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How to make New Years Eve Rock for the kids

New Years Eve is well known for the champagne, staying up late, kissing, and glamorous outfits. But what about those who are a bit younger? They definitely want to be able to ring in the new year with just as much fun and pizazz as their parents and older siblings! So here are a few Holiday Party Ideas to make their night just as memorable as your own.

  • Sleep over party! If you just so happen to have young ones of your own and a lack of plans for NYE, why not offer to host a sleep over for the neighborhood kids. Other parents may be appreciative of the night out, or may even offer to help you out! As a result the kids will have a safe and fun place to be for the night. Have the kids get dressed up and provide themed snacks like cupcakes bedecked in glittery sprinkles, cookies decorated like clocks, or dip sugar cones in chocolate and then decorate to look like NYE hats. Hand out noise makers and bubbles to celebrate and plastic glasses of sparkling cider. If you want to avoid the sugar of cider and the possible mess, seltzer or sparkling water adds the bubbly without the extra sugar.
  • Karaoke party! If your kids are a bit older and still want to have their friends over, try busting out the karaoke machine or singing video games. Everyone can take turns belting out their favorite tunes between munching on finger foods and dips. Kick it up a notch and offer prizes for a contest. Set up a rotating panel of judges (so everyone gets to sing and everyone gets to judge) to pass out scores. Just make sure everyone stays nice with their comments! Just Dance! and other dance related games can make a fun addition to a karaoke party. Contestants take turns getting in front of the television and trying to match their own smooth moves to the avatar on the screen.
  • Glam it up! If you have teens living at home who want in on the fun but you want to make sure they stay out of harm and out of trouble, let them invite their friends to the house. The kids can dress to kill for the night. Set up appetizer tables and a “bar” with virgin mixed drinks (just make sure they stay unspiked!). A photobooth can add a fun element as well. Set up a glitzy backdrop with 2014 or “Happy New Year” and leave out props like boas and masks for the guests to use. Either set up a point and shoot digital camera with a remote on a tripod or a webcam on a laptop. Guests can take their own pictures to be posted to a social media site or party website later. Have your kids make a fun playlist of music and offer games like Apples to Apples to keep the laughs coming and everyone actively having a good time.

The most important part of New Year’s Eve is to have a good time and make sure that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy so they can enjoy the coming year.

Holiday Gathering Activities

It’s wonderful to have family staying over during the holidays. However, after the traditional meal is devoured you might wish you had a list titled holiday gathering activities. Memories are made when you are active together, laughing and having fun, and when all are included from little cousin Jimmy to great grandma Betty. Here are a few suggestions for activities that will get the fun rolling and make for treasured family memories.

Watch Home Videos

Ask each branch of the family to bring some of their favorite home videos to share. Simply pop up a big bowl of popcorn, throw pillows on the floor for the little ones, and have a family movie festival.

Do Something Outside

It can be as simple as a walk in a park, or you can plan an ice-skating party complete with hot chocolate and mulled wine. If there is snow, maybe have a snow man making contest and get everyone involved.

Win it in a Minute

These games are based on the hit TV show, Minute to Win it. It is easy to do a web search and find just the right games for your family to play. Most of the materials are things found around the house or can be found at a dollar store. Find five or six games to play and take turns pitting age groups against each other.

Talent Show

Your family is filled with talented folk and those that just like to show off. With a little planning ahead (so they know to actually bring their clarinet), you can organize a family talent show that may just become a yearly event. Set up an area as a stage and advise your family that it’s just for fun and is to be a safe place for family to express their interests and talent.

It doesn’t take much for a family to have fun together. Sometimes they just need a little leadership, encouragement and a push in the right direction. That’s where you come in.

Nine Wonderful Children’s Wintry Party Themes

The winter months are quickly approaching and a children’s birthday party that lands during those months is challenging to plan. But if you use some creativity, each season offers lots of potentially fun activities or themes which will make any party special. Yes, wintertime is just full of great children’s wintry party themes!

A Winter Carnival

Make up games that children would play at a fair or carnival but use a winter theme. You could set up stations for different games. For instance, establish a booth with tin cans lined up on the edge of a table and have the children try to knock them down by propelling a snowball at the cans. You could let the children have sledding races or create stations for snowball bowling. Hand out prizes to the winners that are fitting of a carnival like a stuffed animal and, since it’s a carnival, make sure to serve fun carnival food like pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn and hot chocolate.

A Snowman Competition

This could end up being one of the best activities! Split the kids into even teams and place the teams at different locations in your yard. This might be a good activity for the front yard—providing you have the space—and you can get a jump on decorating for Christmas at the same time! Old accessories and clothing should be collected ahead of time to supply the kids with something to clothe their snowman. After all, there’s nothing worse than a naked snowman! Also, don’t forget about supplying them with carrots, raisins or berries and sticks for noses, eyes, mouths and arms—what’s a snowman without a face? You and other parents should stand by as judges and, when everyone is finished with their snowman, pick the best one and present the winning team with some kind of an award. Snowballs, a snowman pizza and a snowman ice cream cake make tasty treats to serve inside to hungry children after all the excitement.

Snow Castle Party

Who says you need sand and sunshine to make a castle? That white stuff in your back—or front—yard can turn out to be an asset. Throw a snow castle constructing party! At this party, kids should come all bundled up and ready to spend lots of time outside using plastic toy shovels, beach pails and different kinds of carving tools to make a castle out of snow. You can have the children work together to make one big castle or make it into a competition between two teams—either way, the kids are sure to have a blast! When the fun outdoors is finished, bring the kids indoors to warm up with some delicious chili or soup and hot chocolate; but don’t forget those marshmallows! Snow white frosting and flaked coconut will make a great wintery topping for just about any dessert.

Winter Olympics

Arrange competitions and games for kids to enjoy that are built on ideas from the winter Olympic events. Put together events of snowshoe racing, snowball throwing contests and snow mound jumping, just to name a few. Be sure to have a different award for first, second and third place winners for each event. Decorations should be set to the theme of the winter Olympics—draw the Olympic rings in the snow in your back yard and use food coloring to show off the Olympic ring colors. You can also hang up paper torches inside your house and the birthday cake should be red, white and blue.

Winter Pool Party

Why should a few inches of snow stop the children from enjoying one of summer’s best activities? Indoor pools render the chance for kids to swim, splash and celebrate in a regulated climate while the weather outdoors may be frigid. You may be able to rent a pool in a community center, hotel or fitness center and decorations can be left to the imagination. You could just have tropical-colored decorations to symbolize summer. But wouldn’t it be fun to have the best of both seasons? Purchase inflatable palm trees and decorate them with paper snowflakes. How about snowflake-printed towels lain over lawn chairs? The cake could be a large swimming pool with polar bear figurines on top.

Ice Skating

Bring the children to a safe skating lake or pond for the party or rent an ice rink for a few hours. If you choose to rent an ice rink, you’ll need to rent one four to six weeks in advance; be sure to ask about package deals and if you can bring in food from home. You’ll want to have parents nearby that are good skaters so that they can help the kids that don’t know how to ice skate. Play some fun, upbeat music and let the children free-skate. Integrate a few games such as a skating version of red light/green light. The birthday child stands in front of the rest of the children but a little bit of distance away with his or her back toward them. When the child says, “green light” the rest of the kids will start to skate ahead; when the child says, “red light” and turns around, all the children have to be stopped. If the birthday child catches anyone moving forward then that person has to go back to the starting line. The first child to tag the birthday child wins the game and then takes their turn in that spot. For decorations you could hang up icicles, paper ice skates and snowflakes around the rink. If you got a package deal, hot dogs or pizza usually is included. The cake could be in the form of an icy pond with figure skaters adorning the top or in the shape of an ice skate.

Snowflake Ball

Although snow may get old for adults as the season wears on, for children the magic never fades. For this type of party, rent a banquet hall and decorate it with icicle lights and snowflakes dangling over their heads while they’re on the dance floor. Use synthetic snow and sparkles to create a wintery invitation in the entryway. For the table, purchase shimmering white and blue place settings on a snowflake tablecloth. An artificial snow making machine and ice sculptures would be an enhancement to the magical feel of the party. You can’t forget the entertainment! Make sure to have some party games that are suitable for the snowflake party such as Snowflake Trivia. Get several adults to write winter or Christmas trivia questions on paper cut-out snowflakes—one question per snowflake. Then each child pulls a snowflake out of a bowl and tries to answer the question; the child who answers the most questions wins. Or you could hire someone to give basic ballroom dance lessons. For the menu, snowflake cookies, white hot chocolate, a tray of veggie and cheese pieces that are cut into snowflakes and a snowflake cake would be a hit.

Snow Sculpting

Snow sculpting is a lot of fun and what child wouldn’t love to do this? Hand out to each child a portion of snow to use. Make up ahead of time a box full of “props” that the kids can pick from to adorn their sculpture with. Items could include: masks, boas, beads, sunglasses, flowers, leaves and rocks. Pick a time limit—say, an hour—and let the children develop their best sculpture during that time frame. Take a vote to confirm a winner in several different categories like “best executed”, “most creative” and “best over-all”. For the cake, you could have one specially made that looks like an ice sculpture!

Penguin Party

Just about all children love animals and who doesn’t love penguins? They’re so cute and would make a great party theme! Decorating can be very simple: white and black streamers and balloons hung on the walls and ceiling of the party room and you could buy a penguin-printed tablecloth with black place settings and white napkins. If you want an extra touch, place some plush penguins of different sizes around the room. Entertaining the kids will be just as easy as decorating. You can show them a movie like “Happy Feet” or “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, give them a penguin craft to make and play some standard games in which the children will have to imitate the penguin like penguin waddle relay races. The kids will absolutely love your penguin cupcakes cake!

Whether you’re trying to get rid of those winter blues or planning a birthday party, one of these winter party themes are sure to be a hit. You’ll want to check out our great website for everything you’ll need for your party!

Friday Amy Update: Gracie’s Birthday

My week began with a celebration (it ended with one too but more on that later)! After church on Sunday, we piled into the car and drove up to the mountains to where Joey’s parents live to celebrate his father’s 65th birthday with all my in-laws. When we all gather, we total 19. They live in a sweet little home near the mountains and we always have lots of fun eating, playing with the kids and catching up.

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Monday morning Emily (my oldest who is 15 years old) and I woke nice and early to hit the ice rink. She had a very important U.S. Figure Skating Test she needed to take as she continues to check them off her list. It’s a pass/fail kind of test and she… passed!! Whew. Then off to school. She only had one final today… in P.E. Really? Yes, apparently. I was at the office throughout the morning planning and meeting with staff. Mondays are usually my catch up days when it comes to AA and the house. I make a conscious effort not to work on Sundays. I don’t even check the orders. So between work, home and kid’s stuff the emails pile up a tad and it takes me most the day to get my checklist down to a manageable length. Since I was at the office, this catch up day was a little more challenging. Corban is taking his first swimming class every night this week and it started on Monday afternoon at my neighbor’s backyard pool. A swim instructor came to teach a bunch of the neighborhood kids a thing or two! We were supposed to go to a cookout with some friends but Joey had a rough day and I was close to my limit. It was a cookout where you bring the kids and I knew I’d have to have one hand on Corban the whole time. So with all those factors it added up to “Sorry, we can’t make it.” Whew… so thankful for my bed!

My sweet niece has been watching Corban a few mornings for me, since he’s been out of school. But I decided to keep Grace and Corban all to myself on Tuesday because I had to take my mother to the airport (who went to go see her mother in TX). So I made it my day to run errands and not work too much. We were out most the day except we did come home for lunch. Grace is my musician and she has her piano lessons on Tuesday afternoons which she really looks forward to. Her lessons are short but I managed to get a quick run in while Corban played at a nearby playground… he plays and I run circles around him on the little path that winds through the park. I’m sure I look a little funny but sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do. Then I picked up Grace, picked up Emily from school and we all headed and got a quick dip in the pool. I wanted Corban to get some practice in before his swim class. Another crazy busy day for me. I’m not used to this! I admire you single moms out there on days like this… and I didn’t even work!

On Wednesday my niece came back to watch the kiddos! Woo Hoo! And I ran out to buy gifts for my sweet Gracie’s birthday! That was fun shopping and it went smoothly too. But it did take me all morning to find just the right little items. I ran to Target and found some pool toys, pjs, and a sweet little top. I ran to a sports store to find a little tank and shorts to keep her cool in this hot SC summer that is fast approaching. Then I ran to REI to get her big gift, an ENO (a hammock she can hang between our trees in the backyard). Emily has one too, so it will be a sister bonding thing, which I love! Speaking of Emily… she took her last exam today and she is done with her freshman year of high school!! Emily had a figure skating lesson and then back to Corban’s swim lesson. He is the oldest in his little class but you’d never know it. He’ll get it, I know he will. Then before we went to bed Emily and I decorated the kitchen with tons of streamers and balloons for Grace to wake up to.

Happy 11th Birthday to my sweet Grace!!! The kids and I piled in the car to go get donuts (a big treat for this paleo family)! Then off to Barnes and Noble to browse the toys and books. Emily found a classy journal that she bought. We just happened to come when it was story times so Corban and I listened to the story (well to be honest, Corban kinda listened and I checked my email on my phone) and then did a craft! Nice! Grace found a book that I bought her (it was her birthday after all) and she bought a little toy with some of her birthday money. It was great outing which is rare with Corban. He has really turned a corner these last few months and it so nice to have a child who has finally understood HOW to behave (most of the time). Grace wanted a Subway sandwich so we grabbed it and took it home to eat an early lunch. Grace’s best friend, Elizabeth, came over and then we hit the pool! It was then that Corban put his whole face in the water for a number of seconds for the first time! He was so excited he just kept wanting to do it over and over. He couldn’t wait to show his swim instructor that afternoon! So exciting! Then home for a taco dinner, presents and a quick swing in the new ENO! Grace had all kinds of things she wanted to do including glow the dark bubbles (which unintentionally squirted all over the bathroom which you could see when you turned the lights out!), games and crafts. They were out by 10:30 and so was I… thank goodness.

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Today is looking just as busy as the rest as we plan to hit the pool again since Elizabeth is still hanging with us, more errands, and one more swim class. I need to clean the house because I’m hosting a baby shower tomorrow afternoon and we’re going out on a double date with friends. Work? What’s that? It has not really existed this week since the kids have been home and we had a big girl turning 11! But I have a wonderful husband and staff to run the show. I am so thankful for them. They allow me to go to the pool with my kiddos and shop during normal business hours for my daughter’s birthday. It is truly a luxury I am so very thankful for.

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The Girls of Amy Adele

If you follow our blog you know a lot about Amy’s son Corban. He unintentionally became the spotlight of conversation due to his early arrival and miraculous growth, but we think it is time to share a little more about his older sisters! Here’s what you need to know about the girls of Amy Adele.

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Emily is Amy’s oldest daughter and Corban’s best friend.

Emily and Corban at the grocery store

 

She is 15 and learning to drive, which is a big step, not only for her but for Amy and Joe as well. Emily is very active. She loves ice skating and even teaches skating lessons! Emily also runs cross country competitively. School comes easy for her. She also helps Amy teach a 3rd grade class at their church. In her spare time she doodles and draws just like Amy! With all of her activities and teaching you would probably imagine her as the outspoken and extroverted one of the family. It’s surprising to know that she is actually the most quiet and reserved.

Emily in the hammock

So, who is the extrovert? That would be Grace.

Gracie making pancakes

Grace turns 11 on June 5th, and she is “silly, silly, silly” according to Amy. School comes easy for her as well. Grace is the creative spirit in the house, she is always drawing, playing piano, and even writing her own songs. Her second love to being a musical genius? Her collection of her beloved stuffed animals of course. She has no filter; if she thinks it she says it! She is outspoken, friendly, and giggly. Grace is always happy!

Gracie going out of town

Emily and Grace are best buds and they love each other a ton! They love to hang out in Emily’s hammock that she hangs up in the back yard and Amy will often find them chatting away up in their rooms. They also give Amy great advice when she is designing a new card! Their constant creativity and contrasting personalities fill the Wike home with life and love!

5 Tips To Give A Birthday Experience Instead Of A Traditional Party

We’ve all seen it…the pile of gifts at a traditional children’s birthday party.  It is exciting at the time, but ask them in six months what they received and most won’t remember.  However, take them to that event they have always wanted to go to and they will surely remember it.  In a world where “stuff” seems to overwhelm our lives, consider giving the gift of an experience this year instead of a traditional party.  Make a memory with your child they won’t soon forget.

  1. Setting a budget…just like a birthday party, birthday experiences can be provided at any budgetary level.  Make sure you consider not only the cost of the tickets (for sporting events, concerts or theme parks for example), but also food and any other souvenirs you are willing to purchase.
  2. Choosing the experience…every child is different, professional sports events might top the list of some, while others may want to visit a theme park or new museum they haven’t been to yet.  Others may simply want an over-night stay at a hotel with a pool or to see the professional ballet or symphony.  A ride in a helicopter or a limousine might be what other kids have always wanted to do.  Decide whether you will offer choices to your child or select it for them.
  3. Inviting friends…depending on the experience and your budget, you may be able to invite a few friends to go with your child on their experience.  Having someone to share an experience with can not only increase enjoyment but also help create even more special memories for your child.
  4. Giving other gifts…just because you are giving an experience doesn’t mean a traditional gift is not possible.  Consider giving a gift that coordinates with the experience or maybe something to help time pass on the trip if there is a long car ride to the experience.  A new baseball glove if you are going to a baseball game, new tennis shoes if the event requires a lot of walking, maybe let them chose a souvenir from the gift shop or a camera to take pictures during the experience.
  5. Making it special…Birthdays are all about having a special day for your child.  Send invitations if inviting others for the experience.  Make a paper announcement or special certificate to detail the experience for your child.  Consider ordering a special dessert or maybe bringing a cake to the experience.  Give a t-shirt or hat as a party favor if it fits into your budget.

Memories last a lifetime.  Give your child an experience they won’t forget this year.

Follow-up on Corban’s 5th Birthday!

Corban started the day off by celebrating with his preschool classmates. He brought these birthday cookies to share! They were made by one of our very own Amy Adele staff. Sometimes we just don’t know how we contain so much talent in one building. 😉

(We apologize for the sideways “A”, the box may or may not have been shaken a bit, and by the time we noticed the cookies were long gone!)

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After he came home from school Corban picked out the movie Turbo to watch because it was a little rainy outside. Then the whole family went out for burgers. (Amy normally prepares food for them at home, so this was a real treat!) Here is Corban in his birthday shirt on the way to dinner.

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When they got back home Corban opened some gifts from family. He got a spider man mask, some books, and a remote control car. Then they unveiled the biggest present of all…his new bike!

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Corban has been riding a balance bike (one without pedals) for some time now, so this big boy bike with pedals and brakes is a big step. They pulled the cars out of the garage so that he could ride his new bike in spite of the rainy weather. He was able to master pedaling forward by the next day! Braking is still in the works, but is getting a little better each time.

There was also chocolate cake. (Which Corban was much less excited about once his bike was revealed!)

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Thanks for stopping by, and keep your eyes peeled! In the very near future we will be doing a series of artist spotlight blogs. The series will give you an inside look at Amy Adele’s various artists, and I think it is something you won’t want to miss! 🙂

Three Fun Games or Activities to Play At Family Get-Togethers

What do you do at family get-togethers? There is usually the initial chaos of cousins re-connecting and running wild. The adults gather over coffee and snacks and catch up on all the family news since the last gathering. A meal normally follows in kitchens crowded with extra tables, chairs, benches, stools and any other piece of furniture that will provide seating. As the day winds down and the kids start to mellow, it’s a good time to engage in some games that everyone can enjoy playing.

Three fun games or activities to play with family are:

Dictionary-Supplies: slips of paper, pencils, a dictionary

One person chooses a word from the dictionary and writes the correct definition on a piece of paper.  Then they tell everyone else in the group the word and they all write what they think the definition is on a piece of paper and sign their name.  (It’s especially fun if a few people make up a silly definition as well.)  The papers are then collected and given to the person who chose the word.  As the definitions are read one at a time, those that think it is the correct definition raise their hands.  Whoever raises their hand for the correct definition gets a point.  If people raise their hand for an incorrect definition, then the author of that definition gets a point.  The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Pictionary-Supplies: White board or chalk board with corresponding writing utensil

Pick a person, place or thing.  Draw it on the board without using numbers or letters while individuals shout out what they think you are drawing. The person who guesses correctly gets a point and the chance to draw.

Way Back When-Supplies: slips of paper and pencils

This game will spark those crazy family stories and give the younger ones an idea of what it was like to grow up “way back when”. It may also help the older generation have a little understanding of what it is like to grow up in today’s culture.  Have each person write a childhood memory that would have a small clue as to what time period they are talking about. Read them out loud and see if someone in the group can guess who it’s talking about.

Any of these games can include people of all ages and take very little planning or effort, yet they can provide hours of fun, laughter, learning, and bonding which is a great way to create lasting, fun childhood memories!

Halloween Group Costume Ideas

Group Costume Ideas

Halloween will be here soon, and if you don’t have a costume yet it’s time to do some serious brainstorming. The best things about Halloween are dressing up and being with your friends and family; and it’s especially enjoyable to combine the two. If this year’s Halloween plans include a party or outing with others, consider one of these group costume ideas.

Costume Ideas for Families

  • Star Wars: Star Wars has created a fan base which spans generations, making it an ideal theme for family Halloween outfits. Mom and Dad make are perfect as Han and Leia, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper or Anakin and Padme while the little ones can dress as Chewbacca, Yoda, Ewoks, Stormtroopers or Jedi Knights.
  • Farmers with farm animals: Trick-or-Treat with the cows and pigs this All Hallow’s Eve. Parents can dress-up as farmers with their young animals in tow, getting their treat bags filled with goodies. Alternatively, switch it around and have the kids dress as farmers while Mom and Dad transform into sheep, goats, horses or other barnyard friends.
  • Monsters Inc.: Monster’s Inc. is hot right now so there is no shortage of ideas for dressing up like your favorite furry (or slimy) Monster’s character. While Sulley and Mike seem like the classic choice for Mom and Dad and Boo for their little girl, you might decide to mix it up a bit and don the kids in costumes like Mike, Sulley or any of the other loveable monsters from the cast while Mom and Dad dress as Roz and Mr. Waternoose, or from Monsters University, Don Carlton and Ms. Squibbles. Or dress the whole family in green “OK” shirts and hats and go as the Oozma Kappa clan.
  • Toy Story: Toy Story is another classic animated film from which a multitude of entertaining costume inspirations has come. Buzz, Jessie, Woody, Mr. Potato Head and the rest are simple and fun attire for a Trick-or-Treating expedition or not-so-frightening family parties.

Costume Ideas for Young Kids

  • Peanuts Gang: Young kids still love Snoopy and the Gang. The whole neighborhood will adore your little ones if they dress up as Peanuts characters for their Halloween “Tricks-or-Treats”; just hope no one gets a rock.
  • Disney Princesses: Little girls still dream of being a princess. Their wish will be granted this Halloween when your daughter and her friends dress up as Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and their other favorite Disney Princesses.
  • Pirates: Pirate costumes are perfect for boys and girls of all ages. Let your kids have a grand adventure this Halloween dressed as a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers.
  • Multiple colors of Crayons: What a great group costume! The little ones will be especially excited to dress as their favorite Crayon shade. Be creative with colors; think the 64 Crayon box.
  • Wizard of Oz: Dress the youngsters as the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and even Toto this Halloween in homage to this timeless family film.

Group Costume Ideas for Any Age

Getting your friends to dress up with you in a group costume will be a breeze, everyone knows and loves these costume ideas!

  • Video Game Characters: From Pokémon to Angry Birds to the Mario Brothers, video game characters are cool and easily recognizable; making them fantastic options for Halloween attire.
  • Alice in Wonderland: Spend this Halloween in Wonderland with your favorite players from this classic book and movie.
  • 1950s: Groups of boys and girls, or men and women, can go to the Sock Hop in the characteristic style of the 50’s when they dress-up in leather jackets and poodle skirts.
  • Zombies: Spooky costumes are the quintessential in All Hallow’s Eve attire, and Zombies are at the top of the list. Zombie costumes are simple to make or are easily found in Halloween stores and online.
  • Super Heroes: Almost everyone wants to be like Superman, Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman. Hit the town with your crowd dressed as your favorite super heroes.
  • Harry Potter: Ron, Harry, Hermione and the rest of the Harry Potter gang have been Halloween favorites for over a decade, and this year is no exception.

 

This Halloween skip the same old boring costume. Become the center of attention when your friends, family and kids get together and dress in hilarious, witty, creepy or just plain fun group costume. Check out Amy Adele for great Halloween party invitations, labels, thank you notes and more!

Halloween Party: Group Costume
This invitation is perfect for inviting your friends to come dressed as whatever they’d like or as a group costume. Just remember to remind them what the group costume is!

Halloween Games for Your Next Halloween Party

Halloween Games

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The time of year when kids are back in school, leaves are falling off the trees and kids look forward to going out trick or treating or to Halloween parties with their friends. What’s that? You say you have the decorations and food ideas but don’t have any clue what to do for Halloween games? Well, let’s see, there’s always bobbing for apples—but, yes, you’re right, we should have some fresh, new games for the kids. The Halloween games described below are just the thing you’re looking for and you can alter the difficulty of each game according to the age group at the party.

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt

Before the party begins, cut out as many different pumpkin shapes as you desire from orange construction paper and design every shape to look like a jack-o-lantern. On the back of each shape, jot down a point numbered from one to ten and then hide all the pumpkins around the room. When all the kids have arrived, allow them twenty minutes to seek out the pumpkin shapes that you’ve placed around the room. Once the twenty minutes have elapsed, ask the children to total their points from the pumpkin shapes that they found. The child that has the highest number of points wins a door prize.

Frankenstein Relay Race

Draw a starting line and, about twenty feet away, draw your finish line. Strew pumpkins amidst the start and finish lines, creating an obstacle course. The children should be divided into two or more even teams and lined up on the starting line. It’s best to keep each team under six children so that the game will be fairly short and they won’t get bored. Once the kids are all lined up and ready, you can say, “Go!” The first child from each team should run through the obstacle course of pumpkins to the finish line, then back again and tag the next person in their team to run. This continues until every child has run the obstacle course. The catch is that all the kids have to run like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster—arms straight out and stiff legs! If you catch a child bending their legs, you need to send them back to the starting line to begin again. The first team to complete the relay race wins and all the members of that team get a prize. This Halloween game sure will test their Frankenstein skills!

Halloween Word Game

This game is better for slightly older children, age nine to twelve. To start this Halloween game, give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. You would’ve written ahead of time on each piece of paper the phrase “Trick or Treat”. When the kids have each received their pencil and paper, ask them to write down as many words as they can find from that phrase “Trick or Treat” in a span of five minutes. The child who has the most words on their list is the winner. You can also play this game using the word “Halloween”.(Note: The words have to be actual words, not made-up words.)

Candy Corn Catch

A fun game that can be played together by adults and kids. Create teams of three to five members; one child or adult on each team has to tie a toy pumpkin around their waist—like the ones that you’d use for trick or treating. All the other team members get fifteen pieces of candy corn. Mark two different throw lines with a Halloween decoration like a witch or tombstone—one throw line will be for the kids and the other line will be marked further back for the adults. On the word “Go”, one member of a team tries to throw their candy corn into the pumpkin, one piece at a time. The person that has the pumpkin tied to them should move about to try and catch the pieces that are tossed off target. The game continues until every individual on that team and every team has had their turn. After all the members of each team have thrown their candy corn, the candy corn is tallied up in all the toy pumpkins. The team that has the most candy corn wins the game and all of the candy corn is divided evenly among that team as a take-home prize.

Zombie Tag

What child doesn’t like to play tag? Using rope, you’ll need to create boundaries so that no one can run outside the play area; remember to pick up any debris such as sticks or rocks in the area so that the children won’t trip or get injured. Choose one child to be the zombie, blindfold them and then have them put on a zombie mask. The “zombie” is taken to the center of the play area and all the children need to be in the play area at this time; once the game begins no one is to step outside the boundaries. The game begins with the zombie shouting “Brains!” All the other children instantly scream and run around the play area. The zombie moves about trying to tag someone while continually shouting “Brains!” and listening for the screams. When the zombie tags someone, that child becomes the new zombie.(Note: If the game goes on for a while and no one has been tagged, you’ll need to shrink the size of the play area. But if kids are being tagged quickly, you’ll need to expand the play area.)

Eyeball Run

This Halloween game calls for a little more preparation. You can either buy some ping pong eye balls or just paint bloodshot eyes on the ping pong balls yourself. Split the kids up into two or more even teams. You can give each child their own ping pong eyeball or, for a more difficult game for older kids, you can use one ping pong eyeball per team. This is a great game for any age because you can make it an easy game for little kids or a challenging game for teens by placing obstacles in their path. Create a starting line and place a skeleton, ghost or cone at the other end of the yard or room to mark the finish line. Ask the teams to line up at the starting line and hand each player that’s first in line a spoon with an eyeball on it. On your word of “Go” the first kids will run or briskly walk down to the finish line, around the skeleton or cone and come back to the start where the next teammate in line will be handed the spoon and take their turn. They can’t touch the eyeball while it’s on the spoon! If a child drops their eyeball, they can pick it up to place it back on the spoon, but they must go back to the start and begin again. Whichever team finishes first wins a prize.

Costume Scavenger Hunt

This Halloween games starts before the party, write up a list of types of costumes that each team will be obligated to find people wearing around the neighborhood. Allocate points to every costume on the list on the basis of how challenging you believe it’ll be to spot each costume. Divide the kids into even teams and provide one individual on every team with a digital camera. Give a copy of this list to each team and tell them to go out and take pictures of one person dressed in a costume on that list. None of the party-goers can be dressed in any of the costumes on your list. Provide the teams with two hours to accomplish the scavenger hunt. When the two hours are up, examine the pictures and grant points for every costume that the teams took pictures of. The team that has the most points wins the game and each team member receives a prize.

Halloween Mask Trivia

This game is best for older children. Get pictures of various Halloween characters like Chucky, Dracula, Michael Myers, Freddie Kroueger, Carrie, Headless Horseman, Jason Voorhees, Frankenstein and Leatherface. Provide all the kids with a pen and piece of paper. Show the photos to the kids one at a time and ask them to write down the name of each character. When you’ve shown all the pictures, announce the answers. The child with the most correct names wins the game and a prize.

Pumpkin Penny Pitch

Before the Halloween party, sculpt a jack-o-lantern and keep the top off. Provide each child with ten to twenty pennies and ask them to line up at the starting line which should be about fifteen feet away from the jack-o-lantern. Every child will take a turn throwing their pennies at the jack-o-lantern and the child that throws the most number of coins in the jack-o-lantern wins a king-size candy bar.

Icy Marbles!

This is a favorite game among teens! Fill up a big bowl or bucket with ice and marbles. In a one minute time frame, each teen will take their turn at sticking their feet in the bowl attempting to pull out as many marbles as they can with their toes. As they grab the marbles, they’ll try to successfully transfer it to a plate beside the bowl. When one minute is up, the plated marbles are counted and the total is written down on a piece of paper. When all the teens have had their turn, whoever has the most number of plated marbles wins the game.

Ghost Bowling

For this Halloween game you’ll need to gather ten empty 2-liter soda bottles, paint them white with two black eyes in the center and let them dry overnight. You’ll also need a mini basketball or pumpkin and you can paint a face on it if you wish. Pour sand or pebbles into each soda bottle until it’s about a quarter full. Arrange the bottles in the normal ten-pin set-up—one pin in the first row, two pins in the second row, three pins in the third row and four pins in the back row. Don’t forget to have a pad of paper and pencil handy to keep score for all the kids. Pair up the children into teams; give them each two turns to stand fifteen feet away and roll the ball toward the pins. With younger kids, you can let them stand a little closer to the pins or use less pins. After the first roll, clear away any pins that were knocked over then let the child roll again. If a child knocks over all the pins in one roll, a strike, they receive fifteen points; knocking down all the pins after the second roll will earn them thirteen points or else every child is awarded one point per pin that’s knocked over. After every child takes their turn, tally the points for every team; the team with the highest score wins and they receive a prize.

These are just a sample of the Halloween games that will bring life and a lot of fun to your Halloween party, but just make sure that you keep the scare factor age-appropriate. With these games or ones you create on your own, everyone is sure to have a great time. Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Games
This invitation is a great way to have friends over to play some Halloween games and to get in the spirit!!