Halloween Movies Activities and Snacks
I will admit that I am not much of a Halloween fanatic. I think maybe it just falls at the wrong time of the year for us, just between school starting and SEVERAL birthdays in August and the awesomeness of the Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons. I just never have the time or money to put into a good Halloween! It’s last minute cheap-o costumes and a trick-or-treat hayride around the neighborhood with some friends. Anyway, this year I am finally getting myself together before it’s too late. I have compiled a list of PG rated “scary” movies for the kids to watch along with simple themed snack ideas and crafts. FUN! Let me share my list with you:
“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” You can check your local listings. This comes on a couple of times, but I warn you, it’s earlier in the month than you would think, so look now. For a craft, if you aren’t going to carve pumpkins, you can make paper mache pumpkins using balloons. For snack, we are going healthy on this day and making pumpkin oranges with celery for the stems!
“Halloween Town” is also another one that comes on often throughout the month of October. For a craft, use green construction paper and let the kids make their own witch faces. For snack, pretzel sticks with string cheese for a witch broom!
“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” This one is available for streaming on Netflix if you you are a subscriber. For a craft, painting the movie cover or cutting it out of construction paper is fun. For snacks, may favorite, white chocolate dipped caramel apples!
“Hocus Pocus” This one comes on often throughout October and is available on Netflix DVD, but not streaming. For a craft, we will mae witch hats. For snack, we will have “Witches Brew” which is green colored Hi-C fruit punch with dry ice to make the smoke effect. You can get dry ice by the pound at most grocery stores. Remember to handle it with gloves!
“Casper” Check your local listings for this movie. For a craft, mix some cheap-o shaving cream with a little Elmer’s glue. let the kids form a ghost on a piece of construction paper. When it dries they can draw or glue eyes to it. FOr a super easy and healthy snack, the popular ghost banana with mini chocolate chips for eyes.–banana ghosts and shaving cream and glue ghost craft
“Corpse Bride”–Available with Netflix DVD but not streaming. It is a part of the line up on the ABC 19 days of Halloween list. For a craft, use cotton swabs to form skeltons, by gluing them to a piece of black construction paper. For snack, stack up a few white chocolate covered mini pretzel twists and put a large marshmallow on top. You can use frosting or a cake writer to make a face on the marshmallow.
“Addams Family” This movie is also available on netflix streaming if you have an account. With this one, the craft is just to trace your hands and cut them out. For snack, a popcorn stuffed kitchen glove with candy for the finger nails!
“Hotel Transylvania”–Also available on Netflix DVD, but not streaming. I haven’t seen it on a television listing yet, but you should keep checking. It may be on an OnDemand channel in October. For crafts, use a toilet paper roll to make a bat. You can use construction paper to wrap around it or paint it. Use a piece of black construction paper for the wings. For a snack, slice red apples into 1/8 and put a small amount of peanut butter on on side of each slice. Layer 2 slices together, peanut butter side facing each other with a few mini marshmallows between to look like a mouth.
“Paranorman”–This movie is available on Netflix streaming if you have an account. For a craft/activity, make “brains” out of playdouhg. For a snack, cut string cheese horrizontally about half way up, 3 times, then about 1/2 inch from one end 3 times to look like knuckle creases. Add a sliver of almond or a sliced olive to look like a finger nail.
“Coraline”– Check local listings on this as well. I know it comes on a t least once, maybe twice on the ABC Family channel in October. It is also available on Netflix DVD, but not streaming. For a craft, sew or glue buttons onto a piece of construction paper or cloth as eyes for a face you draw. Make sugar cookies (I will use the store bought kind this year since we are packing and moving.) before you put the cookies in the oven, poke 4 holes in the middle with a toothpick and make them a little bigger so they won’t seal back up when they cook. Do the holes in a 4 corners square pattern in the middle so they look like buttons.
I hope you will watch along with me!