Halloween will be here before we know it and conversations are already starting in our local neighborhoods.  This year Halloween is on a Saturday, so there is a lot of time that day to be festive and enjoy the day as a family.  Here are some creative ideas to make your Halloween memorable for your family, even if you are at home.

Adults wear a costume

  • Whether you like it or not, parents need to participate fully in Halloween this year by dressing up.
  • Our kids want to see that it’s a family affair with mom and dad decked out in their Halloween best.


  • Take your decorating to another level by creating a circle of ghosts around a tree in your front yard

Items needed:

  • Round plastic white tablecloth
  • Wood dowel
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam Head
  1. Place wood dowel inside the styrofoam head
  2. Drape tablecloth over the head evenly
  3. Tie a piece of string around the neck to hold the tablecloth in place
  4. Push the dowel into the ground with force
  5. Arrange multiple ghosts around a tree in your front yard
  6. Tie a piece of string from dowel to dowel or ghost to ghost
  7. The tight string will cause the tablecloth to rise up and look like arms
  8. Your ghosts will now look like they are holding hands!

Glow in the dark candy hunt

  • Since many will miss the experience or door to door trick-or-treating, hide candy in plastic Easter eggs or plastic sandwich bags
  • For when it gets dark, add in a glow stick to the egg or sandwich bag and hide them around your yard or inside of the house and search with the lights off

Halloween Pinata

  • If you kids are only staying at home, try to find a Halloween themed pinata to fill with candy and break for fun!

Driveway Halloween Table (if kids are going out)

  • Traditionally, many homes leave a bowl of candy on their front step if they will not be home for Halloween night
  • Up your game by setting up a table at the end of your driveway, decorate it and using small cardboard throwaway cups (bathroom cups are perfect), place candy in each one so as each child drives, walks or rides by then can grab a cup and be on their way

Spooky Science

  • Create some science experiments Halloween day as it’s a Saturday this year and you will have tons of time to be festive
  • Make Glow in the Dark Slime and an Oozing pumpkin

Glow In the Dark Slime

Items needed:

  • 1 bottle White glue or glow in the dark glue
  • Glow in the dark paint
  • Contact Lens solution with boric acid and sodium borate (try Renu Fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Mixing bowl
  1. Place the white glue or glow in the dark glue into bowl
  2. If white glue, add in glow in the dark paint to get the colour you want
  3. Add in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. Add drops of contact lens solution to get the consistency you want
  5. To make it stretchier, add water
  6. Add glitter if you want
  7. Once slime is ready, place under sunlight or direct light indoors for a period of time and it will glow!

Oozing Pumpkin

Items needed:

  • Carved pumpkin
  • Empty glass that will fit on bottom of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide (great that 3% for best results)
  • Dishsoap
  • Food colouring
  • Mixing cup
  • Warm water
  • Garbage bag
  1. Lay the garbage bag down to be ready for a mess
  2. Fill the empty glass with hydrogen peroxide
  3. Add several drops of dishsoap
  4. Choose your colour and add food colouring
  5. Place full glass on the bottom of the pumpkin
  6. Using the mixing cup, add in dry yeast with warm water and get it to a consistency you can pour
  7. Pour the yeast mixture into the glass in the pumpkin and watch the chemical reaction
  8. The ‘ooze’ will come out of the pumpkins mouth!

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