It’s hard to believe but Autumn is right around the corner. It snuck up on this year. While we were distracted by Covid-19, remote learning, masks and the social unrest that 2020 has witnessed, the months ticked along. Before we know it school will be back in session and then it will be Halloween. Like many things, Halloween will look different this year. It isn’t likely that there will be trick-or-treating or Halloween parties. But, thankfully, there are still many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with your grandkids. If you are social distancing from your family, you’ll find some of these activities are a great fit to do remotely using Zoom or Houseparty.
Halloween crafts & decorations
If you’re a crafty person, or even if you’re not, creating something together is a fun and memorable way to spend time with your grandkids. They’re easy to put together and many can be done remotely. Simply prepare the supplies and send them to your grandchildren’s home. Then setup a Zoom or Facetime call and assemble.
Decorate your home with this fun and easy Jack-O-Lantern banner from the folks at Crafts Unleashed.
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
These spider webs are inexpensive and enjoyable to put together. I loved yarn crafts as a kid and can’t wait until my grandson is old enough to try this!
Halloween Witch Hats
Do you have a little witch in your family? If you do, she’ll surely love this witch hat. Wear it or use it as a decoration. Either way, it’s a fun activity to do with your grandkids.
Carve a pumpkin with your pumpkins
Pumpkin carving has come a long way since we were kids. I remember hacking into a big gourd with a kitchen knife while my father stood over me hoping I didn’t lose a digit. Luckily, I didn’t. Today pumpkin carving kits with appropriate tools, stencils, scrapers, and patterns are readily available.
There are also new ways to create art of out of pumpkins that doesn’t require a knife. You can paint them rainbow colors, melt candle wax on them, decorate with glitter stickers, and even cover them in decoupage. Good Housekeeping Magazine recently released a list of 65 easy no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. There are surely a few that you’ll love.
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Bake pumpkin seeds
If you decide to cut that pumpkin open, don’t throw away the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are delicious and nutritious. They’re messy, which little kids love, but worth the work. Your grandkids will enjoy making them as much as eating them! It’s a great Halloween tradition for you and your family. For a simple recipe:
- Scoop out the seeds and pull off as much of the pulp as you can.
- Rinse them a few times to get them clean then set them to dry.
- Rub them in olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, massage it into the seeds.
- Roast on a cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
If you want to be more creative, try one – or a few – of these ideas.
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds
Cinnamon sugar is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Even at my age, I still occasionally whip up a piece of cinnamon toast and savor every bite. Get the same yummy comfort feel from a healthier treat. Don’t they look delicious?
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds
According to Silvia Ribas at Garden in the Kitchen:
“These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds are the most addicting snack of all times! The perfect balance between sweet, salty and crunchy madness!”
I have to agree. There is something about the combination of sweet and salty that creates an irresistible treat. These yummy tidbits will not last long. Hide some for later.
Buffalo Ranch Pumpkin Seeds
If spicy is your grandchild’s thing, then check out these buffalo ranch pumpkin seeds from delish.com. These wouldn’t last an hour in my house!
Dress up in costumes
Just because you can’t trick-or-treat doesn’t mean your can’t get dressed up! It’s entertaining and delightful to wear costumes. You can make something at home or purchase on-line or in a store. Consider doing a group costume with your grandchildren. Here are some ideas for family Halloween Costumes:
- Toy Story
- Shark Week
- Disney Princesses
- Justice League
- Three Little Pigs
- Scooby Doo and Crew
- Game of Thrones
- Star Trek
- Harry Potter
- Hocus Pocus
- Wreck it Ralph
- Super Mario Brothers
- The Wizard of Oz
There are so many great group costume ideas. For more costume ideas and other Halloween activities, check out Good Housekeeping’s 2020 list of great family costumes.
Bake Some Scary Treats
Cooking with your grandkids is more than a creative activity. It also teaches them some kitchen skills and safety. But don’t tell them! Baking together can easily become a tradition for you and your grandson or granddaughter. After all, every holiday requires baked goods! Create a monthly calendar of treats to bake. Plan it with your grandchild so they can help choose the recipes. Here are some Halloween recipes to begin with.
Have you ever heard someone say that they can’t eat something with eyes? Well what about eyeballs? These creepy but yummy treats from Powered by Mom are sure to be a hit with your grandkids.
Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies
These treats are a cinch, even for little ones. They’re also a good option if you’re social distancing. You can slice them up and bake them then send to your grandkids with the rest of the supplies. Schedule a Zoom get together and build your cookie sandwiches.
Halloween Cookie Haunted House
If your grandchild is a bit older and can handle a more complex project, try this delightfully frightening cookie dough haunted house from Woman’s Day. It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your favorite people.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to bake, check out these spook-or-ific premade treats!!
Watch a “scary” movie
This is another activity that can be done on Zoom or even better on Hangouts.
Talk to your grankids to figure out their favorite scary movies or go for one of the classics. A few of the all time best Halloween movies are:
- The Addams Family
- Hocus Pocus
- Toy Story of Terror
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
You can’t go wrong with one of these selections!
Read a “scary” tale
Another great remote option is reading a scary tale together. Find your costume. Get dressed up. And pull out one of these favorite Halloween tales. If you’d like, send a copy to your grandchild so they can read along with you.
- How to Catch a Monster
- The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
- Harry Potter
- Peek a Who
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
I hope you enjoyed this list of Halloween activities to do with your grandkids. I’d love to hear which ones you try. Head over to my Facebook page and post photos if you’d like. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy!