October is here, and that means one thing for your foster children, Halloween! This time of the year should be spooktacular for your kids. It’s time for trick or treating, candy, and fun costumes. But the best part of all? This time of the year is also a great time to show your kids what it means to be part of a family.

Halloween can be fascinating for young children, and they may love the opportunity to dress up and go trick-or-treating. It might even provide them with an excellent introduction to celebrations, but before you take them out, take a moment to have a chat with them. 

 Foster children are exposed to different experiences, so you need to be open-minded and patient. With foster homes being temporary care homes, it’s important to pick appropriate activities for your foster children around Halloween. If you’re unsure what to do, why not read this article to learn more about celebrating Halloween with foster children.

Here, we have 10 spooktacular activities that you can do with your foster children this Halloween to build a stronger bond, lock in that foster-child smile, and show your children that you care.

#1 Are Your Foster Children Into Zombies? Then They’ll Love This

Love zombies? So do your kids! Whether they’re into the Walking Dead or playing Plants vs Zombies, this is one activity where everyone can join in on the fun. All you’ll need is a few sheets of red construction paper, black paint, and green tape. Then, have your kids paint their faces with the green tape to give them a ghoulish look. Once that’s done, let them go crazy with the red construction paper by curling it up and sticking it in all sorts of places! Your kids will have a blast taking out their zombie frustration by attacking their “prey.”

#2 Go to the Haunted House

If you’re near one, take your foster children and go to a haunted house together! Nothing is more fun than seeing the looks on your kids’ faces when they see all of the Halloween decorations and jump at every little sound. If you’re fostering teenagers, ensure you choose an age-appropriate haunted house.

#3 Tell Your Foster Children Some Scary Stories

This activity requires you to have some storytelling skills, but if you do it right, this will definitely keep your foster children up at night! To tell stories like the best storytellers, you must make your stories interesting and unique. You can do this by changing up your tone, inflexion, or accent for each story.

#4 Hunt for the Best Candy

The best part about Halloween is getting candy! Take your kids around town and let them pick out their favourite candies together. This is a great time to teach your foster children to treat others with kindness by leaving a little candy for those that don’t get to go trick-or-treating. Plus, this is a great time to teach your kids how important it is for them to share what they have.

#5 Host a Halloween Costume Contest

You and your foster children will have so much fun hosting a Halloween costume contest. Save the scariest, funniest, and most creative costumes to show off at your party. The best part is seeing how excited your kids get when they’re up on stage!

#6 Have A Spooky Movie Night

If you haven’t done this yet with your foster children, then it’s time to do so. In the weeks leading up to Halloween, gather some scary films and prepare your home theatre room for your kids. You can even have a few snacks ready-to-eat in bowls near the movie, so you don’t have to run around too much when it’s movie time.

#7 Flashlight Tag is a Spooktacular Time

Flashlight tag is a great way to keep your foster children entertained. Not only can you play on an open field, but also in the confines of your own home as well! This activity is sure to wear down those kids, so be sure that they have enough energy to be spooky later on.

#8 Host a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

For this activity, you’ll need to make sure that you have some prep time on your hands. Once it’s ready, though, everyone can get in on the fun! First, have your children split up into different teams and give them a list of things they must find throughout your house. Once all of the items are located, have a prize ready for the team that finishes first!

#9 Make Your Own Haunted House

For this activity, you’ll need a long hallway and lots of decorations. First, cut out some spider webs from white cloths and hang them on your wall with tape. Next, put up some gravestones that have scary sayings on them. Once it’s all done, challenge your foster children to see who can walk through your “haunted house” the best!

#10 Make Spooky Creations with Your Kids

For this activity, you’ll need red, black, and green paint–to make sure you have enough for each child; you may want to buy multiples of each colour. To give your monsters some personality, have your kids paint their faces with white or black paint first, and then let them poke their fingers into the colours to make patterns. If you’re looking for a little extra decoration, try placing cotton balls on the floor around each monster. Once they’re all finished, display them around your home!

Something to Keep in Mind 

Before planning to have your foster children join in the celebration of Halloween, foster parents need to assess the child. Communicate with them and find out whether they are aware of what will happen on that day. 

It’s essential for foster parents not to push or force a child into doing something uncomfortable with. However, you should keep in mind that having fun can sometimes entail being creative, thinking about what your foster children find interesting, and asking them what they would like to do for Halloween! 

Happy Halloween, Foster Parents!

If you are interested in fostering children this Autumn or any time of year, please do not hesitate to contact Apple Fostering. We provide 24/7 support and guidance through every stage of the foster care process. In addition, our highly experienced team of care managers have extensive knowledge, training, and experience caring for the more complex needs of children.

Want more information on how to become a foster parent? Contact one of our friendly team members! For further information about fostering, head over to our Knowledge Centre by clicking here.

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