In celebration of Melie’s first Halloween I have put together 13 Halloween activities you can do with your baby! I know not everyone gets into the Halloween spirit but I think it’s a bit of fun and I always enjoyed the festivities when I was a kid.
Halloween is mostly about getting your creep on and/or eating bucketfuls of lollies. Since neither of these things are appropriate for babies, I’ve compiled a list of things to do that are baby/toddler friendly (with parent supervision of course!).
1. Spooky Spaghetti
This is a really fun one and you can rest easy knowing it’s safe if your little one decides that they look good enough to eat.
A thin coating of cooking oil ensures they are nice and slippery and you can use food colouring to make them weird colours. If using food colouring sounds like too much effort you can just leave them ‘au naturelle’ and pretend that their slimy worms 😉
2. Zombie Fingerpainting
It might be a bit macabre but I reckon zombie finger painting using edible red finger paint would be the perfect Halloween activity. It would also make for some pretty crazy photos, especially if you’re a fan of shows like The Walking Dead.
There are a range of different ways to make edible finger paints. Some use greek yoghurt as a base, others make up a cornstarch mix and another I’ve seen uses baby rice cereal. For vibrant hue you could use red food colouring or if that bothers you try to dye your paint naturally using raspberries or beetroot.
3. House of ‘Horrors’
The name may sound scary but it’s really just a little area full of exciting things. Simply lay a cardboard box down on the floor. Then you can hang short lengths of ribbon, pairs of socks or baby pram toys from the ‘ceiling’ of the box.
Babies that aren’t mobile can lay and look up at them and for crawling babies, you could make your box into a tunnel for them to make their way through.
4. Spider Web Discovery Basket
Most babies love sticking their hands where they shouldn’t and this gives them full permission to. This is obviously suited to babies that are confidently sitting up by themselves as they’ll need to reach in.
Just thread some wool through the holes in your washing basket and pop some of your bub’s favourite toys inside.
5. Halloween Sensory Bag
I just love the idea of sensory bags! Some of the interesting Halloween stuff is way too small to be trusted around babies as it may present a choking hazard. Keeping these things contained within a sensory bag allows babies to look and touch without the worry.
6. Spooky Story Time
Keep things simple and just pick up a couple of books for a spooky story time. There are several great books for preschoolers that will get you into the Halloween spirit.
7. Halloween Roasted Veggies
If your little one has started solids, these roasted veggies would be a fun treat for dinner on Halloween! The witches hats are made from beetroot, the pumpkins are made from sweet potato and the ghosts are made from white potato.
8. Haunted Sensory Bottle
These are very similar to sensory bags but instead it uses a bottle to contain the mess. Although glass bottles look better, I would personally use plastic as it isn’t as heavy or breakable. You can also use superglue or a hot glue gun to ensure the lid stays put.
This would be great for a baby to hold and look at or if your bub is very young put it in front of them to look at whilst doing tummy time!
9. Ghostly Mobile
I had to include this idea as it is so cute! I get serious Casper the Friendly Ghost vibes from this one and I think it is a perfect way to introduce something a little spooky to very young babies.
You can easily whip together a ghostly mobile and hang it out of reach above your baby’s cot, bassinet or swing chair. Simply ball up a piece of facial tissue, place another tissue over the top and then tie it off with an elastic band or a bit of string. To make it into a mobile you could thread them through a paper plate or hang them from a twig. Oh, and don’t forget to draw some scary little faces on them!
10. Pumpkin Guts Squishy Bag
If you are carving a pumpkin with an older child (or maybe your a big kid yourself) don’t throw away the insides! Plop them into a ziploc bag to make a pumpkin guts squishy bag for your baby to feel.
11. Swamp Water Bath
So, this one might just be an excuse to treat your baby to a milk bath. Photos on Pinterest make them look glorious and luxurious however if I tried to do a milk bath it would probably end up looking like murky swamp water… But hey that would be perfect for Halloween, right!?
12. Creepy Hand and Foot Prints
This is a fun thing to do on Halloween but also has the added benefit of keeping track of the size of your child’s hands and feet. A footprint can be transformed into a ghost or Frankensteins monster. Hands, of course, make great spiders.
13. Halloween Costumes
You don’t have to go Trick or Treating to dress up. There are so many cute baby Halloween costumes out there, you could just dress them up at home or on your day out to the shops. There are also heaps of costumes you can DIY or just tops or bodysuits with cute Halloween pictures on them.
Do you have any other ideas to add? Is Halloween something you get into or do you not bother?