Only Halloween could take on Christmas in pure kid’s excitement factor. A day where kids can dress up in weird and wonderful costumes, are encouraged to get up to mischief, and receive literally buckets of candy in return!
Add helium orange and white balloons to each chair. Fashion these into Jack ‘o lanterns and scary ghosts with plain balloons and a black marker or buy printed ones here.
Line the centre of your table with little decorative ceramic and wooden houses, pumpkins and gourds of all different shapes and sizes.
TRICK OR TREAT TREE
Add to your haunted town little vases filled with black spray painted tree branches. From the branches hang little spider or bat paper cut outs. Or avoid the creepy crawlies and have your branch blossom candy and chocolates.
As an activity and menu item in one, bake simple batches of store bought brownies. Once slightly cooled, encourage kids to decorate their graveyard with plastic mini skeletons and cookie tombstones or little sweet pumpkins and a pumpkin patch signpost from ice cream sticks.
For a simple snack, give guests little packets of popcorn but add our printable bag topper with the cute Ghost Poop rhyme to give them a not-so-sweet treat.
Fill orange tissue paper squares with candy. Clinch and twist the top of the bag together to form stem; you can trim off 2cm of the bag for your desired length. Cut off a piece of green floral tape and stretch it so it becomes sticky. Wrap floral tape around the stem. Start at the top and move downward, and then rip off the tape.
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS
For little guests attending the party how about teaching them the Halloween song: Five Little Pumpkins. Give each guest a pumpkin and a line to remember. The older the kids are the harder you can make it by having the song repeated but each time eliminate a word that they must not say but instead clap: for example the word pumpkin or a number.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, let’s run!”
The fifth one said, “Isn’t Halloween fun?”
Then Woooooo went the wind
And out went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Our Halloween take on Tin Can Alley is to simply overturn some paper cups and trim them with black paper and googly eyes to look like spiders. Guests then get to try and topple down the spider tower with a toy pumpkin ball.
PASS THE PUMPKIN
Instead of the typical rectangular parcel, wrap up a small gift in a ball shape with layers and layers of orange tissue or crepe paper streamers. Between each layer add a sweet treat. At the party, put the music on and let the pumpkin passing begin, when the music stops the person holding the pumpkin gets to peel back a layer and keep the sweet. The winner is the one who peels back the last layer to reveal the prize inside.
A great game to keep everyone on his or her toes. Hand out to everyone at the party 10 Halloween stickers. The aim of the game is to get rid of the whole sheet by sticking them to the other guests without them noticing. If someone catches you, they can stick one of his/her stickers on you. The first one to empty their sticker sheet wins!