With just a day left before Halloween, there are spooks and scares everywhere. It seems as though everywhere you look, there’s something “haunted.” Haunted corn mazes…haunted houses…haunted schoolrooms and haunted stores…everyone wants in on the scares and screams. That’s great—as long as you don’t have a younger (or more sensitive) child who will have nightmares.
So how do you celebrate the season and still dodge the events that just aren’t going to work for your child?
Check out a corn maze…in the daylight. They aren’t usually haunted until dark at the earliest. Make sure you confirm before buying your tickets that it won’t be haunted during the day. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can choose to take your trip earlier in the day.
Visit a pumpkin patch. Those usually aren’t haunted—farmers don’t want to risk their crops being trampled. When you carve your pumpkins (or have your children paint them), you can make happy, funny, or otherwise spook-free faces.
Go for a drive and look at the leaves. The mountains are beautiful this time of year. Many neighborhoods are also beautiful. You may be able to go out and play in the leaves in your own back yard!
Check out church festivals. Church festivals are almost never scary, and generally are free of charge or otherwise inexpensive. Many of them have games designed for children of all ages.
Have your own Halloween party. Not necessarily a big one, either. What if you just made a bunch of fall goodies for your family? Bobbing for apples is always fun (if messy), and there are plenty of pumpkin recipes or cute (not scary) recipe ideas, even for ghosts and witches, but also including black cats and owls. Do fall your way—don’t feel trapped by “spooky.” Invite your children to participate in the recipe selection and the cooking.