Halloween with Toddlers

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I have to admit, I have never really been a huge fan of Halloween. I don’t love ghosts, mummies, witches, spiders, and many of the other things associated with Halloween. And as I got older, I always found it tough to come up with a good costume idea for Halloween.

But, since becoming a mother, I’m starting to really enjoy this holiday because of the fun opportunities it offers for children and families! Here are some of the things that I am starting to love about Halloween, and looking forward to this year …

Halloween Crafts
Thanks to Pinterest, I have gathered some crafts ideas that I hope to do with Baby E over the next few weeks. We love crafts, and these projects will help get us (and our house!) in the Halloween spirit! Here’s our short list: Stained Glass Pumpkin Suncatchers, Scissor Skills Pumpkins, Handprint Spiders in a Lacing Card Web, Yarn Pumpkins, Witchy Pinecone Owl, and Haunted Houses made from cartons.

Homemade Costumes
I know that we don’t always have time, but for some reason I feel that homemade costumes are really sweet for younger children. I love DIY projects, so last year I made Baby E a kitty costume similar to this costume. It was my first time making a tutu, and it was a lot of fun! It was quite simple to do (tons of tutorials online), and ended up costing much less than buying a tutu in the store. I must say, Baby E looked quite adorable! This year she has requested a butterfly costume. We purchased the wings, and I will be making another DIY tutu, this time out of pink and purple tulle. I am also planning to make little tulle antenna for our butterfly’s head!

Pumpkin Carving
A few years ago, we started doing Halloween pumpkin carving with the family. My brother has a real talent for intricate carvings. With him as our guide, we have made some really incredible pumpkins over the years. We will definitely be continuing the tradition this year! Below are the family’s creations from 2014 and 2015.

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I recently saw a post about how to create Glow in the Dark pumpkins using paint. I think this is a great idea for families like us that have a toddler that isn’t old enough to be involved in the carving! I’d like to try this with Baby E this year.

Pumpkinfest at Galey Farms
Pumpkinfest is held every weekend in October (October 8th-30th) from 10am-4pm . This event includes live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, and more. We went to this event with friends last year, and had a wonderful time! The only thing I would say is that some of the spooky parts on the train ride were a bit too spooky for our little one…!!!

Vancouver Island Corn Maze
The Vancouver Island Corn Maze is created by Pendray Farms, here on the Peninsula. It began in 2015, and after its huge success last year, the corn maze is back! Open Thursday-Sunday, 1-9pm, the Corn Maze offers 14 acres of family fun. We went with friends a few weeks ago, and had a blast! As well as the corn maze (which is complete with hidden clues you must solve), there is a huge corn pit that was a big hit with the kids. They also sell incredibly delicious popcorn if you end up hungry after navigating the maze!

VIME Pumpkin Express at Heritage Acres
I’ve heard from friends that the Pumpkin Express is a fabulous event for families! It is held at Heritage Acres in Sidney, October 21st-23rd from 4:30-8:30pm. The event is supposed to have many Halloween things that aren’t too scary for the little ones, as well as pumpkin carving, face painting, make your own scarecrow, haunted house, and lots more. The trains are usually running at all public events at Heritage Acres, and they are a lot of fun. I actually remember riding the trains with my family when I was a little girl. As a young child, the train ride felt like it was half an hour, winding through the forest. In reality, it’s probably 5 or 10 minutes long, but is it ever magical as a child!

2nd Annual Treat Street in Sidney
Treat Street is a fun, family-friendly Halloween event held from 4:00-6:30pm on October 31st. We took Baby E last year, and really enjoyed it! Children can trick-or-treat down Beacon Avenue in Sidney at designated stops, check out the dog costume contest at Beacon Park, and enjoy Halloween activities by Panorama at the Mary Winspear Centre!

Cute Little Spooks Kindergym Party
This event is offered through Panorama, at Greenglade Community Centre. It’s held on Thursday October 27th from 9:30am-11:30am. Children 1-5 years old can come enjoy Kindergym toys and activities, as well as Halloween crafts, a visit from Slider, and a Costume Parade! More information in the Panorama brochure (page 11).

Pumpkin Art in Oak Bay Village
Pumpkin Art is a display of carved pumpkins behind the Oak Bay Municipal Hall – open for viewing from 5-9pm beginning Friday the week prior to Halloween. I have never been before, but according to the website hundreds of carved pumpkins will be on display and admission is by donation.

Wicked Victoria
Wicked Victoria will be held on Sunday October 30th, 12-5pm, on Government Street (between Humboldt and Yates). This is another new event for us, but it is advertised as a free pedestrian only family event. Costumes are encouraged, and the event will include live entertainment, kids costume parade, games, pumpkin decorating, and more.

Although I may not have always loved Halloween, I sure do love the opportunities for family fun! I hope that you and your family enjoy some of these events and activities as well. If you are looking for other upcoming family events and activities around town, check out my Family Events Calendar!

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