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Halloween Party Ideas – 8 Games Your Little Monsters Will Love

Whether you’re keeping your kids safe with a home party this Halloween, or you just need some ideas for the elementary school celebration, here are eight favorite Halloween party games sure to delight your little monsters.

1. Halloween Charades. Write a variety of Halloween words and phrases that the kids can act out on slips of paper and place them in a plastic pumpkin. Everyone takes turns acting, and the audience members have one minute to try to guess the subject. For younger kids, use such Halloween concepts as “vampire,” “spider,” “pumpkin pie,” or “ghost.” If your group is comprised of older kids, you can use more difficult phrases, such as the “headless horseman,” “trick or treat,” or “goosebumps.” Give small prizes to the kids who guess correctly. (Halloween Pictionary is a fun variation to try, too.)

2. Pass the Apple. Divide the kids into teams of 6. Each team stands in a single file line. Give the first person in line an apple to place under her chin. She has to turn around and pass the apple to the person behind her without using her hands. Again, give prizes for the winning team, which will be the first to successfully pass the apple to the last person in line without dropping it. If the apple hits the floor, it goes back to the front of the line.

3. Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Create a series of 5 or so rhyming clues, which will lead children (or groups of children) to a Halloween treasure chest, filled with toys or candy.

4. Play “Guess How Many Pumpkin Seeds” or “Guess How Many Pieces of Candy” in a large jar or plastic pumpkin. The person who estimates the closest gets a prize.

5. Play Pin the Tail on the Black Cat (or Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin.) Young kids love any variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

6. Word Games. How many words can the kids make from Halloween-themed words and phrases, such as “Halloween Surprises” or “Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat.” Give prizes for the kids who come up with the most words.

7. Guess the goo. Fill a variety of bowls with foods with icky textures – such as cooked, cold spaghetti and peeled grapes. Let the kids feel the intestines and the eyeballs without being able to see what they’re feeling. See if the kids can guess what it really is. Use your imagination to come up with some creepy-feeling cuisine.

8. Have a monster mash. Spend 5 minutes or so dancing like crazy to Halloween music.

Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape – an online magazine that provides practical tips for raising happy, healthy families. Momscape also features a special section on family fun ideas.

Yummy Halloween Treats

Other than dressing up in costumes, Halloween is all about yummy treats. Of course you are not limited to just candy when it comes to Halloween food. Here are some great snack and meal ideas. These are perfect for a Halloween party, or as a way to enjoy the excitement as you count down to the big day.

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Ghostly Sandwiches

Fix your favorite sandwich on white bread. One of our favorites for these ghostly sandwiches is a turkey and cheese sandwich with just a touch of mayonnaise (all white ingredients for a spooky white ghost). Fix the sandwich as usual, then use a ghost cookie cutter to cut it into ghost shapes. If you don’t have a ghost cookie cutter, you can cut the ghost freehand or make a simple pattern out of cardboard or wax paper to use as a guide.

Bat Cookies

Make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough, or use a pack of refrigerated dough from your grocery store. Roll out the dough and cut out bat shapes. Use a bat-shaped cookie cutter, or cut them freehand.

Melt some dark chocolate and brush it on the bat cookie. Of course you could also dip one side of the cookie in the melted chocolate and set the cookies on some wax paper until the chocolate has a chance to harden. After that they are ready to eat or store in an airtight container.

Jack-O-Lantern Tortilla Wraps

Start with a plain flour tortilla. Spread some pimento cheese on it, or layer some sliced ham and shredded cheddar cheese on there. Anything orange works well. Wrap the tortilla tightly, then cut it in ½ inch slices. Lay each of the slices on its side and use some nuts, raisins or small pieces of veggies (like yellow or red peppers) to make the eyes and mouth of your little Jack-O-Lantern tortilla Wrap.

Pumpkin Pizza

Start with your favorite pizza dough or a ready-made crust. Top it with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Add a layer of cheddar cheese on top. Then use slices of green pepper to make the ridges of the pumpkin – you’ll arrange them in ( ) shapes around the pizza pan. Use pepperoni slices or red and yellow pepper slices to form the jack-o-lantern’s face. Bake as usual.

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Fun Halloween Recipes and Ideas

Halloween has always been a favorite time of year for me. Not only is it my birthday, but the air is clean and crisp, the leaves have turned colors and it’s just a very pretty time of year.

I’d like to share some fun Halloween ideas and recipes with you:

Halloween cookie cutters are a must. You can use these cookie cutters on bread to make Halloween sandwiches. Kids love jack-o-lantern shaped sandwiches. You can spread their favorite sandwich topping on the bread once it’s cut.

Purchase M&M’s from a store that sells specific colors. Buy orange and green M&M’s and then use them in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe substituting the M&M’s for the chocolate chips.

You can also put those same M&M’s in your favorite rice krispy treat recipe. It’s amazing how these two colors transform recipes into Halloween recipes.

Look for mini cookie cutters. They can often be found in kitchen specialty shops. If you find pumpkin mini cookie cutters, these work great on cheese. Buy sliced cheese. Cut the cheese with the mini cookie cutters and then put the slice of round cheese on a Ritz cracker.

Prepare your favorite brownie recipe and then top with candy corn pieces.

Make hamburgers and use your cookie cutters on full size slices of cheese. Serve open faced so that the pumpkin or ghost shaped cheese is on top.

Many stores sell spinach pasta. Green pasta with red sauce is very Halloween looking to kids.
Make english muffin pizzas. Add sauce and cheese and then cover with pepperoni slices. Use pineapple chunks to make eyes, nose and mouth.

What would Halloween be without pumpkin flavored items? Here are a few pumpkin recipes for you:

Pumpkin Dip

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 large 30-ounce can of pumpkin
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger

Mix everything together and serve. Kids love to dip both fruit and cookies into this dip.

And what about pumpkin muffins? I love pumpkin muffins warmed with butter on them:

Pumpkin Muffins

3 1/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into muffin tins. Batter will rise, so only fill the muffin tins 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Decorating your table can be fun also. Use a combination of blacks and oranges. Use cat or witch shaped bowls. I have a friend who owns plates, creamers and tea pots in the shape of cats. You can also sprinkle your M&M’s and candy corn on the table. The kids can eat the decorations.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids and their friends at home with all of the above treats and ideas.

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Pumpkin Halloween Activities for Toddlers

Halloween inspires all kinds of activities to do with your toddler, especially pumpkin fun! Visiting the pumpkin patch together, shopping for (or making) Halloween costumes, and decorating the house. But one of the best Halloween activities is doing art projects together.

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Here are two very simple pumpkin activities that every toddler can enjoy. Prepare for the activity in advance, so your little ball of energy can dive right in.

Pumpkin Painting
Oftentimes younger children miss out on the fun of jack-o-lanterns, because they obviously are too young to handle a knife. A toddler can scoop pumpkin guts, and draw a face onto a pumpkin, but then the rest must be handed over to an adult for the actual carving.

Here’s an option. Pumpkin Painting. Think of how much fun your toddler or preschooler would have designing a pumpkin from beginning to end. And, don’t stop with pumpkins. Paint gourds, too. Simply put an old t-shirt on your toddler, get out non-toxic paints and he’ll go to town.

Simple Paper Jack-o-Lantern
There’s nothing at all fancy about this idea. Simply cut a few pumpkins out of orange construction paper. Then, cut several triangles and a few big goofy grins out of either black or yellow paper. Lastly, cut a stem out of green or brown paper.

Present the pieces to your toddler along with a glue stick and watch his creativity. You’ll treasure those three-eyed jack-o-lanterns years from now.

Spending time with your toddler is not difficult and doesn’t need to be challenging. Just give him the tools, grab your camera, and relax. Your child will feel cherished, and you’ll begin a tradition of making memories together.

Watch out Picasso. There’s a new artist in town.

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Fast and Reusable Halloween Costume Ideas

In this economy, it’s nice to be able to have a Halloween costume that is fast, easy and cheap not to mention something that you could use AFTER Halloween.  The key to this is attaching decorations with a few SIMPLE stitches (tacking stitches that are easily taken out the day after Halloween) or using self-adhesive felt which easily peels off.  Sweatshirts bought inexpensively (craft stores almost always have plain, inexpensive t-shirts and sweatshirts)  work nice for several of these projects because you can add a 3-D effect by stuffing spare clothing or towels under the sweatshirt to bulk out the “pumpkin” or “strawberry” or any other creation.

Black Clothing Ideas:
•    Witches and Wizards-You can easily turn black clothing into this with a simple hat and cape and a wand (think straight- looking stick) and you never even have to touch the clothing.  SAFETY TIP-Attach snap type light-stick to the hat or some other article of clothing so that your dark-clothed treater is safe after dark!

Swiss Cheese anyone?
•    Yellow clothing with black felt holes.  Maybe a toy mouse attached to their hat that looks like it’s ready to enjoy a snack?

Orange Colored Clothing:
•    Pumpkins-Use self-adhesive style black felt to cut out jack-o-lantern face parts and attach them to the shirt.  You can create a stem hat if you want.  Fill out your “pumpkin” by stuffing a few small towels under the shirts and then tie at the waist to keep the towels from falling out.

•    Okay, are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?  Depending on your answer, you can create a zebra with either black clothes and white self-adhesive felt stripes or white clothes with black self-adhesive felt stripes.

Red Clothing Ideas
•    Strawberry-Cut out small, oval seeds from light brown or tan self-adhesive felt and attach them evenly around the red sweatshirt.  Cut out two strawberry leaves from felt and attach them to a green hat (remember to make them big-your trick-or-treater is a BIG strawberry).

Brown Clothing
•    Potato-Okay, you can have a lot of fun with this basic idea.  Use black and white self-adhesive felt and make eyes.  Yes, I mean REAL looking eyes.  Make them look like cartoon eyes of different shapes (look at comics or kids books to see all the ways that eyes are shaped).  Cover your potatoes with “eyes”!  Simple but fun and a great play on words.

These are just a few basic ideas but you can see how simple, same colored clothing can easily be transformed into a Halloween costume that quickly converts back into usable clothing again the next day.  In addition, many of these ideas can be done by the kids themselves, making it even more fun

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