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Spooky ideas for kids to play, make, eat, and watch

There’s plenty of ideas for things to do this Halloween! (Fotolia)
There’s plenty of ideas for things to do this Halloween! (Fotolia) TNS

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year because families can have so much fun together with - and without - media. From spooky movies, music, and games to fun crafts, snacks, and parties, October offers a month packed with family pleasures. We culled the Web for inspiration to get kids and families learning, doing, and having fun.

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HAUNTED HOUSES

Teens and adults might enjoy seeking out a scary spot nearby to enjoy Halloween spooks and this site can lead you there with a simple click of the mouse.

- Find Haunted Houses, http://www.hauntedhouse.com/

COSTUME INSPIRATION

Headband costumes are really easy, make a great statement, and materials are usually pretty cheap, according to this website.

- Easy Headband Costumes, http://bit.ly/1xFAvmB

FOOD FUN

Keep the spirit going throughout the school day with these fun Halloween-inspired lunches that include jack-o'-lantern sandwiches, ghost toast and apple monsters.

- Halloween Lunchbox Ideas, http://bit.ly/1k7KoJ6

When the holiday's over, don't toss your pumpkin - cook it! This site gives step-by-step directions for making pumpkin pie from scratch, yum!

- How to Cook a Pumpkin, http://bit.ly/1OCjjZI

Spruce up traditional caramel apples with your favorite candies for a delicious alternative to a classic fall treat.

- Candy-Coated Caramel Apples, http://bit.ly/1Lcjetw

SPOOKY CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES

As part of a costume or just for Halloween fun, these necklaces made of hot glue are easy to make.

- Hot-Glue-Gun Necklaces, http://bit.ly/1VUHBUK

No carving needed! These no-carve pumpkin ideas will help your pumpkins last longer, too.

- DIY Pumpkin Decorations, http://bzfd.it/1NHEL0S

Did you ever wonder what to do with the little clips that keep your bread bag closed? Now you can create your own scary or not-so-scary ghost stories starring "Bread Clips."

- Bread-Clip Comic Strips, http://bit.ly/1QxwgDt

Fun to make and fun to play with, too; this site includes a recipe and step-by-step guide to making your own pumpkin pie play dough

- Pumpkin Pie Play Dough, http://bit.ly/1VsioNE

Find a great collection of spirited activities and eats including jack-o'-lantern burgers, mummy juice boxes and ping pong ball and googly-eye wreaths.

-Halloween-Themed Crafts and Snacks, http://bzfd.it/1Msh6f5

SCARY (AND NOT-SO-SCARY) MEDIA

Find a host of Halloween inspired apps for kids of any age.

- Halloween Apps http://bit.ly/1tI7Pdl

Wee ones will love these adorable and not-too-scary tales.

- Halloween Books for Young Kids, http://bit.ly/1LckkFH

From "Thriller" to "Monster Mash," kids will adore these creepy songs and videos.

- The Best Spooky Music Videos, Ever, http://bit.ly/1wDNEfz

ABOUT THE WRITER

Editorial Assistant Amanda Nojadera contributed to this article.

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