Halloween Party #1
Halloween Party #2
Pumpkin Patch Picture
Cotton Balls, Orange Paint Powder, Pie Pan, Brown Construction Paper, Green Yarn, Yarn. Put the paint powder in the pie pan. Roll the cotton balls around in the paint and then set aside. Spread glue onto the brown piece of paper. Put on the orange cotton balls (pumpkins) and the green yarn (vines). Or you can also just use orange pompoms.
Construction Paper, Crayons, Scissors, Glue, Colored Tissue Paper (orange, red, or yellow). Draw a Halloween character (bat, cat, pumpkin, ghost, etc.) on a piece of construction paper (just make sure the eyes are at least an inch around); cut it out, including the eyes. Trace the cutout onto another piece of paper and cut it out too, including the eyes. You now have the front and back. Glue tissue paper over the eyeholes on the backside of the front cut out. Glue the front and back together (make sure to line up the eyes) so the tissue paper is hidden inside.
Black Construction Paper, White Paint, Scissors, Round Metal Cake Pan or Pie Pan, Marble. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit into the bottom of the cake pan. Place one-half teaspoon of white paint in the middle of the paper. Drop the marble into the cake pan and tilt the pan back and forth. As the marble passes through the paint it leaves trails of white on the paper. (I have also had the kids glue plastic spiders on their pictures when dried!)
Paper Plate Masks
Make a silly, scary mask using paper plates and cardboard egg cartons. Cut eye holes in a large paper plate. Cut apart the cups of an egg carton and arrange them on the plate to make a nose, beard, and bumps. When you have an arrangement you like, use glue or masking tape to attach the cups in place. Paint the mask with finger paints and add facial features. Let the paint dry. Punch a hole in each side of the paper plate and string a piece of elastic or string through each hole to go around the head.
Paper Grocery Bag, Paper Towel Rolls, Scissors, Tape, String. Depending on the length you want the broom handle to be, you can tape two or more paper towel rolls together. Cut off the bottom of the paper grocery bag, then cut fringes into that side. Roll the uncut side of the paper bag around the bottom of the tube; attach with tape, then tie with string.
Paper Plate Bat
Paint a small paper plate with black finger paint, and let it dry. Cut triangle shapes from black construction paper, 3 for each wing and lay them out so you can glue the two top corners to another triangle. Fasten the wings to the back of the paper plate and draw a face with white correction fluid or chalk. Punch a hole in the top to hang.
Paper Plate Masks
Paper Plates, Popsicle Sticks, Yarn, or Rubber Bands, Glue or tape, Crayons, Markers, or Paint, Scrap Paper, Fabric, Buttons. Cut out holes for eyes. Decorate as desired. Use a popsicle stick as a "handle" to hold up the mask, or use yarn or rubber bands to tie it to the face.
This activity works well in the month of October. On the first of the month, bring in a large, black pot that resembles a witch's pot. Inside the pot there is a slip of paper that reads: "I am the Witch of the West and I am out gathering ingredients for our Halloween brew." On designated days, place the bags containing ingredients in the pot. The ingredients should be placed in a pot, inside a plastic bag so that no smell escaped. Place plastic bags within brown paper lunch bags and have appropriate names printed on the outside of the bag. On Halloween, empty all the bags and stir the brew. This recipe is a guarantee for perfect attendance.
1 C. Blood Drops - Red Hots
1 C. Owl Eyes - Peanuts
1 C. Cats Eyes - Peanut M&Ms
1 C. Chicken Toenails - Corn Candy
1 C. Colored Flies - M&Ms
1 C. Butterfly Wings - Fritos
1 C. Earthworms - Corn Curls
1 C. Cat Claws - Sunflower Seeds
1 C. Ants - Raisins
1 C. Snake Eyes - Chocolate Chips
1 C. Cobwebs - Triscuits
1 C. Gizzards - Shoestring Potatoes
1 C. Bat Bones - Pretzels
Facial Tissues, String, yarn, rubber bands, twist ties, Markers. Take one piece of tissue and roll it into a ball. Put it in the center of another piece of tissue, gather, and tie. This will form the ghost's head. Use a marker to draw eyes and mouth!
Paper Napkin Ghosts
Have children make paper ghosts from unfolded white paper napkins. Help them place cotton balls in the center of the napkin. Show them how to pull down the corners of the napkin over the cotton ball. Tie a piece of white yarn around the "neck". Use markers to draw a face. Tape a thin piece of string from the top of the head and hang from the ceiling.
Cut two black pipe cleaners into eight pieces. Buy black licorice gumdrops. Insert four pipe cleaner spider legs on each side of a gumdrop.
Five Little Jack O'Lanterns
Let children draw and cut out their Jack O'Lanterns from orange construction paper. Using a black color or pencil, help them draw on faces. Using wooden dowels, tape the dowels to the backs of the pumpkins and recite the following poem.
Five Little Pumpkins Poem
Five Little Pumpkins finger play
Five little pumpkins were sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "It's getting mighty late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "I really don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, run, run."
The fifth one said, "It's Halloween fun."
"Whooo" went the wind, and out went the light,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Paper Plate Spiders
Paint paper plates black using finger paints. Let the paint dry. Using white paint or paper hole reinforcements, add eyes. Using black pipe cleaners, have the children bend legs and glue to the bottom of the plate.
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1" from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom. Stuff the bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather and twist the top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let it dry. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil.
Puzzle Pins (or tie slides)
You'll need: puzzle piece, pin 1" long (or 1/2" long piece of PCV pipe), black fine tip, permanent marker, acrylic paints, glue. Choose an appropriate piece of the puzzle. Base coat the backside of the piece (this will become the front of the pin). With a pencil, draw the face onto the piece (Dracula, witch, pumpkin, black cat, ghost, Frankenstein). Paint with appropriate color. After paint has dried, use marker to outline your face (do the line work). Glue pin (or pipe) to back of piece.
You'll need: 8" of 3 1/4" X 4" landscaper timber (or 8' of 2"X6" rough lumber), felt (paper) for leaves or silk leaves, green pipe cleaners, 1" Dowel (cut to 2" lengths) glue gun, acrylic paints (orange, green, black)
WEEK 1: Have boys paint their pumpkins orange. (use sponge to dab paint on makes a less messy area) Have them paint the stem green.
WEEK 2: Glue stem to top of pumpkin. Curl pipe cleaners around pencil to form tendrils. Cut leaves from felt.
WEEK 3: Glue tendrils & leaves to top of pumpkin, paint on faces (or use black fun foam to make faces and glue into place)
Pom Pom Spiders
You'll need: large black pom pom, small black pom pom, black pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, glue. Glue small pom pom to large pom pom. Glue pipe cleaner onto large pom pom after forming them to look like legs. Glue on wiggly eyes onto front of small pom pom.
Ghost Wind Sock
You'll need: frosting container, white 13-gallon kitchen bag, 14" yarn, black permanent marker, 2 pull-tabs (from aluminum cans). Remove label from frosting container. Wash & dry container and lid. Poke hole in bottom of container using awl. Tie one end of yarn to pull-tab and tread through hole. Tie other end of yarn to 2nd pull-tab. (This is done so yarn won't come out of hole). Turn frosting container bottom side up. Use marker to draw ghost face. Draw line across trash bag at 8 " from top. Cut off top of bag removing line at same time and throw small piece away. Draw line at 3" from bottom of bag. Cut bag into 2" strips stopping at line. Fold uncut portion of bag so it fits inside containers lid. Arrange the strips so they fall evenly around the lid. Staple bag to center of lid. Put lid back on container and hang your ghost.
You'll need: copy of poem "Look for your Talents", photo of themselves, scissors, yarn/string/raffeta, bamboo sticks/crafts sticks/dowels (cut to size), glue/glue gun, paint (if desired). Attach photo to bottom of poem and make frame. Use glue to hold frame together. Use string/yarn to lash corners of frame together and make hanger on backside of frame.
You'll need: poster board (11 X 14), paper, markers, yarn. Fold posterboard in half. Add paper. Use hole punch to make holes on folded side of "book". Lash together with yarn. Have boys decorate the front with pictures that symbolize them. On first page have them write their names, b-days, etc. Do a family tree on another page.
HALLOWEEN PARTY #1
Halloween parties are always fun! A costume party complete with parade and prizes for everyone is great. A pumpkin party with pumpkin carving or decorating as the theme is another neat idea.
Bobbing for Apples
Bobbing for apples is a classic. All you need is a big tub of water to float the apples on. Then hold your breath, put your hands behind your back and go for it.
Pass the Orange
Pass the orange is another old stand-by. Get into teams then the first person in line places the orange under their chin and the passes the orange to the next person and so on. No hands! If you drop the orange it goes back to the beginning of the line. First team to get the orange to the end of the line wins.
The Mummy wrap is a fun one! Teams once again and each team needs a mummy. Teams of three are a good size. Each team gets one roll of toilet paper. The team to wrap their first wins.
Pin the Nose
Pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern is another version of pin the nose on the donkey. Everyone gets a turn to pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern. They need to be blindfolded and don't forget to spin them three times. The one who pins their nose the closest is the winner.
A pinata is fun at any party. You can make yours of papier-maƒceh‚ or buy a ready made one from the store. Fill it with lots of goodies and let your guests take turns (blindfolded) trying to break the pinata.
Pom-pom spiders are a fun easy craft. Use large black or orange pom-poms for the bodies and glue on wiggle eyes. Glue four black or orange chenille stems in the middle to the bottom of your pom-pom and bend them in to spider shaped legs.
General Party Fun Ideas
Cider, doughnuts and caramel apples are classics for any fall party. Monster hands can be made by first putting candy corn in the fingertips of clear plastic gloves, then stuffing them with popcorn. A plastic spider ring makes a spooky finishing touch.
HALLOWEEN PARTY #2
All groups of kids go around these twelve different events together. This works best when there are no more than six kids in each group.
All kids in the group cooperate to carve their one pumpkin. They carry their "Pumpkin Princess" with them throughout the events.
Slime The Duck
Place rain gutters on top of tables (one rain gutter/group). Fill each about 1/2 or a little more with water. Using a large spray bottle, each kid moves his group's duck to the other end and back, by spraying it. Continue in relay fashion.
Witch's Broom Derby
One kid from each group dons a witch's hat and gets on a broom. One by one they must transport one other teammate from the starting point to the ending point. Make it more challenging by requiring the extra rider to wear a hat that the main witch has to transport back and forth. Continue in relay fashion.
Each member of the group must carry a small pumpkin on a spoon, through a maze of orange pylon cones, and back to the starting line where the spoon and pumpkin is passed off to the next player. Continue in relay fashion.
Walk The Plank
Have all the kids in each group stand on a pair of skis (have secured rope loops for each to put their feet into). Together they need to walk down, turn around and return to the starting line. Depending on available materials and space, you may want to have them perform this feat two at a time instead of the whole group.
One kid dons a large shirt, buttoning it over his head so he looks headless. The other kid (directors) go to positions along a marked off, crooked road. Each director must call out directions to the headless horseman to direct him down the road safely. Once the horseman reaches one director, the next boy down the road becomes director to the horseman.
This timed event involves each team racing to the mummy (one selected player), running toilet paper (wrap) around the mummy a specified number of times, before returning to the line and sending the next teammate off.
Ring The Skeleton
Fashion a skeleton head on a stick. Each kid gets to throw three rings, trying to "ring" the skeleton head - similar to horseshoes.
This is another timed event. One kid sits in the wooden coffin and the other boys carry him down to the line and back.
The kids use old (adult) clothes, gunnysacks, rope, and stuffing to make a dead man, then hang it in a noose. This can be timed too.
Only one person from each group will be selected to throw the group's Pumpkin Princess. Make sure the area is roped off, so their throw is "directed." It also makes clean up easier.
Set up an area as a haunted house, complete with (adult) monsters.
What do you get when you cross Dracula with Sleeping Beauty?
Is it true that witches are afraid of dead bodies?
Of corpse it is!
Why does the Mummy keep his Band-Aids in the refrigerator?
He wants to uses them later for cold cuts!
Why did the Witch cross the road?
It was the chicken's day off! Booo!
What is a ghost's favorite ride at the midway?
A roller ghoster!
4 cups semisweet chocolate baking chips. Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler. Let stand over the water until water is cool, about 10 minutes. Place wax paper on cookie sheet. Pour chocolate into a pastry bag that is fitted with a 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch tip. Squeeze chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of spiders. If chocolate is runny it needs to be cooled longer. Chill the spiders for about 10 minutes. When hard peel off wax paper. Store in refrigerator laid flat.
Devil Dogs with Blood
Hot dog buns, Hotdogs, Ketchup. Cook hot dogs as normal, either boiled or grilled. With scissors cut out little triangles in top part of bun facing outward. The bun should look like a mouth. Place a hotdog in a bun and add ketchup for blood affect.
8 cups cranberry juice, 6 cups sparkling apple juice, 6 orange slices. Put all ingredients in a punch bowl. Add ice cubes before serving.
12 large apples, Boysenberry jam, 4 tbsp. Butter, 12 gummy worms. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Core apples from stem end to « inch from bottom. Stuff each hole with 1 tsp jam and butter. Place in a pan and bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes. Remove apples let stand for 15 minutes. Set each apple in a bowl and spoon syrup from baking pan around it. Insert a gummy worm with half its body protruding.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, Water, Salt, Melted butter, Vegetable spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse seeds well. For every 2 cups of seeds, put 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of salt into saucepan. Add the seeds and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Drain well in strainer. Place on paper towels and pat dry. Toss the seeds with melted unsalted butter in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable spray. Spread seeds over tray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring, and tossing occasionally. When seeds are golden brown they are ready. Store in airtight container in cool place.
Using a tube of refrigerator biscuits let the children separate and shape each like a ghost. They can roll the biscuits in butter and then in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake biscuits as directed and watch the goblins gobble them down.
2.5 quarts popped popcorn, 1 14-oz package light caramels, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 2 tbsp. Water. Keep popcorn warm in a 200 degree oven. Melt caramels in top of double boiler over simmering water. Add corn syrup and water and mix until smooth. Slowly pour over popcorn in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. With greased hands, shape into balls about the size of softballs. Let cool completely before wrapping with plastic wrap.
12 red delicious apples, 12 wooden skewers, 4 cups sugar, 3/4 cup light corn syrup, 1 tsp red food coloring, 1.5 cups water, 1 cup chopped peanuts. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside. Wash and dry apples. Insert a stick through stem, leaving about two inches sticking out. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, food coloring and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until ingredients are dissolved and liquid boils. Set a candy thermometer in mixture and continue cooking, without stirring until temperature reaches 290 degrees, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile place shopped peanuts in a bowl. Remove syrup from heat and dip the apples, one by one, to coat evenly. Work quickly. As you dip each apple roll in peanuts to coat then place on prepared cookie sheet. Let apples cool for at least an hour.
Bobbing Apple Punch
1.5 cups orange juice, 4 cups apple cider, 1 cup pineapple juice, 2 tbsp. Sugar, 4 cups ginger ale (chilled), 6-8 small red apples, 1 orange, sliced. In punch bowl mix orange juice, apple cider, pineapple juice and sugar. Chill of a couple hours. Before serving add ginger ale, apples, orange slices and ice cubes.
Caramel Marshmallow Apples
1 pkg (14 oz) caramels, 1 cup mini marshmallows, 1 tbsp. Water, 5-6 small apples, Wooden skewers. Line baking sheet with buttered waxed paper; set aside. Combine caramels, marshmallows and water in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramels melt. Cool slightly while preparing apples. Rinse and dry apples. Insert skewers into apples. Dip each apple in caramel mixture, coating apples. Place on prepared sheet. Refrigerate until firm. For variety roll apples in crushed peanuts or drizzle with melted chocolate.
1 qt. Orange Juice, 1 qt. Seltzer Water or Club Soda, 1/2 gal Sherbet, Apple Pieces, Raisins, Tangerine Slices, Grape Juice. Combine the liquid ingredients in a large bowl. Using a muffin tin, make 6 phantom faces by freezing apple pieces, raisins, and tangerine slices in grape juice. Float these on the mixture. Complete by slicing sherbet into small squares and float on top. Serves 8-10 thirsty ghosts!
When the Celts occupied Europe, long before the birth of Christ, Halloween was a time for all who lived good lives to feast - similar to Thanksgiving. This All Hallows Eve was also the night when ghosts and goblins walked the earth. People lit candles and masqueraded in frightening costumes made of animal skins to ward off the spirits of the dead, who returned to earth as wandering cats, witches and ghosts. People in costume began to visit homes, asking for treats - those who gave them would be assured of having a good year; those who did not were warned to watch out for spirits. The Romans, after conquering England and France, introduced their own touches to Halloween. They bobbed for apples and gave nuts to their neighbors. The Italians left bread and water, and lit lamps before going to bed to appease visiting ghosts. Other Europeans put out doughnuts and milk for returning spirits while still others placed empty chairs in a circle, one for each member of the family and one empty for an expected ghost. In the nineteenth century, Irish immigrants brought the holiday to North America, where it has evolved to become a national celebration.
Halloween has become an international Mardi Gras of sorts. It is the perfect family holiday for parents and children enabling them to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is the one time of year everyone can act out their fantasies and become who they want to be. For children, Halloween is an exciting time. It appeals to their imaginations, stimulating any inner urges to be something or someone else, to do things they would never think of doing on other days, to dress up and have fun.
Children and Fear
Halloween can be intimidating for some children. Such fears are normal and Halloween is the perfect time to deal with them. It allows anxieties and misgivings to come out into the open, letting children manage what is at other times nightmarish. It is a time that helps children deal with fears of death, darkness, ghosts or monsters openly, without risk of being embarrassed or laughed at. It is important to be extra sensitive of your child's fears at this time. If your child shows some fear allow them to express those fears. Some children express fears of clowns or ghouls - if this is so - allow the child this expression of fear. Show your child that Halloween does not have to be gruesome - it is also a holiday for fairy princesses.
Questions about trick or treating safety have increased over the years, particularly at unfamiliar homes causing some parents to discontinue the tradition all together. If you are concerned about trick or treating here are some basic safety rules to follow:
* Have your child carry a flashlight
* Treat or treat at homes you know
* Accompany your child when trick or treating. Older children should stay in groups if no parent is present
* Flame resistant costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them
* Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know
* Remind children of road safety rules. Do not criss-cross the road - go up one side of the road and down the other side
* If you are driving your children - drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road
* Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe unsafe.
* Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating - wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable
* Remind children that not everyone celebrates Halloween and to avoid homes that lights are off. Also remind children not to run through neighbors' yards or gardens.
If you plan on giving out treats this year here are some suggestions to follow:
* Create a unique way to hand out treats, in a carved out pumpkin or basket
* Clear your yard and walkways, remove any obstacles
* Position pumpkins with candles in them in an area that is safe and children will not trip on them. Consider using flashlights instead of candles.
* Replace and lights or bulbs that are burnt out so area is brightly lit where tricksters will arrive
* Nutrition is not a consideration at Halloween. Those parents who are concerned about nutrition generally do not let their children go out trick or treating. If you give out raisins, apples, granola or wheat germ it is likely to end up all over your front yard.
* If you plan on dressing up to greet tricksters remember that some younger children may be frightened of your costume. Try to avoid scaring small children.