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Halloween Can Still Be Fun At Home! 6 Activities To Try With Kids
  • Halloween may not be an official holiday in the Philippines, but it's become a widely-celebrated event thanks to parents and kids who go all out with their costumes come trick-or-treat time. Unfortunately, for a second year in a row, this 'spooky' day will have to be celebrated indoors as children are still not technically allowed outside because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    6 Halloween activities to try at home

    This won't stop kids from having fun though! On our parenting group, Smart Parenting Village, moms shared the different ways they celebrate Halloween with their kids through dressing up, DIY projects like decorating cookies, and having games.

    Cupcake and cookie decorating


    PHOTO BY Facebook/thebeehivepastries


    "We're getting a DIY Halloween cupcake kit," shares one mom. Halloween is known for treats, so grab this opportunity to bond with your little ones by making cookies and cupcakes together. If you can't bake, there are DIY cookie decorating kits or sets that you can purchase online.


    Try this DIY cookie kit from The Beehive Pastries (facebook.com/thebeehivepastries) pictured above. Priced at P420, it comes with eight buttery cookies, royal icing tubes, sprinkles, and instructions sheet.

    There's also a cupcake kit from Karl Zoe's Cake (facebook.com/kzcake). According to their Facebook page, for Php260 you get three chocolate cupcakes, three fondant topper designs, and three buttercream icings so you can create your Halloween creations.

    Dress up


    PHOTO BY courtesy of Jane Tiongco, Nikki Angela de Leon, and Cherry Ann Alib
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    If the past years are any indication, Halloween is when parents go all out for their children's costumes. If you're looking for inspiration, check out funny Halloween costumes here, plus amazing DIY costumes by parents here and here.

    Trick or Treat


    PHOTO BY Joselle Therese Ona


    Yes, it's still possible! Now that your kids are all dressed up indoors, let them grab their pumpkin basket and collect candies from mom and dad. Make it more exciting by hiding the treats all over the house! They can also attend virtual trick or treat events hosted by various establishments on Facebook.

    Create a Halloween Piñata


    PHOTO BY facebook/maytupazbelmoro


    One mom from our Village shares, "This year we prepared a piñata full of candies for the kids to hit!" Grab a box or cardboard, decorate with confetti, and fill it up with candies. Don't forget to seal and let the kids smash it to their heart's content.


    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Shopee PH


    No time to DIY? You can also find piñatas for sale on Shopee or Lazada with different designs to choose from. Try these cute ones from Mypiñata.ph (facebook.com/maytupazbelmoro) and Pinatas By Midnight Magic on Shopee.

    Hidden Candies


    PHOTO BY Pexels/Karolina Grabowska


    This game is just like hunting for Easter eggs! Grab candies and other treats and hide them around the house.

    Tell your kids the number of items that are hidden. With him in his Halloween costume and pumpkin basket, let him search the house until his basket is filled up!

    DIY Halloween decor

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rj Merin-Andoy

    "My 4-year-old daughter and I are planning to decorate our home so I downloaded some printable templates online and I told her that her task is to color them. She also asked me to make spooky masks (which I also downloaded) so we’ll be doing crafting activity together and decorate a corner of our home," shares another mom.

    Halloween is the perfect time for arts and crafts. Ask your kid to help you decorate your walls using printables that you can find on the Internet. You could also go for DIY decoration using materials available in your house. After all, what's Halloween if your walls aren't spooky? 


    What's your plan for Halloween this year? Share it in the comments or send photos at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com. For more Halloween ideas, click here.


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