Halloween isn’t about haunted houses, scary masks, and trickery for your little babies. It’s about big orange pumpkins, dressing in something adorable, and maybe going around door-to-door on Halloween night. If this is your baby’s first Halloween, there are so many fun activities you can do that are interactive and fun for them. No candy or choking hazards involved! Engage their senses by getting a little messy and a little imaginative.
Bust out the finger paints (washable, of course). Make some art. Your little one may not know what they’re making, but the feeling of paint on their hands and feet will be fun and excite them. Make some ghosts, candy corn, and little Frankensteins. This would be a fun gift to give Grandma and Grandpa, especially if they live far away.
|Instructions can be found at Lift With My Littles.|
|You could even put their footprints on a canvas to hang on the wall to decorate! From Momstown.ca|
Pumpkins are fun for every age, and it’s the one object that tells us we’re nearing Halloween. First, head to the nearest pumpkin patch (or grocery store…I’m not judging) and pick out your favorite pumpkins. That’s a fun Halloween activity on it’s own that everyone can participate in. If you’re lucky, the farm you go to will give you a hay ride around their farm.
Once you bring your pumpkins home, it’s time to get creative! Carving pumpkins can be a little dangerous for a baby to dive into, so why not use the same paint as you used for their little footprints to paint pumpkins. You’ll have to help steady their hand, and it may be a project that only lasts two minutes, but the point is for them to have a little messy fun! If you have older children, you can include sequins, buttons, stickers, or other crafting materials to put in the paint. If you want to take it even further, you could cut out shapes (like a black cat or witch’s hat) to put on their pumpkin! After everyone is done, you’ll have a few “masterpieces” for your mantle or stoop.
|More instructions and inspiration at The Imagination Tree.|
Another fun, pumpkin inspired project, that’s fun for all ages is using a felt pumpkin to decorate as a jack-o-lantern. You can make all sorts of silly faces with this one. The options are endless. Young babies will like the texture of playing with felt and giggling at the faces either you or an older sibling make out of them. The older children will have fun by making lots of jack-o-lantern faces! You could even have a pumpkin “carving” contest this way without the mess or risk of losing a finger!
|You can be creative with all of the face pieces with this one! From Two Big Two Little|
Another activity that’s really easy to do, and still involves the whole family, is to carve pumpkins with your older children (or your significant other). Then, put all the pumpkin goop into a big Ziploc bag for your baby to play with. Little babies love feeling different textures. It’s how they learn! So why not let them feel that ooey gooey center of a pumpkin…mess free! (If you can’t tell, I’m all about less mess right now since having a one year old involves cleaning up all the time!) Tape it to a window, like Jenae, from I Can’t Teach My Child did for her little girl. After your little one is done playing with the pumpkin bag, you could even separate the seeds and toast them.
|I Can’t Teach My Child|