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6 Easy Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.Oriental Trading provided me with an assortment of Halloween goodies to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

If you’re still dragging your feet, here are six easy ways to get your household into the Halloween spirit!

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Halloween is a great holiday. There’s no big family dinner, the decorations are fun, kids love it, and you end up with lots of “free” candy when it’s all said and done.

With that being said, it may be tempting to put off even thinking about Halloween because it means the official start to the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Hannukah & Christmas rush.

The good thing is, it’s not hard to quickly get into the Halloween spirit. Here’s how…

6 Easy Ways to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

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1. Bake cookies. Sure you could find a sugar cookie recipe online and do it the hard way, or you can give in to the easy way– ready-made cookie dough. Both Nestle Tollhouse and Pillsbury sell Halloween-themed dough. The Tollhouse ones are chocolate chip cookies with orange morsels and the Pillsbury one have Halloween shapes on them. I have seen them at my grocery store, Target, and Walmart.

2. Decorate! I love a nice little Halloween display on my front steps. Mums and pumpkins are always my go-tos for outside fall decor, but this year I added in these festive orange lanterns and a ghoulish ghost. Eventually more pumpkins will get added (and carved), but we typically do that the week of Halloween. Oh and if you’re wondering why I have a teal pumpkin, read about the Teal Pumpkin Project here. Basically, if you put a teal pumpkin outside of your house it means that you have alternative Halloween treats for the kids with food allergies…like little toys or stickers. Some people paint their own teal pumpkin but I cheated and found a ready-to-go foam teal pumpkin. Note: lanterns don’t come with candles– those are some cheap LED light candles I grabbed at Walmart.

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3. Easy Halloween crafts. My favorite thing about Oriental Trading is the huge variety of crafts for kids. We got a Halloween mask set, a ghost necklace set, and a witch doctor necklace set. These are great when you have a houseful (or a class) of kids to entertain.

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4. Cookie cutter fun. I can’t claim credit for coming up with this idea. My five-year-old daughter had the idea to get out the air-dry clay ($5 at Target), use Halloween cookie cutters to make a witch, a skull, and a pumpkin, and then paint them once they dried. Have I figured out how to display them? No. But they definitely made for a good afternoon project!

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5. Read Halloween books. We have a pretty big collection of Halloween books at my house. Want to add to your bookshelf? Check out this list of spooky books for kids, all of which are under $5.

6. Watch a Halloween movie. You can wait until the “13 Nights of Halloween” movie lineup starts on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) or you can look for Halloween specials on On Demand and Netflix, like Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest.

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  • Tom
    October 8, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    My son loves the Curious George Halloween movie; he watches it all the time, even in the middle of summer.

    • Lindsay
      October 9, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      My kids LOVE the Curious George Christmas movie and watch that one all year long!

  • Rose
    October 14, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Nice ideas for my children. Thanks

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