Fall can be the last big chance to play outside, before the ice and snow of Winter hits. Halloween traditions help bring fun to the end of Fall and instill memories that will last forever.

Trick or Treating

There’s something absolutely special about being able to go outside when it’s dark as a kid. The thrill of being outside with other kids, all having fun, and not worrying about being called back for dinner or bath time.

What’s more, you get to dress up which is always fun. Whether it’s a super hero, a witch, or an abstract, homemade costume, there are so many fun ways for kids to become a different person for the night.

If you live in a neighborhood that is rural, or one that doesn’t always celebrate, there are many new alternatives for kids. Most local shopping malls will have trick or treat hours where kids can dress up and go to different stores for candy. There may also be town events to look for. Wherever you go, be sure to include trick or treating as one of your Halloween traditions.

Haunted Houses

While haunted houses may not be a good idea for little kids, they can sure be a big hit for bigger kids. Being scared can be a fun emotion if you know that it’s in a contained area and a loved one is near to give you a reassuring hug. Ask around for special neighborhoods that set them up. Theme parks and local fairs might also have haunted houses. The nice thing about public events is that there is usually a more family-friendly event earlier in the evening and a scarier, adult or teenager event in the later evening. This way you can bring your child to the appropriate gathering.

Pumpkin Carving

Finding the perfect pumpkin can be as enjoyable as carving it and makes it one of the perfect Halloween traditions. While many supermarkets will have pumpkins for sale, if you have the opportunity, visiting a pumpkin patch with the family is a great way to create precious memories. Put on your rainboots because the fields will most likely be muddy, and then go and explore. There are usually a mix of orange and white pumpkins, from small to large, so that everyone can find their special pumpkin. Many pumpkin patches also offer extras like wagon rides, apple picking, and even a petting zoo. Look around for one that meets your needs.

Wait until as close to Halloween as possible to carve your pumpkin. Once the pumpkin has been opened, it will start to rot. If you live in a warmer climate, aim for two to three days before Halloween to carve your pumpkin. For colder climates, you can have a bit more time.

There are pumpkin carving kits available, but it’s also great to let kids use their imagination to create their best silly face. Younger kids can also draw or paint on their pumpkins.