Hurray for October! We might try to hit up a pumpkin patch this weekend. Our front porch is yearning for a few pumpkins! Have you thought of any plans for celebrating Halloween with your kids?
Baby Babe and a lot of her friends aren’t old enough to eat candy yet, and most of them don’t walk so Trick or Treating would be kind of silly. I have decided to organize a neighborhood Halloween Parade!
Our neighborhood has tons of babies and toddlers so I think it will be a hit. We will set up little stations along the greenbelt for the tots to explore different age appropriate activities. I’m expecting a crowd of infants to 2 year olds. A 3 year old would probably go trick or treating, right? I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween so I’m kind of new at this!
I will be responsible for a few stations that I will not have to tend to. Some ideas would need an adult helper, but I know I will be busy with Baby Babe and we will be welcoming and directing our friends towards the festivities so I think it’s a good plan for me to provide unmanned stations.
My stations will be:
- 3 Play Tunnels for the tots to crawl through
- Bubbles I have one bubble gun and containers of bubbles, but if I can borrow a bubble machine that would be really cool!
- Play Dough Table I will have orange, purple and green play dough and little Halloween objects for them to squish in the dough.
- Music I’ll bring my iPod filled with fall time songs including some that have little dances that go along with the music. “Scarecrow turn around, scarecrow touch the ground…”
Other neighbors have volunteered to provide:
- Halloween Sidewalk Chalk
- Jack-O-Lantern Bean Bag Toss
- Balloons provided by Edge Optics
Thank you Edge Optics for your balloon donation!! I am in the process of contacting more local businesses for donations. Some mini pumpkins, bales of hay, an ink pad with rubber stamps for paper or hands, and maybe some outdoor decor for in between stations would be perfect! I would also love to see if anyone has a pop up awning that we can borrow. That could mark the beginning of the parade and we could hang streamers or spider webs from above. At the end of the parade we will have a special thank you sign to recognize all of our friendly local businesses who have donated to the parade!
The event is scheduled to run from 4:00- 5:00 (that way the tots can get home for dinner and PJs). That means I’ll probably be busy from 3:00- 6:00. I would love to start a family Halloween tradition of a slow cooker dinner that night. Maybe something with squash or pumpkin. I’m thinking this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili might be perfect! It has browned sausage, canned pumpkin, beans, and diced bell peppers.
Do you have any tips or recommendations for our parade? Remember there won’t be any bobbing for apples or eating doughnuts off of a string. The kids are newborn- 2 years old! I would love to hear your ideas! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! It’s going to be too stinking cute. 🙂