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Decoration Ideas for Halloween: Simple and Easy

Halloween Decorations

It’s that time of year again! Spooky ghosts, creepy pumpkins, and sneaky rats!  Halloween is the time for fun, costumes, and decorations.  Whether you love to decorate indoors or outdoors, there are tons of great Halloween decorations you can create that are fun for the kids, and can be cost efficient.  Get into the spirit of Halloween with these spooky cool Halloween Decoration Ideas.

Spooky Faces

Raid your local dollar store for those round touch lights.  They are cheap and run on batteries which is great for saving on electricity.  Grab some sharpie markers and let your imagination go wild.  You can make each touch light look like giant eyeballs, or make skeleton faces like Jack and the Pumpkin King, or create other monstrous faces.

Climbing Skeletons

These guys are pretty funny when propped around your house.  Make these skeletons look like they are trying to climb your house.  You can find full plastic skeletons anywhere that is selling Halloween decorations.  You can get very creative when placing skeletons and they are easy to work with.

Wicked Tree

Do you have a white Christmas tree?  Well break it out twice a year instead of once.  Create a creepy cool Halloween tree with black garland and other great dollar store items.  The dollar store usually has a lot of small items that can be added to your tree.  You can also create your own by printing out silhouettes and hanging them with black string.

Somebody is Watching You

Want to add a creepy effect to your yard, save up some toilet paper rolls.  Cut out two holes in different shapes and sizes to create eyes.  Then just tape a glow stick to the inside of the rolls.  You can place them inside your bushes and watch them look out at you all night.

Cutie Pumpkins

Get some tarra cotta pots, these pots are already orange which makes it simple and fast to create this decoration.  These pots usually have a hole at the bottom so flip your pot over, and stick a small twig in the hole to create the stem.  Now just use paint or a black sharpie and draw on the faces for your pumpkin.

Kiddie Treats

Get your kids involved with the decorating process.  Get some canvas and create cute pictures with your little monsters.  Create candy corn with their feet.  Paint white on the heel, orange in the middle of the foot, and white at the toes.  Press their feet to the canvas and ta-da, candy corn pictures!  These are great little gift ideas for grandparents too.  You can paint the feet all white for ghosts, or make spiders with their hands.

Hanging Ghosts

Decorating this is simple and cost efficient.  You need styrofoam balls, cheesecloth, black craft paint, string and eye screws.  Paint black eyes on the styrofoam and then cover with cheesecloth.  Add an eye screw to the top so that you can string and hang your ghosts.

Decorating can be fun for the whole family.  So get your creepy creativity flowing.  Happy haunting!

This black spider stationery will compliment your decorations perfectly!

Healthy Snack Ideas For A Children’s Halloween Party

Healthy Snacks

It’s that time of the year again when you must start planning your Halloween party ideas for your children’s home or school parties. Halloween is all about the candy, but these days parents and schools want to limit the amount that are giving out to the kids. Some schools will not allow any snacks if the first ingredient listed is sugar. These days it is all about promoting healthy snacks at home and in schools. Here is a few Halloween healthy snack ideas, that are not only healthy, but cute as well.

Peanut Butter Banana Caterpillar

Carefully cut the the banana in half length-wise and spread the peanut butter between each slice. Using pretzel sticks, break each stick in half and stick it into each banana slice for legs. Use chocolate chips for eyes (mini ones work best) and sprinkle with coconut, if you like. This can be done by the party host prior to start of the party or can also make a great Halloween party craft for the kids, as well.

Jack O’Lantern Fruit Cup

Nothing complicated involved in this. Purchase the packaged fruit cups in either peaches or oranges. Using a Sharpie marker draw a jack o’lantern face on the plastic seal.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every kid loves homemade chocolate chip cookies. How about making these popular cookies a healthier way with whole wheat flour and a little pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice added.

Banana Ghosts

This is a very easy snack to assemble. All you really have to do is take a banana and cut it in half. Place a lollipop stick through the bottom half of it. Mini chocolate chips can be used for the eyes and mouth.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Consider saving the pumpkin seeds from your jack o’lantern and roast them for the kids to have a healthy snack on during the party. These are much healthier alternative to potato chips. They can be lightly salted or even sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. This way you can control the amount of salt and sugar the kids are taken in.

 

I hope you enjoy these fun, easy, Halloween healthy snack ideas. These provide a great healthy start to Halloween and give them the necessary energy to get through a night of trick-or-treating. These flat cards are the perfect way to keep track of these healthy snack ideas! Click here for more designs at Amy Adele!

Healthy Snacks
This recipe card is great for keeping track of your favorite healthy snack ideas!

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!!