Too young for spooky Halloween fun? Think again. Your little goblins might be too young for going out trick or treating, but you can still have your own fun at home with a Halloween themed playdate. Add to your spooky celebrations by dressing up in homemade Halloween costumes, making your own scary decorations and playing a few fun games.
And staying home means there’s no need to worry about large ‘swag buckets’ of nasty treats, or feel guilty about unhealthy sweets and snacks because you can have fun and ditch the junk!
If you’re weaning this spooky ‘hallowean’ rice cake idea is just the trick, and for toddlers try these creepy treats that are actually good for you and your little ones! #SmallWins
Spooky spider rice cakes: you just need three rice cakes for the body (we used Organix tasty Raspberry & Blueberry Rice Cakes which come with the reassurance of the Organix No Junk Promise), a few blackberries – crushed for painting the spiders’ web and halved for the top of the body - and a few chopped grapes for the crawly legs.
Edible Eyeballs: just halve some cherry tomatoes and scoop out the seeds, then fill with cream cheese (easy and not so messy if you use a small piping bag!) and pop a couple of cooked peas on the centre of the cream cheese for the pupils.
Witch’s Cheese Fingers: cut some cheddar cheese into finger strips about 5cm long, trim one end into a finger shape tip, draw the knuckle lines with the end of a spoon, and place a piece of red pepper on each fingertip.
Apple Bites: cut a small red apple into 6 wedges (a size your little one can handle), remove the core and seeds. Pop the apple slices in a bowl of water and a little lemon juice so the apple doesn’t brown, then one piece at a time carve a zig zag shape into the skin side, so it looks like teeth.
Scary Bug: Goodies mini oaty bites make a great bugs’ body! To decorate, cut two circles from an apple slice for the eyes, and pop half a blueberry on each to finish them off, then cut six small pieces of apple and pop three on each side of the bar for the legs.
For information on these snack ideas and more delicious Halloween recipes head over to organix.com.
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Pin the nose on the pumpkin
This is just like Pin The Tail On The Donkey but replace the donkey with a pumpkin and get your little one to try and guess where his nose would be. Simple, but effective, this is a great learning game for your tot, but will also be fun for your older children. Replace the pin with a sticker, for safety reasons.
EVERYONE is talking about slime at the moment aren't they? If you haven't tried it with your tots yet (we don't blame you), Halloween is a good time to start. Simply mix PVA glue, water, starch, glitter and some sort of Halloween themed confetti to a bowl and stir.
Wrap some paper around some skittles and draw ghostly faces on them. Alternatively, just stick some googly eyes onto toilet rolls. Split up into two teams and see who can knock the most skittles down – it’s a great one to boost your toddler’s co-ordination skills and is lots of fun. Just move anything fragile out of harm’s way before the game begins!
As giving your toddler a carving knife probably isn’t the cleverest idea, hand him a crayon or washable felt tip pen to go crazy with instead and encourage him to decorate his pumpkin. As well as being a fun game for your toddler, this encourages him to be creative and starts the tradition for the future. The whole family can get involved with a prize for the most creative design.
Dress the Mummy (literally!)
DISCLAIMER: You’ll need lots of loo roll for this! If you can face cleaning up the mess afterwards, a mummy making game is great fun. Let your toddler run riot with the paper, wrapping it around you like a mummy. If there are other mums with you, get their kids to do the same and the child to wrap their mum the quickest wins!
Hide a few pumpkin around the house and garden and set your tot the challenge of finding them all. You can even create some (obvious) clues to help him along his way, or perhaps a map with some treasure at the end. This is a good alternative to trick or treating if your little one is still too young.
Ghouls and ghosts dress up
It wouldn’t be Halloween without spooky costumes. Which is why one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween with your toddler is offering him a huge chest filled with dressing up options to go crazy with.
Split into teams and see who can race on a broom from one end of the garden to the other the fastest. Throw in a few capes and some witches hats for added effect.
Bobbing for creepy crawlies
Fill a bucket with water and throw in some (fake) creepy crawlies that your toddler can catch – you can them count them together and award prizes.
Forget baking cakes or buying bags of sweets for the trick or treaters – invest in some icing and get your toddler to decorate some Halloween inspired biscuits.
Paper plate pumpkins
Another easy option if you don't want to trust your tots with carving a pumpkin, simply get some paper plates and orange paint and let them design their own pumpkin plates! These also make cute decorations for years to come.
All you'll need for this one is a couple of straws and plastic toy spiders. The first one to blow their spider across the finish line is the winner!
Party in a box!
Make memories with your little one by throwing a fun Halloween party for them and their friends. Plus, why not make it stress-free by getting all of your Halloween decorations and tableware in one place from Party In A Box? Easy peasy!
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a happily sleeping baby. After hours (or what feels like it) trying to soothe them, when they finally drift off and silence reigns once again there’s something rewarding in peeking through the door, or checking your baby monitor and seeing your baby sound asleep.
The latest model to join the Out ‘n’ About range is the new GT pushchair. A good one for cruising around town or casually strolling down those country park roads, the GT has been designed with both the parent and child in mind.