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Every year, our family looks forward to Halloween. It’s one of those holidays that can be fun for all ages and we love everything about it! While we try to fit in as much as we can during the month of October, we have specific Halloween traditions that we never miss. From the pumpkin patch to counting their candy at the end of the night, my kids look forward to Halloween every year.
Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patches are a great opportunity to get out into your community, take some pictures, meet some neighbors and pick out the perfect pumpkin for your family. In our case, we always get one for each of our daughters. From petting zoos to hay rides, pumpkin patches should definitely be on your to-do list every October!
Fun Fact: Not all pumpkins are orange. Some pumpkins are white, others are red, blue, or yellow. Traditional orange pumpkins change color from green to orange for much the same reason that leaves do. When they lose their chlorophyll, the “underlying” orange color is revealed. The orange color is caused by carotenoids, a healthy source of vitamin A and the same thing that makes carrots orange.
Create Spooky Treats
While it’s fun to buy the giant bags of candy, there is nothing better than creating fun, spooky treats for Halloween. A must have for our family are caramel apples. This year, we found some fun decorative fingers to add to them, to give them a little something extra. You can also add eyeballs to take it up a notch. For our youngest, the creepier, the better.
Fun Fact: The average parent eats one-fourth of their children’s Halloween candy.
Whether you carve, use stickers or paint your pumpkins, it’s so much fun allowing your kids to decorate their own pumpkin. Let them use their imagination to create and you’ll be surprised what they can come up with.
Fun Fact: The heaviest pumpkin in the United States was grown in 2014 by a man named Beni Meier and it weighed 2,323 pounds.
Going Trick or Treating
While my kids love everything about Halloween, the thing they look forward to the most is trick or treating. Choosing their costume is usually an ordeal, but once that’s done, they can’t wait to get out there and get as much candy as they can. At the end of the night, they dump their goodies onto the floor and separate it into 4 piles (one for each of them and one for Mom and Dad).
Fun Fact: Americans spend about $3.8 billion on Halloween candy every year.
Making Sure Our Teeth Stay Healthy
Once all of the candy and treats are gone, it’s time to make sure we are taking care of our teeth. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without Halloween candy! Crest proves this point by bringing a group of school-aged children together for a focus group where they are asked to test out some new healthy alternatives for the season and it’s hilarious. I’m sure my kids would have acted the same way. Check out the video here.
Fun Fact: Only 48% of adults enforce a stricter teeth brushing/flossing routine on Halloween for themselves ;however 70% of parents enforce stricter teeth brushing/routines on Halloween for their children.
What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions? Comment below and let us know!
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