Fall is finally here! Canadian Tire and Yahoo Canada are here to help you embrace the changing seasons and chillier temperatures by bringing you everything you need, from hearty Canadiana-inspired recipes to decor tips for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
It’s a time to get really creative with costumes, decor and to let your kids show off their spooky looks while collecting their favourite treats. This year will of course be a bit different when it comes to trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a fun, memorable experience from the comfort and safety of your own home.
For parents racking their brains about how to make Halloween fun despite the changes, we’re here to say that different doesn’t mean cancelled. If you’ve always transformed your home into a house of horrors, keep the tradition going. The same goes for costumes. In fact, make this the best Halloween yet with some creative ideas for entertaining and engaging with your kids.
We’ve compiled a few ideas and products to create an at-home Halloween experience that will not disappoint.
Get suited up
Candy aside, the best part of Halloween is planning and getting into costume. While the Halloween experience may be different this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it memorable for your kids by helping them dress up as their favourite animal or TV character. Whether you’re looking for a cute costume for a toddler or a trending character costume for a pre-teen, Canadian Tire has a great selection of costumes to meet your needs — including something for the parents!
Decorate the house
Just because trick-or-treating may not be in the cards this year, doesn’t mean you have to forgo the ghosts and goblins in the front yard. In fact, fun decor is just what the Halloween gods ordered when spirits are low. Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor decor, Canadian Tire has you covered.
Create personalized treat bags
Trick-or-treating has always been the highlight of Halloween for kids, but this year, parents will have to get a little creative given the circumstances. In lieu of going door to door, try a personalized treat bag. You know your kids best and customized treat bag will contain all their favourites while giving you more control over portion size. The Mars Chocolate Variety Pack contains five of Canada’s most popular chocolate treats so there’s something for everyone.
Tell ghost stories amidst eerie lighting
Don’t underestimate the power of a good ghost story. With the perfect eerie ambience, turn a ghost story into a bone chilling Halloween experience. Set the mood with a haunting UV Black Light Bulb that emits a spooky black light. If you really want to go all out, a Mini Fogger will transform your home into the stuff nightmares are made of.
Create a ghoulish craft corner
Not the squeamish type? Transform your kitchen into a ghoulish craft corner and teach your kids how to make SFX scabs or cuts just like in the movies. You’ll need to invest in a few products, like a Hallloween makeup kit. This is definitely not your ordinary face paint station and your kids will appreciate the effort you put into a truly unique experience.
Bake Halloween themed treats
For kids who want a more laid-back Halloween experience, bake some Halloween themed treats. Sugar cookies with a spooky design or pumpkin shaped cupcakes are delicious and fun to make. Baking can get a little messy but it’s entirely worth it for the bonding time you’ll have with your kids.
Set up a scavenger hunt
An epic Halloween scavenger hunt will almost certainly score you points. A spider web scavenger hunt is easy to assemble at home and relatively inexpensive. Set up spider webs around the house with bugs hidden throughout. Let the kids loose to collect as many bugs as they can find for a sugary reward.