Halloween Activity for Kids: A Favorite Family Tradition

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Finding the perfect Halloween activity for kids can be tough.

A lot of Halloween focuses on the scary, gory stuff that my daughters just aren’t ready for (heck, I’m still not ready for it myself!!). When we stumbled upon this incredibly fun Halloween activity I was so pleased.

It was pure chance!

Have you heard of a “BOO!”? I sure hadn’t!

A “BOO!” is a surprise gift you create for an unsuspecting family.

You put together special Halloween treats you think the family will enjoy together and then you secretly leave it on their porch and let them discover and enjoy it. Then they are supposed to pass on the fun to another family by creating a Halloween surprise and secretly leaving it for another target family. And on and on!

Perfect fun Halloween activity for kids!

There’s nothing scary about this activity and I love that it encourages kids to think about giving to others rather than getting.

Whoever left us our first “BOO!” placed everything in a jack’o’lantern bucket in our front bushes with a card (the mystery as to who it was remains to this day, and that is much of the fun!).

We received a DVD of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, some sweet treats, some Halloween stickers and temporary tattoos.

My older daughter (3 at the time) was super excited about the tattoos until one was placed on her belly and she realized it wasn’t actually a sticker. Thankfully I was able to wipe it off without too much panic escalation.

My favorite part of the first “BOO!” that we received was a Halloween cookie decorating kit.

It had pumpkin shaped cookies packaged with orange and green icing tubes and leaf shaped sprinkles. I really appreciated having such a kid friendly Halloween activity to do with my daughters that didn’t take too much prep work or clean up for me.

When you have two small people under the age of 4 these things really do matter.

My older daughter and I were able to sneak in this sweet bonding activity while my younger daughter took a morning nap.

It was delightful having that stress free kit ready to go at the spur of the moment. My older daughter was so tickled to very meticulously place each “leaf” sprinkle into the green “grass” frosting while I tried to recreate the cute jack’o’lantern faces on each cookie as depicted on the box.

Our end result was pretty adorable in my opinion.

Even better are the memories that we created that still warm my heart. It’s moments like those I hope I never forget.

halloween activity for kids

However, the fun we had with the “BOO!” was two-fold because after enjoying our own gift, we got to create this joy for others!

This Halloween activity for kids is sure to be a favorite!

My older daughter was delighted to put together Halloween treats to surprise some sweet friends of ours.

I loved that she knew exactly how wonderful it would feel when her friends found their special surprise because she had just had that experience herself when we discovered our own gift on the porch. She was able to immediately connect her own joy with the joy her surprises would bring.

To leave our “BOO!” I used these adorable free Halloween “BOO!” printables from Crazy Little Projects so that the family would know what they should do next.

I did a simple Google image search and these popped up with their cute polka dots, I was sold.

We let our older daughter choose which friends to surprise and then dropped it off as stealthily as we could.

They *did* figure out who left it because she couldn’t resist practicing writing the first letter of her name all over their card, but it was still super fun for everyone!

Mysterious leaver of our first “BOO!”, thank you again, it definitely made our Halloween even more special and now we have a Halloween activity for kids that we all love and enjoy!

Having family traditions is something we try to cultivate in our family, from this Halloween activity for kids to picking strawberries in the spring or gratitude activities for Thanksgiving, we want the focus of our lives to be on our time together creating memories as a family.

Tell me in the comments, what are some special traditions your family has for Halloween?

I can’t wait to hear from you!


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  3. Carrine

    Great idea…we did this a couple of years ago. I will have to pull it out again this year!

    1. Sarah – Our Happy Imperfection

      Glad I jogged your memory! It’s such a fun Halloween activity for kids and the whole family.

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