Together for a Spell

“You don’t become human just because you’re born into the species, but because someone was kind with you, held you, and shared.”

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD | Author, Researcher, All-Around Genius

Research continues to show that people who share together are more bonded to one another than those who don’t.  As a result, at Stand Up Eight, we challenge our families to spend oodles of time having fun together.

Being silly together is one of the best ways to connect.

So, in the spirit of Halloween (see what I did there?), I’ve listed a few reeeally simple ideas you and the kids in your life can do together.  Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be flashy!

But please note, I said, “together.”

Even better, each activity has a purpose and meets the deepest needs in all of us – to belong, to attach, and to feel safe.  To be human.

Without further “a-boo”…


Toilet Paper Mummies with your Chummies

Take turns wrapping each other up.  The pictures alone will be priceless.

Promotes: connection, sensory regulation, creativity, interactive play

Batty Bingo

Because Bingo’s always awesome.  Download free cards from Crayola here. (There are stacks of others with a quick, Google search, too.)

BUT, add a trick-or-treat twist for optimal tomfoolery.

  • Halloween candy makes perfect markers. Eat a piece every time you feel like it. 

  • Play in your Halloween costumes.  Only donning them for one night is such a drag!

Promotes: connection, sensory regulation, listening skills, focus



Monster Movie Marathon

A holiday without a movie marathon is really no holiday at all, now is it?  Crank out the snacks, cook up the hot cocoa, cozy up the sofa, and poof, let the magic happen.  Go big and watch several in one day or split ‘em up.

Promotes: connection, sensory regulation, comprehension and language skills

Need not-that-scary movie ideas? 

Scooby-Doo, Hocus Pocus, any of the Harry Potters, Casper, Monsters Inc, Ghostbusters (the original and/or the remake, but you may need to cover a few eyes depending on age)

Pumpkin Slime.  All the Time. 

It sounds harder than it is, but we love slime around here. Kids love it, too.

Promotes: connection, sensory regulation, creativity, interactive play

Here’s a recipe we’ve used from Little Bins for Little Hands. It’s science, y’all.

STEP 1: Add 3 cups of foam shaving cream to a bowl.

STEP 2: Add orange food coloring (optional).

STEP 3: Mix in 1/2 cup of Elmer’s white glue.

STEP 3: Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda.

STEP 4: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution. Stir until slime forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

STEP 5: Play. Squish it. Stretch it. Punch it. Squeeze it.

Make sure to knead slime well, and it will form a stretchy, smooth texture. It should’t be sticky if it’s well kneaded.

But, if your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. Start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer.

Jen Reichert