Leading up to the 31st, the family of six will also be doing Halloween-themed activities as part of a holiday countdown. “There are so many cute calendar printouts online – or you can make your own,” Daniella said.
“I think it will be fun for the kids to visually see a calendar with a countdown, and I plan to do a different indoor activity each day in October.”
If you’re feeling crafty, Daniella suggests making your own slime. “There’s spooky slime, glow-in-the-dark slime, and more,” she explained. “Whichever you choose, I guarantee you will be the coolest parent ever.” Another favorite Rico tradition? Halloween movie nights. “We do this every weekend in October,” Daniella said. “Put on some fun, festive pajamas, get cozy – popcorn is a must – and get your movie night on!”
For the Ricos, the entire month of October is one big Halloween party! “Halloween is like our Christmas; to say we love Halloween is an understatement!” mom Daniella Rico told us. “This year, we decorated our house early, and we went big. I usually wait until October, but I really wanted to get the kids excited and give them something to look forward to. We are going to continue to add some decor here and there until Halloween.”
For their celebration on the actual day, Daniella and her husband, Mario, have their own Halloween party in store for the kids – complete with indoor trick-or-treating. “I plan on hiding candy all over our house and turning out the lights for a fun hunt in the dark!” she said. “There have been so many changes and disappointments in the last six months, and I want to make sure that Halloween is as close to normal as possible.”
Part of that normalcy will be dressing up with the kids as usual. “I love going to H&M because it is a one-stop shop for my entire family,” Daniella said. “I can get fun, festive outfits for my son and daughters and get coordinating outfits for my husband and I – all while staying within budget for my large family.”
For Daniella, the biggest thing families should remember is that Halloween can be fun and exciting even from inside. “There are so many activities we can do at home as a family,” she said. “We may have to make some adjustments to some of our traditions, but they will definitely still happen. I can’t wait to try and make this the most memorable Halloween yet.”