New Halloween Traditions: 5 Fun Ideas

New Halloween Traditions: 5 Fun Ideas.


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If you didn’t have a lot of tradition growing up, or maybe you’re in a new relationship and want to begin to create your own, here’s some ideas to get you started:

Starting A Halloween Tradition: 5 Fun Ideas


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1. The Halloween Tree. Scout relentlessly for just the right tree branch to create our Halloween tree.  Plop it in a bucket of sand or Quick-Mix cement and you’re ready to decorate.  I found the perfect one from a hillside fire by our home–half burned, eerie, awesome.  The kids create paper bats and spiders, and we string it with Dollar Store cobwebs and crows.  Throw on some purple and orange lights and viola!


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2.  The Pumpkin Patch.  Yes, I know you can get pumpkins cheaper and faster from the just outside the grocery store.  But do not underestimate to sheer Awesome of taking the kids out to a farm where they pick their own…play with goats…get covered in dirt and hay…there’s really nothing better.  Our personal favorite here in Utah is Black Island Farms, where you can make a day of it.  They usually have discount coupons on their website by now.  There’s an excellent, comprehensive list of Pumpkin Patches from all over the country as well.


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3. The First Fire Of Fall.  HUGE around our house and we often cave before it’s really, truly chilly.  We’re lucky to have a fire pit in the back yard, but a fireplace inside works just as well.  You need to have a good, chilly night, popcorn, apples and scary stories.  We try to make it on a weekend so we can all sleep around the fire that night.


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4. Pick Your Five Favorite Scary Shows For Movie Night.  Here’s our “must haves” and some thought starters for you.

  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Corpse Bride
  • Ghostbusters
  • Addams Family
  • The Curse Of The Were Rabbit
  • The Wizard Of Oz
  • Beetlejuice
  • Frankenweenie
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Monster House


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5.  Visit A Creepy Old Graveyard For Some Tombstone Rubbings.   Take some paper and pencils to make rubbings of some of the beautiful old tombstones.  They make great decorations and the kids love to find “their” rubbings from years past.  As they get older, it’s been fun to spin stories about some of the tombstones there…what the people were like…what kind of lives did they lead?

So…what are some of the traditions your family created for Halloween?  Spill! 

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