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10 Ways To Amuse Your Highly Disappointed Kids If Halloween Is Cancelled

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costume works I don’t know what it’s like in your spooky neck of the woods, but we’ve got an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Halloween. There is no way I’m taking my kids door to door when it is pouring and lightning out, and they will be sad little ghosts about this. I’m lucky, because my brood is past toddler age so they can be distracted by scary treats and movies on TV.  For those of you with smaller kids who are looking forward to Halloween, here are some ideas in case the festivities are cancelled due to stormy weather.

Make Some Mummies 

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From Toddler Boredom Busters, let your kids wrap each other up as mummies using toilet paper. You could award the kid who makes their mummy the fastest some little treats like plastic spiders or that candy no one is coming to your door to claim.

Make A Spooky Collage 

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Chances are you have some magazines with Halloween themed ideas in them, so bust out the gluesticks and let your toddler go to town creating creepy collages.

Play Hot And Cold 

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(Image: Michael C. Gray/shutterstock)

Kids love when you hide something and play Hot and Cold with them, I have no idea why but most kids could play this for hours. Hide a piece of candy and let them try to find it while you say “No, cold, cold, you are so cold you have icicles on your nose and oh no you are freezing.” Or whatever else you say. All I know is your kid will be amused.

Buy Ghost Peeps In Advance

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I don’t like peeps, you don’t like peeps, but peeps are great for putting in a cup of hot cocoa to warm up a saddened little kid.

Watch Mad Monster Party 

I love Rankin/ Bass movies, and Mad Monster Party is no exception. Netflix has it here.

Trick or Treat.. Indoors 

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(Image: : Pressmaster/shutterstock)

You sit in one room with a door, have your partner or an older sibling sit in another, and let your kid knock on doors for treats. It won’t be as exciting as Trick Or Treating the real way, but it may amuse them for a bit, especially if you act all shocked each time you see them.

Cuddle Up And Read Spooky Stories 

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Bonus points for doing it by candlelight.

Head To the Mall 

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We know the Mall Of America has the world’s largest trick or treat festivities, and chances are if you have an indoor mall by you they may offer the same. I’m not a huge fan of leaving the house in yucky weather, but if you or your child are super excited about their costume the mall may be the place to go.

 Make Up A Small Gross Feel Box Game 

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Remember the old cold spaghetti as worms trick and grapes as eyeballs? Basic Grey has the adorable tutorial here.

Get Started On Thanksgiving

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Since Halloween is on the 31st, all that means is Thanksgiving is fast upon us. Have your kids help you make a cute craft to usher in the next holiday. The Third Boob (which is officially now my favorite blog name) has this adorable tutorial for a Thankful Tree.

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15 Comments

  1. Alicia Kiner

    October 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

    We too have rain in the forecast. I’m thinking about doing a Monster Jam. Dressing up in our costumes, and partying it up, kid style. I’ll head to the store on Thursday to buy some candy so they don’t miss out on that ( we don’t get trick or treaters where we live) and I’m making cake pops (ghost, skull, pumpkin), I might steal your hot chocolate idea. I’ll order up some pizza, and we’ll have fun at home. We had to do this a couple of years ago when we had snow on trick or treat night. No big deal. Plus, we did the trick or treat thing at an amusement park already, so they have actually gone this year.

    • Eve Vawter

      October 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      am coming over

    • Alicia Kiner

      October 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      okay!

    • Alicia Kiner

      November 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      So we watched with baited breath to see what the weather was going to be like and the weather people all agreed (for once) the rain would hold off until about 7. Right smack dab in the middle of trick or treat. We took out our monsters to the closest neighborhood and trick or treated for about 40 minutes. All the people who were out were aware of the rain coming in, and decided, hey, kids, take a handful. In a little over half an hour, both of my kids managed to get full buckets of candy, more candy than they got last year in more than twice the time, in the same neighborhood with more houses. So, Halloween wasn’t a bust after all. How was yours?

    • Alicia Kiner

      November 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      So we watched with baited breath to see what the weather was going to be like and the weather people all agreed (for once) the rain would hold off until about 7. Right smack dab in the middle of trick or treat. We took out our monsters to the closest neighborhood and trick or treated for about 40 minutes. All the people who were out were aware of the rain coming in, and decided, hey, kids, take a handful. In a little over half an hour, both of my kids managed to get full buckets of candy, more candy than they got last year in more than twice the time, in the same neighborhood with more houses. So, Halloween wasn’t a bust after all. How was yours?

  2. Alex Lee

    October 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Wreck the kitchen making dead bread. I am wanting to sculpt tiny calavera skulls out of bread dough.

    We had a blizzard during Halloween a few years back. Some towns rescheduled Trick or Treating for the kids. So all may not be lost.

    • Alicia Kiner

      October 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Dead bread?? what is that?

    • Alex Lee

      October 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    • Alicia Kiner

      October 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      that recipe looks identical to the bread we make for Easter! lol, nice!

    • Alex Lee

      October 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

      It’s resurrect-ilicious!

  3. Rachel Sea

    October 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Peeps are lame by themselves, but Peeps Brulee are fantastic. Caramelizing the sugar over a flame, or with a brulee torch makes a huge difference. Even stale Peeps can be revived this way.

  4. Cee

    October 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Play Monster Mash song like..10 times in the background..it stays in my brain for about two days after Halloween.

  5. LadyClodia

    October 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    We have a forecast of rain too, and I really hope that it doesn’t rain. It rained last year and they rescheduled Trick or Treating for Saturday, which would normally not be a big deal, but it was my little guy’s 1st birthday and totally messed the party up. They would reschedule for Saturday this year too, which is also when we were planning on celebrating his birthday since that’s when family can get off from work (and it’s my brother’s birthday too.)
    I do like your ideas, though, Eve. And we’ll probably try some if it is a washout.

  6. 4under4

    October 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    We are lucky enough to live in a really small town and our grade schoolers get to walk down main street in their costumes and trick or treat at the stores in the morning.. Our rain isn’t supposed to start until late afternoon so I am looking forward to NOT walking around in thirty degree weather and the kids not complaining about missing out.

  7. Sara

    October 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

    You guys are making me nervous. There’s a chance of rain in our forecast, too, and all the indoor craft/party ideas in the world won’t be enough to console my kids if we can’t go trick-or-treating. That said, if it IS raining, there’s no way I’m going out in the wet cold, no matter how badly we all want to. I’ve never heard of my area rescheduling and I’ve lived here for 30 years. …I also don’t remember a year when I didn’t go trick-or-treating, and there was a year when I was a kid that it snowed. I’m a die-hard candy enthuthiast, but I’ve got a bunch of little guys this year; maybe if it comes down to it I’ll head out with just my 10 yr old and a good umbrella!

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