Create a Halloween story

by Kristin S Posted on October 17, 2011

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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?”


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  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. AnnAbbott 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!

  5. AnnAbbott Says:

    Here is the link to my Halloween 2009 story photo book This year Shutterfly is featuring it on the Storytelling page.

  6. AnnAbbott Says: oopsss… try this… :)

more about Kristin S

I started my first photo book when I was pregnant with my third child... the pictures were getting overwhelming and my disorganization would wake me up at night! My mother is a photographer and her pictures are outstanding... I needed to be able to display them appropriately but was not into scrapbooking. I worked my way back in time creating "yearly review" books, birthday books and holiday books all the way back to 2001 (the year my first was born!). I am up to date and the envy of all my friends... all thanks to shutterfly's 8X8 photo books (and mom's pictures of course!)... they were truly life changing and I believe I have saved myself a few wrinkly worry lines! :)

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