It’s officially Autumn – or do you say Fall? Either way, it’s a great time to do fun things to create memories and establish family traditions!
Here are a few easy and simple things we do each year before Halloween. Somehow along the way, all these things have become our family traditions – and the girls look forward to them all year long!
They are all simple and don’t cost much money – Yay!
Our tradition of Pumpking Painting started so innocently when Paprika was just a baby. Mr. M was out of town and I wanted to carve pumpkins with Paprika, but I got too frustrated doing it on my own. So, I just got out the paints instead and we painted the pumpkins! Now it’s a yearly tradition that everyone gets their own little pumpkin to paint! As I’ve said before – it’s always a great time to paint. 🙂
Of course – this led to the spin-off activity of Sticker Pumpkins when one year we ran out of paint! Ha!
Every year we visit the Pumpkin Patch at least one time. There are a few small, dinky pumpkin patches near our house. We live in the city, so it doesn’t feel…how shall I say…authentic? So, every year around this time, we load up in the van and drive an hour or more to the REAL pumpkin patch. It’s worth it every single time!
Last year it was about a billion degrees on the day we visited. Even so, the tractor ride was cool and refreshing:
We always make sure to ride the ponies at least a few times when we’re there. I think last year may have been Paprika’s last year as she was ALMOST at the height limit! Ah…memories!
We make a point to get everyone’s picture together before we head out for Trick or Treating. We stay out just a little bit, then come back home and set up a table on the front porch to pass out candy. I think the girls like passing out candy even more than they like getting candy!
One tradition we happened upon by accident is Halloween Baking! I found this little brownie pan at Target one year, and we’ve gotten so much use out of it. We always make Halloween brownies together and top them with sprinkles.
Easiest thing EVER!
It’s always a huge hit – as you might imagine. Everyone in our house is a little crazy about chocolate! 😉
We have always made Gingerbread Houses at Christmas – and for the past few years, we’ve made these Spooky Gingerbread Houses for Halloween! Some years I pick up a kit at Target – and some years, we make our own out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. Whenever we have a new baby – we’ve always used a kit! Haha. But this year, I think I may go back to the graham cracker version because you can be a little more creative that way.
Here is the one we made last year – we used an ice cube tray to organize all the decorations for the house:
That’s a good start to our Fall Traditions List. I plan on doing most of these things in October. In November, we usually gear up for Thanksgiving and do a bunch of activities revolving around gratitude and giving thanks!
What do you have planned for Halloween? What are your Autumn Traditions? Tell me in the comments! 🙂