Oh I love October. Everything about this month is great, from days filled with exploring farms to the chilly rainy days at home. But after a long week, sometimes all I want to do is stay home and get cozy. With just minimal preparation (let Amazon and myself do the work for you), you can have a cozy and magical family night that everyone will love. Here is my guide to a simple and enchanted October family night.
Start the evening by lighting a fire.
Gather your family around and get them excited for an “enchanted” family night filled with surprises and fun!
2. Dinner is easy — roast hot dogs over the fire
3. Make Enchanted Lanterns
Once your bellies are full and you’ve cleaned up from dinner, tell your kids to go play while you get the next surprise set up. No peeking!
Simply set up the lanterns on the table with the lights turned on in them.
Bring the kids in and have them choose their lantern. They can make whatever they want, or make it Halloween themed (skeleton, monster, cat, pumpkin, bats, etc). My kids chose to make soccer balls, while their friends who were over made Halloween themed lanterns.
*avoid the urge to micro manage! Let their creativity go “wild!”
4. S’mores time!
If you want to make this more Halloween themed, add reese peanut butter cups or candy corn to your smores! But let’s be honest, no one complains about traditional s’mores!
5. Mystic Fire Potion
Time for some magic! Pull out your mystic fire potion and throw it in the fire! Be prepared to be amazed by all the colors that show up!
6. Lantern Hide and Go Seek
It may be getting late, if it’s dark outside you can choose to play lantern hide and go seek either inside or out! If inside, simply turn out the lights and have the seeker take a lantern with them.
7. Time for Bed? Use Your Lantern As A Nightlight
While I wouldn’t recommend keeping the lantern on all night, it is fun for your kids to fall asleep to the soft glow of the beautiful lantern that they just created! Simply switch the light off once they are asleep!
I hope you enjoyed this magic filled family night! If you try it, I would love to see the lanterns you make! Feel free to tag me or send me a photo!