Tips for making Halloween a family treat

Kids love Halloween—and it’s not all about the candy. For a lot of children, Halloween is just as much about having fun as a family. Bring your trick-or-treaters closer with these spooky but sweet activities from Nat Geo Kids.

SHARE SOME SPOOKINESS

Watch videos of creepy spiders, bizarre ninja frogs, and weird banana slugs. Challenge your kids to identify their own favorite freaky creature—as well as what makes it so freaky. Got enough gross? Take turns telling these goofy Halloween jokes, quiz each other to see who has the highest Halloween IQ, and find other fun activities on Nat Geo Kids’ Halloween Hangout.

Watch Spooky Spider.

MAKE COSTUMES AS A FAMILY

Help your child to create this easy lion Halloween costume, or check out these other DIY costume ideas you can make together.

CHECK OUT CUTE PETS

Flip through our gallery of cute costumed pets—then come up with crazy outfits for your family pet! (Just have kids read up on how to keep Fluffy safe and happy around trick-or-treaters.) Once your children have come up with the perfect pumpkin pooch disguise or bat-cat costume, watch this video together to learn how to take creepy photos of the family pet. Or, you know … just the family.

GET CREATIVE

Tired of the standard jack–o’–lantern? Inspire your children’s creativity by going beyond those classic triangle eyes with these pumpkin decorating tips. They can paint, carve, or just watch their pumpkins decompose. Feeling hungry after all that work? Make a spooky pizza dinner together.

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EXPERIMENT WITH CANDY

Here’s a way to keep some of that candy from turning into cavities. Instead of eating the sweet stuff, have your children experiment with it! Try this overnight activity to see what’s on the inside of their favorite treats.