So, Halloween is almost here. Have you made plans yet? If you’re thinking of Trick or Treating, don’t forget we have these adorable Halloween Gifts for kids – emotional blackmail is the perfect weapon when trying to get chocolate off strangers! But what if you’re staying in on the most horrifying evening of the year?
Before kids the plan was probably something like – alcohol (Bloody Mary, obviously), a takeaway and a selection of the finest horror films to date. However, once you have children, you find that your evening’s entertainment has to take on a pre-watershed nature.
We’ve compiled some child-friendly scares, because Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween if it wasn’t spent behind the back of the sofa.
Best of the Books
Funny Bones – if you’re like us, you’ll remember this from your childhood. Talking skeletons have never seemed so cheerful. Altogether now; “There was a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton…”
The Witches – This book still scares us now! It’s the ultimate guide to all things witchy and ideal for the older child who likes a bit of a fright! Beware of bald women!
Meg and Mog – Some would say this is the gentler cousin to The Witches, but little ones will love Meg and Mog and their never-ending friendship!
Hotel Transylvania – All your favourite movie monsters in one Butlins-like holiday destination, what more could you want? With so many funny moments, tots will get caught up in the spooky surprises!
Casper – Another childhood staple – the story might go over toddler’s heads, but they’ll love the misbehaving Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso! Plus a cameo from the Ghostbusters! (That’s just for us though!)
Frankenweenie – Few people do child-friendly horror better than Tim Burton and this story of a boy bringing his dog back to life is full of wonderful characters, furry mischief and touching sentiments.
Find the Monster – if you’re the artistic type, create some monster pictures and hide them around your home. Then let your little monster hunters loose to track them down!
Apple Bobbing – it’s the ultimate Halloween game but make sure children are of an appropriate age. And also remember the apples.
Ginger-dead Men – Your classic gingerbread man, only instead of buttons and eyes, why not use white icing to depict their bony bodies!
Slimey Jelly – We won’t lie – this is just green jelly. But if you tell kids it’s ghostly ectoplasm they’ll be sure to lap it up! For an extra touch, buy some jelly worms and place them in before it sets! Eeeugh.
Spiders Legs – Far from wanting you to recreate the film Saw with insects, a plate of liquorish strips can look pretty convincing.
We hope this helps you fill your Halloween night with thrills and chills! Don’t forget to share you funny and adorable photos with us!
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