Halloween activities with kids

Fun Halloween Outdoor Activities with Kids

Organize the most entertaining Family Halloween day

The days of gathering an entire group of neighborhood kids for trick-or-treating may be put on temporary hold due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean celebrating Halloween 2021 is not possible. 

chiminea for halloween ambiance

Firing the clay chiminea for Halloween adds a mysterious ambiance that fits well the event.

Introduction

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bernat and I'm a dad of three. I started my internet journey at the beginning on the pandemic, when I was seeking a new job. Full-time solo parenting and limited at home, I decided to launch Sol y Tierra , my e-commerce small (tiny) business. I sell items that brings joy and calm, such as pottery, home décor and garden décor. I also write in my blogs which is a passion to me and a great scape of daily daddy duties.

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One of my classics during Halloween is to add a themed Youtube video on my TV screen to create the ambiance. 

If you want a themed background video about this haunted house, right-click and select loop..wallah! now you have ambiance in the living room...or outside with the projector 

Are We having Halloween in 2021?


This was the question that my kids made me decide to celebrate Halloween at home this year.

Depending on your location, maybe, your kids won’t be able to show off their carefully thought-out costumes to the fullest extent, but don’t worry because there’s still plenty to do with just your immediate family or trusted members of the pod. From visiting pumpkin patches, to apple picking and of course, going to haunted houses, there’s room for celebration as restrictions have been lifted for now. But you can be part of the party and set-up your yard with themed décor.

The essentials of a Halloween-themed party at home

These are the essentials too set-up any Halloween-themed party:

  • Adding nice garden décor to create the ambiance

  • Having costumes for myself and my kiddos

  • Cooking outside while kids are playing

  • Organizing yard games for my kids, their friends and their parents

  • Having chocolates and candies - and treat bags

 

Halloween party

For the families who want to take extra precaution and spend the day at home, there’s plenty to do too—including getting all gussied up for the spooky occasion and firing a nice bonfire to avoid the spirits. You can get crafty by creating your own costumes or making a ghost garland or just adding decor to your entrance and the backyard as well. 

If you want a more active night, try a game of Halloween charades, mummy racing or playing in a Halloween-themed obstacle course of your own making. Check out this article about Halloween activities for kids.

The days of gathering an entire group of neighborhood kids for trick-or-treating may be put on temporary hold due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean celebrating Halloween 2021 is not possible. 

Halloween activities with kids

Depending on your location, maybe, your kids won’t be able to show off their carefully thought-out costumes to the fullest extent, but don’t worry because there’s still plenty to do with just your immediate family or trusted members of the pod. From visiting pumpkin patches, to apple picking and of course, going to haunted houses, there’s room for celebration as restrictions have been lifted for now.

For the families who want to take extra precaution and spend the day at home, there’s plenty to do too—including getting all gussied up for the spooky occasion and firing a nice bonfire to avoid the spirits. You can get crafty by creating your own costumes or making a ghost garland or just adding decor to your entrance and the backyard as well. 

Did you know: The Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos or Día de los Muertos)[1][2] is a holiday celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. It originated and is mostly observed in Mexico but also in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere

If you want a more active night, try a game of Halloween charades, mummy racing or playing in a Halloween-themed obstacle course of your own making. Check out this article about Halloween activities for kids.

Since the official color of fall is orange (pumpkin color) why not to cook smashed sweet potatoes? This is delicious and gives energy to play for hours.

recipes for halloween

This is a great recipe for the chiminea fireplace that can be prepared while welcoming your friends and their kids.

Other easy recipes for the chiminea fireplace are:

Grilled ham

Recipe for chiminea fireplace

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

recipes for clay chiminea

Grilled asparagus and tomatoes

Easy recipes for clay brasero chiminea

 

You can buy a garden fireplace chiminea on my website but also on Etsy or on Amazon. Here are the links for complete information and availavility

Clay chiminea fireplace on Etsy

Clay chiminea fireplace on Amazon

Chimineas are great for garden décor but also for garden outdoor cooking. Since they are made in clay, is healthy and safe to cook with. Metal BBQ tend to show signs of rust that can be harmful if it goes to food.

But We were talking about Halloween 2021. This feels an eternity since last Halloween that me and my kids went Trick or Treating. Social distancing had created a social barrier but this year this can be done differently.

But first, let me throw some facts about the history about Halloween (these are great conversation openers when gathering with friends or to tell your kids as well)

Why we celebrate Halloween

The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints.

 

Where is Halloween celebrated

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. 

Nowadays Halloween is celebrated in a number of countries around the globe. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games. Versions of the holiday are celebrated elsewhere, too. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In England, Guy Fawkes Day, which falls on November 5, is commemorated with bonfires and fireworks. 

Bestsellers Yard decor for Halloween 2021

I’ve been browsing Amazon and found these bestseller and best rated Halloween 2021 yard decor. I personally add string lights and fire my clay chiminea to add this mysterious ambiance.

Read this top 5 best reviewed yard décor inspirations from Amazon

(click on images for pricing)

Yard signs for Halloween
What about giant spiders
 
Let’s say that you wanted to scare the whole neighborhood, nothing better than the three witches, right?
 
Adding a few graveyard tombstones can upgrade the whole Halloween look
This inflatable cute ghost will be the most nice garden decor for Halloween on the neighborhood, promised
Adding pumpkin themed string lights can be great for backyard ambiance, look at these ones on sale

Lawn Games Inspirations 

Planning a Halloween party for kids can sound tricky, but it does not have to be. To plan an outdoor party is like planning a bbq, with lawn games and special ambiance. This type of Halloween party can be shared adults and kids, which make it even more special and enjoyable.

Let's start by organizing your yard. If the party is for families and friends with kids, it's important to organize yard games, since kids will have plenty of time to play and to socialize one each other.

I browse Amazon.com and found these entertaining yard games. They have plenty of reviews and are guaranteed or 30 days return. You can use the links below the images to see the expanded information and pricing:

Giant Inflatable Bowling Game

Bring the entertainment of the alley to your backyard with this inflatable bowling set that both young and old will enjoy. No need to stick to the typical bowling rules — roll, kick or throw your way to a strike.

Spikeball

Spikeball is a blast anywhere, specially when playing kids with parents, where sand makes for a softer landing when your competitive side comes out. The two-on-two sport is easy to learn and play anywhere. The foldable legs make it easy to tote to the shore and store away when done.

Jumbo 4-to-Score Game

A childhood favorite now comes giant-sized for outdoor play. In teams or one-on-one, get four in a row to win. My family bought this years ago and pulls it out for lazy summer days, as well as parties. It's easy to assemble, and everyone from the youngest cousins to grandparents get a kick out of it.

Visit the following link for more Halloween themed garden decor 2021

Halloween garden decor

Halloween Costumes for 2021

Halloween wouldn't be the same without costumes, right? and kids adore costumes to hang out on school and to feel a hero. I put together this selection of kids new costumes inspirations for 2021. Click on images for sizing and availability

 

Halloween most delicious candies

The history says that Halloween has Celtic roots. 

One way Celtics may have appeased the spirits they believed still walked the Earth was by leaving treats on their doorsteps.

Fun fact: Did you know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.

In our days, this translates as collecting lots of chocolate candies.

These are my selection...and personally I adore eating small chocolate treats the days after Halloween while drinking my morning coffee

 

and there are no treats without nice treat bags

 

Conclusion

As you see, there is plenty to do to celebrate this Halloween 2021 with kids. These tough times bring us big limitations, social distancing and the virus is still there. So maybe you want to consider to set up your own Halloween eve at home and to have fun with your kids and family.
I hope that this article added value to you as much as it added to me. I'm planning Halloween different this year. Since last two years (yes, already two years) my kids an I weren't unable to go out and enjoy the ambiance, this year I'm decorating by yard and taking the party home.
My kids are 18, 17 and 14 and I'm so happy that they are back to school!
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