Cheap costumes? Cool pumpkins? Get online inspiration for learning, doing, and having fun -- in only a few clicks.
By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
Halloween is one of our favorite times of year because families can have so much fun together with -- and without -- media. From spooky movies, music, and games to fun crafts, snacks, and parties, October offers a month packed with family pleasures. We culled the Web for inspiration to get kids and families learning, doing, and having fun.
Pretty Cool Pumpkins
- Motion-Controlled Silly-String-Shooting Pumpkin
Looking for a fun Halloween project? This is it.
- Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Hundreds of designs and stencils, including geeky, pop culture, and traditional styles.
- DIY Pumpkin Decorations
No carving needed!
- Pumpkin Recipes
When the holiday's over, don't toss it -- cook it!
- Dirty-Laundry Group Costume
Keep it clean this Halloween.
- Classic Literary Costumes
Bring these characters to life.
- YA Book Cover Costumes
Dress up as your favorite heroine.
- Last-Minute Costumes
What busy family doesn't need these?
- Incredible Pinterest Costume Page
If you can't find an idea here, maybe you should just give up.
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- Halloween Lunchbox Ideas
Keep the spirit going throughout the school day.
- Healthy Halloween Snacks
Counteract all the sugar with these holiday treats.
- Candy-Coated Caramel Apples
This classic fall treat doubles down on the candy.
Spooky Crafts and Activities
- Icky Science Experiments
Using anything from slime to potions, kids will delight in these weird educational projects.
- Hot-Glue-Gun Necklaces
As part of a costume or just for Halloween fun, these are easy to make.
- Bread-Clip Comic Strips
Create your own scary or not-so-scary ghost stories.
- Easy Sewing Patterns and Projects
Some are creepy, some are cute, but they're all fun.
- Trick-or-Treat Bags and Buckets
Carry your candy in style.
- Scary Witch Rhythm Song and Game
Preschoolers will love this fun Halloween-y song activity.
- Candy-Toss Game
Even if they can't eat it all, they can play with it.
- Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
Fun to make and fun to play with, too.
- Candy Activities for Fun and Learning
Think candy's bad for the brain? Wrong!
- Find Haunted Houses
Teens and adults might enjoy seeking out a scary spot nearby.
- Halloween Hacks
Spirited activities and eats you can do at the last minute.
- Start a Boo-Bag Tradition
Surprise your friends and neighbors with Halloween goodies.
Scary (and Not-So-Scary) Media
- Halloween Apps
Stock your device with seasonal games for the kiddos.
- Classic Horror-Movie Posters
Get decor or costume inspiration from these great images.
- Halloween Books for Young Kids
Wee ones will love these adorable and not-too-scary tales.
- The Best Spooky Music Videos, Ever
From "Thriller" to "Monster Mash," kids will adore these creepy songs and videos.
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