What is it with kids and Halloween? Whether it's the candy, the costumes or the promise of a spooky night, kids are drawn to this holiday. Between carving pumpkins, planning costumes and managing the sugar crash, though, Halloween can be stressful for parents. Here are some creative Halloween ideas for kids, including easy costume ideas, easy pumpkin carving alternatives, and how to handle the plethora of sugary treats.
Easy Costume Ideas
If you're not crafty, you can't sew and you can't deal with the way your child changes his or her mind about the Halloween costume every 3 days, take the easy way out.
Here are some easy costume ideas that will save your sanity this Halloween:
- If your little one isn't walking yet, put her in a Cabana Life infant rashguard onesie with a mermaid tail. You can wear a women's rashguard and swim leggings to dress as the lucky surfer who found the magical mermaid.
- Focus on the face - get a great mask, or use face paint to amp up the wow factor, and you won't have to worry too much about the rest of the costume.
- Indulge your child's creative side and let go of a little control. Ask your child how he or she would make the costume, then follow his or her lead.
- Attach all of your child's toy musical instruments to his or her clothing to make a one-man band costume.
- A striped shirt and thick black glasses become Where's Waldo?
- Stick white duct tape to black clothes to look like the bones of a skeleton.
- Got a bald baby? Draw a Charlie Brown squiggle on his head, and dress him in a yellow shirt. Use black duct tape to create the zig zag on the shirt.
- Give your child a mustache and a fake barbell, and he or she can be a "strong man."
- Buy a Hawaiian shirt at a thrift store, wear sunglasses, and dress up as a tourist.
Easy Pumpkin Carving Alternatives
Carving a pumpkin can be terrifying for an adult, much less a small child. Getting a sharp knife through that thick flesh is never easy.
Try these pumpkin decorating hacks that are much safer than traditional carving:
- Use a power drill with different sized bits to make a design in the pumpkin.
- Let kids have at it with a hammer and screwdriver or golf tee.
- Use paint and glitter to really make your pumpkins pop.
What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy
Even if you like a sweet treat now and then, having bucketloads of Halloween candy in the house can be a temptation that can make it harder to squeeze into your swimsuit during your winter vacation.
Try some of these options to quickly erase the Halloween candy hangover:
- The "switch witch" - Kids leave out the Halloween candy overnight, and the switch witch exchanges it for an awesome treat, like a new video game, toy or money.
- Donate it - Use the Halloween Candy Buy Back program to find a local business or dentist near you who will "buy" the candy for cash or another creative exchange. Your local Ronald McDonald house may also accept candy donations.
- Make a trail mix by adding some of your favorite candies (chopped into small pieces if necessary) to a bag of nuts, pretzels and raisins. Throw out the rest. We're serious.
- Fill a pinata and invite the neighborhood kids over for a festive winter party when the weather gets cold and you all have cabin fever.
- Look up science experiments with candy on Pinterest. You'll be forever grateful.
There's a lot that goes into celebrating Halloween, from carving pumpkins to coming up with costume ideas to dealing with the candy. Make this Halloween a little easier with these creative Halloween ideas for kids.