1. Decorate Halloween Cookies
If you're scratching your head with things to do this month, why not take bake and decorate some Halloween cookies with your toddler? Simply bake a catch of plain cookies (vanilla are best) and arrange some coloured icing in Halloween-themed colours (orange, brown, black, white, green all work well). Let your toddler have a go at decorating and you might even want to bag them up for your trick-or-treaters!
2. Put on a Spooky Show
Who doesn't love a spooky show, especially when your toddler is the star? Help your toddler role play their favourite Halloween story with a little instruction from you and a few props or costumes for good measure. Throw in a make-shift audience (parents, grandparents, siblings or friends) and you'll have yourself a budding actor and some fun entertainment.
3. DIY Halloween Costumes
Let's face it. DIY costumes are the best costumes. Your toddler doesn't need an expensive Halloween outfit to look cute, and making an outfit is more fun for everyone! Help them nurture their inner designer by providing different fabrics, textiles and items (you may want to visit Spotlight and purchase a mix of things). Help them 'sew' or 'staple' their outfits together, not forgetting any headwear or masks (tip: a paper plate and an elastic make a great mask that can be decorated). The result? A happy and fulfilled toddler, and an outfit sorted.
4. Make Halloween Lolly Bags
They say that the fun begins when the lolly bags are being made! Why not get yourself organised for your impending trick-or-treaters by filling some Halloween lolly bags with Halloween style lollies and chocolates. Your toddler can help you 'fill' the bags and may feel proud they are involved in this task too! Bags can be prepped weeks in advance if you're using lollies and chocolates with a long shelf life.
5. Host a Halloween Playdate
Halloween doesn't just have to be a day, it can be a whole month! Why not host a Halloween play date with your mum friends and their toddlers? Make sure they're aware the theme is Halloween and everyone needs to dress up (mums and dads included!). Bring along a picnic rug, some Halloween-inspired food and visit your nearest park for fun and spooky day out.
6. Carve Some Pumpkins
Pumpkin carving has always been a Halloween tradition, so why not help your toddler learn the tricks from an early age? Simply buy a large whole pumpkin from your nearest supermarket or farmer's market and set aside some time to carve. As this activity requires a knife let your toddler watch from afar and maybe let them 'help' with your guidance. They will be thrilled with the end result, especially at night if you choose to light a candle in your jack-o'-lantern.
7. Decorate Halloween Candles
If building a jack-o'-lantern is out of your comfort zone you might choose to decorate a Halloween candle instead. Simply purchase a plain white candle (the larger, the better). Give your toddler some Halloween themed items (orange feathers, spooky eyes, orange textas, etc) and let them use their imagination to create the spookiest candle possible! They'll be thrilled when you light it up at night and you can light it over and over again.