How to have a happy Halloween
Halloween used to be considered an American tradition, but New Zealanders are embracing the idea of dressing up in spooky costumes and trick-or-treating on October 31. Technically a day to celebrate the dead, Halloween has mostly been known as a northern-hemisphere celebration, but many Kiwi neighbourhoods have now come to expect roving groups of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night - most with desperately hopeful looks on their ghoulishly cute faces, and a half-embarrassed parent hovering just in view on the footpath.
Here are some fun ways you can celebrate Halloween, without breaking the bank or worrying about stranger danger, and you won't bother the neighbours who aren't interested in participating either!
How to make trick-or-treat a success in your neighbourhood
Avoid trick-or-treat disappointment by letting your neighbourhood in on the secret - that is, do a neighbourhood mailbox drop a week before Halloween. Remind each household that they may have some little trick-or-treaters coming by on the evening of October 31. Pop a Halloween-themed sticker in each envelope, for each neighbour to stick on their letterbox or front door to show they are willing to participate. This way, you know which homes are keen to welcome the kids on Halloween, and they also get a handy reminder to stock up their treats to hand out on the big day!
Fun Halloween crafts
You don't have to spend money on treats or even leave the house to enjoy some Halloween fun. Just try these fun crafts and Halloween games for all ages and let the kids decorate their own bedrooms with their creations for Halloween.
- Create your own easy egg carton spiders
- The cutest ghosty finger puppets
- Decorate with spooky stringy spider webs
- No-mess paper plate jack 'o' lanterns
- Make a hanging pet bats
- Find more fun Halloween crafts for all ages
Try these easy and YUMMY recipe ideas for your Halloween party or lunchbox treat. You may even like to take a batch in to your child's classroom or give these as your treats when little ghosts, fairies and superheroes come knocking!
- Halloween pumpkin cakes
- Red back spider biscuits
- Funky watermelon fangs
- Halloween eyeball cupcakes
- Find more haunting Halloween goodies at Kidspot Kitchen
Host your own Halloween party on the cheap
A Halloween party is one of the easiest themes to prepare. Invite the neighbours or some family friends, and you'll have a seriously fun October 31. Fantastic decorations and supplies are readily available in novelty and discount shops - vampire invitations, skeleton decorations and spooky witches party hats. You only need to duck down to your local supermarket to find cheap party favours and stock up on a range of costumes and masks as well. If you're on a tight budget, don't forget to browse Kidspot's Activity Finder for fun ideas to create the perfect Halloween party with fun party invitations, decorations and games you can create yourself. You can also find an amazing range of party goodies, costumes and services online, so get browsing!
Chat with other Halloween-loving mums
Kidspot Social is a thriving community of mums, all chatting together about their world - from parenting and relationship advice to household tips and the latest current events. Why don't you come and join the chat? Let us know if you love celebrating Halloween, or do you wish those pesky trick-or-treaters would stop banging on your door?
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