No, I don’t normally go “Martha Stewart” and get all crafty on Halloween, but with a 7-yr old daughter I have a good excuse to relive my childhood. :) For me, that means taking her on haunted hayrides, going to local Halloween / Fall festivals, and of course getting her dressed up and going trick-or-treating. I don’t think I’ll mention the bits about toilet-papering yards and going “egging” until she’s MUCH older.
I wouldn’t drop her off to knock on doors of random houses like my parents did with my brothers and I — instead we go to a “Trunk-or-Treat” where local families and businesses park their cars and trucks in a field or large parking lot and hand-out candy from there. It’s safe, fairly organized, and you don’t have to drive all over town to come home with enough candy to kill a small horse.
When it comes to the pumpkin carving, I always get stuck with the gory part of removing the “pumpkin guts” …
And while she draws the design on her pumpkin, I also have to do the carving (also gory, if I’m not careful). Last year I bought a pumpkin carving kit on sale after Halloween and somehow we were still able to find it for this year. She’s all into the “Warrior Cats” books now, so I did one of a cat using a template found on the FamilyFun.com site. Another was a wolf howling in front of a mountain that she drew on the pumpkin herself. And of course I just had to do a Yellow Dog pumpkin …
And it turned out pretty good!
Wishing everyone a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!