Help your little rascals get into the spirit of the witching season this year by getting them a little Halloween gift.
Kids love Halloween as it's a time when even the adults join in with the fun.
And they also love being scared and doing the scaring.
Which means getting them something that's a little scary at this time of year will make it even more special.
So we've come up with 10 Halloween gift ideas for kids that will feed their imaginations and help to bring the stories of witches, zombies and blood-sucking vampires to life.
However, we've steered clear of candy or chocolate gifts in this list.
As they will no doubt be overloaded with those already after their trick or treating exploits.
So have a read through and see which kinds of things your little one would love to get this Halloween.
1. Halloween Themed Books
Getting your kids to read can be a difficult task.
So why not take advantage of their excitement and enthusiasm over Halloween to encourage them to read more?
As you can do this by getting them a scary book as a gift for Halloween.
This will be something they actually want to read.
And there are plenty to choose from, with books suitable for kids of all ages.
For example, the Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson is a great book for young kids.
As it takes them on a fun journey with a witch and her cat, with beautiful illustrations throughout to keep them interested.
The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey on the other hand is aimed at slightly older kids, as it takes them through the alphabet via a dark poem.
Each page of the book contains a letter with one line of the poem, plus an unnerving black and white illustration of that line.
Which does a good job of finding just the right level of creepiness.
And finally, if you want a Halloween book for teenagers, then the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Collection by Alvin Schwartz is a great choice.
As these books contain some terrifying ghost stories that will scare them as they read.
And they are also great for reading to and spooking their friends during sleepovers or camping trips.
But the really great thing about these books are the illustrations, which are seriously scary (even for adults!).
2. A Halloween Colouring Book
Young kids love to get their pencils and crayons out to colour stuff in.
So a good gift to get them is a Halloween themed colouring book, like the one above by Susan T. Hall.
This way they can colour in witches, evil pumpkins, and monsters to their hearts content.
And it'll give you a few minutes of peace and quiet too!
3. Zombie Cereal Bowls
If you have kids that love cereal you can add some Halloween fun to breakfast time with a set of zombie cereal bowls.
This will make getting their morning fix of Cheerios or Lucky Charms so much more entertaining.
As they can imagine the delicious cereal they are eating is actually zombie brains instead!
So feed their imagination with the gift of a zombie bowl at breakfast.
4. An LED Potion Desk Lamp
Every kid is entranced by wizards, spells, and magic potions.
So a great gift idea for Halloween would be to get them their own magic potion for their bedroom.
But while true magic is hard to come by, you could give the illusion of it with this LED potion desk lamp.
As you can see from the video, this lamp looks like a pot full of magic potion.
And it changes colour magically, shining from blue to green to red to yellow and back again.
Which makes it something that most kids would love to have in their bedrooms come Halloween time.
5. Spooky Digital Decorations & Effects
Have you ever wanted to recreate the special effects you see in the movies in your own home?
Well now thanks to AtmosFX's range of digital decorations you can.
As these will bring scary monsters to life via your TV or monitor screen.
These are great to give the kids a fright with.
And there are a range of scary themes to choose from, including zombies, ghosts, and a whole assortment of terrifying characters.
As well as more fun ones for younger kids such as the Jack O'Lantern Jamboree which features talking pumpkins.
These digital decorations are available in either DVD or SD card format, depending on the capabilities of your TV or monitor.
And with new ones being released all the time you have plenty to choose from, such as a few of the most popular Halloween ones below.
However if you have a projector then you can really make Halloween come to life.
As you can then project the scary images and holograms onto the walls and windows of your house.
This puts you right in the heart of each scene.
With zombies, skeletons and ghosts bursting through walls, sneaking up on you, and pounding on the windows to get in (or out).
Which will scare and delight the kids and their friends, while also terrorising any trick and treaters!
Now to make these work you'll need a projector (if you don't have one already, the one below is good), and you'll also need to buy the projection material to put on your walls and windows to create the holograms.
But all in all I think this makes a fantastic Halloween gift that both kids and adults alike will love.
And it'd work great for Halloween parties and gatherings too.
6. A Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle
Halloween is a great opportunity to spend a bit of quality time with your friends and family.
And a nice idea at this time is to do a jigsaw puzzle together with your kids.
As these usually take a couple of days to complete, and are something you can come back to time and time again.
So getting a Halloween themed jigsaw puzzle (like the one above) for your kids is a good gift in itself.
But it's also one that can be a gift for the whole family too.
And you can also get jigsaw puzzles to keep the younger kids occupied, such as the 60-piece one below by Eurographics.
7. A Halloween Board Game
Teenagers and slightly older kids probably won't be so keen on the family jigsaw idea.
Instead they'd prefer to be hanging out and doing something with their friends.
So why not get them a Halloween gift that reflects this by buying them a scary board game.
These games are great for playing when their friends come over, as they get them all into the Halloween spirit while also allowing them to use their brains.
And a good one to get them is Betrayal At House On The Hill.
This game involves exploring a haunted house with your friends, until one of you is forced to turn on the others.
From there on it becomes a battle of wits as you fight it out with each other.
Which is great fun, and it can be played over and over as the story line changes each time.
However if you want to go for something a bit more mainstream, you could try the Ghostbusters Board Game instead.
This is based on the Ghostbusters comic book series, and will delight fans of the movie too.
8. A Halloween Popsocket
If you have a teenager, or a younger child fast approaching their teens, they will no doubt always have their phone to hand.
Which may be a bit of a bugbear for some of us, but it's the way of the world nowadays.
However it does offer up the opportunity for a Halloween gift that they'll get a ton of use out of.
Which is a Halloween themed popsocket.
If you haven't heard of popsockets before, they are little gadgets that attach to the back of your phone that can double as a grip or a stand.
Which makes them a great accessory for any youngster who wants to take perfect selfies or videos for Instagram.
And you can get them in a range of Halloween themes, such as the Jack O'Lantern one above.
9. A Halloween Notebook
If you have a son or daughter that loves to write or keep a diary, then how about getting them a new notebook for Halloween?
Because you can get a nice range of Halloween notebook designs at Cafe Press, including the pumpkin head witch one above.
And as these are only 5" by 8" in size, they are great for carrying around in your pocket or bag.
So one of these could make the ideal Halloween gift for a sensitive and creative child this year.
10. A Lego Vampire
If your kid loves Lego and building things, then this last Halloween gift is the one for them.
As they'll get to make a vampire and his pet bat with this 150-piece Lego set.
This one is said to be suitable for kids 7 years and up, so it's not too taxing to make.
But it's something the younger ones will love at Halloween time, and something they can keep in their room or add to their collection once they've finished.
Make Halloween extra special this year by getting your little ones something that will make them even more excited than they already are.
These can be fun gifts or scary gifts, depending on how devilish you're feeling.
But they'll definitely be appreciated by the kids.
So I hope this list has given you some inspiration and ideas for things to get them this witching season.