Lots of children’s games and crafts adapt nicely to Halloween with a few set changes. “Pin the tail on the donkey” can become “pin the tail on the black cat.” A simple bean bag toss game can become a ghostly game by drawing ghosts on the target board with their open mouths as the scoring goal. Look through craft catalogs and think about how you can adapt the projects to your own needs.
Digital cameras make quick work of printing up two copies of a photo of each child. Place the photos face-to-face with one upside down and one right-side up. Cut from the center bottom through both copies to just a hair past half way up the photo. Adults may want to do the cutting for smaller kids. Slide the photos together perpendicularly to each other. The photos can stand up on their own. Use them as place cards at the table, markers in party games and take-home favors.
Do-It-Yourself Pumpkin Patch
Provide little ones with frosted cupcakes and mellowcreme pumpkins to create their personal pumpkin patch. More adventurous party-givers can get the Halloween mix of mellowcreme characters and let each child tell a story about decorated cupcake before eating it.
What Kind of Ghoul am I?
Older children can exercise a little imagination by putting together “body parts” to create their own monster. A selection of colorful candy items and toothpicks turn a cupcake into a fanciful, edible monster. Think of movie-style candies like Mike & Ike, Good ‘n Plenty, Dots, Crows and Jots can be stuck on as-is or carved with plastic knives. Look to long candies like Twizzlers and Vines for arms and tentacles. Be sure to take pictures of each child with his or her creation before it gets eaten!
Felt Pumpkin Decoration
Felt pumpkins can be decorated with colored pencils, felt features and glitter or beads. Supply very young children with precut features and stand by with school glue. Older children can cut and glue their own. The finished product can be slipped into a plastic sandwich bag with the child’s name for safer transport home.
Paper Napkin Ghosts
A white paper napkin over something round becomes a ghost with the addition of eyes and a mouth. A round lollipop, a popcorn ball, a Styrofoam ball or a second napkin wadded into a ball will work. Just make sure the napkin is large enough for whatever round core item you’ve selected. Use a white chenille stick or yarn to gather the napkin around the “neck.”
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