Five Halloween Traditions To Share And Enjoy

With modern technology and new trends emerging day by day, it's fairly common to note that some family traditions fall by the wayside over the years. Wouldn't you like to relive those fun times of your childhood and help your own kids to enjoy and appreciate those customs? Furthermore, would you like to share those memories with others? If you visit an online community for family traditions like Our Family Tradition you may become inspired. Here are five Halloween family traditions you should reinstate and share with others who may appreciate them as well:

1. Create Fun Halloween Games For the Kids

Organize a Halloween party every year. Decorate the house with spooky decor, have the kids get dressed in costume, then let your creativity and imagination soar. Get your Halloween game on with these fun ideas:

  • Bobbing for Apples: This is a custom from long ago that should not be forgotten. Why? Simply because it's fun and challenging at the same time. Fill up an over-sized bucket with cool water and several apples. Each child takes a turn at trying to snag an apple, with hands behind their back, and using only his or her mouth. If the child succeeds, he or she gets another turn. If not, the turn is passed to the next child. You can make the game more interesting by offering prizes for the child that grabs the most apples

  • Variations of "Pin the Tail" : Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, the child tries to pin an arm or leg on a skeleton or eyes on a ghost. Get creative and have the kids draw their own skeletons or ghosts for this game. It's most suitable for the younger set.

  • Witch Hat Toss Across: Here's a ring toss game with a spooky twist. Have the kids make miniature witches hats from construction paper. Be sure the hats have extended pointy tips. Grab some plastic rings and try to toss them onto the pointed hats for prizes.

  • Mini Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe: Simply create a large tic-tac-toe board and use mini pumpkins for the markers. To differentiate the markers for both opponents, use one standard pumpkin and one that is decorated.

2. Get Into Smashing Pumpkins

No, not the rock band, but the activity itself. When the Halloween festivities are over and it's time to take down the decorations, make it a tradition to smash your pumpkins just for fun. Some folks feel it's a therapeutic way to wind down after the holiday. Older kids can use a baseball bat, and they will especially love this idea, although they should be supervised by an adult.

3. Fill Up a Bat, Pumpkin, or Witch Piñata With Treats

Here's a custom to initiate every year. The kids can create their own Halloween piñata or buy a pre-made one at a craft or Halloween party store. Fill the pinata with candy, toys, vouchers, and anything else that seems appropriate. Hang it in a designated spot, then make it a family tradition to break the piñata on Halloween eve.

4. Get the Gang in the Kitchen for a Halloween Cook-Off

Start a family tradition of cooking pre-holiday treats together. Consider candied caramel apples, caramel popcorn balls, monster "finger" sandwiches, candy corn cupcakes, and anything else you can conjure up. Decorate cookies to resemble a cat face, a spider, or a ghost. It doesn't matter much what you cook or bake—just do it together and celebrate this family tradition at Halloween.

5. Create Do It Yourself Costumes

Starting now, make it a tradition for each family member to create his or her own Halloween costume from start to finish. First the idea is envisioned, then a "blueprint" is drawn out on paper, and it's time for the fun to begin. The younger children may need help from an adult to assemble the costume, but the idea should be their own.

If the idea appeals to you, take it one step further and have the entire gang get dressed as a family. This can be a family of coordinated ghouls, a matching herd of zebras, or a family pack of wolves. It's fun to coordinate matching costumes for the entire family.

As a final thought for your Halloween family traditions, don't forget to capture those memories in pictures and video. Then share those traditions online where other families can enjoy them.