Homesteader’s Halloween

Here in Michigan, the cooler temperatures have arrived and the leaves are changing to the beloved brilliant hues of autumn. Fall is here! 

This season is my favorite and I want to share some ways to celebrate on the homestead.

Read fall-themed books with your children.

Read Fall-Themed Books With Your Children

A Trip To The Pumpkin Farm

“Eva’s class cannot wait for their field trip to the pumpkin farm! On the farm, they pick apples, milk cows, and even make new friends. But then an award-winning pumpkin goes missing! Eva and her friends will have to solve the mystery. Will they find the pumpkin in time for the holiday party… and also help a friend in need? In this sweet fall story, Eva discovers that everyone has something to be thankful for!” 

From Seed To Pumpkin 

“Pumpkins can be baked in a pie. Pumpkins can be carved into jack-o’-lanterns. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted for a healthy snack. But how does a tiny seed turn into a big pumpkin? Read and find out what a pumpkin seed needs to help it grow!”

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? 

“Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.”

Spend Quality Time Together

Design and decorate your own Wooden Pumpkin or put together a Halloween Puzzle. Put together a scavenger hunt and get outside. Go on a nature walk.. After all, it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you’re spending quality time together.

Try A New Recipe

These two books are filled to the brim with fall recipes to try! I could eat squash every night for dinner and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook: A Quick and Easy Guide to Making Pancakes, Soups, Breads, Pastas, Cakes, Cookies, and More

The Pumpkin Cookbook, 2nd Edition: 139 Recipes Celebrating the Versatility of Pumpkin and Other Winter Squash

Don A Seasonal Apron

Get in the festive spirit while you’re in the kitchen with the spooky Skeleton Apron or ghoulish Halloween Apron. Better yet, make your own!

Bake A Halloween Treat | Homesteaders of Michigan

Bake and decorate themed cookies

I bake my family’s butter cookies several times a year. It always marks a holiday or special occasion. Most of my cookie cutters are sourced from the thrift store, but in case you can’t make it there check out this Halloween Cookie Cutter Set.

Carve pumpkins and winter squash

Photo from Karin @Woodbridge_dairy_farm. Her daughter carved this pumpkin and won a contest!

Pumpkins are traditionally carved, but why not think outside-the-box and try something new this year? Regardless of what you choose, we found some great Carving Tools and Pumpkin Punchers to help make your creative designs come to life!


Dress Up As A Family

Happy pups from Marriah @fishngypsy.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite costumes on Amazon. Buy it right off of the website or use these for inspiration and DIY.


Get the whole gang involved and rock this group costume. Add more produce to the mix and you could represent your entire garden!

If you’re not able to commit to a full costume, consider wearing some accessories, like the ever-so-sophisticated corn hat or the elegant chicken hat and beak set with a matching pair of socks. Your children would love this farm animals glasses set too! (The chicks are my personal favorite.)

What are some ways you celebrate Halloween on the homestead? Share your traditions with us below.

Written by Kayla

Kayla is the creator of the Homesteaders of Michigan community on Instagram. She resides in Central Michigan with her husband and son. She and her husband began homesteading in 2017 and have a passion for self-sufficiency and self-improvement. You can follow her on Instagram at @kaylaelucia.

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