The first holidays with a new baby make for an odd transition period. You’ve said goodbye to your party animal days and skimpy costumes are definitely out of the question, but it’s not yet time for childhood tricks and treats. Cozying up for a fright fest sounds fun, but those fearful flicks might give wee ones nightmares. Commemorating the occasion with a new family takes a little out-of-the-box thinking.
We made our first baby’s Halloween special with a visit to a nearby pumpkin patch. Extended family and friends gathered to dress up and enjoy a fun-filled day of corn mazes and hay rides. I packed blankets and picnic essentials with plenty of hot cocoa to go around, and we had fun watching the baby practice crawling through sprawling fields.
A giant pumpkin was our pick of the day, and it took the group hours to carve out that gooey mess before plopping the little guy in there for a picture-perfect moment. Better still was the fresh pumpkin pie and homemade confections we concocted while the crew watched Hocus Pocus and Wallace & Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Games were in order, our cleverly-invented Haunted Pictionary and Pin the Smile on the Skeleton. There were also some long-loved faves like Bobbing for Apples and Mummy Wrap. You haven’t lived until you’ve tangled around in a frenzy of toilet paper.
It’s fun to dress up your kid and show them off around town, but there’s something intimate and special about opening your door with a decked-out baby in your arms, ready to greet trick-or-treaters after a long day of festivities.
How do you plan to celebrate baby’s first Halloween?