Fun Activities that are Perfect for Halloween
Posted on October 21, 2015
You knew fall was coming when pumpkin spice lattes
came back. Next thing you know, the leaves are changing colors and there is a chill in there air. Now it's time to decorate for Halloween. This exciting time of year is filled with so
many different activities for adults and children alike. Get into the Halloween
spirit and have fun with your grandchildren doing these spooky activities.
This exciting and colorful outdoor activity only comes
around once a year. Round up the grandchildren or take a relaxing walk through
the pumpkin patch yourself. Many pumpkin patches feature fall activities and
events for the whole family. You won’t want to miss this opportunity for some
fun. Check out your local patch, or see one of these remarkable locations:
Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York. Weekdays are free at the Great Pumpkin
Farm and there is a costume contest the final weekend before Halloween. A hay
maze, petting zoo, playground, and pumpkin parade are just a few of the excitements
this festival offers.
- Autumn at
the Arboretum in Dallas, Texas. At this festival adults dressed in costumes
pay children’s admission price. The Pumpkin Village in the Arboretum has a
record number of 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. It features old Texas town
houses that are made of pumpkins!
Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck, North Dakota. This pumpkin patch has hauled in
over 400,000 pounds of pumpkins this season. There are endless activities at this pumpkin patch. Papa’s has a pumpkin cannon, mazes, an obstacle course, horse-drawn
hayrides, pony rides and zip lines just to name a few. It even has a “corn
crib” that is like a sandbox but filled with corn kernels!
Ranch in Redding, California. This
ranch features over 30 varieties of diverse pumpkins, winter squash, gourds,
and decorative corn. The pumpkin patch and festival includes a farm animal
petting zoo, hay maze, bounce house obstacle course and slide, pony rides,
train ride, and play area. There is a craft fair every weekend and also a
haunted house this October for those not faint of heart.
A corn maze is another fall event you do not want to miss.
Many farms have stepped it up this year to compete with the “maze craze”
excitement in recent years. Most of these mazes have a pumpkin patch to explore
too. No need for you to miss out on anything this year. Find your local corn
field that puts the “maze” in “amazing.” These farms have some of the biggest
mazes in America:
Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, California. Cool Patch Pumpkins was recognized in
2007 by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the World’s Largest Corn
Maze. Today the corn maze is 60 acres, beating their 40 acre record.
Farms in Erie, Colorado. This 30-acre maze has three games to choose from
as you find your way through the twists and turns. In the Farm Scene Investigation
you will have a chance to collect evidence, find the location where the crime took
place and the weapon. The farm also features a “Terror in the Corn” maze and
“Zombie Paintball” wagon ride.
Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville, Vermont. This farm advises arriving
early to be able to solve this tricky maze. Past “mazers” were surprised by how complex this maze was and how easy it was to get lost in. With 10-12 foot high corn stalks you
will have a blast finding your way through this maze.
Farms in Spring Grove, Illinois. There are 5 separate maze games through
the 33 acres of corn at Richardson Farms. This maze features a farm scene
investigation, hidden checkpoints and a quiz questions maze game. Are you up
for the challenge?
You'll realize pumpkin carving isn’t what it used to be when you see the intricate
designs many professionals create, such as the artist Ray Villafane. Villafane
brings pumpkin craving to another level with his amazing pieces of art. The
Arizona-based artist became especially popular after he participated in the
Food Network’s show, "Outrageous Pumpkins".
These types of carvings are inspiring, but you certainly don’t have to be a
professional to have fun with this activity. Gather up the grandchildren and
make this a family activity.
Tips for carving great pumpkins:
the right pumpkin. It is important to choose a pumpkin that is fresh, with
a sturdy stem and no bruises. Picking one with a flat bottom that doesn’t roll helps
- Cut the lid
at an angle, not straight up and down. This will create a cone shape so it
will not fall inside your pumpkin. Also cut a little notch so it is easy
to put into place.
- Draw the
design you want with a dry erase marker. If you don’t like your work you can
erase it! Take as many tries as you need for your pumpkin masterpiece.
to save those seeds. Add a little salt and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake the seeds at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Stir occasionally
and you will have a tasty snack when they are done.
Halloween decorations are as fun to make as seeing your
grandchildren’s reaction to them! Get in the Halloween spirit and create any of
these easy DIY decorations:
eyes. All you need for this decoration is some toilet paper rolls and glow
sticks. Cut some scary looking eyes into the toilet paper roll and hide them in
the bushes with the glow sticks inside to scare some trick or treaters.
handprints. Mix some Elmer’s glue with red food coloring for this
terrifying decoration. This mixture will cling to just about any smooth surface.
Cover your palm with the red glue and press against any surface you want to decorate.
Windows make an especially creepy spot for the handprints.
- Floating ghosts.
This decoration couldn’t get any simpler. All you need is small white garbage
bags, plastic shopping bags and some fishing line. Ball up some shopping bags
and drape a garbage bag over the ball with the excess underneath. Tie some
fishing line (or string will work) just below the ball to create the ghost’s
neck. Connect the little ghost to a tree with fishing line to get the floating
decorations can be easily made with black cardstock or cardboard that is painted
black. Cut out some spiders, ghosts, witches, or anything else that will send a
chill up your spine. Hang of the cutouts with a little tape and turn on your
lights to have the house come alive.
Scary Movie Marathon
A scary movie marathon is the perfect way to get into the
Halloween spirit. Catch up on old classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Exorcist, The Shining, Carrie, Psycho,
Halloween and Phantom of the Opera.
Or check out some newer horror flicks like The
Awakening, The Babadook, The Visit, Orphan, Black Death, Let the Right One In,
28 Weeks Later, or one of the many Paranormal
Activity movies. Have fun and don’t forget to check under your bed when you
go to sleep!
Have a blast this Halloween with any activity you choose to
do. Adults and children alike can enjoy figuring out a corn maze, picking out
and carving pumpkins and making some spooky decorations. Halloween is a time to
get the family together for treats and traditions. Have fun and enjoy this
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