Spooktacular Neighborhood Pumpkin Hunt {in Greater Dayton}

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Dayton Spooktacular Pumpkin HuntIt’s October, and many families are still social-distancing, so it’s the perfect time to introduce you to our Spooktacular Neighborhood Pumpkin Hunt! A special thank you to the Memphis Mom Collective for sharing this great idea in 2020!! Read on below for the 4 simple steps on how to be a part of this Halloween hunt. 

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1. Get your Pumpkin

You can either choose to put out a real pumpkin from a local pumpkin patch (which would be a super fun outing with the kids!), OR you can print out this free pumpkin printable.

2. Decorate your Pumpkin

If you choose the printable, get creative! Use crayons, markers, water colors, scraps of fabric, or even glitter (maybe…!). Remember, you don’t need to keep it orange either. Teal pumpkins are for allergy awareness, and pink pumpkins represent cancer awareness. The important thing is to have fun in the creative process!

Dayton Spooktacular Pumpkin Hunt3. Put your Pumpkin in a Visible Location

If you went with a real pumpkin, be sure to put it in a prominent place on your front porch or steps! There are so many beautiful ways people use pumpkins as Fall or Halloween decor. If your kids got creative with the printable, tape their masterpiece to a window where everyone can see it displayed!

4. Happy Pumpkin Hunting!

Grab those sneakers, strollers, bikes, and scooters – and get moving! October CAN be beautiful and perfect for walking your neighborhoods, but pack some coats or rain ponchos just in case! You never know in Ohio. Encourage the little ones to play “I Spy” and find all the pumpkins. Pre-K kids can practice counting or even adding up the pumpkins while searching (See! You can even sneak in a math lesson without them knowing!).

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Other Tips and Tricks:

  • There may be a few elderly or childless families in your neighborhood, and they might not know about our hunt! If you want to get really creative, make a few extra pumpkins and deliver them to your neighbors with a note asking them to prop the print outs up in their window.
  • Share this blog post in your neighborhood Facebook groups or “Nextdoor” app. The more participants, the more spooktacular your family hunt will be!!
  • Are you posting to social media? Please remember to tag @daytonmomcollective on Instagram, and we’ll feature you in our Stories!

cincinnati spooktacular pumpkin hunt

Whatever you do this Halloween, wear your mask, keep your distance, and carry hand sanitizer.

The kids will still have fun!

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