Blog-OWEEN: Five Easy Ways to Keep the Kids (and Family) Engaged this Halloween

Blog-OWEEN—one week of inspired self-care ideas (Oct. 24th-31st).  Self-care is creating a platform to help you manifest the life you want to live,  it looks different for everyone.  Self-care is key; internally, externally, and always cooking good food.

  1. HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT—A scavenger hunt is a game where each individual (or team) work to find items organized on a list.  The winner is determined based on who brings back the correct items first.  This is a great game for everyone especially small children and those who like working in teams.  It gives them the opportunity to stay active, to achieve a common goal, to find and learn about new items, and to achieve a sense of self-accomplishment.  You also have the option of timing this game (e.g. you have “one minute to come back with…..” or you can give them as much time as they need and select the winner based on who arrives back first).  It might also help if you have some kind of incentive.  People are usually more likely to participate and put in their best effort if there is a prize at the end.  Here are a few options here and here that you can choose from for the winners.  Below is an example of a scavenger hunt list that I found on this site.  Scavenger hunts can also be done virtually so they are great options to play during the pandemic.
screen shot from etsy
  1. A LIST OF OPTIONS—Options, the ability to choose from more than one thing in order to come to a final decision.  When you’re trying to make a decision and the decision is based on more than one person’s opinion, it helps to have OPTIONS.  Having options also gives you the option to make their decision making fun.  You can:
  • Have each person pick an item out of hat, bowl, box, etc.
  • Have them choose a random number off of the list of options
  • Have them choose the items off the list of options themselves
  • Give them the option to choose by asking them
  • Vote, in order to come to unanimous consensus
  • Or simply ask them what they want to do
screen shot from pinterest

I found a list of Halloween options for you here.

  1. A LIST OF OPTIONS PART 2—Because, you know, OPTIONS!!
screen shot from kidactivities
  1. ARTS AND CRAFTS—If you’ve been trying to find activities that the family can do together then this is it.  Arts and crafts is the opportunity for the family to work together…separately.  It gives each individual the opportunity to flex their inner Vincent van Gogh because arts and crafts creates the space for us to be creative.  Halloween is one of the best times of year to engage in arts and crafts activities.  You can create Halloween decorations to hang up inside or outside the house, in the kids bedrooms, for their costumes, their trick or treat bag/bucket (or they can create their own bag/bucket), etc. I found this arts and craft idea which I thought was fun, simple, festive, and not messy.
screen shot from pinterest
  1. DESSERT—Sings: “Food glorious food, cold jelly and custard…” lol. Desserts are guaranteed to keep most people engaged and excited especially if they enjoy being a part of the process to make it.  I found a really fun and easy vanilla shake called “Boo-Nilla Ghost Milkshake” on pinterest.  For an extra added fun, the shake is in a halloween inspired mason jar (I think a decorated mug, cup, or jar would be a cute and fun idea for the little ones).

Only 5 ingredients

Baking & Spices

  • 3 tbsp Powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Vanilla


  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole milk


  • 4 cups Vanilla bean ice cream

No directions were provided but based on the ingredients I’m sure all you have to do is combine all five ingredients to make the shake.

You can alter the ingredients to suite your particular dietary need.  You can also add crushed oreos, nuts, gummies, caramel, chocolate syrup, or other types of candy to make it even more festive and fun. Or stick one of the butternut squash chocolate chip cookies that I talked about here as a topping.

Which idea do you plan on trying with the family this week?  Let me know, Let’s Chat!


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Published by tam33ks

I have a long history with mental illness. Overcoming depression made me realize my own resilience. It also made it clear that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I believe that in order for us to fully engage with ourselves and others we have to make time for self-love through our self-care habits. My goal with this blog is to encourage women in my age group to make time for self-care daily.

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