The weather is cooling down, the pumpkin patches are now open, and the Halloween decorations are coming out to play. October is in full swing! We’ve come up with a list of fun and festive activities that you and your family can enjoy during the month of October.
Head to the Farm
Whether you want to pick apples and pumpkins, stock up on apple cider donuts, or get lost in a corn maze, local farms have it all! Apple and pumpkin picking are fun activities every member of the family can enjoy! And who doesn’t love a warm glazed apple cider donut paired with a hot cup of cider after a long day at the farm? Most farms have markets, where you can stock up on fresh produce or even purchase delicious baked goods. Some farms even have petting zoos or fun activities like corn mazes and face painting.
Get Lost in a Haunted House
Are you looking for a thrill? Head to a haunted house to add some fright to your night. Each haunted house offers their visitors a different experience, so be sure to research the attraction before visiting to make sure you are ready for all it has to offer. Can’t find a haunted house near you? Check out this list of the 50 Scariest Haunted House Attractions in the U.S.
Host a Halloween Movie Marathon
Are you looking for something to do with your friends and family, but don’t want to shell out the extra bucks? Host a Halloween Movie Marathon! We’re sure Michael Meyers will not come knocking at your door with these family-friendly movies. So cuddle up on the couch with your favorite treats and let the movie marathon begin! Here are our top picks that the whole family will enjoy:
- Corpse Bride
- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Edward Scissorhands
- Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, & Return to Halloweentown
- Hocus Pocus
- The Adam’s Family
- The Little Vampire
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
And what’s a movie without the treats? Here are some simple Halloween themed snacks your family will surely enjoy!
- Caramel Apple Nachos: Feed your sweet tooth with these super easy nachos. What you’ll need to whip up this yummy treat is (4) Granny Smith Apples, (1) cup of melted white chocolate chips, (3/4) cup of warmed caramel, (1) cup of chopped pretzels, and (2) Heath bars broken into pieces.
- Halloween Popcorn: All you need to make this delicious creation is (2) packs of microwave popcorn, (1) stick of butter, (1) cup of granulated sugar, (1/3) cup of heavy whipping cream, and (3-4) bags of Halloween themed candy. We suggest candy corn, gummy worms, candy eyes, and M&M’s.
- Halloween Snack Mix: Short on time? This mouth-watering snack will for sure feed your sweet and salty craving and will be ready in minutes. What you’ll need is (2) cups of pretzels, (1) 8 oz pack of Rasinets, (1) 6 oz pack of Crunch ‘n Munch, (1) 6.75 oz pack of candy corn, (1) 10.5 oz pack of Reese’s Pieces, and (1) cup of golden raisins.
Collect Colorful Fall Leaves
Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. The leaves start to change colors and begin to fall. Invite the beauty of fall into your home with these simple DIY crafts.
- Autumn Leaf Fairy Lights: Give your home a little dose of autumn with these beautiful lights. What you’ll need is a collection of fall leaves, wax paper, an iron, Uhu glue, and string fairy lights. You can purchase the string fairy lights for $11.99 at amazon.com.
- Fall Leaf Mobile: Spruce up any space with a dose of color. This simple leaf mobile is a perfect addition to add some autumn zen to any space. All you’ll need is a watercolor paint set, a leaf paper cutter, string, and a stick. You can purchase the watercolor paint set for $12.99 and leaf paper cutter for $16.49 on amazon.com. You can use any paper for the leaves, but if you want to give your leaves a little texture, you can use a textured embossing folder and embossing machine. Any craft store should have these.
- Leaf Print Wall Art: Give your walls some love by hanging up some leaf print wall art. You’ll need a collection of leaves, (3) shades of acrylic paint, (1) soft paintbrush, a bowl of water, (1) hard brayer (you can use a bottle or rolling pin as well), waxed paper, and a pack of drawing paper.
Celebrate National Cookie Month
October is National Cookie Month! Who knew? A bake off is a perfect way to celebrate the occasion and spend quality time with the ones you love. Why not turn this bake off into an annual family tradition? Each member of the family can choose a different cookie recipe to bake and once they are all done, you can have a taste off to see who made the best cookies. Get creative and have fun!
We hope you enjoyed reading through our top festive activities to do during the month of October. Get out and enjoy the changing weather!
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