How to Fall for Halloween

16 October 2015

There is no denying Halloween celebrations are gaining momentum in Australia and these days the kids are certainly keen to get involved. As a parent, you may still view Halloween with some degree of skepticism, or perhaps you are keen to get on board but don't know where to start.

Either way, here are some sure-fire ways to make you all fall in love with the fun that is Halloween:

Trick-or-treat

There are a lot of legitimate safety concerns around trick-or-treating. However, with a little preparation and some community spirit, a neighbourhood event can be so much fun. You might be surprised at how readily people embrace the Halloween spirit!

Before Halloween

Get together with some like-minded parents in your local area. Ask other parents from school or the family that live around the corner. It’s much more fun as a group!

Set a route - Identify an area where your kids will be trick or treating. Depending on where you live this may be a block, a street or an apartment building.

Notify neighbours - Do a letterbox drop the week before Halloween with a note clearly stating your intentions for the day/evening, including times. It’s also a good idea to supply a balloon or decoration for people to put at their entrance to signal they are participating.

On the day

Set the rules - Make sure kids know they can only go to houses with the signal and remind them of general neighbourhood etiquette such as staying off gardens, keeping noise to a minimum, respecting privacy etc.

Buddy up - Assign an adult to each group of younger children for safety reasons. Older kids should be paired or grouped.

Trick-or-Treat! - Go out, have fun and don’t forget to dress up yourself!

Alternatively, if you don’t think your neighbourhood is right for trick-or-treating but the kids are desperate to do it; why not tee up a few close friends or relies and take Halloween on the road?

Halloween party

Everyone loves an excuse for a party and Halloween is the perfect theme! It doesn’t need to be expensive or over the top. Check out this article for some great ideas on food, decorations and games.

Halloween movie night

Grab some popcorn, turn out the lights and put on some spooky movies to enjoy with the kids. There are so many to choose from. They may even enjoy some of the B-grade classics!

Attend a halloween event

There are lots of things happening locally to celebrate Halloween, such as the Aussie World Halloween FestEvil. Check out the Kids on the Coast Events pages for more Halloween fun.

Start your own tradition

Considering Halloween itself has evolved so much since the original All Hallows Day (or perhaps even further back!) why not start your own family tradition to mark 31st October?

You could:

  • secretly drop small boxes of homemade goodies at the door of friends and family accompanied by a cryptic note
  • have a backyard treasure hunt
  • play a game like Cluedo or Murder in the Dark
  • share a special family meal

Whatever you choose to do for Halloween, it is a great reason to take time out and have fun with the family. Enjoy!       

Written by

Renee Harwood

Renée Harwood is a freelance writer, aspiring novelist and mother to three rambunctious children. She loves living by the sea and drinks copious amounts of coffee. Her lifelong dream is to earn enough money to afford a housekeeper. Renée blogs about all these things at Née Say.

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