It’s officially my favorite time of year! September marks the beginning of the “ber” months, and aaaall the fun holiday anticipation starts. I can’t tell you how much excitement is in the air at my house this time of year. I love to encourage making the everyday special, so my favorite way to kick off this season is with a Halloween bucket list!

In previous years, we’ve done a fall bucket list (scroll to the bottom of this post to see them!), but this year I really wanted to focus on Halloween. There are so many opportunities for fun seasonal activities around it, so I made a full Halloween bucket list for our family. And today, I’m sharing it with you!

printable Halloween bucket list

Our 2023 Halloween Bucket List

Here’s a rundown of what’s on our list this year:

  • Watch a spooky Halloween movie
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Do a Halloween puzzle
  • Decorate Halloween-themed cookies
  • Visit the pumpkin patch
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Bake a Halloween themed treat
  • Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Do a Halloween craft
  • Throw a Halloween party
  • Choose our Halloween costumes
  • Read a spooky book together
  • Eat a pumpkin-flavored treat
  • Dance to a Halloween playlist

I kept it mostly short and simple this year. October can be busy, and November gets even busier, so keeping our October bucket list to just things we know we can do takes some pressure off!

If you want to make a longer list, or swap some things out, here are a few other Halloween bucket list ideas:

  • Go trick or treating (of course we’re all doing this, but sometimes it’s fun to add it to the list anyways!)
  • Make some homemade Halloween decorations
  • Visit a haunted house
  • Eat candy corn
  • Look at Halloween decorations in the neighborhood
  • Go through a corn maze
  • Make caramel apples
  • Try a new fall recipe
  • Do fall-themed crafts together
  • Tell ghost stories in the dark
  • Bake Halloween cookies
  • Drink hot apple cider
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Make a (kid-friendly) witches brew!
  • Learn the dance to Thriller or Monster Mash
  • Decorate the front porch for the trick or treaters
  • Create a Halloween scavenger hunt
  • Pick out a Halloween costume for your pet
  • Make a Halloween-themed popcorn treat

How the Bucket List Works

We generally print out our seasonal bucket lists and tape them to the fridge. Then, as we go through the month if we have a free day, we’ll choose something to do and cross it off! The kids have so much fun watching it all come together, and it helps to make Halloween (or any holiday) feel extra special.

I just got the list up on our fridge this weekend and I can’t wait to dive into the fun activities! I think we’ll start with a family date to watch Hocus Pocus and eat some Halloween candies.

If you want your own version of the Halloween bucket list, you can grab a printable version right here! You could make a couples bucket list if you prefer, or even one just for you! Either way, I hope this little blog post gives you some inspiration for how to make your Halloween extra special this year.

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