You don’t have to save Halloween fun for the weekend just because it falls on a work night. It’s one of the easiest calendar events to have some fun with and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
I’ve decided this year to finish work early and while my daughter is in nursery I’m going to decorate my house with cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons and ghoulish footprints. I absolutely love Halloween and am so excited to celebrate it with her.
I’ve invited only two friends who live close-by because on a work night I don’t think I could be hostess for the mostess for loads of kiddies. Three is a small party and it should be fun.
The lead up to Halloween has also kept me and my girl busy today as we started making some crafty things for the party.
First of all the invites-we painted paper plates to look like pumpkins-on the back we are going to write details of the party and will hand deliver them.
We also made pumpkins to hang from the lights-they we fairly simple. Strips of orange paper glued on to a toilet roll:
For party games there are lots of ideas on the internet-I’ve chosen pass the pumpkins, find the bugs in the jelly and a scary treasure hunt.
Here are some more fab ideas-click /www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2010/10/halloween-games-for-groups-of-toddlers.html
Drop the Ghost: Give each child a tissue to make a ghost. Help the child pinch the centre of the unfolded tissue and twist it to make the head of the ghost. Once everyone’s ghost is made, let the kids drop their ghosts from the top of the stairs or throw them into the air. As the ghosts float down, the kids try to catch the ghosts.
Pass The Pumpkin: Sit in a circle. Provide a plastic pumpkin for children to pass while the teacher beats on a drum. Children pass the pumpkin to the tempo of the music. Alternate between slow and fast. When the music stops the child who has the pumpkin stands and takes a bow. Continue process.
Monster Freeze Dance: Play Halloween music and have the kids dance around like monsters! The Monster Mash is a great song for this game.
When the music stops the kids freeze in their monster positions.
The first kid to move is out, and the game continues until only one child is left.
Donut Chomp: Thread donuts on a long piece of string and make sure to leave space between each. Have the kids race to eat the donuts off of the string with their hands behind their backs.
Pumpkin Walk: This game is played like musical chairs. Place different colored pumpkins on the floor (made from construction paper) and the children walk around them to music. When the music stops the adult calls out a color and the children try to find a pumpkin of that color and stand on it.
Pin The Heart On The Skeleton:
Buy or draw a skeleton on a big sheet of paper then tape a heart to the skeleton where a normal heart would be. Cut out hearts from red construction paper and put tape on the back of the hearts. Blindfold the children and have them put the heart on the skeleton
Trick For a Treat: Make up a bag with candy and a bag with slips of paper in it. The bag with slips of paper will have all ‘trick’ apart from one which will have ‘treat’. The number of slips of paper should equal the number of children.
All the kids who draw a ‘trick’ will have a specified trick that they will need to perform to get a piece of candy. One lucky child just wins a special ‘treat’. The tricks can be singing a song, doing jumping jacks while turning around, other fun things that are fairly easy for little ones.
Guess Which Paper Cup Has Candy Under It: The name of this game says it all. Have children turn their backs while you place five or six cups upside down on a table with candy under one. Tell them to turn around. Have one child at a time come to the table, guess until he guesses the correct cup. Give him a small prize “for being such a good guesser”.
Marshmallow Bobbing: This game is a variation on Apple Bobbing.
Take a large tub with ice water in it and float full size marshmallows in it.
Each child is given a straw cut in half (shorter straws are easier to suck and hold the marshmallow). They then have to race to see who can suck up a marshmallow the fastest. Once a child scores a marshmallow they can eat it, and sit out to let another child have a turn if they cannot all fit around the basin at one time. Keep rotating until all the kids have had one or two marshmallows.
Halloween Eye Spy Activity: Go for a walk outside with the kids and look for Halloween decorations around the neighbourhood. Take turns playing eye spy and describing things such as: scarecrows, black cats, witches, pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, monsters and vampires. Keep track of how many of each kind of decoration is seen on the walk.
We will be lighting up our pumpkins (Making sure they are kept well out of reach of little fingers)
And I’ll be making a little buffet-there are tons of Halloween recipes online but as a working mum I will be making some of the easiest:
- Halloween punch
- Pizza witches fingers
- Tomato eyeballs
- Slimy ghouly jelly pots
- Bat jam sandwiches
- Gravestone cookies
Hey presto you have an easy toddler party.
I love being creative and the Autumn/Winter calendar events are the best-we are lucky to live in a country where the seasonal changes help create different memories.
My little girl will Trick Or Treat our house as I think at three she’s a bit young to go door knocking.
With her two little friends coming over this year I’ll get them to answer the door together so they can see the Trick Or Treaters without being frightened
I hope you have a lovely Spooky time with your family-
Have a great week