Establishing holiday traditions with your kids provides them with memories they’ll carry into adulthood. With Halloween only a week away, it’s a good time to start coming up with some fun seasonal activities for your family to do. Below are some tasty treats and fun crafts to try this month!
Classic Jack-o’-lantern Sugar Cookies
These are the perfect easy treat for busy families who still want to get in on the Halloween spirit. Buy your favorite premade sugar cookie dough, white frosting, food coloring and pumpkin cookie cutters. Roll out the dough and use the cookie cutters to make pumpkin shapes. Bake according to the directions and use the food coloring to create orange, black and green frosting. After the cookies are cooled use the colored frosting to create your pumpkins!
Hot Dog Mummies
This savory treat has only two ingredients and turns a kids’ favorite into a spooky snack! Take some phyllo dough and let it thaw before cutting it into uneven strips. Let your kids wrap the strip of dough around hotdogs that have been cut in half crosswise. The messier the better! Bake until lightly browned and serve.
This spooktacular display using marshmallows, licorice, frosting and a crushed cookie topping looks like a cake but offers the ease of cupcakes.
Candy Corn Marshmallow Pops
Melt colored candy disks and use straws to coat marshmallows in candy corn-colored layers. Let dry on wax paper and add sprinkles if desired for a festive (and tasty!) treat.
After you’ve had your fill of Halloween goodies, make time for some activities!
While pumpkin carving may be a Halloween staple, it’s not always easy or safe for kids to handle carving tools. Pumpkin painting offers an alternative for kids of all ages to get in on the action and recreate some of their favorite television, movie or storybook characters.
Whether you have a plethora of leaves in your backyard or make your way to a tree-filled park, you can let your kids use their imaginations to create leaf mazes to race through, providing hours of outdoor fun.
Send kids on a hunt for the perfect wand-shaped stick. When they’ve returned, have a table ready with glue, glitter and other accents to decorate their wands. Pair the wand making with a magical movie to round out the afternoon.