Halloween is a time for spooky fun and imaginative adventures, especially when you have kids in tow. But it can also be a time filled with overwhelm and trying to create a “perfect” family holiday. Sometimes a simple Halloween celebration is all you need to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Today, I’ll share tips and ideas on how to have a spooky and low-stress Halloween with your little ones.

Keep Costumes Simple and be Flexible

If your kids are anything like mine, they probably change their mind about what to be everyday leading up to Halloween. Instead of spending hours and a fortune on intricate costumes, opt for simplicity. Consider homemade costumes or try reusing costumes from years past.. Encourage your kids (and yourself) to use their imagination and creativity to come up with their own costume ideas. Sometimes the simplest costumes, like ghosts, witches, or pirates, can be the most memorable.

No Need for Fancy Decorations

If you’ve got littles, embrace that this might not be the season for fancy or expensive Halloween decorations. Get crafty with your kids by making simple DIY Halloween decorations. Create paper ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, or spooky garlands using materials you already have at home. These homemade decorations not only add a personal touch but also provide an excuse to spend some quality family time together. 

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is a classic Halloween activity that can be both simple, enjoyable and can include the whole family. Choose a few pumpkins of various sizes, and let your kids get creative with their designs. Don’t forget to roast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious and healthy Halloween snack!

Halloween Goodies

My favorite thing about the holidays is all of the baking I get to do. Baking and decorating Halloween-themed treats is a fantastic way to involve kids in the festivities. Bake simple sugar cookies or rice krispie treats and let your little ones have a blast decorating them with spooky designs using colored icing and candy eyes. (Pro-Tip-lower your expectations of their decorating skills)

Family Movie Night

Set up a cozy movie night at home. Choose age-appropriate Halloween classics and cuddle up with all of your favorite blankets and pillows. Prepare some popcorn and those spooky goodies you made together and enjoy an evening together in the comfort of your living room.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Fun

Who doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark stuff? Make the evening more magical by adding in some glow-in-the-dark elements. Add glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces and add some fun to a family Halloween dance party in the dark!

A simple Halloween celebration with kids can be just as memorable and enjoyable as an elaborate one. By focusing on quality time, creativity, and togetherness, you can create spooktacular memories that your children (and you) will cherish for years to come. So, keep it simple, have fun, and embrace the magic of Halloween with your little goblins and ghouls!

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Meet Katie, a dedicated mother to two incredible little girls, 5 and 3. Born and raised in the picturesque town of Ventura, she considers herself blessed to be raising her daughters in the same beautiful place. Her heart belongs to her best friend and high school sweetheart, forming an unbreakable bond that began at Buena and continues to flourish. Katie's journey as a passionate advocate for conscious parenting has led her to become a certified parent coach. Her mission revolves around empowering parents to navigate the intricate yet rewarding journey of parenthood. With a focus on nurturing emotional intelligence, facilitating effective communication, and fostering self-regulation in both parents and children, Katie's approach is rooted in creating harmonious parent-child connections. For Katie, community is everything. She firmly believes that together, we can thrive and evolve on this incredible parenting adventure. Beyond her parenting pursuits, you might spot Katie savoring a cup of coffee at Simones, exploring local parks and trails alongside her little ones, or immersing herself in the wisdom of a compelling personal development book.


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