Halloween can be a tricky time for some families. On one hand, it can be argued that Halloween celebrates ghouls and witches and all the things that are contrary to God. On the other hand, some families view it as just a fun day to dress up (and eat candy!).
I was a lot more careful when my kids were young. We had many conversations about what we believed and why. We carved pumpkins with crosses instead of scary faces. And, the kids dressed up in fun, non-creepy outfits.
Now, my kids are grown and they are finding their own ways to navigate Halloween with their kids. And, what they remember most about their childhood “Pumpkin Days” are the foods we made, the pumpkins they carved and the crafts we did. To them, Halloween meant time together creating family traditions and memories. We still make the same cupcakes we made every year, they still remember every unique pumpkin they ever created and every costume they ever wore.
To help you make your own family memories, we have gathered some wonderful links for everything from food and crafts to easy, no-sew costumes:
First up, some wonderful printables from Better Homes and Gardens magazine. They have everything from wine labels and pumpkin carving stencils to banners and candy bar covers. And, they are all free and easy to print!
Leave it to Martha and her staff to create these fun lollipops. Your kids will have a ball making these.
Need some craft ideas for kids of all ages? HGTV to the rescue.
For younger kids, here are some really easy craft ideas.
Country Living magazine has more than 50 recipes for fun party treats.
And, how about easy, no-sew costumes from Parenting magazine.
We hope these spark your imagination and give your kids memories they will cherish forever. And, don’t forget to send us pictures of your creations! Happy Harvest!