By Lindsey Wilson


Since the month of October is one of my favorite times of year for getting outdoors, we tend to incorporate that into our Halloween festivities.  I'm not into the blood and gore of Halloween, so we try to focus on other aspects... the spiders, owls, bats, and pumpkins, along with some fall colors and crisp cool air-appreciation.

A few traditions we have enjoyed:

Halloween bike ride

After it gets dark, throw on a jacket, strap on a headlamp, and take a bike ride around the neighborhood to check out decorated Halloween houses.

Halloween tree hunting

Much like Christmas tree hunting, we use this as a good excuse to get out in the woods. We search for the perfect "spooky branch" to decorate. Note: This branch can later be recycled for a Thanksgiving thankfulness tree.

Night hike

There is always a full moon sometime around Halloween. This makes for a great night to take a Halloween hike. Look for critters out after dark. You could even take a hike in your costumes for added awesomeness.

Outdoor Halloween Party

Last year we were fortunate enough to accompany some friends on their traditional Halloween camp-out at the beach in central California. All the kids brought their costumes and participated in Halloween party, camping style. Bobbing for apples in the wash basin, doughnuts hanging from stings on the tent trailer awning and hunting for pirate treasure buried in beach sand.

Destination Trick-or-Treating

Since October is a great month to travel, consider a family vacation around this time of year. We're rarely home for Halloween and have enjoyed trick-or-treating in some small out-of-the-way desert towns.

Pumpkin picking

And of course a trip to the pumpkin patch is always in order. We take the kids out and let them pick their own pumpkin to take home and carve up.  

And of course, don't forget these nature themed do-it-yourself costumes

Happy Halloween season!

If you have an outdoor tradition, please share!



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