I don't know about you guys, but I'm over here geeking out over the fact that Halloween is TOMORROW! Our family costume this year, per Avery's request, is a Beauty and the Beast theme.
In truth, we have been celebrating Halloween for the entire month of October. At 2.5 years old, this is the first time that Avery truly understands the concept of Halloween and has been SO excited about it. Naturally, I've been taking full advantage of this. I've scoured the internet and the depths of my creativity to come up with activities that are age appropriate for our toddler during this Halloween season. Here's a list of some of our favorites from this past month:
Cotton ball ghosts. Light colored paper (background), dark colored paper (eyes/mouth), cotton balls, and glue is all you need to make these babies. The glueing was definitely Avery's favorite part.
Toilet paper roll spiders. Just a few dollar store items to throw these together: googly eyes, black pipe cleaners, glue, black watercolor, and a cut up toilet paper or paper towel roll.
Pumpkin carving. Of course. We skipped on giving Avery the sharp tools this year, but the task she really enjoyed was pulling out all the pumpkin guts. We loosened them up with a scraper first to make the job a little easier for her, and this was actually a huge help for us too (I personally hate doing that part).
Halloween Themed Foods
Ghost pancakes. Ok, ok, not my finest work of art. But Avery didn't seem to mind.
Spider cupcakes. I used a healthier chocolate cupcake recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie. Here's the link: chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/07/10/my-go-t-chocolate-cupcake-recipe/ There were incredible, by the way, and you'd never know they were modified to be a healthier version. Add some pretzel sticks for legs, marshmallows for eyes, and a dollop of food coloring for eyeballs and voila.
Monster smoothies. AKA healthy green smoothies. Mom win! My recipe: banana, bit of vanilla yogurt, milk, spinach, bit of almond butter, and chia seeds.
Goodwill starts selling Halloween costumes in September, and that's quite honestly when they have the best selection. I bought Avery a few costumes just for dress up play (as well as parts to make our adult costumes) during that time. We used them pretty much all this past month for dress-up play and to "practice" trick-or-treating. Avery would pick a costume to wear, we'd grab our trick-or-treat buckets, and go and knock on the pantry door. Daddy was waiting inside, and when he opened the door he would put a healthy snack in each of our baskets.
Frequent Pumpkin Patch Visits
This one is pretty obvious, but pumpkin patches are SO toddler friendly. I'm talking petting zoos, piggy train rides, romping around in muddy corn mazes, climbing on hay bales, pumpkin bowling, etc. etc. etc. And some awesome family photo ops. Here'a few of my favorites from our pumpkin patch experiences.
Happy Halloween, my friends!!
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.