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7 Family-Friendly Activities for Halloween Fun at Home

Thinking of staying in for Halloween? Why not stage a spooky celebration everyone can enjoy? Check out the following ideas that can help you create a frighteningly good time without leaving home.

Kid carving pumpkin.

1. Plan a scary-movie night.

Grab the popcorn and cuddle together under a blanket while streaming kid-friendly Halloween movies. Cartoons, comedies and vintage favorites like "Little Monsters," "Hocus Pocus," and "Ghostbusters"make it easy to find age-appropriate viewing for everyone in the family.

2. Cast a sweet spell with a family bake-off.

Bewitch your little goblins in the kitchen by baking some wickedly delicious Halloween treats. Coffin cookies, pumpkin witch cupcakes and chocolate bat tarts are just a few of the clever Halloween confections to consider.

3. Have a pumpkin-carving contest.

Creating a jack-o'-lantern is a time-tested tradition the whole family can participate in. To keep your Halloween a safe one, let the kids help with the design, but leave the knife-handling to adults. You can also switch things up this year by painting your pumpkins. And don't forget to keep those pumpkin seeds to roast them in the oven for a delicious and nutritious snack.

4. Dress up as toilet paper mummies.

All you need for this fun project is a roll of toilet paper and the willingness to be silly. If your children are old enough, let them wrap each other from head to toe. Toddlers can benefit from parental helping hands.

5. Whip up a fluffy batch of pumpkin slime.

Transform Elmer's glue, shaving foam, baking soda and orange food coloring into a massive blob of squishable slime kids can pack into decorated Mason jars.

6. Make some creepy crafts.

Gather around the kitchen table and let the kids express the spirit of the season with ghost garlands, tissue box monsters and spider stamps. Even rocks, paper plates and empty toilet paper rolls can be turned into scary Halloween decorations your family will enjoy for weeks.

7. Let the family pets join in the Halloween fun.

If your dog and/or cat likes to share in family events and doesn't mind dressing up, let everyone cast a vote for the perfect Halloween costume. Would your feline look better as a slice of pizza, an avocado half, or a unicorn? Dress your dog as a radiant peacock or a mouthwatering slice of sizzling bacon. Friends and family are sure to love the photos and videos you share showing the great time.

Family in the kitchen.

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