Halloween on a houseboat? How in the world can you make a “summertime” event Halloween-esque?
Celebrating Halloween on a houseboat is a splendid alternative to the average night full of trick-or-treaters. Part I of this blog will give you ideas for Halloween on a houseboat with kids. Part II will give you ideas for Halloween on a houseboat without the munchkins.
When you first arrive on the houseboat, it may be fun to have the kids help spookify it! Most kids love arts and crafts, and creative décor will help set the mood for the
exciting adventure of houseboating on halloween. Some great DIY décor ideas include:
- Glowing Eyes: Made with old toilet paper rolls and glowsticks. Hide them around the galley, main salon, deck ….or even in the wilderness outside! (Just be sure to retrieve them later of course!)
- Lawn Ghosts: Poke a styrofoam ball through the top of a garden stake and cover it with white fabric. Great for kids to have the freedom to put the ghosts where they decide.
- Hanging Bats: Made with black craft foam, googly eyes and fishing line. Kids can hang them wherever they see fit!
- Paper Mice: Cut out these Martha Stewart templates and paste them on the stairs.
- Glass Jar Luminaries: You can apply acrylic paint with a sea sponge, wait for your base coat to dry, and then either use paint, Sharpies, or paper to add your embellishments to the mason jars. Just add a glow stick or electronic candle!
With the houseboat all spookified, the activities can begin!
Tricks and Treats
Most obviously, the best part of Halloween is the candy! However, there are other delicious treats you can have the kids help make. Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs, Candy Pretzel Bones, White Chocolate-Covered Strawberry “Ghosts”, Marshmallow Pops, and for the health nut, a Spooky Fun Fruit Tray with clementines and bananas.
Have a scary movie marathon
If the kids are old enough, pop in a creepy flick and shut off the lights. Relax (as best you can with a scary movie) and grab a blanket for hiding when things get too bloodcurdling to handle. Of course, some scary movies aren’t suited for younger kids. So skip the Saw series and put in a Halloween favorite like “Hocus Pocus”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Halloween Town” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.
Have a pumpkin-carving contest
Everyone can get into pumpkin carving! Are your kids feeling creative, or even competitive? Put everyone’s skills to the test by challenging the kids to a pumpkin-carving contest. Cleanup can be easy with some old newspapers on the deck, or out front on the beach!
Tell spooky stories by the campfire
Grab a flashlight and some blankets and head out to the bonfire. Roast some marshmallows to make s’mores and throw in some candy corn and orange sprinkles to be more festive. Tell your best scary story sitting lakeside on a crisp fall night next to a crackling fire. See who raises goosebumps first!
Tune in next week for Halloween on a Houseboat – Part II!