In a few short weeks we’ll be trying to come up with creative Elf on the Shelf ideas, but before little Elves and bright lights find themselves adorning our house we have to get through Halloween. I love Halloween just as much as I love Christmas. I love the season, the activities, the spooky decor, the smell in the air – and I love to get my kids as excited for the holiday as I am!
Over the years our Halloween traditions have grown, and my kids love the amount of celebrating we do. One of my favorite traditions is the Ghoul on a Stool. Just like Elf on the Shelf, our Ghoul spends most of his year making Halloween candy. In October he leaves his home to visit ours, encouraging the kids to do a good deed every day and often leaving little surprises for the kids to find in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
It’s made the Halloween Season so much fun for our family, and it gives the kids something to look forward to each morning, just as the “newness” of school is wearing off and everyone wants to sleep later in the morning. Here are some of our favorite Ghoul on a Stool ideas:
- Have your Ghoul set up a Halloween Tree. I bought an inexpensive 4 foot artificial Christmas tree one year, and we string it with orange and purple lights, colorful ribbon and spooky ornaments. At the beginning of October our Ghoul sets up the Halloween tree, and leaves all of the decorations out for the kids finish!
- Have your Ghoul bring the kids Trick or Treat buckets each year. Some years he brings pumpkin buckets, some years he brings canvas bags and fabric markers to decorate them, but each year our ghoul brings something for the kids to collect Halloween candy in. We leave them under the tree and every once in a while the kids find a treat inside!
- Hang Halloween Socks – To make it even more festive in our home, our ghoul likes to hang Halloween socks on our mantle. He usually tucks a few pieces of candy inside too!
- Let your Ghoul deliver costumes to the kids, leaving them under the tree. My boys leave notes for our Ghoul with the costumes they want, or for the very brave kids – let your Ghoul choose the costume! My oldest son left the ball in our Ghoul’s court this year and wound up with an amazing Astronaut Costume from Aeromax. It’s so authentic looking with NASA patches and comes with an embroidered NASA cap. He also got an Aeromax Astronaut Helmet with realistic sounds and a retractable helmet that is making me totally jealous of his costume. I love that he’ll use it to play dress up after Halloween too!
- On Halloween Eve wrap a few fun gifts for the kids to open. We like to choose toys that have a Halloween feel to them. SOme of our favorites:
–The Chewing Gum Lab from Thames & Kosmos – The kids get plenty of candy, let them experiment with making their own! This is a fun way to get some STEM learning in!
Ooze Labs by Thames & Kosmos – These mini chemistry sets come packaged in test tubes, perfect for a spooky celebration!
Cute costume accessories – This year my little vampire is getting a Wild Republic Little Hugger Blue Bat to go along with his costume!
- Leave a list of Halloween themed acts of kindness that your kids can complete around the neighborhood! You can grab this free printable list and leave it out with your Ghoul one night, then have fun spreading a little extra happiness in the weeks leading up to Halloween!
CLICK HERE to save and print the Halloween Random Haunts of Kindness Printable!
What are your favorite Halloween Traditions? Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrate!