Super Easy Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids at Halloween (most take about 3 minutes!)

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I don’t know about you guys but life around here is suddenly heading into warp speed and I’m realizing my favorite holiday – Halloween, obviously – is fast-approaching and I have barely even given it a nod outside of eating a crap ton of Count Chocula (why must you be so delicious, you marshmallow diva!?!?!).

Just in case you’re in the same boat and want to start getting the fam in the spoooooky mood (or, in our case, vaguely scary because the kiddos aren’t into anything even remotely frightening, which takes out pretty much all the things I had planned like jumping out of closets and creating a mini-Haunted House), but haven’t got the time, I’ve put together eight super-easy things you can do to get the Halloween party started.

And, here’s the thing, often when I post these things, I worry that you’re all going to think I’m ridiculous because they are so easy, but that is the point! I literally went into the Dollar Store and looked around and bought a bunch of stuff that I thought would make the kids laugh and we’ve been goofing around with it all week. So much of having fun with your kids is just about remembering to do it, which the hardest part. And, why you should follow me on Instagram right now –  I’m going to remind you every day starting on Monday to take a couple of minutes to remember the spirit of the season, which is sugar and cackling like a crazy person, obviously.

Also, I meant to get this up earlier so you could supplies (ACK!), but life happens and I’m starting with ideas where you don’t need anything special. If you want to Amazon everything to you, I have the links below, or hit the dollar store, which is where I found it all!


Day 1: Okay, I thought we should start slow and all I want you to do is dress up in a Halloween costume early. It doesn’t have to be a lot (in this case I just went with a witch’s hat, although the other day I went full crocodile), but I can’t recommend enough opening the door in full costume to your kids as they walk in from school.


Day 2: I VANT TO SUCK YA BLOOOOOOOOOD!!!!  Get yourself some fake vampire teeth and pretend to suck each other’s blood or just try and talk to each other. You might notice I also incorporated some fake blood (masterful touch!), which I thought was thrilling, but was not appreciated by the younger set.

Alternatively, you can use the teeth as pretend race cars that talk to each other.


Day 3: Jazz up some plain morning yogurt with black and orange sprinkles and googly eyes. The key to this being successful (as with most things with kids) is to NOT make a big deal about it. Instead I like to just put it in front of them to see if they notice, which invariably invokes a much larger reaction, which is what we’re going for, right? THE MONSTERS GOT INTO THE YOGURT AGAIN! AHHHHHH!


Day 4: Eat Halloween candy before it’s actually Halloween. It’s been staring you in the face all month and you’ve been oh-so-good, but I’m going to let you in on a secret: If it’s “an activity with the kids” the calories don’t count AND you’re doing a public service (not sure what it is, but let’s just go with it).



Day 5: Color their milk a spoooooky green and add a couple of floating eyeballs. In this case, I like to pretend I had no idea and jump sky high when I put it down in front of them because WHOSE EYEBALLS ARE THOSE?!?! (Like I said, it’s all about the delivery).


Day 6: Invest in a pair of hilarious eyeball popping glasses. I say “invest” because, obviously, you will use these for years to come.uj7a7870 uj7a7882

Day 7: Okay, this one seems a little dumb, but buy a Halloween towel (I got the one above at The Dollar Store, but this one is way cuter). It makes the kitchen way more festive (and reminds me near constantly it’s almost Halloween) and there’s been a lot of unprovoked hand-washing happening, which can only be a positive seeing as we’re headed into flu season.


Day 8: My love of holiday headbands is well-documented because holiday headbands are THE BOMB (are we still allowed to say that?). They’re the fastest, cutest way to fun up your day and will you look at those two cuties? OMG, my heart just exploded.

See how easy that was? And aren’t we having the BEST TIME now? YAY!

All the links so go fill up your cart (or seriously Dollar Store and Safeway have them all):
Vampire Teeth (DS) // googly eyes + orange and black sprinkles (SW) // Halloween candy (omg, look at these!) (DS) // eyeballs (DS) // funny glasses (DS) // Halloween towel (DS) // Halloween headbands (DS)

And, if you’re not following me over on Instagram, now’s the time because I’m going to do my best to remind you! HAPPY HALLLLLLOOOOWEEEEN!

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Photos by the magnificent Milou and Olin Photography

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