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Tricky and Fun Ideas

Halloween can be extra tricky. Scary is fun but too much scary is, well… SCARY! I want to make it spooky …in a good way. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to all things scary so making plans that help make this time of year fun and tricky are much more my style. With a wave of my magic wand, I’ll put a healthy spell on this Halloween.

Let your brains ooze with safe and not-so-scary ideas.

Check out a few of these Halloween suggestions

Trick or treating: Fun not creepy, with smart strategies .

  • Greeting the little ghosts and goblins is part of the fun of Halloween. Make sure you comment on all the costumes. The kids love to show them off.
  • Make things more fun with spooky decorations around the front of your home.
  • When your kids return, keep their top three favorite candy types and donate the rest to charity.  Check out our tips to navigate Halloween sugar overload.
  • Drop off prepared bags of candy to neighbor’s homes with a note from their neighborhood witch. Ring the doorbell, yell Boo and run!

Get in the Spirit: It doesn’t have to be creepy to be Halloween fun.

  • Decorate your car.
  • Go on a hayride at your local pumpkin farm.
  • Set up a few Halloween craft sets, coloring books and supplies for the kids. Check out these spooky and not so scary children’s Halloween books for the family to read together.
  • Drive around and look at everyone’s decorations. Who has the best carved pumpkins?
  • Make yummy Halloween inspired recipes like this cute recipe for Mummy Hot Dogs. Try some tasty pumpkin recipes like these yummy Pumpkin Pancakes.

Haunted in your home: Your home is your own haunted castle…or crypt…or just extra spooky!

  • Set up a “haunt” in your home. A bonus of keeping it in your own haunted house is you control the type of candy and other treasures for the big and little kids.
  • Decorate with cobwebs, spiders and all things eek-worthy. Put the lights down low to create a spookier atmosphere and play Halloween themed music.
  • Set up games and activities such as bobbing for apples, pin the nose on the pumpkin and making each other into a mummy using toilet paper!. Check out more fun ideas here.
  • Create clues for where you have hidden candy or other treats and treasures. Let your own inner creative goblin brain flow to write clues such as “Find your treasure with other things that measure” (answer: the drawer with the measuring cups.)

Costumes: Host a costume contest for family, friends or school mates.

  • Dressing up is fun, no matter the age. Create categories to judge like scariest, goriest and funniest.

Movie Night: Embrace the gory, the scary the scream-worthy movies of October.

  • Whatever your flavor, you can find a movie the whole family will want to watch together. Hocus Pocus and Ghost Busters are two of my favorites. (Did I mention I don’t like scary?!) Check out this listing for more ideas. Ok, I love Casper too!

Food Fun: Creep out your kids with a classic Halloween party game, “Guess What It Is.” Place items in boxes with cut out spaces to insert hands. Write and or decorate what is in the box, such as brains or ears.  Everyone writes down what they think is being used. Just the suggestion that the box is filled with eyeballs brings out the icky! Ewww!

  • Eyeballs. Peeled grapes or olives
  • Guts. Any kind of long stringy pasta. Add a bit of oil so the strands are extra slippery.
  • Brains. Steamed cauliflower
  • Ears. Dried apricots
  • Teeth. Dried corn kernels or candy corn
  • Liver. Canned peaches
  • Fingernails. Slivered almonds
  • Fingers. Carrot sticks

Halloween doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Treat your tricksters with creative Halloween-inspired snacks. Check out these cute…I mean scary… ideas.



Mini pumpkins. Peel clementines and insert a short celery stick into the top of each of them. So cute…not scary!







Jack O’ Lantern Fruit Bowls. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of a large orange. Scoop out the inside as carefully as possible (a grapefruit knife would be helpful). Then cut out the jack o’ lantern face and the top in a diagonal pattern. Fill with any combination of fruit you like.





Ghostly bananas: Peel bananas and cut them straight across about three-quarters of the way down. Using a dab of nut butter, stick three chocolate chips onto each banana to make a ghostly face. These ghostly treats will quickly disappear!





Oozing brains: Cut off the top of a pepper neatly and seed and core. Using a sharp knife, cut out the jack o’ lantern face. Fill with pasta of your choice. The kids will be screaming!



Brew up a tasty meal tonight!

Find more (not scary) recipes in your DinnerTime Recipe Box.
You can search for an ingredient (e.g. eggplant, etc) the name or part of the name of a recipe (lasagna), a cuisine (Italian), type of dish (e.g. soup), an occasion (Thanksgiving, breakfast, tailgating, etc).

The kids will love these little “pumpkin” bites!

Fill up your little ghosts and goblins with this healthy soup.

A creative use of a pepper!