Fun family Halloween activities to do with your family during your home time

Posted: October 25, 2021

As a truck driver, time at home can be limited. This makes it more important than ever to be intentional in how you spend your time with family. As Halloween approaches, here are some fun activities you can do with your kids and grandkids to celebrate this spooky season:  
 
1. Carve a pumpkin 
 
People have been carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for centuries. There is something so fun about cutting into a pumpkin, pulling out that gooey mess of pumpkin seeds, and designing a pumpkin masterpiece. You’ll want newspaper or a drop cloth on the ground, a sharp paring knife to cut, a pen or pencil to draw out your design, and an ice cream scoop to remove the pulp.  
 
2. Create a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood 
 
Do your neighbors have their spooky decorations up? Design a scavenger hunt to do with the kids. Put together a list of pumpkins, monsters, spiders and other spooky characters and decorations you might see and then head out for a walk around the neighborhood. How many things will you spot?  
 
3. Make a candy wreath 
 
’Tis the season for candy! Grab a wreath form, a hot glue gun and a few bags of candy. You and the kids will have so much fun putting together this festive and fun decoration. Add a colorful ribbon for a finishing touch.  
 
4. Paint spooky rocks 
 
Collect some rocks outside and transform them into scary creatures with paint. Zombies, ghosts, Frankensteins, rock vampires - the possibilities are endless!  
 
5. Play scary Tic Tac Toe 
 
Use your painted rocks to play a game of spooky Tic Tac Toe. Create a few of each character and then build a Tic Tac Toe board with painters’ tape on the table. Once your rocks are dry, you’re ready to play a few rounds of Tic Tac Toe!  
 
6. Bake some monster cookies 
 
Mix up a batch of sugar cookies. Divide the batter into several bowls and add different colors of food coloring to each bowl. Drop spoonfuls of colorful dough on a baking sheet and bake according to your recipe. Once the cookies are done, but still warm, add multiple candy eyeballs to each cookie.  
 
7. Play squash ring toss 
 
Use paint or colorful paint to decorate six small butternut squash. Line them up and try to toss rings around them.  
 
8. Visit a pumpkin patch 
 
Pumpkin patches aren’t just about picking out a pumpkin to bring home - although you can do that too. Many pumpkin farms also have a variety of family-friendly activities you can do together. Corn mazes, pumpkin sling shots, farm animals and hayrides are just a few of the things you might be able to do at your local pumpkin patch.  
 
9. Watch your favorite Halloween movie together 
 
There’s no shortage of great Halloween movies, so consider choosing something a little spookier to watch at your next movie night. There are options for every age and whether you want something that will keep you up at night or something a little more lighthearted. Some of our favorite family-friendly Halloween flicks include Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Ghostbusters, Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper and Goosebumps.  
 
10. Throw a family Halloween party 
 
Make some Halloween-themed snacks and break out your Halloween costumes for a family Halloween party! Put together a playlist of spooky music, including “Monster Mash”, “I Put a Spell On You”, and “This is Halloween”, to turn it into a dance party your kids will remember.  
 
We’d love to see how you’re celebrating the Halloween season with your kids and grandkids during your home time! Post your photos to Facebook and tag our Driving for Tyson Foods page so we can see them!  


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