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Nature Inspired Halloween Activities for Kids
Halloween Activities for Kids and Ways to Enjoy Nature this Halloween
Looking for Halloween activities for kids? Halloween is a great time to do crafts, games, and nature inspired activities with your children. Halloween activities are not only fun, but they can also be educational and even provide valuable bonding time with your kids.
I like to use Halloween and the month of October as an excuse to enjoy all of that the Fall season has to offer. There are numerous ways to celebrate the Halloween season with your kids through exploring nature. Here you will find ideas for Halloween activities to do with your kids.
Take Your Kids on a Nature Walk
Go on a nature walk with your kids.
The simplest activity to do with your kids during the Halloween season is go on a nature walk. Go for a walk through your neighborhood or a nearby park. Point out all of the changing leaf colors, dormant patches of grass, and all the other natural changes that occur during Fall.
You can also do a nature project together from things you collect on your nature walk. You could collect leaves, either putting them in a box or displaying them neatly in a scrapbook depending on the age of your child. You could also collect pinecones or pine needles and use them for a craft project (one idea is to use a pinecone to create a doll by gluing bits of fabric to it).
A nature walk is a great way to teach your children about the changing seasons. It's also a good opportunity to teach them to appreciate and respect nature.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Take your kids to a pumpkin patch.
One of the neatest Halloween activities you can do with your kids is take them pumpkin picking. Our local pumpkin patch allows visitors to pick a pumpkin directly from the patch. They also have a playground and hayride for the kids. It's a super neat place. It provides kids the opportunity to learn a bit about agriculture, to stretch their legs and run a bit in the fresh air, and to learn about all that the Fall season has to offer.
Do a Google search to find a public pumpkin patch that's near you.
If you can't find a nearby pumpkin patch, and you have a toddler, you can always create your own pumpkin patch. Simply purchase several small pumpkins and arrange them in your yard or in a park and let your little one "pick" their own pumpkin.
How to Carve a Pumpkin
Pumpkin Carving Kits - Carve a pumpkin with your kids.
Pumpkin carving has been made easy today with special stencils and carving kits. Any of these kits below will help you make special memories with your kids this Halloween.
This carving set even includes fun lights.
If your family isn't into the spooky parts of Halloween, then this cat kit may be a great choice for you.
My daughters adore this princess pumpkin kit.
Your little girl will love helping you decorate a pumpkin when she has her own princess tools.
Whinnie the Pooh is a great choice to get little ones involved.
Don't Want to Carve a Pumpkin? Decorate it Instead?
Decorate your pumpkins with paint or a pumpkin decorating kit.
If you don't want to mess with digging the insides out of a pumpkin and cutting intricate designs into its side, you can always decorate it instead. Get creative! You can paint a face on it, decorate it with stickers, let the kids stamp on a design, or even glue on a face with cut out pieces of felt. Use your imagination!
If you're creatively challenged, you can also purchase a pumpkin decorating kit and stick on a face, arms, and lets like you would with a Mr. Potato Head.
Pumpkin Decorating Kits - Decorate a pumpkin with your kids.
Decorate a Hay Bale for Halloween - Halloween hay bale.
If your yard is big enough, you can have a hay bale delivered and you can decorate it with your kids for Halloween. Spray painting a Jack-o-lantern face onto a hay bale is the most common way to decorate them for Halloweem. But I've also seen hay bales decorated as bats, spiders (as pictured above), giant scarecrows, and even a green Frankenstein.
If your yard isn't big enough to accomodate a large round hay bale, then decorate a small square bale (they are called square bales even though they are actually rectangles). A square bale makes a super cute black cat.
To decorate a hay bale all you need is a few cans of spray paint, a few odds and ends to attach (for arms, legs, tails, wings, etc), and a lot of imagination.
If you don't want to decorate a hay bale, you could always take your kids on a car ride hay bale search and take pictures of all the decorative Halloween hay bales you see.
*Images courtesy of Angelic Accents.
Make a Scarecrow with Your Kids
Put together a scarecrow.
Making a scarecrow with your kids is a fun Halloween activity to do. You can buy a kit and make a small one to keep indoors or you could get really adventurous and use straw and old clothes to make a scarecrow to decorate your front porch.
When decorating your scarecrow scene, think about all the natural elements that are available to you during the Fall, such as pumpkins, gords, hay, corn cobs and stalks, pinecones, and so much more. Many Halloween scarecrow decorative scenes can transition easily into November for Thanksgiving with just a few minor tweaks.