Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween Party

I may have taken on a little too much this month, but at this point it doesn't matter. I just have to get it done. And I need your help.

I wanted to throw a Halloween party for the kids in the complex...that's at least 50. They love Samantha and Callie, always coming over to play with them, etc, and I just thought it would be fun for them. But, what will we do? These are some of my ideas:

1. Relay Race -- with silly things they have to do.
2. Scavenger/Treasure Hunt
3. Halloween Pinata
4. Bean Bag Toss for the smaller kiddos

Any other suggestions? This will be about an hour. It can't be longer because I'm doing a Halloween dinner that night -- plus the kids will probably go trick or treating anyway.

7 comments:

Teri said...

I remember our ward doing Halloween parties for younger kids. They had the fishing game where the kid holds a fishing pole (really a stick with a string and clothes pin on the end). An adult tossed the line over a sheet or wall and another adult put a small toy or candy on the other end. Once the kid felt a tug, they could reel in the line by pulling it back. I don't know how much help you'll have, but kids love that one for some reason.

They also did a little maze with cardboard boxes in one of the classrooms (it was at our church building), like it was a haunted house. I don't know how young the kids are.

You could always bob for apples.

That sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck with it!

Brad, Debbie, and K squared said...

Hey Jennie! I am one of those "lurkers" who looks at your blog often but never says anything. :)

Heather Lant just showed me a great website called FamilyFun.com, and there was a great list of Halloween game ideas. Here is the link:
http://familyfun.go.com/games/indoor-outdoor-games/specialfeature/halloween-games-ms/

Having a neighborhood party is such a fun idea. Good luck!

Megs said...

From a kindergarten teacher perspective, the best way to handle a mess of kids is to do game stations. Divide the kids up into groups (you could just slap a sticker on each kid when they show up and then have all the stickers be different groups) Then rotate the kids around to the different games. My kindergarteners loved doing a cake walk game, but instead of a cake I'd just give them a little candy and then keep going and play it over and over. When you're just giving one tootsie roll or starburst you can afford to do it a million times. You could make some orange playdoh and have the kids play with that or you could do some pin the tail on the cat or pin the hat on the witch. i'll keep thinking. I hope you'll have other moms who can help you. Sounds like a lot of fun. What an undertaking! But if anybody can do it--its you!

Codrs said...

I agree fishing seems to be a big hit with little kids.
Cristine

Ames Family said...

One thing every Halloween party needs is dry ice. Put it in a cauldron or punch bowl with grape juice, vanilla ice cream, and sprite for a potiony looking punch. Also the game where you put different things into bags and have kids reach their hand in without looking...peeled grapes for eye balls..noodles for brains...etc...is fun but messy. Finally, pin the nose on the pumpkin or some variation of that is great for even older kids. I love Halloween!

Danette said...

I'm doing a costume parade at mine. Another suggestion, do it not on Halloween. It sounds like you've got a lot going on that day. So do I so I'm doing mine a few days before. That way they get more than one use out of their costumes. Just an idea. Thinking of you. I'll email you soon with stuff going on here. Miss chatting with you! Oh, and I hope you feel better.

Chris and Melanie Hoem Family said...

I've seen some of the previous suggestions done and they have been a hit.

I just have one idea at the moment...at one station you can have kids frost/decorate pre-baked sugar cookies. Have Halloween colored frosting/sprinkles/etc and the cookies can be in shapes of ghosts, pumpkins, etc.

Good luck! Sounds like fun.

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