Halloween family activities (2017)

This year, in this family, we’re taking it very seriously for Halloween 😀 As a foreigners, we feel like we need to expose our daughter not only to our traditions but also to the ones from the country where she’s born. There’s just a little problem: we don’t know that much about those traditions. So we’re doing our research, learning about them, and trying to get her exposed from an early age.

For a couple of years I’ve been asking my American friends what’s the best age to start gong trick or treating. There hasn’t been much consensus about it, but I think she’s ready this year. She’s a bit over two, she can make herself understood when she needs it and she likes costumes.

Apart from that, I’m trying to find family friendly activities to celebrate Halloween in our little family. Here’s some that we may be trying

  • Pumpkin patches. Pumpkin patches are a very and there are plenty everywhere. Here’s a few ones for those of you in the Bay Area: East BayBay Area, and another Bay Area list. We’ve been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch since our daughter’s first Halloween, but we thought she wouldn’t enjoy it till she’d be a bit older. This year she’s 2 and a half and I think she’s ready for some mazes, bounce houses, picking pumpkins, petting farm animals, and hay rides. So there we go!
  • Pumpkin festivals.  Maybe there aren’t as many as pumpkin patches, but for sure they are a very good option for a fun family destination in October. For example, the Half Moon Bay Annual Festival is a popular event with a parade, a pumpkin contest, arts and crafts, music, food, wine and craft beers, and pumpkins… pumpkins everywhere. This year we’re not missing it!
  • Boo at the Zoo. Not sure if other zoos organize Halloween parties, but the San Francisco one does, and it looks like lots of fun. It includes costumes, trick or treat at the Zoo, special trails, and decorations.
  • Halloween parties at children museums. For example, the Goblin Jamboree at the BADM. Just reading at the program and activities it makes *me* want to go: wand design, glow-in-the-dark trains, spooky sticker room, potion laboratory, and much more! The best thing about the BADM is that they offer activities suitable for all ages, this party is for children ages 6 months to 10 years.
  • Pumpkin carving… and pumpkin painting. I think she’s a little bit young for pumpkin carving, so this year I got inspired by this blog post, and we may try pumpkin painting with acrylic paint, stickers, sharpies, purpurin and whatever we find in our arts and crafts trunk.
  • Trick or treat at your nearest  downtown. Walnut Creek is organizing Trick or Treat in downtown on October 27th, 2017.  Brodway Plaza has their own event on October 31st, 2017.
  • Decorating your home. This is always fun and depending what your kids like, you can go scary or more friendly. You can spend lots of money on it, but you also don’t have to. Here’s a very cute and inexpensive decoration that my friends put together to decorate their home with tape, trash bags, spider webs ($3.79), hairy spiders ($8.29), and some christmas lights.

Going to a fun event with your family to celebrate Halloween and feel like sharing? Please do in the comments section!

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