Halloween with Little Ones: Tips for Spooky Success

Pumpkin patch and tips for child care halloween celebrations

While Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, it can also be a lot of fun, and even smaller kids can enjoy the scary season. Whether you’re planning a big party, going trick or treating, or just staying in with a (not too) scary movie, there are loads of fun things you can do to get the kids involved with Halloween. From our Perth childcare experience we know kids love making things, whether it’s their costumes or spooky-themed foods, so here are some DIY costume suggestions, as well as some simple recipes that even young kids can try.

Top 5 Halloween Costumes for 2017

Lots of the top kids’ Halloween costumes for 2017 revolve around movies and TV shows. Since buying costumes that are only worn once is expensive, here are some DIY suggestions that kids are bound to love. Even those without great DIY skills will be able to put these costumes together with a few materials.

1. Lego Man/Lady from The LEGO Movie

With three LEGO movies out now, brick-themed costumes are set to be a big trend for 2017, and luckily, they are easy to make. Take a look at this YouTube video below which shows you how to make a simple LEGO head and body. The great thing about LEGO costumes is there are so many variations on the theme. You can create a happy or spooky face, turn them into a LEGO construction worker, pirate, spaceman, or their favourite character, and all it takes is a few boxes.

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2. Emojis

2017 was the year of the Emoji, thanks to the release of the Emoji Movie, so why not create a costume around this theme? Again, it only takes a few boxes and some paint to turn them into a smiley face, high five, or even poop! Anyone who works at a child care centre in Perth will tell you that kids love big, expressive faces, which perhaps explains why the movie was so popular.

3. Minions

With the release of Despicable Me 3, the cute little minions remain a popular costume choice. Just look how much children love a homemade minion costume!  Once you create the basic costume, you can always change them into the different minions by changing the hair or expression. Just make sure the costumes are topple-proof.

Kids might also enjoy dressing up as Gru, which is a simple black outfit with a stripy scarf, or sisters could dress as the girls from Despicable Me for a fun group costume.

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4. Mermaids

Mermaids have been a big trend in 2017, and lots of young kids are obsessed with these mythical creatures. If you have any sewing skills then making a tail is fairly easy, just make sure there’s a hole at the end for feet! Using a metallic fabric instantly gives sparkle, or you can attach sequins if you feel ambitious. Some other accessories you could use include:

  • A green feather boa as ‘seaweed’
  • Braided hair, or a braid attachment
  • Face and hair glitter
  • A matching top customised with shell designs
  • Shell or starfish crown

Kids who like mermaids will also love decorating their own tails. Just give them some glue and embellishments and let their imagination run wild.

5. Smurfs

Smurfs: The Lost Village was a huge hit in 2017, and many kids will be dressing as these cute blue creatures for Halloween. The good news is, these costumes take minimal planning, but they do require a lot of blue face paint. Visit child day care in Perth and you’ll see that using the right face paint is important, as this will avoid allergic reactions. Rather than using all-over body paint, find blue tights or long sleeve t-shirts for the same effect. Kids can then let their imagination run wild. Will they go as Smurfette, Papa, Jokey, or Hefty Smurf? As with LEGO characters, they can also create their own Smurfs, so it stimulates their imagination.

Halloween treats

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without some delicious, spooky-themed treats, and anyone who works in child care in Perth will tell you how much kids love to get involved with cooking and decorating treats. Here are some simple ideas that even young kids can join in with.

Monster Donuts

Get a pack of glazed doughnuts, the kind with holes in the middle, and some soft plastic vampire teeth from a party store. Wash and dry the teeth, then place them in the centre of the doughnut to create a scary mouth. You can then attach sweets such as M&Ms to make eyes, keeping them in place with a dab of icing, or add decorations such as red icing for fake blood, or whatever your kids can think of.

Halloween dessert nachos

A sweet twist on nachos, this dish is so easy for kids to make, and kids can use their favourite sweeties to personalise their dish. The base of this dish is cinnamon sugar pita chips, which are spread on a tray, as you would do with traditional nachos. You then drizzle on hot fudge or chocolate sauce, add crushed Oreos for a muddy look, and then use raspberry jam or similar for fake blood. You can then add gummies such as eyeballs or spiders with a Halloween theme for a spooky dessert that’s easy to make.

Check out a healthier version below.

Pizza skulls

Look out for skull shaped cooking pans to make these scary treats. You simply roll out ready-made pizza dough and press into the skull shapes to create the base. They can then be filled with pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and any of your favourite pizza toppings, before folding the dough to create a parcel. Bake for 20 minutes at 190 °C and cool slightly before carefully removing from the pan. With a scary skull exterior and gooey insides, pizza skulls are a great Halloween night dinner.

Be sure to enjoy the Halloween season, and stay safe with your little ones. Little Peoples Place hopes you have a fun and happy Halloween.