When it comes to Halloween activities, trick or treating is always a main attraction. But it’s one with a sweet spot  think ages 3 to 12 or so. The too-littles and too-bigs want to celebrate Halloween too! (Well, the littles, not so much, but I can guarantee as a parent you’re not going to pass up a photo opp.)

And the bigs? They’re at that age where sugar is the main food group and nothing’s “too spooky” or “too creepy.” So here are some Halloween activities that are boo-tiful for your little goblins as well as your big ones.

Halloween activities for little pumpkins

1. Let them help you hand out candy

If your little one is toddling, they can help you dole out candy. And if they’re immobile (enjoy it while it lasts!), set them up near the action.

2. Find a local kids’ event

Your local library, children’s museum, zoo, or mall is likely to have some sort of Halloween festivity and they often welcome babes in arms. Even if your little one has no idea what’s going on, it’s a great excuse to get them (and you!) out of the house.

3. Make (baby feet) ghosts

What’s cuter than baby feet? How about baby feet, dipped in nontoxic white paint, and pressed on black paper to make baby-feet ghosts?! Just add a mouth and eyes on the heel part, sign your baby’s name, and you have fridge-worthy art to share with the grandparents (and everyone else you know).

4. Dress them up … and that’s all

Seriously. Get their itty-bitty darling costume on, take a picture, post it on social media, and let the “likes” and “awwwwwwww” comments roll in. (Admit it, that’s the only reason you bought that tiny dog costume anyway).

Halloween activities for big goblins

1. Let them hand out candy

It works for the littles, and (surprisingly) it can also work for the bigs! You might be surprised by how much tweens and teens enjoy handing out candy to little kids who are all dressed up. Your teen might even want to have some buddies over and make a haunted house. (Suggest they keep the scare factor relatively low if your neighborhood is full of younger ones.)

2. Host a party

Halloween offers an easy, ready-made theme. All you have to do is stock some creepy eats and mad scientist drinks and have kids come in costume. There are a billion game ideas online, but as a head start, you could have some paint, feathers, plastic bugs, glitter, and assorted spooky accoutrements available for a make-your-own-mask table. And no matter who you’re hosting, don’t forget the photo booth. Halloween was made for social media. #Boo

3. Hold a Fright Fest

Tweens and teens love scary movies, but some of the more recent slasher films can be overly gory. Consider throwing it back (way back) with a classic horror film. They’re the perfect blend of scary and hilarity as your teens mock the oh-so-lame special effects. Or, choose a series and watch the first 2 or 3 (or 4, or 5 …).

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Cathie Ericson writes about personal finance, real estate, health, lifestyle, and business topics. When she's not writing she loves to read, hike, and run. Find her @CathieEricson.