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Traditions are a great way to enjoy time with the family, strengthen relationships and create memories that will last forever. Special days of the year are always a great place to start creating family traditions; birthdays, Passover, thanksgiving, Halloween, Hanukah, Christmas etc.

Do you have any plans for Halloween this year? Halloween traditions can vary during this spooktacular time of year, there are all kinds of things to do; Halloween parties, carving pumpkins, baking, haunted houses, watching scary movies, costume contests and trick or treating.

My family always took part in the more common Halloween traditions. I remember every year; my mom would decorate the outside of our house. The whole family would carve pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, me, my brother and sister would put on our costumes and my dad would take us trick or treating while mom stayed home handing out candy to the neighbourhood children.

Here are some suggestions to help have a memorable Halloween:

Pumpkin Designs:
There are so many things to do with your pumpkin, you can paint them, draw a face on them, drill a design into them or carve them. There are loads of pictures online to help you decide what to do, there are also stencils and templates to help you design your pumpkin. Check out the links below for design ideas, stencils and templates.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds:
Want to roast all those seeds you worked so hard at scraping out of your pumpkin? Whether you have never roasted pumpkin seeds before, or you like to roast them the traditional way with salt and olive oil or you want to try something totally new and different! Check this link out and choose from 10 great pumpkin seed recipes:

5 Great Halloween Movies for kids:

  1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (ages 3 and up)
  2. Arthur’s Scary Stories (ages 3 and up)
  3. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (ages 4 and up)
  4. Hotel Transylvania (ages 5 and up)
  5. Casper (ages 6 and up)