This post is sponsored by Phillips Sonicare.
Halloween is becoming a much bigger celebration here in Australia than it was when I was a child. My kids love spooky, scary, stuff, and Halloween is right up their alley.
We’d totally be all in for Halloween, except that we live in the middle of no where and that makes trick or treating difficult and stressful, and I don’t want my kids filling up on buckets of sweet stuff anyway. But I always feel guilty that we never end up doing anything for Halloween, even though I know my kids would love it.
So this year I am planning a little trick, and a few treats of my own, and creating some stress-free and guilt-free Halloween fun.
I’m putting together a Halloween Hunt!
Our Halloween hunt has 12 tricky riddles that will lead my kids around the house looking for clues.
With a a couple of fun activities to do along the way, and some healthier Halloween treats as well as a few sweet treats at the end, my kids will have some Halloween fun without loads of Halloween stress for me.
I’m planning these simple Halloween activities to do at some of the clue stops :
- Doing some fun Halloween origami.
- Painting each other’s faces and putting on some dress ups.
- Making a bat flyer.
The last clue will lead them to some treats hidden in a secret location – a mixture of healthy and not so healthy treats:
The clues lead to locations all over the house – the fridge, the bathroom, the letter box etc. Some clues are trickier than others, so they will have to work together to figure them all out!
If you’d like to do your own Halloween hunt, you can download our Halloween hunt cards here.
There are 12 clues in total, and 12 blank cards so you can write your own clues if you like. There is also a page of answers to help you work out where to hide each clue.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Ok so a Halloween hunt is not quite the same as going trick or treating, but it is loads of fun and it would be a great Halloween party activity.
I still feel a little guilty that we don’t do real trick or treating, but at least I don’t have to feel guilty about all the sweet treats rotting their teeth because I’ve finally got my reluctant six year old to use an electric tooth brush!
We’ve been trying out the new Phillips SoniCare toothbrush for kids and my once reluctant tooth brusher is finally giving the electric toothbrush a try.
The sonicare toothbrushes for kids have these cool sticker bits so the kids can personalise their own brush and there is no more arguing about whose is whose. It slowly increases the brushing time over 90 days so you can easily build up to the ‘dentist-recommended’ 2 minutes of brushing, and it makes funky sounds to tell the kids how long they’ve been brushing for.
But the feature I like best is that the whole thing sits level on the counter so the kids can wrangle the toothpaste on to the brush with two hands. I am hopeful this might reduce the amount of toothpaste that ends up on my mirror, on the floor, on the toilet! (please tell me my kids are not the only ones who manage to get toothpaste in the weirdest places!)
How do you celebrate Halloween?
I’d love to hear how you celebrate Halloween where you live.
How do you keep is stress-free?
Do you worry about too many sweet treats?
Leave a comment below and tell us your top tips for a guilt-free Halloween.