Halloween isn’t just a holiday for young kids. It’s a great opportunity for you to create special memories with your grandchildren. You can embrace the spirit of the Halloween season and indulge in the celebration of all things spooky and supernatural with the following ideas, which you and your grandchildren of any age can enjoy together.
Dress Up With Your Grandchildren
Nothing completes a costume like a companion! Get the whole family involved with these multigenerational costume ideas. Feeling crafty? Make the costume yourself; there are many no-sew DIY Halloween costume possibilities. Not crafty? Don’t worry! Store-bought costumes are bound to look just as cute.
- 101 Dalmatians. Grandma can dress up as Cruella de Ville and everyone else can be Dalmatians. An idea that’s spot on!
- Scooby Doo and the Gang. This is another easy DIY costume perfect for the whole crew! With so many characters everyone can get their first choice.
- Star Wars. Get inspiration from Episode VII. With most of the original cast reprising their roles and a new slew of younger characters added as well, this is a great idea for a group of all ages.
- The Addams Family. This is another fairly easy DIY Halloween costume idea. Since the series’ inception in 1964, there have been many fresh takes on this comic classic. Most recently, the family came to Broadway. There’s a character for everyone.
Make Halloween Charitable
While Halloween is traditionally dedicated to fun, treats and self-indulgence, take some time to make it charitable. There are many different ways to help others on this holiday; here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Throw a Party. Ask each of your guests to bring a can of food to donate.
- Costume Drive. Donate gently-used costumes to places such as Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army. You also can host a drive to gather more costumes.
- Candy BuyBack. Some local companies and offices participate in a Halloween candy buyback program. They’ll buy your unused extra candy and distribute it to the troops overseas. It can be candy that wasn’t collected by trick-or-treaters or extra candy the children received while trick-or-treating.
- Make Cards. Unfortunately, some children must miss out on Halloween due to health issues. You can brighten their holiday by making spooky cards and donating them to your local pediatric hospital.
Halloween is the pinnacle of DIY ideas. Some are traditions passed down through generations while others take a fresh approach. Any of these creative crafts are bound to be enjoyed by participants of all ages.
- Build a Scarecrow. Create a scarecrow together that can be used year after year; you can even make a scarecrow dog (or cat!). First decide if you want your creation to be spooky or sweet, then use poles to make a cross to support your scarecrow. Choose old clothes for your scarecrow to wear and stuff the outfit with newspapers.
- Carve a Pumpkin. You can go traditional jack-o-lantern on this one or get extremely creative. Carve something from your grandchild’s favorite show or use a cookie cutter to cut out stars around the whole pumpkin.
- Paint a Pumpkin. With younger children, you can try painting pumpkins for a new twist on a classic. Another quick way to spruce up pumpkins is to stick some googly eyes on them. Gourds with long, swan-like necks work great for this look.
There is Halloween fun to be had by everyone. Remember, most important of all, to stay safe this Halloween!