Halloween can be as spooky or family friendly as you make it. A holiday full of costumes, decorations and candy brings out the kid in everyone, no matter what age. This Halloween could be a fun chance to include your aging loved one and help them feel young at heart again. While it may be too chilly to go trick-or-treating, handing out candy and spending time with family around the house as the cute, costumed kids come by can be a lot of fun. Get into the theme of the night and encourage your loved one to join you with these family friendly Halloween ideas:

Food

  • Sugar free candy in addition to the traditional treats.
  • Ghost shaped mashed potato with peas as their eyes for dinner
  • Pig-in-a-blanket mummies
  • “Vampire Juice” (tomato juice is a great source of vitamins and minerals!)
  • Deviled egg eyeballs (just add a black olive and maybe pimento or roast red pepper slices to make it “bloodshot”)
  • Jack-o-lantern face pizza (cheese pizza with pepperoni and olive eyes and a little pepperoni or sausage smile)

 

Movies

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Beetlejuice
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  • The Addams Family
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (cartoon)
  • Any of the Harry Potter movies 

Music

  • Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
  • The Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  • I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (or the Hocus Pocus version!)
  • The Addams Family Theme Song
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
  • Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson 

Don’t forget the costumes and décor! Orange and black crepe paper, little gourds and pumpkins, and festive napkins or candles can build a great holiday atmosphere… and decorating your house for the festivities is a fun activity you can do with your whole family.

Running low on easy costume ideas? Throw on a monochromatic outfit and add a homemade Crayola logo to go as a crayon! Or help your loved one go as a favorite celebrity from their own generation with a suit and fedora. When in doubt, a sweat-suit can be an “athlete” or a sheet can be a ghost in the blink of an eye.

Just remember, the most important thing is to have fun and let your loved one know how glad you are to be celebrating this holiday season with them.

What Halloween plans or crafts do you have planned for Wednesday?




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