Halloween ideas for the whole family

I’ve never been one for celebrating Halloween. My parents weren’t really into it so I never went trick or treating as a child. But last year, Libby went over to see family to do trick or treat.

She had a witches costume and of course, she also took with her what every witch needs. A lion.

Pluto lion

And despite myself, I enjoyed it almost as much as Libby did.

So this year, we’ll be making a bit more effort. My husband will be at home with us, so we thought it would be a good idea to do a few things we could all get involved in. So here are our top five Halloween ideas for the whole family.

1. Pumpkin carving

We bought a medium sized pumpkin for 50p which seemed like a proper bargain to me. The girls got involved with scooping it out and then I carved it. We decided on a minion, what do you think?

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2. Pumpkin soup

I hate seeing pumpkins go to waste when they’ve been carved. So we scooped out the flesh and saved it up to make a spicy pumpkin soup.

3. Getting the dogs involved

After Pluto’s exploits last year, it seemed only right to get the dogs involved again. This year, BarkBeats came to the rescue. They very kindly sent us one of their subscription boxes just in time for Halloween.



The dogs had a box each containing a cuddly toy, ball, pumpkin cake and two varieties of treats. Bubbles in particular was beside herself with excitement.

I am seriously tempted to treat them to another box at Christmas, watching them open their presents was incredibly cute.

4. Paper maché crafts

At Easter, we made a paper maché Easter egg nest. Libby enjoyed it so much that we’re doing something similar for Halloween.

We’re putting paper maché on the larger half of a balloon. We’ll let it dry, pop it and paint it orange as a pumpkin pot. If we pop round to see family then they can put some sweets in their home made pot.

5. A day out

We always enjoy a day out at Drayton Manor and at the moment, it’s all decked out for Halloween. From Friday to Sunday this weekend, the War of the Worlds themed fireworks is on there too.

So, we’re combining Halloween and bonfire night and having a day out in the park and staying for the fireworks in the evening. We’re all really looking forward to it, especially Libby who has been talking about it for months.

What are you doing this Halloween and are you getting your pets involved?

Family Halloween Activities | Halloween is an exciting time for all the family. Here are our halloween activity ideas for the whole family - including our pets! We have been carving pumpkins, making pumpkin soup, having halloween themed days out, dressing the dog up as a lion (!) and even making paper maché pots. These activities are great for children to get involved in but the big kids will love them too!

Please note, barkbeats sent Pluto and Soxa their Halloween presents free of charge. Please also note, that is not a real lion. No police action is required. Looking good though isn't he?


  1. Izzie Anderton
    October 27, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I’m so impressed with your pumpkin… a minion is an unusual (but inspired) idea! Happy to hear that Pluto and Soxa enjoyed their treats x

    • monsterid October 27, 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Izzie, I’m not sure it’s really up to much but we had fun making it!x

  2. October 28, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Those doggy boxes are so blummin cute! Love getting pets involved in things. We always get the dog-in-laws (thats totally a thing) a Christmas present. And we once bought them doggy headbands, reindeer antlers for Rudi (obvs) and a red Santa hat for Poppy.

    Love your minion pumpkin. We need to carve our pumpkins, no idea what to do with them!

    • monsterid October 30, 2015 / 12:13 am

      Ha, dog-in-laws. Sounds identical to dogging laws. Very different concepts. This made me chuckle a lot!x

  3. Debbie
    November 7, 2015 / 5:49 am

    Hi Natalie, I am so behind on my commenting (seems to be my mantra these days!). I love the lion look, I am sure she gave people a fright.

    My brother in law carves a mean pumpkin too and I’m sure he did a Minion too this year. I bet the War of The Worlds fireworks display was worth watching, I used to love that album. You’re going to have to treat your dogs to a Christmas box now as I expect they saw you write it!

    Hope hubby is mending nicely.


    • monsterid November 8, 2015 / 11:37 pm

      Thank you Debbie. The I know, I am so tempted by the Christmas box for the pooches, they’re brilliant!x

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