t see who it is. In the bag, along with the goodies, leave both a note explaining the directions and a picture of a ghost that says “I’ve been booed” (these are things you can find online and print out). The neighbor who got “booed” will hang up the ghost in their window so people know not to boo them again. As time passes, more and more ghosts will hang in the windows of your neighborhood! This is both an enjoyable activity for the kids, who get to run around on a secret mission, and a way to do something nice for your neighbors while getting into the Halloween spirit!
- Give Back
Halloween is an exciting holiday filled with fall activities, trick-or-treating, costumes, friends, and family. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to partake in the Halloween festivities. It is important to educate your kids and remind them that while they have the privilege to enjoy Halloween, it is also important to show compassion to those who don’t have the same opportunity. Go pick up some treats, food, or other supplies and head to your local homeless shelter, nursing home, animal shelter or children’s hospital. The internet also has a lot of great resources that can help you find opportunities to volunteer and support your community. It may seem small, but this act of kindness could make someone’s day.
We hope you enjoy trying out these traditions and finding new ways to make Halloween fun and memorable. And remember, it is not the activities themselves that matter, what truly matters in that you get to spend time with your loved ones while also creating unforgettable memories. Make sure to check back next week for a new Zevia Blog post!