Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween Party for Kids

Every year my sister, Cherie and I fill our weekends in the fall with tons of fun activities with the kids. Both of our husbands are hunters and are therefore, unavailable in the fall months. Our usual fall activities include trips to an apple orchard, a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating at the zoo, making Halloween cookies, and doing fall crafts with the kids. Last year we had a Halloween party!
We sent out ecards from Oriental Trading. They were free! Here are some examples of the Halloween cards they have available this year....

The invitations were fun. Guests could click on the envelope that was sent to them and it would open and automatically pull out the card we designed online. Guests could then easily RSVP right there and it was sent to our email address. Very cute, easy to do, and free!!

 Our menu included:
-mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls with mustard eyes)
-turkey and ham sandwiches cut out to look like jack-o-lanterns (with the orange cheese peeking through)
-macaroni and cheese
-mandarin orange fruit cups with jack-o-lantern faces drawn on the top with Sharpie marker
-carrot sticks and dip
-cinnamon chips with pumpkin dip
-Halloween theme Oreos
-pumpkin cakepops

The drinks were Capri Suns wrapped in white duct tape with googley eyes attached!

Our guests included cowgirls, princesses, a bumblebee, a ladybug, a peacock, a skeleton, a pirate, Billy the Exterminator, Little Red Ridinghood, a baseball player, a bottle of mustard, a Power Ranger, a Super Reader, and a couple of ducks...

We had decorated my sister's basement for the event. We went ALL out. We used orange and black plastic tablecloths hung from the ceiling to the floor to make walls to partition off the part of the basement we were using for the party. We had orange jack-o-lantern helium balloons hanging everywhere, and we hung white Christmas lights from the ceiling with cobwebs over them. In this picture you can see some of the decorations...
After everyone ate, we lead everyone down to the basement and began with a story. I read the book, The Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams.  It is one of my favorite fall books for children. I read the story to the children, then assigned key words from the story, along with a specific rhythm instrument from the story to each of the children.  For example, the story says "one shirt goes shake, shake, shake.." so one child was responsible for shaking a maraca every time I said the word "shake!" It made for a very fun musical story with a hint of scariness and adventure to it! They had to really listen for their special word and play their instrument at the right time.


We then split the group of children into smaller groups and had them rotate through the centers we had set up.  The centers included: necklace making, individual pumpkin pie making, and jack-o-lantern decorating.   

The Halloween necklace kits came from Oriental Trading.
They were similiar to these they have available this year...
Halloween Necklace Craft Kit
Click on the picture to get your own kit from Oriental Trading!



We found these glow-in-the-dark pumpking decorating kids from Oriental Trading as well.
Click HERE to order some.

There was a variety of eyes, eyebrows, mouths, and noses for the kids to design their own face. And what fun that they glowed-in-the-dark!!!

Each of the kids made their own little pumpkin pie.  This is the recipe...
1 Tbs. vanilla pudding mix
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. canned pumpkin
1/3 cup cold milk
little graham cracker pie crusts
Stir together in small bowl dry pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin, and milk.
Put into little pie crust. Ready to enjoy!

Our most popular activity was bobbing for apples...



I did some other music and movement activities with them to the following songs...
(Click on the songs for purchasing information.)
"Spooky Walk" available from Newbridge

In our invitation, we had asked each family to bring a bag of treats for "trick-or-treating" at the party. All the moms and dads stood in a big circle and the kids went around
trick-or-treating to all the grown-ups.
Each child went home with some candy, a necklace, a glow-in-the-dark faced pumpkin, a jack-o-lantern balloon, an apple, and their own mini pumpkin pie (if they hadn't already eaten it!) 

My sister and I were POOPED when the party was finally over. It was exhausting! We had stayed up 'till the wee hours of the morning the night before the party doing the decorating and then spent that whole day getting ready before the guests arrived.
We were one tired Minnie and Cat in the Hat,
I'll tell ya that!

So much work but SO worth it! What fun memories for all involved!
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1 comment:

  1. I throw a halloween party every year for my kids, and I love your ideas! I will check out that book-- and what a great idea to use table cloths for wall decor!! Thanks