Good Morning Friends!
Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year! You know me I am a dark soul so this holiday is something I just take to.
As a kid, we had a few fun Halloween traditions. We would wake up on Halloween get ready for school in our costumes. Our classes would spend the day doing Halloween crafts, and midmorning we would have a parade. All the parents would sit in the auditorium while all the kids lined up and showed off their costumes.
We would get back to class and have a Halloween party. Seriously, it was the best day of the year for me. The music, the endless amounts of candy, and getting to dress up. After school, my siblings and I would trade treats or little things we got at school that day and take it easy.
About 5 we would start to get ready to trick or treat, my mom usually made some sort of soup for us to eat before we hit the pavement. This was back in the day when you went to a house to trick or treat not car trunks. We would eat and map out our plan. We knew the houses that always gave out the good candy, and we hit them first before they ran out. These are the house that handed out chips, sodas, and full-sized candy bars.
We would trick or treat until our feet could no longer walk. One year I remember I had to empty a pillowcase and got another full pillowcase.
The first Saturday after Halloween my sister and I would sit in front of the TV and watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and binge on chocolate.
Those are just a few Halloween Traditions as a kid. Now that I am a parent I am implementing my own traditions.
Let’s Get Started.
Watch Movies: The whole month of October we watch cute Halloween Movies. Another thing I love about Halloween.. all the cute movies!
Some of our favorites include:
– Nightmare Before Christmas ( A classic, and my favorite!)
– Casper (Such a cute movie to get you in the Halloween mood)
– Hocus Pocus (We all grew up with this movie, and it’s a popular one!)
– Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the old version, it’s just tradition, I don’t mind the newer one but I love a classic)
– Mary Kate and Ashley Double Double Toil and Trouble (yes I watched every one of their movies)
– Room on the Broom (SUCH A CUTE BOOK AND MOVIE it’s on Netflix)
– Tower Of Terror (Yes this ages me, I was such a Disney kid..)
– Scooby Doo ( not the movie we watched the cartoon, I need to find it for Aria, the cartoon was old for even me but I think,
PBS would play all the old Scooby-doo cartoons in October.
– The Addams Family (of course we couldn’t leave this one out!!!
– It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ( A kid classic and one that I watched when I was Aria’s age)
– Beetlejuice ( I didn’t watch this until I was a bit older it scared the crap out of me when I was little, but it’s a fav)
– Ghostbusters ( The older versions are my favorite, it is such a Halloween classic, and one that we always watched)
– Grinch Night ( Again this movie was a little old for me, but my little sister and I loved to watch it to get in the spirit)
– Curious George Boofest ( We found this from friends of ours two years ago and Aria loves it!)
– Goosebumps ( The series..I read them all as a kid, loved the series, the movie was meh..)
– Haunted Mansion ( YAAASS, you can’t go through the month of October without this movie!)
– Arsenic and Old Lace ( Kids might not get this show until they are a little older, I loved it at a young age)
– Young Frankenstein ( Next to Nightmare Before Christmas this is my Favorite Halloween movie)
Visit Pumpkin Patches
We love going to local farms for pumpkins, even if we grow our own. It’s fun to do, usually free and you get really cute
pictures out of it.
Some of our favorite places:
– Petersen’s Family Farm
– Kawahara’s Pumpkin Patch
Go to Halloween Stores
Even if we don’t need to buy anything it is fun to go see the fun decorations. Occasionally we walk out with something to decorate with.
I usually know what Aria is going to be for Halloween by July so I can look for deals, or have enough time to make the costume myself. October is when I finish everything so it is ready for Halloween.
Decorate the house
We love decorating the house for Halloween. We eventually want to get those cool Halloween projections, but for now, we
are keeping it to the porch and the front room. I love all the fun Halloween Decor.
We love reading Halloween themed books this month. Of course, we have a million, Aria loves them. I will have a post of our favorites soon!
So around noon I make a soup and throw it in the crockpot. Last year it was a delicious Wisconsin Cauliflower soup.
At about 4 we get everyone ready and head over to my moms. Since my mom lives across the street from Brandon’s mom we get to visit both families. We take pictures and my mom puts together little treat bags for the grandkids. We trick or treat a bit in their neighborhood. After a few houses, we head home and trick or treat a bit around our neighborhood. Aria only lasts a few houses. We come home to flip on our lights hand out treats and eat soup while watching a Halloween movie.
We try to be one of those cool houses and hand out play-doh, full-sized candy bars, etc. We make sure to have an allergy-free options.
I hope you enjoyed our traditions! I would love to know what traditions you have for Halloween. Did I miss any Halloween movies you watched as a kid?