I love a good holiday tradition no matter what that holiday may be. When I got married I looked forward to the time where I would have kids to start my own family traditions as my own mother did with us. My two toddlers are now at the age where they understand what the holidays are about for the most part and can really get more involved in making family traditions.
Halloween is one of those holidays we really like to go all out. I swear the entire month of October, we are doing something to celebrate the upcoming trick or treat festivities. We baking pumpkin cupcakes, we visit pumpkin patches to pick our own pumpkins, we go shopping for coordinating costumes, we challenge ourselves (mostly mommy) to carve the most difficult, favorite cartoon characters the kids can think of, roast pumpkin seeds, decorate the house and it all comes down to the last day where we finally trick or treat.
Our pumpkin carving day is probably the biggest tradition of them all. After we have stomped through the pumpkin fields at a nearby farm and picked the perfect pumpkin we get them home to carve. The kids love gutting out the pumpkins and washing them to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds to eat later. I get to work tracing and carving the pumpkins while the seeds bake and then we all settle down to watch a nice Halloween movie and eat our pumpkin seeds together. Each year, it seems like a bigger deal to them and they get more into the festivities with me as they get older. I absolutely love celebrating Halloween with them.
This year we even adorned these gorgeous Halloween t-shirts from Zazzle while we celebrated carving day. The kids looked absolutely adorable in their his and her style of the same t-shirt. Zazzle have hundreds of Halloween styles, designs and patterns to choose from. I think, I will be adding our Halloween t-shirt wearing on this special carving day to our Halloween family tradition. It’s like novelty Christmas sweaters for Halloween. What a great idea. I am a huge kid at heart and a secret huge fan of Harry Potter so my “Muggles” t-shirt was a perfect fit for me. I even wore it the other day with a nice black blazer and heels and got a lot of compliments on it.
I hope that my kids grow up and have fond memories of our holidays together and pass some of these traditions down to their own children as I have done. It’s a great excuse to get creative and have family days out at the pumpkin patch or messy play in the pumpkin seeds before you roast them for a delicious snack. Kids love doing something a little bit different and even my two loved dressing up for the part. They haven’t taken their Halloween t-shirts off all week. It really made the carving day feel like Halloween. The longer you can stretch out each holiday, I say the more fun you will have together as a family. It’s fun to celebrate things together.
Do you have a Halloween family tradition? Is there anything specific you look forward to doing with your kids each holiday as it comes around in preparation? I would love to hear your stories, comment below.
This Halloween the kids have asked me to carve them Lighting McQueen and Sofia the First pumpkins and well, I had to throw a famous Minion in there for myself. I love carving pumpkins, no matter how challenging the face is. I think I even got a little competitive when I was growing up with it. Last year, I carved Olaf and Doc McStuffins and the kids squealed with delight. Check out how to carve these characters below and please let me know what you think of my tutorial or give it a happy thumbs up.