Spooktacular family activities for Halloween

Boo! With Halloween creeping closer, it’s time for spook-tacular family fun! From pumpkin carving to costume creation, this blog post unveils a range of thrilling activities perfect for all ages. Get ready to conjure cherished memories and make this Halloween a bewitchingly memorable affair!

1. DIY halloween decorations

Let your creativity soar by crafting your very own Halloween decorations. Create paper bats and spiders to hang from the ceiling or make ghostly garlands using tissue paper. You can also design spooky window silhouettes or carve jack-o’-lantern faces on oranges for a mini version of the classic tradition. Decorate your home with these handmade creations and watch the Halloween magic come to life!

2. Halloween movie marathon

Host a Halloween movie marathon and snuggle up with your loved ones for a spooky movie night. Choose a selection of family-friendly Halloween movies and create a cosy movie-watching experience. Prepare some popcorn, dim the lights, and let the movie magic transport you to haunted houses, magical worlds, and hilarious adventures. See below for some Halloween classics:

Halloween family movies
1. Hocus Pocus
2. Casper
3. Coco
4. Toy Story of Terror
5. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
6. The Addams family
7. Spirited Away
8. Muppets Haunted Mansion
9. Room on the Broom
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas

3. Play our Halloween game

Play Cauldron swipe for a chance to win a Cadbury Classic Chocolate Basket. Immerse yourself in a world of magic and mischief alongside Spinny the Spider. Click below to play Cauldron Swipe!

4. Spooky bake-off

Put your baking skills to the test with a Halloween-themed bake-off. Get together with your family or friends and have a friendly competition to create the spookiest treats. From creepy cupcakes and monster cookies to mummy pizzas, let your imagination run wild in the kitchen. Don’t forget to share your delicious creations and enjoy the frightfully tasty results! Why not check out our Halloween recipes for inspiration.

5. Trick-or-treating in your neighbourhood

Trick-or-treating is a classic Halloween tradition loved by children. Encourage your little ones to dress up in their scariest or most creative costumes and accompany them as they go from door to door, collecting delightful treats. Make sure to supervise them at all times. Teach them to knock on doors with porch lights on and say the magic words, “Trick or treat!” Remind your children to thank the friendly neighbours who generously share their goodies.

6. Scary story time

Gather your friends or family members for a spine-tingling session of scary story time. Dim the lights, grab some torches, and take turns sharing your most haunting tales. You can also explore age-appropriate Halloween books filled with ghosts, witches, and mysterious adventures. Let your imagination run wild as you transport yourself into the world of eerie tales.

7. Visit a haunted house

For the brave souls among you, visiting a haunted house can be a thrilling experience. Many locations across the UK offer specially designed haunted houses or haunted trails during Halloween. Walk through dark corridors, encounter spooky characters, and solve puzzles. Be prepared for jumps and surprises along the way!

8. Try Apple Bobbing

Bobbing for apples is a Halloween tradition that goes all the way back to the 14th century when it actually started out as a tradition tied to love and romance. British women would bob for apples and try to bite one with the name of their male suitor. Getting the apple in one try meant the couple was fated for love. Since the tradition was brought to America by British descendants, it has become much different. Now it is simply tied to the fall harvest and is a playful game.

Want to bob for apples? Find out how to play this Halloween-centric game for the holiday:
1. Take out a Large tub for the game such as a metal bucket, bin or a large cooler.
2. Fill the tub over halfway to three-quarters full of cold water.
3. Add about a dozen apples to the tub of water, or an amount that will nearly fill the entire tub to make it challenging to bob for the apples.
4. Set a time of two minutes for each player to bite into an apple with their hands behind their back.
5. Whoever gets an apple in the quickest amount of time is the winner.

Before attempting apple bobbing, it’s important to remember that it can be fun but may involve risks, so make sure to have adult supervision for a safe and enjoyable experience.

9. Try pumpkin carving

Get ready to unleash your artistic skills with pumpkin carving! Visit a local pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin. With the help of an adult, carefully carve out spooky faces or creative designs. It’s a fantastic way to express your Halloween spirit and decorate your home. Don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds for a yummy snack!

Whether you’re sharing spooky stories, roaming the streets for treats, or simply basking in the warmth of family togetherness, may this Halloween be filled with happiness, love, and a touch of enchantment for you and your loved ones. Happy Halloween!

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