Halloween may not be until the end of the month, but the fun doesn't have to wait. Here's how to get the party started.

1. Paint a pumpkin. Carving is a mess and rarely turns out as expected. American Plant offers free pumpkin painting every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in October. Take home a masterpiece created by your little one instead of making a mess in your kitchen.

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2. Create a fall centerpiece. Love arranging flowers? Take that skill and use it to make something more seasonal. Use a pumpkin as a vase, scoop out the insides, and fill it with succulents. A centerpiece that's also a conversation starter!

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3. Go to a haunted maze. Escape rooms are so last season. Check out the haunted mazes at American Plant that are also kid-friendly. One location has a Batman theme while the other is inspired by Beetlejuice.

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4. Treat your family to an outdoor movie. There's never a shortage of Halloween-themed programming on television the month of October. But an outdoor movie night at American Plant takes entertainment to the next level. Don't forget your blankets and hot chocolate!

This article is sponsored by American Plant.

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