For the past few years, my 13-year-old daughter and I have volunteered in the haunted house at our school’s Halloween carnival. I am a witch and she is a gruesome head on a platter. When unsuspecting guests enter the room, I pull the lid off the tray to reveal my daughter’s ghoulish-looking head.
This is one of the best bonding times I have each year with my daughter (she is a hormonal teenager after all). We wait in anticipation for our next victims. We laugh after they leave. We pride ourselves on how loud we can make them scream.
I realized that as weird as this may sound, of all the holidays out there, Halloween may be the best one for bringing families together.
Here are some other ways to have family fun at Halloween:
Costume design. Why are television shows written by committee? Because the more brains the better results (okay, TV is a bad example). But seriously, there’s nothing like family teamwork when it comes to clever costumes. Forget about buying one at Target. Have family members offer input and contribute some accessories. It’s amazing how great your costume can be if everyone chips in.