I love an excuse to do fun activities with my two, and we jump on every celebration or theme we can possibly celebrate year round. Halloween is no exception!
Here are 10 ways to have a fab halloween without spending a fortune…
1. Make your own decorations
Print your own bunting, and get the kids to colour, paint or stick things on it to make a great room decoration. My two love doing this and my free, printable, colour-in Halloween bunting is perfect for the job! Print as many times as you need, attach the triangles to twine, string or ribbon and your Halloween house will start to take shape!
2. Pick your own pumpkin
Pop your wellies on and head over to a pick-your-own field to get some fresh air and choose your own pumpkins. You can pick up a pumpkin carving kit for next to nothing in most supermarkets or bargain shops – let the carving competition begin!
3. Have a Halloween hunt
Download and print my free Halloween pumpkin treasure hunt clues to have lots of fun at home. Simply hide the treats at the end of the trail and let the children have fun finding them.
Places like Amazon, Hobbycraft and The Range usually have great paintable decorations, and they’re really inexpensive. This is the perfect activity for a rainy October day and will keep the kids busy for hours. Once they’re dry, coat with a PVA/water solution to give them a glaze so you can enjoy them for years to come. I did these with my two, and they were just £1 each! Read my post on decorating for Halloween on a budget for more ideas.
5. Shop the sales
Buy the kids’ costumes in the sale – this is one you’ll need to do a year in advance to get the best prices. Last year, after Halloween, I picked up these costumes heavily reduced in Sainsburys for just £3 per set! The kids are all ready for this year now and I haven’t had to spend a small fortune. (My bonkers children wearing them for a garden bike ride nowhere near Halloween! 😆)
6. Have a tea party
My two always celebrate Halloween with their cousins, and we have a little spooky tea party to make the most of it. Click here for my really simple cupcake recipe – then decorate with colourful icing (we usually do green and orange!) and Halloween cake toppers. You can get a set of cake toppers from Amazon, like these here, for just a few quid.
For more Halloween themed food ideas – read my post on family friendly Halloween recipes.
7. Enjoy a break away
Book a last minute October half-term break and enjoy all of the spooky activities on offer. Last year, just two weeks before half-term began, Haven were offering breaks for just £79! (Less than the cost of a trip to the zoo for a family of four!) Spontaneous, last-minute fun is always the best, so book a cheap break away and spend some quality time with the family.
8. Look for local activities
Lots of craft shops will have themed activities, and country parks often offer trails and outdoor fun. Last year, we booked a Halloween trail with potion making, woodland craft, a campfire and roasted marshmallows during half term week, and the kids loved it! It was just £8 per child; it’s well worth having a search online to see what is on offer in your area.
9. Have a spooky cinema trip
Lots of cinemas show throwback kid’s Halloween movies, which are often priced at just a few pounds per ticket under the movies for juniors title, and there are always new releases too. Sign up to trial Kids Pass for just £1 and you can get 40% off of cinema tickets! The cinema is a great way to spend a wet October afternoon.
10. Make a ghoulish piñata
Piñatas are great fun to make and even more fun to destroy! They work brilliantly as a Halloween decoration, as well as being the perfect way to keep the sweets hidden until the big day. Click through to find out how to make your own.