Halloween Fun for the Whole Family!
Halloween has long been a festive favourite in the US. From kids dressing up as ghosts and witches to families carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, it is easy to see why Halloween is such a fun time for everyone. As the spooky celebration becomes even more popular here in the UK, we’ve put together a list of games that the whole family can enjoy without fear!
1) Apple bobbing
Perfect for the young vampires in your life, apple bobbing is the go-to family game on Halloween! Get hold of a container which is deep enough to pour water and apples into, and long or wide enough for everyone in your family to join in. Fill the container three-quarters of the way up with water, and then pour some apples into it. If you would prefer each competitor to take turns separately, place five apples into the container at a time. But if the whole family wants to play together, aim for two apples per competitor. You can also use two containers so that two players can compete against one another at the same time. The main rule is to not use your hands, usually by placing them behind your back. Using a timer, the aim of the game is to catch an apple with your teeth before the time is up. The first person to catch an apple wins the game. Our tip is to use smaller apples – they will be easier for kids to grab hold of with their fangs!
2) Wrapping up your “mummies” in loo roll
For one day of the year, mummies can dress up as Egyptian mummies! This is a really fun game which goes down as a treat among the kids on Halloween. It’s also a great activity to suggest when your friends and their children are around. It’s really simple! Whoever wraps up their mum (but it could be someone else’s mum, dad or a family friend, too) the fastest (and most convincingly!) using two loo rolls, wins the game. To avoid wasting lots of loo roll, you could turn all the used toilet paper into paper-mâché skulls, pumpkins or ghosts! Waste not, want not – even on Halloween!
3) Guessing the number of pumpkin seeds in a jar
Another way to reduce Halloween waste is to repurpose pumpkin seeds. Roasting your leftover pumpkin seeds can take a while, so we would recommend doing this the night before Halloween. (For our method, see below.* NB The methods could also be used for an Instagram post, and the link to this blog post could be included to generate more traffic to our website.) Once they are roasted, the seeds can be dyed and poured into a see-through jar or glass. You can then ask your little ones to guess the number of seeds inside the container. Whoever guesses the number closest to the real total wins a prize. Who said maths had to be scary?
4) Halloween charades
Charades isn’t just played at Christmas! On small pieces of paper, write one thing related to Halloween on each, and put the pieces of paper into a bowl or Halloween bag. Players will stand up one at a time, pick a piece of paper from the bowl or bag, and then try to communicate the word or phrase they have chosen using mime. The player who guesses the most words or phrases correctly wins the game.
5) Bowling with ghosts!
Face your fear of ghosts by knocking down as many as you can in one go! Draw faces of ghosts on white recyclable cups and assemble them in a tower. Using a small ball, try to knock down as many cups as you can. The player who knocks down the most ghosts wins!
6) Racing with pumpkins
This game is the perfect excuse to get your kids to dress up as their favourite Halloween character! Racing with pumpkins is best played outside, so your garden or a local park are good locations. Before you start the race, make sure you have enough pumpkins for each player, and that every child taking part is wearing comfy, sturdy shoes. Halloween should be fun, not scary, and no one wants a trip to A&E! On the word “Go!”, kids will race with a pumpkin in their arms, and the first to cross the finish line wins. Another thing to remember is to weigh each pumpkin beforehand to make sure they are of equal weight. No cheating!
7) Head down to Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm Park!
For a fun family day out, Bocketts Farm in Surrey has got plenty to keep your kids occupied this Halloween weekend! You can capture your kids’ smiles in cute family photos snapped inside the farm’s Pumpkin Village, meet and greet majestic owls and birds of prey, take home one of Bocketts Farm’s very own pumpkins, and be amazed by Einstein’s Entertainers at the Science and Slime Shows – an event your budding scientists won’t want to miss! The event takes place between October 23rd – 31st. Please see their website for more details.
8) Have a picture-perfect Halloween at Tulleys Farm!
Also in Surrey, Tulleys Farm is hosting a PYO Pumpkins event, and with over 30 different photo opportunities, you and your family will look more delightful than frightful on your friends’ Instagram feeds! The farm produces around 450,000 pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, so there will be plenty to take home with you to decorate your doorstep or transform into a delicious pumpkin pie! And if your little one is old enough to have a later bedtime, Tulleys Farm is also organising Pumpkin Nights, so you can have an extra special Halloween under a blanket of stars! No need to worry about the bed bugs biting, because the only nibbles served will be those at the bar alongside your favourite drinks. Pumpkin Nights will run from October 8th – 31st. For more information, please visit the Tulleys Farm website.
We hope you’ve been inspired to have a jam-packed Halloween weekend, and that the fun and games will keep your little ones out of trouble for a while. If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post, let us know at email@example.com. And as always, you can share your spook-free tips with us on Instagram @tompomorganic. Have a very happy Halloween!