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Halloween Fun Activities

Updated on October 3, 2014

Halloween My Favorite Holiday

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's so much fun and I look forward to it every year. There's just something about spooky stuff that excites me ever since I was a kid.

I had fun listening to scary ghost stories and watching horror movies, although I had to pay the price of getting scared in the dark. I would even make vampires out of women by adding fangs and drops of blood to their pictures in newspapers and magazines which finally got me in trouble with my dad :)

Are the leaves changing colors? Are the heat and humidity of summer finally being replaced by cool and crisp air? Is it getting dark earlier every day? Is there a full moon hiding behind the bare tree branches? Or perhaps the nights are chilly, foggy and drizzly? Well, then you know it's time for the spirits from yonder world to roam the earth.

Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and other spooky creatures along with Jack O'Lanterns start to appear in homes, stores, and other places. Yes, those may be just Halloween decorations but are there real ghosts and creatures of the night lurking somewhere... maybe even close to you? Like... right behind you? He he he!

Anyway, it's time for Halloween fun!

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Halloween fun facts and history

So, what is Halloween anyway? In case you don't already know, Halloween falls on October 31 which is in the fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. On that day, especially after it gets dark, people dress up in costumes, wear masks or make-up (mostly of scary or spooky figures but can really be anything else such as angels, fairies, or celebrities), many have fun going to Halloween parties while others stay home and watch scary movies.

A lot of kids go out "trick-or-treating" from door to door in the neighborhood collecting treats, usually candies but can be other things like fruits and other goodies.

Halloween started as a pagan holiday known as Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") celebrated by the Celts. It is the third harvest festival of the year, and is the time when the veil between the living world and the spirit world is the thinnest. So the spirits of the dead are free to roam the earth, and folks would honor them by offering various "treats."

People would wear masks to confuse or frighten the evil spirits. They also decorate their houses with lighted carved pumpkins (originally turnips) known as Jack-o-Lantern to welcome friendly spirits and scare away the unwanted ones.

The Catholic church then counteracted this pagan holiday (as they did with several others) by moving All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. Thus the name Halloween stems from all hallows (or saints) evening, which is the evening before All Saints' Day.

The European immigrants carried their tradition to North America in the 19th century, and today Halloween is celebrated throughout most of the western world.

However, not everyone celebrates Halloween, particularly those that are religiously devout. They believe Halloween is of the Devil or at least has evil origins, and they want no part of. They would go as far as forbidding their children from participating in the festivities of the holiday like wearing costumes or going out trick-or-treating.

I personally don't share that view. I believe celebrating Halloween is totally harmless, especially if it's all done in the spirit of fun. It's not like we worship the Devil or demons and turn into evil people by celebrating Halloween. Anyone can believe whatever they want but shouldn't impose it on others and try to prevent them from having fun and enjoying life.

Well, enough of that... on with Halloween fun :) So how can you make this holiday more exciting? There are plenty of Halloween fun activities you can take part in.

Fun on Halloween

You wouldn't believe

On All Hallow Eve

What lots of fun we can make,

With apples to bob,

And nuts on the hob,

And a ring-and-thimble cake.

~ Carolyn Wells

Decorate your house for Halloween

Halloween decoration
Halloween decoration

Isn't it fun to decorate your house and make it look like a haunted house throughout the month of October? Many people actually do that. Oh wait, it's actually getting earlier every year. You will see ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other scary creatures appearing in stores even in August!

Some people (including me) have started decorating their homes for Halloween in September. I have seen houses that looked so spooky with grave stones, skeletons, bats, and other creepy stuff.

To me Halloween is not complete without Jack-o-Lantern which is the hallmark of Halloween. So, go out and buy at least 1 pumpkin and carve it yourself. It's a lot of fun! You can then display your very own Jack O'Lantern on the porch or by the front door and light it at night to create an eerie sight.

I also like ghosts. Yes, those spooky looking white ghosts with black eyes and mouth :) I always have one at home and sometimes I get scared myself in the dark, he he!

Cobwebs and spiders also make great Halloween decorations. It's quite easy to put fake cobwebs all over your house if you don't already have some real ones :)

Those are just a few Halloween decorations I like. You can read more about fun Halloween decorating ideas or come up with your own. Just use your imagination.

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Get this Lighted Halloween Mansion

Department 56 Snow Village Halloween Mordecai Mansion Lit House, 10.63 inch
Department 56 Snow Village Halloween Mordecai Mansion Lit House, 10.63 inch

Just because you're turning your house into a haunted house this Halloween, doesn't mean you can't have another haunted house inside! :) Lights up, makes Spooky Sounds.

 

Baron Van Pyre

I found him in the mountains of Virginia
I found him in the mountains of Virginia

Fun Halloween costumes for the entire family

Dressing up for Halloween is so much fun. That's the one day of the year when you can be someone else. My favorite character is Dracula. I've been fascinated by Dracula since I was a kid. He is scary but yet dignified and classy! I enjoy dressing up as my favorite Count.

You can basically dress up as anything you like and get away with it on Halloween. It doesn't even have to be something scary. Since I like going barefoot, I also love dressing as Incredible Hulk or Tom Sawyer :) Great Halloween costumes are not hard to find but you need to shop early.

My wife is a fan of Lord of the Rings. If you're like her, you may want to look for some Lord of the Rings costumes. She told me I should dress as a Hobbit in bare feet. Well, I'm not too sure about that since their feet are huge and ugly (sorry, Hobbits!), and mine are not :p I would actually have to wear shoes that look like Hobbit's feet to make them look real. Yuck!

If you have a baby you certainly want to include them in the Halloween festivities. What could be more appropriate than having them wear cute Halloween costumes for babies.

Oh, what about your pets? Don't leave them out of your Halloween fun activities. There are plenty of pet Halloween costumes to choose from for your dogs and cats.

Adult Halloween costume ideas - Grown-ups can have fun on Halloween too

Just click on any item to see more great Halloween costume ideas. Your imagination is the limit.

Baby and child Halloween costumes - Aren't they cute?

Not-so-scary kids Halloween costumes.

Have a Halloween party

Halloween party food
Halloween party food

Now that you have the costume, you're ready for a party, right? Whether it's at your workplace or a friend's house, attending parties is part of the spooktacular fun of the autumn holiday. You can also host one of your own. Invite friends and family and have a spooky good time together. If there are birthdays and other special occasions such as anniversaries, baby showers, etc. in October, you can combine them with the Halloween party and double the fun!

You can decide on a theme such as spooky/ghostly, vampire, zombie, or whatever else you can conjure up, and ask everyone attending to dress accordingly. You can prepare spookylicious food and drink as well as decorate to fit the theme. Don't forget to add some Halloween music. When there are kids involved, you may want to choose a fun and not-so-scary theme.

Image source: flickr.com.

Give fun Halloween gifts

Who would even think of giving each other gifts besides candies on Halloween? Many people consider gift giving for Christmas and other holidays like Valentine's Day, but you can certainly give those you care about something special for Halloween too. My friend Tanya gave her mom a Halloween flower arrangement last year which delighted her, so she plans on doing it again this Halloween.

Hey, you can even give something to those who don't celebrate Halloween just to get them in the spirit of the season. Nothing wrong with that, just be discreet in the kinds gifts you choose.

Halloween fun treats

Some of my favorite Halloween treats are chocolates, candy corn, caramel apples (candy or toffee apples), and Halloween cookies.

Yes, I'm a chocolate lover and I especially like marshmallow and coconut filled chocolates. Of course, I can eat those chocolates anytime but I have a good excuse to eat more during Halloween along with candy corn :)

I also like apples and with caramel coating they taste even better :)

I like cookies but not just any kind. I especially love those with sugar icing or glaze. Again, I can eat them anytime but during Halloween I can find sugar coated cookies crafted into my favorite Halloween figures such as Jack-O-Lanterns, ghosts, and vampire bats. Mmm, yummy!

Halloween goodies

haunted castle
haunted castle

More Halloween fun activities

Visiting haunted houses is a fun Halloween activity for your whole family. You can find haunted houses at various theme parks, as well as free standing ones often run by charity organizations throughout the month of October.

Going on a haunted ghost tour is also a great Halloween fun activity although ghost tours are available year round. There are many cities and areas all over the US and other countries that have real haunted houses and establishments you can visit on guided tours. If you're planning to do this around Halloween, be sure to make your reservations early.

If you have kids you can plan a fun Halloween party at home where they can invite their friends and play fun games and have some yummy treats. You can also read Halloween story books with them or get some fun coloring books with spooky Halloween pictures.

"Sheets"

The (friendly?) ghost
The (friendly?) ghost

Ghost and pumpkin

Bat

Halloween video - With beautiful music

So, do you like Halloween? Why or why not? What fun things do you do for Halloween? Share with us in the comments section below. Remember to be nice and keep it fun! :)

Aiden's Halloween Fun Guestbook

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      ArtbyMAR 4 years ago

      Halloween is my favorite holiday also!

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      aidenw 5 years ago from USA

      @donnetted: Thank you so much!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Great lens. Blessed x

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      aidenw 5 years ago from USA

      @FallenAngel 483: hahaha! my wife used to do the same thing before we were married. she even made one of the neighbor's kids cry :)

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      I love Halloween. One year I dressed up as a ghost and instead of going trick or treating I waited for them to come to my door then jumped out and scared them a bit. I gave them sweets after so I wasn't totally mean. They certainly weren't expecting a ghost to jump out at them though :)

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Halloween is a lot of fun!

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Love Halloween! I also have a Squidoo Halloween lens :)

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      blsriramsmkting 6 years ago

      Awesome Sauce . .Great Lens... Have a great Halloween

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      I've always enjoyed Halloween and even more so with my own children. Great info. I'm featuring it on my '5 fun fall family activities'

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      costumediva 6 years ago

      Very nice Halloween lens. I love the Baron Van Pyre doll. Sooo cute!

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Aiden, This is a great Halloween lense! 5 stars for you. I joined your fan club and added you to my faves. Mahalo nui for featuring my Haunted Hawaii - Spirits of the Pacific lens. It is greatly appreciated. I see we have a lot in common - Hawaii, dogs and dog costumes. I'll be visiting more of your lens soon.

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      BrandyT LM 7 years ago

      I love Halloween with all the fall activities and dressing up. It's so much fun!

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      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      Nice Halloween lens 5* and blessed

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Great fun lens and nicely put together! Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      hayleylou lm 8 years ago

      I love halloween, not long now, 5 stars

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 8 years ago

      Halloween is *totally* my favorite holiday, too - I absolutely love it! If I can spark up the energy - the kids and I will get down the Halloween decorations today! Woohoo!

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      W00t! Bats, spiders and Halloween are my favorites. I love Baron Von Pyre and the fuzzy bat.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      love your lens especially the pictures, very creative. 5 stars for you!

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great job on the Halloween lens. You have so many good ideas for celebrating Halloween.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      You have done an outstanding job on your lens, almost made Halloween my favorite holiday LOL

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      Hallowe'en is the best holiday ever! There's no seriousness or in-laws, just FUN! Great lens - 5 stars!

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      PartyGames 9 years ago

      I love Halloween too! 5 Stars! Feel free to check out my lens scary Halloween party games I'd love some comments and a vote

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      Gonna have to go through this reading one more time when I have more time... Lots to learn about Halloween! 'Rolled to 2 of my Halloween lens!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Thank you for joining us at the Gothic Temptations group!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Halloween, too. I've rolled to my Squid Boo. 5*

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Great lens! Fun to read! I enjoyed this! Halloween is our anniversary! lol We love Halloween! 45 years this year! that's 45 Halloweens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The video list on Netflix reminds me of my favourite Halloween movie: H20.

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      Super lens! Thanks for joining us in The SquidBOO Home!

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      Margaret Schaut 10 years ago from Detroit

      I'm featuring your page on Squidoo-It-All!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Nice job Aiden! I've rolled you too.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 10 years ago

      Great Halloween lens, Aiden! Lots of good information! :D

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      Collectibles 10 years ago

      Me too, I don't understand staying home on Halloween and told your kids not to enjoy it!? Halloween is for fun and everyone shouldn't miss out on it.

      Great lens! 5 stars from me!

      Also Lensrolling you to my Halloween Decorations lens

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      oniyagi 10 years ago

      Great lens! 5 Stars for sure

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      I love Halloween. Lensrolling this one onto my Pumpkin Carving lens.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I enjoy Halloween too and agree, if you keep it fun and cute - there is no harm in celebrating Halloween! Thanks for your work on this lens!