Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Days of Autumn Inspiration: Starting Halloween Traditions

Every family has different traditions for this time of year. Since we don't have kids yet, our traditions are a little bit different. Instead of taking kids out to Trick-or-Treat, we get to stay in and hand out candy. It's always so fun to see the neighborhood kids dressed up. Our tradition is simple, - We have a nice, cozy dinner for the two of us and we curl up and watch a movie. I'll be making a huge pot of chili for dinner and a delicious apple upside-down cake for dessert. Of course, a few cocktails will be sprinkled in here and there.

For those of you eager to start your own Halloween traditions this year, here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Show Your Spirit and Decorate!  If you haven't decorated the house for Halloween yet, - What are you waiting for? Make it a family activity and make sure everyone gets in on the action. Isn't it fun to see the faces of the trick or treaters light up as they look at all of your Halloween decorations?

2. Play a game of "CLUE". Halloween is all about mystery and playing a game of CLUE will be fun for the whole family. Play the movie in the background for an added touch.

3. Read Bedtime Stories by Candle light. There are so many Halloween books that are more sweet than spooky. Try The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, or why not write a story together?

4. Have a Spooky Movie Night. Curl up with popcorn and other delicious munchies and watch all of the classics. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a must. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Bednobs and Broomsticks are other great movies for kids. Older kids might enjoy something a bit scarier and if you're like us, (with no kids), why not watch a few Horror classics?

What are your Halloween traditions? Is there something that you do every year that you always look forward to?


  1. i missed the opportunity to get in one the 31 days. i can't wait until she does something similar. also, i checked out your before and afters and i just wanted to say - what in the world were the previous home owners thinking when they painted their rooms!? lol. what paint colours do you have now, if you don't mind me asking?

  2. This is my first visit to your blog Jen as I came across it through blog hopping. *Ü* Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have just read through the past couple of weeks worth and found them to be inspiring. ~Glen~

  3. When we were kids my parents used to buy us McDonald's Happy Meals on Halloween because otherwise we wouldn't want dinner. (What kid could resist a Happy Meal!) I continued that tradition with my kids too. I still like carving the pumpkin too, that's probably my favorite Halloween tradition.