Written for Family Pictures USA by Darriel McBride

Halloween is perhaps a child’s second favorite holiday next to Christmas. Although, some would argue that you can’t eat your toys, so where’s the fun in that? 

Growing up, Halloween was like no other holiday. My mother allowed my siblings and I to stay up late after trick-or-treating, wear our costumes to school, and even let us eat candy before and after dinner! 

As adults, we aren’t always able to enjoy these luxuries as we once did, but just because we’ve grown up doesn’t mean we can’t still indulge in the Halloween spirit. In fact, there are plenty of Halloween traditions you can do to reignite your nostalgia this Halloween season. Besides getting “chocolate wasted,” here’s a list of six Halloween traditions you and your family can enjoy for this year’s spooky season.

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch for a Family Portrait

Pumpkin patches are the perfect place for fall family photos and they usually have other activities like hayrides, crafts, and petting zoos to enjoy. Find a pumpkin patch near you and take a day trip with your family. 

Black and white photo of handmade butterfly halloween costume with wings
Mary Geraci’s grandmother in a handmade butterfly costume.

2. Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party.

Invite friends and family over to carve pumpkins. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them in the oven for some homemade pumpkin seeds!

3. Visit a Haunted House.

Contact your local community or recreation center for information about a Haunted House exhibit or visit a theme park near you for their Halloween mazes, scare zones, and thrilling rides!

4. Host a Movie Night.

Watch Halloween classics like Carrie (1976), Halloween (1978), and The Addam’s Family (1991) then introduce your kids or young siblings to the reboots of your favorite Halloween classics.

5. Bake Halloween Treats.

Reminisce over your favorite family memories while baking your favorite Halloween theme treats.

6. Plan a Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” Dinner.

In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is celebrated on November first. In the United States, it’s celebrated on Halloween. A Dia de los Muertos dinner is a beautiful way to spend Halloween honoring and remembering loved ones who have passed on. Gather around the table to enjoy your loved ones favorite meals, reminisce over old family photos, and share your favorite memories.

Colorful skull painting by Chicana artist Nora Chapa Mendoza
Participant and celebrated Chicana artist, Nora Chapa Mendoza, from Detroit, showcases her heritage through her artwork.

What Halloween traditions do you enjoy with your family? Leave a comment!

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