Here are a few more Halloween designs, as well as some party ideas…
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Standard cupcakes can have orange and black frosting…
Mummy Wrap: Form teams of 3 to 5 children each. Each team picks a person to wrap, and the other children are each given a roll of toilet paper. The children wrapping must wrap up the person completely, starting at the head, then run over to the finish line and call their Mummy over. Plenty of laughs when as the children watch the Mummies who can neither see nor walk easily if their legs have been wrapped together! All members of the winning team get a prize, as do all children who agreed to be wrapped as mummies.
Pass the Bat: Use a toy bat (or toy pumpkin, skull, or other Halloween-related item), and with the children in a circle, have them pass the bat around the circle while music plays. Whoever is left with the bat when the music stops must leave the circle, and the person left at the end wins a prize. You can give children a small piece of candy as they get out as well.
Bob for Apples: The classic Halloween game. Place apples in a large bucket or tub of water (be sure to use potable water for this!), and have children take turns bobbing for apples, with their hands tied behind their backs. Time how long it takes each child to get a bite of an apple (giving the apple they manage to get a bite out of!), and the fastest wins a prize. Have plenty of towels available for kids who get wet! For those who don’t want to get wet, you can extend a rope between two points, and use string to hang apples from the rope at the children’s height. Tie the children’s hands behind their backs, shout “GO!” and have the children try to bite the apples – the apples swing around and are hard to catch. The first child to bite an apple gets a prize. If you have children of different ages, do this in groups based on age.
Body Parts: Prepare paper bags with food items to represent body parts (see list below), and staple the bag closed except for a spot to reach in. Ask one adult for each bag to stand in a line, each holding one of the bags. Place a large label on each bag, so the kids know they are about to touch body parts. Have the children stand in line and announce that they are about to feel body parts – you can read the phrases below as you announce what is in each bag. Have the children then walk one by one down the line and feel inside each bag. (No peeking!) Have paper towels available for each player to wipe their hands off. After all the children have reached into each bag, have them guess what is really inside – when they get it right, have the adult pull out the contents. Give a prize to all the children brave enough to stick their hands in! It is not necessary to do all the body parts if you do not want to, but the more you do, the more thrills you will get!
•Here is his brain, which now feels no pain.
use a peeled squishy tomato or gelatin turned out of a bumpy mold
•Here are his eyes, still frozen with surprise.
use two frozen, peeled grapes or black olives
•Here is his heart. Be careful lest it start!
use a large lump of uncooked liver or similar meat
•Now we have his hair, which once was so fair!
use a handful of corn silk or wet fur or yarn
•And then there’s his skin, all peeled and broken.
use an oiled tortilla
•Feel these drops of his blood. All the rest turned to mud.
use a little catsup thinned with warm water
•One hand all alone, just rotting flesh and bone.
use a wet latex glove filled with red gelatin
•Now touch his ear. He nevermore will hear!
use a dried apricot or similar dried fruit
•This is his nose. T’will never smell a rose.
use the end of a pickle, a hot dog or a soft chicken bone or gristle
•And from just underneath, you’ll find his teeth.
use unpopped popcorn
•His fingers and toes, no longer will grow.
use hot dogs, cut in half with almond slivers tucked into the ends for fingernails
•He died with groans and moans, here are his rotten bones.
use carrot sticks – peeled baby carrot sticks that are a little old have a good slime on them
•These worms are all that’s left to feel. For them Hal O. Ween was a lovely meal!
use cold, wet spaghetti
More Ideas: Play “Pin the Tail on the Cat”; have certificates for best, funniest and scariest costumes, put candy, nuts and popcorn in jars with labels that say things like “rancid sweets”, “eye of newt” and “bat poop”; make a “cauldron” for the prizes, and have children choose the prizes from there. In addition to Halloween items, glow sticks can make a fun prize for an evening party.