October means autumn is in full swing with colourful autumn leaves, chunky knitwear weather, pumpkin patches, and, of course, all things Halloween.
It’s an exciting time of year, especially for kids!
Yup, there are people out there who are lovers of the summer and don’t like the colder days and the darker nights drawing in.
But that’s not me!
There’s no need to lock yourself away for autumn. There’s plenty of fun still to be had!
So here’s my little list of family fun activities to do throughout October!
Of course we have to start with visiting the pumpkin patch. Our favourite pumpkin patch day out has to be at Burton Farm. My kids love it and I absolutely love it. It’s one of our favourite places to go. A great day out filled with so much Halloween and autumn fun and, of course, finding the biggest pumpkin in the patch.
Make witchy slime – if your kids are any thing like mine, then they will love making slime! You can find the best recipes for slime online!
A Halloween trial in the woods. The kids always have so much fun running around finding clues in the trees and especially having a nice warm treat at the end. This year we will be attending Tittesworth Reservoir Halloween trail.
Go stargazing! October is the perfect time to get outside, wrap up snug and warm and lay under the stars. Take some blankets, a hot flask of soup to keep your belly warm and a telescope or pair of binoculars for a real family moment.
Make Halloween treats. This could be baking pumpkin shaped rice Kristie cakes to rock candies to chocolate sweets for trick or treaters. There’s a world of recipes online!
Go conker picking and have a conker war. Please play responsibly, health and safety first of course!
Make Halloween decorations. Cut out bats, hang up ghosts and ghouls. Get crafty with the paints and glitter. Carve your pumpkins. There are some amazing diy decoration ideas on Pinterest.
Collect nature and make an autumnal wreath. Collect leaves, twigs, acorns, flowers and whatever else you can find. Check out my autumn wreath guide for more inspo.
Get creative with some spooky kid friendly mocktails. Give them ghoulish names like witches brew or pumpkin guts. Serve over dry ice and add ‘worms’ for a frightful delight!
It’s not just pumpkins that need picking. It’s potatoes too! Head down to your local allotments or farm and see what you can find. Always ask permission before pulling out other people’s potatoes. My kids love digging up their homegrown potatoes and cooking with them. Why not try some leek and potato soup for lunch?
Go on long woodland or lakeside walks. Wrapping up warm and walking in the crisp fresh air is great for the soul. Sipping on a hot cuppa tea by the lake. Bliss! Even the children enjoy skimming stones and seeing their breath in the air.
Get some sparklers! It might not be November the 5th but who says you can’t enjoy a sparkler? So simple and effective. Please be careful and use the appropriate clothing and methods. Try taking some very effective photographs with the kids and their sparklers! Great for the photo album.
Hold a spooky story night. Our kids enjoy setting up the living room into a little den, finding their torches and telling us their scariest stories. It can be so funny the things they come up with! Very imaginative!
Find your local apple picking farm and bake some apple pie or crumble. My girls love getting their hands on the baking equipment! Try our tasty apple crumble recipe, it’s our favourite, easy and it’s delicious!
How about you? What are your favorite Halloween activities for kids?
Something from this list or something different?
Please share in the comments!
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