Create a Halloween story

Guess what I’m thinking of? Orange pumpkin, black cat, crazy costumes, funny photo shoot… Halloween! In my family we start thinking about Halloween in August. Every year, we dress up as a family (or a neighborhood!) in theme, which of course takes some planning.

Crazy as it sounds, I try to envision our yearly Halloween photo book at the same time we are thinking about and discussing our costumes. What story will I tell, what approach will I take – let the pictures tell the story or add a lot of text? What shots will I need my mom to take (thanks Mom!)?

I’ve found that having this picture in my mind helps to capture the special moments I want us to remember during the hectic day. I’ve also found that letting my kids in on the “story” helps capture the moments, while at the same time getting them into character and allowing them enjoy the imaginative dress up experience even more.

Last year, our family (and a few friends) went as Star Wars. We had so much fun traveling to different “planets” and meeting the different creatures along the way. By the time we reached our main destination, even my then 2 year old little girl a.k.a. mini Darth Vadar wouldn’t break character.

Best of all, with the story in the photo book, the Halloween memories transcend the day and truly take on a life of their own. So try to think of a story ahead of time – and instead of hearing “Mummy, remember when I was Wendy?”, you may hear what I heard the other day. “Mummy, remember when we traveled to Neverland?”


  1. Joey says

    This is a great article Kristin and I love how you & your family are so into Halloween. I think it makes it more fun when the whole family dresses up. I like how you start planning in August!! Great tips and idea. Happy Halloween!! :)

  2. says

    I did a simple path book last year of my kids and a story of Halloween. It came out so great! I only wish I could post it to the Gallery for everyone to see. Halloween is so much fun it lets all of us be kids and the kids love the grown ups being kids.

  3. BarbaraJ says

    This is such a great article. Having fun and sharing memories with your children is one of the greates feelings. Hopefully more people will read this and I am sharing it with my grown children. Love it, Barbara Jansa

  4. Tiffany M says

    Good timing for this post Kristen… I was just on your profile page this weekend looking at your fabulous Halloween books! I was wondering what fabulous costumes your group would have this year. Too cute about Neverland. Next year we’re going to follow your lead and travel through the galaxies far far away. Thanks for the inspiration!

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