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Love Halloween traditions as much as us? We have a list you should try this year

There's nothing we love more than tradition – it can be hard work to keep them up, but they're timeless. 

However, when you start your own family, sometimes you need to begin your own traditions, something unique to you and yours. 

And with Halloween just around the corner, we couldn't think of a better time to get creative while enjoying family time to the max. 

If you're stuck for ideas, then make sure to check out some of our favourites and make them your own. 

1. Apple Bobbing

Absolutely timeless! And possibly the easiest tradition to keep up. Find yourself a large basin or bucket, fill it up with water, add in a couple of apples, and gently have your kids fold their arms behind their backs. Each child has to pick an apple using only their teeth – and yes we can guarantee it sounds a lot easier than it actually is. 

2. Colcannon Surprise

Making colcannon and sausages/burgers for dinner, gather some coins and wrap them in tinfoil. Insert the coins into the potatoes and the kids can delve away. It's very similar concept to the ring in a brac  – it always makes for the best surprise and the kids absolutely love the monetary gain!

3. The Three Saucers

The saucers game is similar to fortune telling, grabbing three plates or saucers, place different items underneath each one. Blindfold the children, allowing them to choose their own saucer, and when they pick one, whatever lies underneath symbolises their fate – ring for marriage, water for emigration, coin for riches etc. The best thing about this is you can make up as many 'fates' and 'saucers' as you wish.

4. Spooky Cinema

Create a cinema-esque style in your sitting room – lights out, popcorn, treats, plenty of blankets and an endless supply of 'scary' movies for all the family to enjoy for the night that's in it. We're thinking Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Casper, Coraline, etc. Even better? Watch one movie a night leading up to the big night. 

5. Mummy Wrapping

An excellent tip for this tradition is buying plenty of cheap loo roll! Create two or three teams (depending on family size of course), and have each team wrap one person up as a mummy. Whichever team completely wraps up their mummy first takes a prize (small treats) and a lot of bragging rights. 

6. Black-bag Costumes

Having a competition to see who can come up with the most creative Halloween costume using a black bin-bag is sure to keep all the family occupied – just make sure and stock up on plenty of art supplies for this one. 

7. Flour Dipping

Getting a large bowl or basin again, pile flour high and place an item at the very top such as a sweet or piece of fruit. Blindfolded, each family member has to try and take the sweet off the flour pile without using their hands, but with as little flour on their faces as possible. If this isn't funny enough – if one person makes the pile collapse, they then have to stick their head in the flour!

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