Looking for something fun to do with your family in October? Well, look no further! We have put together a list of some of the best Halloween-themed activities that will keep your family entertained all month long. From pumpkin picking to haunted houses, we have got you covered! So grab your calendar and get ready to start planning some spook-tacular fun!
Go to a pumpkin patch
Pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving, decorating, or painting. The pumpkin patch can also be a great place to take fall-themed family photos. Some pumpkin patches even have tons of seasonal activities like corn mazes, apple picking, and hayrides.
Go on a hayride
Hop on a hayride and take in the crisp fall air and gorgeous foliage. Many farms offer haunted or non-haunted options for an extra dose of spookiness if your people can handle it.
Set up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Get the whole family involved in a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Create or print out lists of items to find, such as specific types of candy, fall leaves, or spooky decorations. Grab our autumn themed scavenger hunt free printable here.
Dress up the Dog
Don’t forget about the furry members of your family! Dress up your pup in a festive costume and take them trick-or-treating with the kids.
Decorate your trunk for a trunk or treat
Trunk or treating has become a popular alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Gather friends and family to decorate their cars in Halloween themes, then hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.
Bob for apples
A classic fall activity that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Fill a tub or bucket with water and apples, then see who can collect the most with their teeth.
Paint rocks to hide
Get the family together to paint rocks like Zombies, Pumpkins, or even Frankenstein and hide them around your neighborhood for others to find. This can also be a fun activity for kids to do while trick-or-treating or at Halloween parties.
Play Halloween Bingo
Bingo can be a great Halloween party game! Get our Bingo cards here, then play as a family to see who can get five in a row first.
Make a pumpkin dessert
Get in the kitchen and whip up a festive pumpkin treat together. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread, the possibilities are endless.
Take fall family pictures
Gather the family, dress up in coordinating fall outfits, and take some adorable family photos to cherish for years to come. You could even take Halloween themed pictures if you want to memorialize the spooky costumes you’ve put together.
Look at Halloween Decorations
Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood to admire all of the creative Halloween décor. This is also a fun activity for kids to do while trick-or-treating.
Rake leaves and jump in the piles
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air while raking up leaves. Then, indulge in a classic childhood activity by jumping into the leaf piles as a family. It’s guaranteed to bring out everyone’s inner kid.
Go apple picking
Head to a nearby apple orchard and spend the day picking apples, then bring them home to make delicious treats like applesauce or caramel apples. This is a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Go on a fall picnic
Pack up some yummy fall-themed snacks and have a picnic in a nearby park or even your own backyard. The cooler weather and changing leaves make for the perfect setting.
Do a ghost tour
Many cities offer haunted or ghost tours that are great for family-friendly spooks. Research historic sites or neighborhoods in your area and plan a night of exploring the haunted history.
Decorate Your Home for Halloween
Get into the spooky spirit by decking out your home with Halloween decorations. Put up a creepy graveyard display in the front yard or hang cobwebs and spiders inside the house.
Light a scented Candle
Set the mood with a fall-scented candle, like pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon. There is something magical about embracing all your senses during autumn. I have this exact candle burning right now.
Participate in a costume contest
Attend a Halloween party, enter a neighborhood contest, or even just have your own family costume competition. Get creative and have fun with it!
Paint a pumpkin
Skip the traditional carving and try painting a pumpkin instead. This is a great activity for toddlers or people who don’t love scraping out the insides of a pumpkin during pumpkin carving. Look for inspiration online or let everyone in the family come up with their own design.
Host a Game Night
Gather up all your favorite board games, or try out some spooky themed games. Enjoy a night in with family and friends playing games and munching on Halloween treats. Here are a few Halloween themed game ideas.
Nothing says fall more than gathering around a cozy bonfire with family and friends. Make some gooey smores, tell spooky stories, and enjoy the cool autumn air.
Make a candy wreath
Gather candy of all different shapes and sizes, then hot glue them onto a foam wreath form to create a festive decoration for the front door. Or, keep it for yourself and enjoy a sweet treat every time you pass by.
Make a Halloween charcuterie board
Get creative with a charcuterie board filled with Halloween-themed snacks. This could include spider crackers, different types of candy, mini pumpkins, or even spooky cheese shapes. It’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.
Make caramel apples
Dip apples in melted caramel, then roll them in festive toppings like crushed candy pieces or sprinkles. This is a fun activity for the whole family to do together, and they make great treats to gift or share at a Halloween party.
Pick out the perfect pumpkins and get to carving. Use stencils for more intricate designs, or let everyone in the family come up with their own unique creation. Then, add lights inside for an extra spooky ambiance during Halloween.
Play Halloween night games
Get creative with a game of ghost in the graveyard or have a spooky scavenger hunt. Set up a spooky atmosphere with Halloween decorations and treat it as a haunted house experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Go for a fall Hike
Embrace the changing leaves and cooler weather by going for a family hike. Stop to take in the beautiful scenery and maybe even have a picnic lunch along the way.
Host a Halloween Party
Gather up friends and family for a spooky celebration. Serve Halloween-themed snacks and drinks, play festive music, and have fun with costumes and games.
Have a Mummy Race
Wrap up your family members in toilet paper to see who can become a mummy the fastest. This is sure to bring some laughs and make for great photos.
Turn Halloween candy into a fun baked treat
Get creative with your leftover Halloween candy by turning it into a delicious baked treat. This could be as simple as adding candy bars to brownies or getting more inventive and making a Reese’s Pieces cookies. The possibilities are endless!
Read a scary book
Gather up some spooky books, dim the lights, and snuggle up for a night of frightful stories. This is also a great option for those who prefer to stay in on Halloween night. Here are a few of our family Halloween books.
Learn the “Thriller” dance
Gather up your family and learn the iconic dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. It’s a fun activity to do together, plus you’ll have an awesome party trick to show off at Halloween gatherings.
Make a Halloween Mask
Get crafty with making your own Halloween masks. This could be as simple as using paper plates and glitter or getting more intricate with crafting and painting. Have fun with it and let your creativity shine!
Go to a Corn Maze
Get lost in a maze made of cornstalks and search for the way out. Many farms have corn mazes, as well as other fall-themed activities like hayrides and pumpkin picking. It’s a fun outing for the whole family to enjoy.
Make a pumpkin pie
Embrace the flavors of fall by baking a pumpkin pie from scratch. This could be a fun activity to do as a family, from picking out the perfect pumpkin to mixing and rolling out the dough. And of course, it’ll make for a tasty dessert too.
Pull a Halloween Prank (that’s nice)
Have some harmless fun by planning a Halloween prank together as a family. This could be something like decorating a neighbor’s yard with spooky decorations or making a fake haunted house in your own home for friends to walk through. Just make sure to keep it all in good spirits and not too scary.
Roast pumpkin seeds
After carving pumpkins, don’t let those seeds go to waste. Wash and dry them, toss with some oil and seasoning, and roast in the oven for a crunchy fall snack.
Host a murder mystery party
Gather your friends and family for a thrilling night of solving a murder mystery. Assign roles, come up with clues, and dress up in costume to make it even more fun. It’s the perfect way to have a spooky yet interactive evening.
Eat dinner by spooky candlelight
Add some Halloween ambiance to your dinner by dimming the lights and using spooky themed candles. Put on a scary movie in the background for added effect. Or, even better, turn off all electronics and have everyone share ghost stories as you dine at the table.
Visit a haunted house
For those who enjoy being scared, visit a local haunted house for some thrills and chills. Or, if you prefer something more low key, check out a haunted hayride or ghost tour in your area.
Listen to Halloween Music
Get into the Halloween spirit by creating a playlist of spooky tunes. Think creepy sound effects, classic monster movie theme songs, or haunting melodies. It’s the perfect soundtrack for your festive activities.
Make pumpkin cookies
Want a change from traditional pumpkin pie? Bake up some yummy pumpkin cookies instead. Add in mix-ins like chocolate chips or oats for an extra tasty treat.
Create Halloween themed foods
Get creative in the kitchen and make Halloween themed foods such as spider deviled eggs, mummy hot dogs, or graveyard cake. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and makes for festive snacks to enjoy.
Have a Halloween Breakfast
Start off the day with some Halloween themed breakfast food like jack o’ lantern pancakes or ghost toast. It’s a fun and tasty way to kick off the spooky holiday festivities.
Make apple cider
Take advantage of fall’s delicious apples and make homemade apple cider or apple cider doughnuts. It’s a warm and tasty treat perfect for chilly October weather.
Play the “Mummy Game” with toilet paper
Get the whole family involved in a classic Halloween game. Divide into teams and have one person be the mummy, wrapping them up with toilet paper as quickly as possible. The first team to fully cover their mummy in toilet paper wins!
Make a Halloween Craft
Get your craft supplies out and make something spooky together as a family. This could be carving jack o’ lanterns, making creepy dolls out of felt, or creating Halloween decorations for your home.
Go Trick or Treating
Dress up in costumes and hit the neighborhood for some trick or treating. It’s a fun and classic Halloween activity that the whole family can enjoy. And of course, don’t forget to have some tasty treats on hand for any little ghosts or goblins that come knocking at your door.
Build Haunted Gingerbread Houses
Get into the holiday spirit by constructing some haunted gingerbread houses together as a family. Use candy and icing to decorate them with spooky themes like spiders or ghosts. It’s a fun and tasty activity for all ages.
Go to a corn maze
Find a local corn maze and have some fall fun getting lost in the stalks. It’s a great family activity, especially on a crisp and cool October day.
Attend a fall carnival
Check out your community for any fall carnivals or festivals happening in October. They often have Halloween themed activities such as hayrides, costume contests, and even haunted houses. It’s a great way to enjoy the autumn season with your family.
Tell ghost stories
Gather around the fireplace or light some candles for a spooky evening telling ghost stories. Or, if you prefer something less scary, have everyone share their favorite Halloween memories. It’s a fun way to bond with your family and create new memories together.
Have a bonfire
Enjoy the cool fall weather and gather around a bonfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Or, turn it into a Halloween themed night by telling scary stories or roasting pumpkin seeds.
Make your own costumes
Get creative and make your own Halloween costumes as a family. It can be a fun bonding activity, and you may end up with some unique and original costume ideas.
Bake an apple treat
Take advantage of fall’s delicious apples and bake something tasty such as an apple pie or apple crisp. It’s the perfect dessert for a cozy October evening with your family.
Boo a Neighbor
Participate in the fun Halloween tradition of “booing” a neighbor by leaving a small gift or treat on their doorstep with a note saying they’ve been booed. It’s a fun way to spread some holiday cheer within your community. Grab our “You’ve been booed!” free printable here.
Visit a haunted attraction
Find a local haunted house, haunted hayride, or ghost tour and have some spooky family fun together. Just make sure to check age restrictions before bringing little ones along.
Make pumpkin soup
Get into the fall spirit by making a warm and cozy pumpkin soup together as a family. Add some bread for dipping, and you have a delicious autumn meal.
Play Halloween themed charades
Have a game night with a Halloween twist by acting out spooky characters or scenes in a round of charades. It’s a fun and silly activity for the whole family to enjoy.
Watch Halloween movies
Gather some snacks and snuggle up together to watch some classic Halloween movies such as Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Addams Family. It’s a great way to relax and get into the holiday spirit as a family.
There are plenty of fun and entertaining activities for the whole family to enjoy during the Halloween season. From trick or treating to making costumes, there’s something for everyone to partake in and create lasting memories together. Have a happy and spooky October!