4 Creative Ways to Celebrate a More Meaningful Halloween with Your Family

4 Creative Ways to Celebrate a More Meaningful Halloween with Your Family

Halloween Halloween! Does it feel like one of your favourite holidays or a dreaded sugar-management exercise?! Have you ever longed to acknowledge what this time of year really represents? Or maybe you’d like to create some special family traditions that sit alongside the cultural norms? Here are 4 fab ideas to make Halloween more meaningful and less treat-focused.

1. Acknowledge the veil

This time of year is when the veil between worlds is thinnest. What does this mean?
It is when the days shorten and the natural world prepares to withdraw from growth and the realm of life.
Samhain and the harvest represent the transition between seasons - from life to death. This means halloween is a strangely welcoming time to contemplate life and death. You might want to put up photographs and candles of loved ones who have passed away. You can take time in the week before halloween to express gratitude for them and share stories about them.

2. Magical firelight

Autumn is a magical time for witnessing the passing of day into night.
This is a rare experience for a child who is usually indoors at dusk.
Get outdoors into the most light-unpolluted place you can. Let the moonlight or starlight rest on your faces. If you have access to a garden, light a campfire on halloween - it can be a wonderful tradition. Firelight draws our our extrasensory capacities, our more mystical nature. One beautiful candle can do the job just as well. Here are some other simple but beautiful Halloween decorations. The fireside is also the perfect place to reflect on your year or tell stories of the previous halloween. You can toast marshmallows or read campfire ghost stories.

Halloween candlelight

3. Create a Halloween journey

Collaborate with other families to create an interactive halloween trail which isn’t all about the sweets and horror! Using the woods, a park or community space the children follow the atmospheric light of a ghostly Jack O’Lantern. This unhappy-faced lantern was originally used to ward off malevolent spirits. At each stop a different part of a story is read to them.
If you’re a particularly creative bunch of adults/older children you can re-enact the story in costume!
Here are some fun books to read at any time or part of a journey: Pumpkin Moonshine The Vanishing Pumpkin The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything Moonlight the Halloween Cat You could also hold a treasure hunt and include Halloween treats this way if trick or treating isn’t possible. If you want to make it extra sensorial you could include some blindfolded games involving bowls of jelly, peeled grapes, cooked spaghetti. Tell them it’s monster brains and weeny-worms!

4. Zoom-o-ween

It’s 2020! If you can’t meet up with anyone in person you can hold an online event. Maybe grandparents can get involved? Invite everyone to wear a costume, ask 5 Halloween quiz questions and tell 1 Halloween joke! There can be some spooky music (check out this spooky Halloween playlist!) and seriously spooky dancing.
Or you could create a red (or orange) carpet costume fashion show.
Home made Halloween treats or certificates make for fun prizes. You could also create an online photo booth - set up a ghostly background and use some fun props! Enjoy creating new traditions that build even more connection with your child. The effort now will create cherished memories to last a lifetime. halloween zoom