We do the same thing every year in our neighborhood.  We get in our costumes way too early, look out the window until we start to see other kids make their way down the street.

I have an idea of what I think will happen and then plans get thrown out the way once the evening starts.

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to fun games and cute recipes that I will never make…

Then the days leading up to Halloween can also bring feelings of nervousness and sometimes tears from kids… as you know anything can happen with tiny humans.  Which is why it is important to have a backup plan with indoor pumpkin party games and easy recipes, just in case.

I learned this a few years ago when my twins’ had a fever and we could not partake in any of the Trick-or-Treating.

My point is I like to keep it simple.  So simple that you might even find me digging for things we have at home versus visiting the over-crowded stores on Halloween Day.  The truth is the kids might not eat the cute food, spooky snacks, or fun treats because they really just want all that candy.

GAMES

A Halloween Ghost Game using foam board, wiggly eyes, and glue, and a sharpie.  Easy to take along to your party and for less than $10!

The few hours after school but before Trick or Treating can be so looooonnnng.  What to do while the kids are anxiously waiting for it to get dark?  A Halloween Scavenger Hunt with a free printable.

Sweeping Pumpkins relay game.  You will need brooms, small pumpkins, and competitive kids!

We always have glow in the dark necklaces for the neighborhood party.  Try using the glow necklaces as rings to toss on a pumpkin.  You will need large pumpkins with a stem.  See more details on this site.

For the kids who have an early bedtime or can’t wait to participate in Trick or Treating.  A Lollipop ghost tree.

This is a great one for toddlers- Halloween Pumpkin Bowling Game using toilet paper rolls.

Check out more 25 more unique games here

 

RECIPES

If your kids are like mine they like to eat walking around at a party.  Try these Coconut Banana Ghost Pops on a stick and they are sure to be a Spooky favorite treat!

Pilsbury Kitchens Recipes that kids can help make using Five Ingredients

Can we all agree that we don’t have time to bake anything on Halloween night?  This no bake Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip is a crowd pleaser for sure!

My kids did not eat dinner last year due to the excitement of Halloween (I feel so much better now) Lesson learned.  This year I plan to make Pumpkin Patch Hummus Dippers as a pre-game dinner.

What to do with all of the leftover candy?  Try these easy M&M’s Oat Bars recipe.

 

From All of US at Austin Moms Have fun Going Trick-or-Treating!   

 

What are you looking forward to most about this Halloween?

Priscilla is a coffee snob, coupon addict, Town Lake trail runner, Disney Mom who enjoys baking sweet treats.  She’s wife to Doug and Mom of twin girls’ Elizabeth & Evelyn (5).  Her baby story involved IVF which led to leaving her apartment manager career behind to pursue a dream as a stay-at-home Mom. She’s a classroom volunteer Mom or can be found at a bakery and farmers market.  She believes breakfast for dinner is a cure for a bad day.  Belgian waffles!  You can hear her contagious giggle on her Instagram Stories @prisbennett

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