How to Take the Spooky Out of October

October 2, 2014 15 Comments »

Let’s face it, some families just do not like the spooky aspect of October. My girls aren’t into the skeletons or creepy zombies {one more than the other} and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older, but as the years go by the more I’m turned off by scary things too. {I used to enjoy horror films growing up, now not so much.}

We have tons of friends, neighbors, and family who don’t mind a little spooky and some who totally love it, but for those of you who are like us, not fans, here are some ways to “Take the spooky out of October“.

How to Take the Spooky out of October MommyB

Celebrate Fall – Below are some ways your family can focus on Autumn and the Harvest.

  • Pick pumpkins at a local farm, it’s a fun activity and provide great decorations.
  • Leaf Art. Whether you’re making a banner from paper leaves or you’re using leaves for a leaf rubbing collage, there are a lot of things that you can make using one of Fall’s most beautiful gifts. {I pinned a bunch on my Holiday Themes pinterest board.}
  • Talk to your children about harvest, what it means for farmers, and the importance of it.
  • Host a Fall celebration with bobbing for apples, warm cinnamon donuts, and pumpkin painting.
  • Decorate your home with leaves, pumpkins, hay bales, maize corn, and other fall favorites.
  • Buy deliciously scented Fall candles. October is a great start to an awesome smelling home, in my opinion.
  • Enjoy warm drinks including hot cocoa, apple cider, and pumpkin spice anything.
  • Host a pie night with friends and create awesome Fall flavors, half the fun is baking and the other is eating.
  • Have a Fall family photo shoot. Make sure you choose a location that will highlight the weather and Fall changes.

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What are some of the ways your family celebrates October in a non spooky way?

In honor of an un-scary October, I’m giving away a great book by Tommy Nelson, “Good Night, Little Pumpkin”. This adorable, not terrifying board book is great for children ages 1 to 4 years. It’s a sweet story that talks about the sounds, and smells of Fall that your kiddos will love to sit with you and read.

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This is not a sponsored post. I received a copy of Good Night, Little Pumpkin to review and all prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the brand hosting the giveaway. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts, your experiences may vary.

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  1. Julie October 2, 2014 at 12:32 AM - Reply

    We like fall candles (I have an apple pumpkin one burning right now!), fall crafts – pine cone garlands, leaf rubbings, lighting fires in the fireplace, and visiting pumpkin patches and harvest festivals. It’s never been about spooky for us either. We just love the season!

    • Jennifer Bullock October 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM - Reply

      I love Fall too, big time!!! Thanks for popping over Julie.

  2. Bryan Seaford October 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM - Reply

    Great ideas! We are Fall Festival-ing all month long, and picking pumpkins soon. 🙂

    • Jennifer Bullock October 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM - Reply

      Yay! Do you pick a pumpkin per family member or just for the kiddos?

  3. K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy) October 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM - Reply

    I like that I feel more homey/cozy during the Fall. I find that really get into homemaker mode during the colder months. I also enjoy observing nature at work, from leaves turning colors to spotting deer in our neighborhood.

  4. Rhiannon October 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    Apparently I like having newborns in the fall 😉 haha. But, actual fall things- love the foliage! So beautiful!

  5. Kate K October 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    Great tips! We love the fall and I’m planning on taking the girls to go apple picking soon. And we will get our fall family photo then! Last weekend we went to a farm to pick out pumpkins and was SHOCKED at how expensive they were… will stick to the grocery store for those, since I’m buying 5 of them!

  6. Kelley @ The Best Crowe's Nest October 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    I will definitely be making use of some of these ideas! Even though we let the kids trick or treat, but don’t really “do” Halloween, but love these ways we can still enjoy Fall!!

  7. Shannon October 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM - Reply

    Apple picking

  8. Andrea October 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM - Reply

    I agree, I never enjoyed the scary in Halloween! But we sure enjoy the changes of the seasons and the arrival of beautiful colors. We do a lot of nature walks, and it’s our favorite time of year to go geocaching! 🙂 Also, nothing beats firepits in the back yard to kick off the season. Our decorations in our home has been consistent for years: black cats and pumpkins. We have a black cat and think they are adorable, so it fits our home easily this time of year. Now that the kids are older, they ask why we don’t put scary things up, and I ask them back, why do we have to?? It’s ugly IMO putting those items up. LOL!

  9. Carmen Miller October 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    Seriously, love these ideas! A pie party sounds amazingly-yummy. How have you been?

  10. Carissa October 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    Even my ‘big’ 10 year old won’t walk into home depot this time of year because of the scary life size things on display… 🙂

  11. Artollo Studio October 27, 2014 at 7:34 AM - Reply

    Cool ideas, we take note:-)

  12. The Saving Pro October 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM - Reply

    Great tips. We always lean more towards celebrating fall than the spooky side of the season.

  13. Janet W. November 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    These are all great ideas for fall! I have two young grandsons and they don’t like the scary stuff.

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