It’s that time of the year. Pumpkins, ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, and monsters. No, I’m not talking about your extended family reunions, JUST KIDDING! It’s Halloween. My favorite holiday. While most people love scary decorations, haunted houses, and pumpkin carving, those can be hard to do with toddlers. Here are some fun activities to do with your little ones.
Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Check out the New Orleans Mom Guide to Pumpkin Patches for a list of great places to check out. This can be so fun with toddlers. Make it an adventure! Ask your toddler to find the biggest pumpkin, the smallest pumpkin, the pumpkin with the most bumps! They will have so much fun running around the patch. Most pumpkin patches have cute Halloween decorations that make great photo opportunities!
Once you’ve got the perfect pumpkin, it’s time to have some fun with the pumpkin. While pumpkin carving is a bit difficult for toddlers, mainly I cringe at the idea of sharp carving tools being used by 2-year-olds. Hahahahaha. A fun thing to do is paint pumpkins! Crayola and other companies make pumpkin paint. Lay down a couple of plastic covers on tables/furniture and let those creative minds work! I personally grabbed some paintbrushes, aprons, tablecloths, and fun stickers at the Dollar store. Worked perfectly! You can even have a prize for the best pumpkin.
Bake Halloween Treats
Like I’ve mentioned many times, cooking with your toddlers is so much fun! If this sounds too stressful, Mommas, don’t. You can get the premade Halloween cookies that you can just cut and bake. Grab some cute Halloween-shaped molds and bake some Halloween cupcakes/muffins or let your toddler decorate some cupcakes with fun Halloween sprinkles!
Tour Homes with Halloween decorations
We personally go all out with decorations inside and outside the house! It is fun to decorate with kids. Nightly, we take our toddler on walks with our fur babies to check out the decorations of our neighbors’ homes. Make it a game! Count how many ghosts you see or spiders. Drive-by neighborhoods with fun decorations!