How Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and the rest of the royal family will celebrate Archie’s first Halloween

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Halloween in New Zealand last year.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Halloween in New Zealand last year.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will celebrate Halloween with their five-month-old son, Archie, for the first time this year.

Although the royal family tend to keep their Halloween plans low profile, they have released a few clues over the years that indicate how they like to spend the holiday.

For instance, the royals are known to dress up in costume if the event calls for it. Even Queen Elizabeth has been photographed in fancy dress.

Read more: 10 photos of the royal family dressing up in costume

Here’s what we can expect from the Sussex family’s first Halloween together.

Does the royal family even celebrate Halloween?

While most millennials are likely to post selfies in full costume, Markle and Harry tend to avoid posting anything personal, and mainly use Instagram to highlight the various charities they support.

However, that doesn’t mean the royals don’t enjoy dressing up. Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, dressed as a cat for the UNICEF UK Halloween Ball back in 2016.

Markle publicly celebrated Halloween before she was a royal, and even wore a gigantic carved pumpkin on her head for a 2016 Instagram post. Harry was reportedly visiting her in Toronto during this time, where the pair were said to have attended a Halloween party together.

Since then, however, the duke and duchess have only celebrated Halloween on an official working basis. They met performers in fancy dress on their royal tour of New Zealand, just a few days before Halloween last year.

Harry and Markle met performers in costume.

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Harry and Markle met performers in costume.
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Although one performer said the couple looked “quite scared” at the spooky display, that didn’t deter them from taking photos with everyone there.

Even though they didn’t dress up for this event, they’re clearly not opposed to the idea. Prince Harry dressed as a goblin for his part in a nursery school play back in 1987.

Prince Harry dressed as a goblin for his school nativity show.

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Prince Harry dressed as a goblin for his school nativity show.
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Do royal children get to go trick-or-treating?

Considering the fact that William and Kate can’t seem to even take their children to school without their pictures being taken, it’s probably not safe for royal children to go door-to-door asking for candy.

However, the family’s Kensington Palace home is larger than most – and with the various other royals and staff who reside there, there’s nothing to say George and Charlotte can’t have their fun trick or treating within the private grounds.

Whatever they decide to do, activities which include the children are “usually regarded as private and thus off-limits” to the public, royal correspondent Joe Little told Insider.

According to OK! Magazine’s royal correspondent Christina Reeves, it’s likely the family will host a private party.

“The royals certainly don’t publicly celebrate Halloween, however, Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton and sister, Pippa Middleton might well put their party planning skills to good use,” Reeves said of the family’s plans back in 2017.

“It’s likely they will throw a private party for George and Charlotte behind closed doors.”

The Middleton family has their own party supply business, Party Pieces, which is run by Kate’s mother – George and Charlotte’s grandmother – Carole Middleton.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton with their children.

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton with their children.
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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have shared play dates before – they recently got together with baby Archie, Louis, George, and Charlotte to watch Harry and William play polo.

Considering this, it’s possible Archie, Harry and Markle could team up with the Cambridges for a joint celebration this year.

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