Halloween activities don’t always have to revolve around dressing up in costumes or going outside. When I was a kid, I went trick-or-treating nearly every year, and honestly, I don’t remember much about it, except that it was usually REALLY cold outside (we live in Maine), and at the end of the night, no matter how much candy I brought in, I’d be super exhausted and cranky from walking around all night long, often times with a bulky snowsuit on under my costume. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
There is one Halloween in particular though, that I do remember very well. It was the year my parents kept me and my two younger sisters inside. You probably think that keeping three kids inside on Halloween night would cause them to be upset and cranky, but we actually had a great time!
My parents had hidden candy all over the house. They gave each of us a flashlight, turned out all the lights, and sent us on our way to find all of the candy. It was so much fun, and obviously very memorable!
While trick-or-treating can be a great tradition, and a fun time, some times it’s more fun to just stay inside. If your kids aren’t really interested in trick-or-treating this year, and have expressed an interest in just staying home, here are some fun indoor Halloween activities you can do with them. These are also great if your Halloween night gets rained out, or YOU just don’t feel like going out!
1. Have a Family Movie Night – There are plenty of kid-friendly Halloween movies out there, like Frankenweenie, Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, Casper, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, to name a few. Grab a couple of your child’s favorites, or let them experience some new ones. Snuggle up on the couch with some blankets, popcorn, and hot cocoa or apple cider, and you’ve got yourself a fun, but relaxing Halloween night.
2. Create an Indoor Haunted House – Kids love to be spooked, so why not create your very own kid-friendly haunted house inside? Block off, and darken one area of your home. Set up tables with gross things, like a bowl of Jello earthworms or grape eyeballs. Make some witch finger cookies, a cauliflower brain, or some spider-covered deviled eggs – you get the picture. Fill your haunted house with fake cobwebs, Hang some spooky ghosts. Make a skeleton from empty milk jugs. Play scary music in the background. Use your imagination, or browse Pinterest for some great decorating ideas. Invite some of the neighborhood kids over for even more fun.
3. Carve Pumpkins – My Mom was a neat freak when I was a kid. She would never let me or my sisters play with anything even remotely messy inside the house, so we were never allowed to carve pumpkins, which made me super sad. Be the fun parents that let their kids get their hands dirty. Buy a pumpkin carving kit, and a pumpkin for each kid, and let them go to town carving out whatever design they want. Don’t forget to save the seeds, and roast them for a tasty treat!
4. Host a Candy Hunt – This is one of my favorite Halloween activities! Hide candy all over your house. Then, hand each of the kids a flashlight, turn all the lights out, and send them on their way to find all the candy. They’ll have hours of fun searching for everything. Make sure you hide it good! Hide some glow-in-the-dark items to make it even more fun.
5. Bake Some Halloween Goodies – Let your kids get messy in the kitchen and bake up some Halloween treats. You could bake anything from vampire gingerbread men, to candy apples. These Halloween cookie cutters would make some really cute cookies that your kids would love to decorate and frost! Again, use Pinterest for some inspiration. The kids will have a blast!
6. Face Painting – Buy a face painting kit, and let the kids have fun painting each others faces, or yours if you’re brave enough!