So one of the most exciting part’s of having a new baby is getting to experience all the FIRSTS, whether it be first smile, crawl, or roll it is always super exciting, and I pull out the phone and try to frantically take a photo or video to share. I am a huge holiday lover from Easter, to Halloween and Christmas and everything in between. So far Thumper has had her first Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving, so now I have started thinking about Thumper’s First Halloween as it is quickly approaching. I love to do activities, crafts and even buy outfits related to holidays so I thought I would share some of the fun things I have planned for her First Halloween! Remember your child will only be under ONE once so cherish all those FIRST moments!
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Five Fun Halloween Ideas for Under Five:
1. Pumpkin Picking:
We plan to checkout a pumpkin patch this weekend, and select multiple pumpkins for Thumper as I have a few different carving ideas I want to try out. Normally we would go to Downey’s Pumpkin Fest as it is a local farm that I like but we are away this weekend so we are going to check out Smith’s farm in Port Elgin. Not only do these farms offer you a chance to stroll through the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin, you can also explore the corn mazes, or take a wagon ride.
2. Pumpkin Carving:
- We love to pumpkin carve in the Robinson household and invite friend’s over every year to have a pumpkin carving party. We line the living room floor with garbage bags, grab all our pumpkin carving gear, and then select our design and start carving. We often put on a Halloween movie in the background past years have included Casper, and Hocus Pocus. I also make Halloween treats for us to munch on as we carve our pumpkins, this year I plan to try out a sweet Halloween Spider Treats, and a Healthy Halloween Treat as we are trying to eat healthier and lose weight this year.I plan on doing this pumpkin carving design for Thumper’s Pumpkin.
Some carving tools to help you get started:For the Expert:
For the Beginner:
3. Picking out a Costume/Outfit
Now this is a very hard choice as infants are just so cute in costumes I feel like I could have bought ten. We originally wanted to go with a bunny since she is nicknamed Thumper from Bambi – since she loves to thump her feet and legs in the crib, however I couldn’t find an affordable bunny costume. We did buy a costume this weekend from Once upon a Child for $10 but it will remain a secret for now – so stay tuned, I will post a picture on Halloween.
4. Trick or Treating
Now obviously at 8 months old, Thumper won’t understand what trick or treating is yet, however I still would like her to experience Trick or Treating so I plan to take her to a local event during the daytime.
October 27th 11am-1pm (Brampton)
Downtown Brampton Trick or Treat: Our annual Trick or Treating event is back with more fun-filled things for you and your little ones to enjoy! This year, we’ll have two mini kid zones with photo booths, giveaways, and contests. Visit local businesses to collect candy! Treat bag decoration station located in Vivian Lane. For more details Trick or Treat in Downtown Brampton.
October 27th and October 31st (Brampton)
Don’t be spooked, it’s just Halloween at Shoppers World Brampton.
FREE HALLOWEEN PHOTOS
Saturday October 27th from 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday October 31st from 12pm – 4pm
*Located in front of Pro Image Studios
Donations accepted from Peel Regional Police for Toys for Tots.
Bring yourselves and your little-one’s all dressed up to capture your 2018 Halloween Memory!
TOTS TRICK OR TREAT EVENT!
Round up your little ghosts and goblins for a mall-wide* Trick-or-Treat event.
When: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
From: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
*look for participating retailers with an orange balloon
October 27th 10am – 2pm (Mississauga)
Halloween in Clarkson Village: In October, join in the Halloween In The Village, since 1976, where visitors are encouraged to dress in costume as they stroll the Village collecting treats from participating businesses. There will also be bouncy castles and slides, pony rides, roaming entertainers, live music and refreshments. For more details Clarkson BIA.
October 27th 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Mississauga)
Kids Halloween Trick-or-Treat: is extra sweet at Celebration Square. With candy galore and giant games, there’s heaps of fun for all the little goblins and ghouls. Bring your appetite and take a turn playing a lifesize game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Get your game face ready for giant jenga, connect 4, play blocks, a 10ft etch-a-sketch, and videogames on the big screens.
Check out the Rock the Arts Puppets: Superhero Showdown live shows at 12:30 pm & 2 pm.
Take a ride on the Candy Corn Carts, feel the magic in the Unicorn Play Patch or snap a selfie with a 10ft candy loving octopus. And of course, trick-or-treat through Sweet Tooth Central. For more details Celebration Square Events
October 27th 11:00am-1pm (Georgetown)
Masquerade on Main: Hundreds of children, accompanied by their parents, enjoy Downtown Georgetown for a trick or treat event from 11 to 1 pm. Children are entertained by street entertainers, while visiting each business to ask for treats! Main Street is closed during this event offering a fun-filled and safe trick or treating environment, all within the historic setting of Downtown Georgetown! Come Mill around Main! For more details Masquerade on Main.
5. Halloween Crafts/Stories/Songs
Baby art is pretty simple as your limited by their minimal skill set currently, so the easiest craft and most memorable is hand print and foot print crafts, as they will only be this small once. I have done a different foot print craft for each holiday and given them away to family members who think it is pretty special.
I am not a huge fan of screen time, however occasionally I don’t mind showing Thumper some short videos that are educational, one of my favourites for Halloween is Five Little Pumpkins on a Gate, or if you want to expose them to french I love is C’est Halloween. Both of these songs I have used in my years of teaching primary, and both are catchy and repetitive which I enjoy and have an educational purpose.
Love Halloween as much as we do? Here are some other fun Halloween treat ideas and creative costumes!