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Part of last weekend, I pretended I didn’t have family responsibilities and instead spent a lot of time researching Halloween.  I would like to argue that it’s for my family’s benefit in the long run, actually.  Anyway, I wanted to share some of the awesome seasonal things I found.  I also pinned many of them to my Halloween board, if you want to check that out…you know, to do family event research. 😉

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Costumes

Whether you’re looking to avoid the popular costume or want to do a fun version of it, here’s my predictions for 2017 popular costumes: Batman, Wonder Woman, Pennywise the Clown, Belle, Leia, Moana, Despicable Me characters, and Unicorns.  Find some of my favorite kid picks below!  If you’re looking for the family coordination, I can’t get over some of the fantastic options over at HalloweenCostumes.com.  They have a tool that you can put the different options together and see how they look as the group!

I think I finally figured out what we’re doing, and I have to say that I usually steer away from the popular choices.  Although different, I don’t think our family one will disappoint this year!  I’ll end up posting us on Instagram. 😉

Next, I went totally overboard with Halloween food and work appropriate / easier /small amount of makeup options.  Check those out on the Halloween board!

Activities

I really want to share some of the fun activities for kids that are out there, though.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for something different, for both my sanity and my daughter’s.  Plus, holiday’s are a great time to get some traditions started.  Here’s the roundup of my favorite ideas I’m likely going to try:

  • Dreaming in DIY has an AWESOME Halloween craft roundup that actually isn’t cheesy or complicated.  I’m having a hard time picking which ideas to try for this year, but I’m leaning toward the googly eye wreath and the floating candles, although I HAVE to locate a shoe to try that idea on next year!
  • I love this 45+ kid craft roundup done by Sweet Rose Studio!  Little miss and I are going to at least do the handprint spiders in a card web, and the felt pumpkin ideas.  She’s two, so I’m looking for easy, but not cheesy!  Things I would still bring out a few years from now are hard to find for a toddler – these fit the bill.
  • Million Ideas Club has several hand and foot Halloween ideas that are actually cute!  I’d love to do the 4-canvas idea, but I might wait another year just to downsize the smearing possibility. 😉
  • These print and color masks over at It’s Always Autumn are easy enough for smaller kids to color, while giving bigger kids enough space to really make them their own!
  • Kid Friendly Things To Do has an easy and inexpensive activity – a glow in the dark ring toss!
  • If you have a really little, even they can get in the spirit with Clare’s Little Tot’s sensory bag idea that’s just so darn cute!

There you have it, basically most of my Halloween plans this year. 😉  I really want to start a few traditions for holidays going forward, and I love having crafts be a part of that, on top of having the perfect costume (in Halloween’s case).  I hope you are able to grab some fun ideas for your family too here!

Do you already have some Halloween traditions?  Was there an idea you found here that you love too?  I would love to hear in the comments!

While you’re on my Pinterest, you could also follow my group parent board I host, which has (at the end of Sept 2017) 113 contributors, posting their original awesome content geared towards parents of all walks of life.  It’s constantly being added to, and I love checking on it myself!  Check out “The Parent Section” here.

-Ashley

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30 thoughts on “Best Family Halloween Roundup 2017

  1. These are great customes for my daughter. I think she will loved the Moana or Elsa the ice princess. Yes it’s Elsa not Anna, just want to correct. 🙂

    1. Chei, I really thought it was Elsa, but when I googled to make sure, every picture had her in the blue ice dress, while Anna had the more colorful dress with the embellishments on the bottom. Hmmmm…I’m so torn! 🙂

    1. Gillian, before my daughter, I didn’t really care about making up the decor, as I did setting it up (this time of year IS my favorite). However, NOW, it’s something I look forward to, even at the toddler stage (although I look for practical stuff I’d want to have around for years) it’s a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. So fun! Love your ideas too! We don’t have any Halloween traditions, but it would be a great time to start some!

    1. Joscelyn, I’m starting a couple this year for the first time, so I totally get where you are! It’s something I always wished I had growing up, the THING to look forward to at each holiday. I guess I really want that for my family. You totally should start, even if it’s just one or two things! 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing this! You found some creative versions of the popular characters. My kids especially liked the Anna Princess and Lego Batman!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I’m a weirdo who rarely goes with the popular choice….BUT, I couldn’t resist a few of them! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Love these halloween dresses and fun activities to do. I guess this time is the best to have fun with kids and engage them. Loved the Lego batman one lots

    1. I totally agree…to be honest, I’m a Halloween loving convert…my first love is with autumn, and Halloween always got forgotten. But now that I have a family, it’s gotten really fun to find crafts and dream up costume choices. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. What a great list of ideas! My boys still haven’t decided what they want to be for Halloween yet and have about two weeks to decide because we are out of town the week before so I want it all ready when we come home!

    1. Plus, I keep seeing more and more things out of stock…maybe “scare” them into a decision that way! 😉 I mean, it IS the truth. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie!

  6. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I host a Halloween party every year for kiddos and these ideas will help me get things prepared before hand. I am always waiting until the last minute.

    1. Does it make it better that you make me feel a little better? 😉 Honestly, this is the first year in several that I am dressing up…usually, I forget until the day of, and then find a witch hat laying around or something. Last year, I wore a black cape I bought 15 years ago and called it a night. Way to go, doing all of that for the kids!!

    1. Sam, I know, right?! I had to include it. I passed the link to a friend who’s baby will be treating with us, as a subtle hint. 😉 My daughter would have probably picked Moana, if she could tell me what she wanted, but she’s two, so I figure I get an extra year to do what I want-haha! Go with Moana, it’s popular, and your roommate can’t go wrong with it!

  7. I love Halloween, always have, but now that we have kids this day is all about them. I let my kids pick out what they want mommy and daddy to wear trick or treating (they’re 2 and 3) this year I will be a zebra LOL.

    1. I haven’t ever really gotten into it, until my daughter came along. She’s only two and refuses to say much, but that is such a cute idea, having them pick what you’ll be! I’m probably stealing that. 😉 LOL, a zebra is hilarious, and totally interesting…plus, way to go, empowering them and showing that you value their opinion.

  8. Aw I love the Moana costume. Super cute! My mom always bought our costumes so we never got super creative. I love the idea of making your own but we’ll see if I ever end up doing that when I have kids

    1. This is the first year in a long time that I’ve ever gotten a creative bug for Halloween…usually I let the holiday pass over. There’s just something in the magic of kid’s imaginations though…you might surprise yourself. 😉

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