October is one of my favorite months. Not only is it the month of Halloween and Trick or Treating, it’s also the prelude to the whole holiday season, culminating in every kid’s favorite month, December. October became more special when I became a mom and started buying in to all that Halloween hype. Usually, by the first week of October, I’m already racking my brains trying to come up with a killer costume (pun intended) for my kids. If you want to experience the whole Halloween fun, there’s a lot more to do than just trick or treating.
• Enjoy the fall harvest. Now’s your last chance to get your pick of fresh vegetables and fruits. Visit local farm markets with your kids (tip: it’s also a good way to introduce veggies and fruits to their plate!). Find a farm that will let you pick your own pumpkin. Go on a hay ride! This trip isn’t just enjoyable, it’s a sneaky way of educating your kids about nature as well.
• Explore the secrets of corn mazes. This is one activity that’s fun for the entire family. Your kids, even your teenagers won’t get bored trying to navigate the labyrinth. Visiting a corn maze around Halloween has extra pluses as well, since most of these sites have special spooky events for Halloween.
• Check out the costumes. What’s Halloween without costume parties? Check out the latest happenings around you. Do some research first, however, since some of these parties might be too scary for little kids (especially those with wild imaginations!)
• Join the hunt for ghosts. There are some companies that offer spooky tours this Halloween, you can search for them online. Or look for hotels and inns that claim to have ghostly guests. Visit the nearest ghost towns. Be sure to tailor the adventure to the kids’ ages, however.
• Look for the treat. What’s Halloween without the candies and chocolates? Satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting a candy factory or a destination known for its sweet treats.