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What I'm Loving: Our Halloween Traditions

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Boo! Halloween is next week! We are both so excited to share some of our favorite Halloween family traditions with you. We think they are pretty Spooktacular!


Boo Bags. Children leave a surprise bag of treats at a friend's home and then run away! It's hilarious for the kids, and often quite funny for all of the adults involved. The recipient then has to pass along the fun to a new friend. Purchase Boo Bags here.


Jokes & "Tricks." In our area, children have to share a joke or trick before they are given candy. We've heard our fair share of knock knock jokes, but have also seen cheer squads perform stunts in support of a Halloween food drive.


Halloween movies. Some of our family-friendly favorites are Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Spookley the Square Pumpkin.


Halloween music. We love to play Apple Music and Spotify Halloween playlists throughout the Halloween season and especially on Halloween night.


Pumpkin Carving, Decorating and Painting. Our family loves to carve, decorate and paint pumpkins. We've gotten creative in the past with it.



It's "Chili!" We prepare Chili in a slowcooker every Halloween, even on those unseasonably warm evenings. When Mother Nature doesn't want it to be a crisp fall night, we pretend that she did!


Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Quesadillas. I typically prepare cheese quesadillas some time the week of Halloween. Right after they come off the griddle, we'll cut out shapes for the eyes, nose, mouth and stem. It's a great way to make dinner time fun and to get into the spooky spirit.



Pumpkin Dip. It's delicious with graham crackers, apple slices and ginger snaps. We'll post the recipe soon! (Stay tuned!)


Candy Corn & Peanut Mix. A bag of candy corn and a container of lightly salted peanuts imitate a PayDay candy bar but much more festive!



Glow Bracelets/Necklaces. I usually find a great assortment of these at various stores during the Halloween season. Before we leave the house to trick-or-treat, all children and adults in our party have to wear a few of these glow-in-the-dark accessories. Although we use cell phones and traditional flashlights Halloween night, these glow items help drivers see the crowds of people down the dark streets.


Great Pumpkin/Switch Witch. These fictitious characters pal around with the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. They may have different Halloween-esque names but they have the same role... On Halloween night, children leave out candy (as much as they'd like) and the Switch Witch or Great Pumpkin will take it and leave the children something in its place. Usually books, gift cards, maybe something Christmasy for the next holiday season. The Great Pumpkin and Switch Witch are always happy to take candy off your hands and parents are thankful for it!


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