We have some hauntingly good ideas that we shared with CTV Morning Live
SET UP A FOR HOWLING GOOD TIME
Get your kids involved in the decorating with a few of these easy tips and crafts
- Use a big roll of caution tape to criss- cross across doors that are off limits.
- Make signs that warn Beware or Haunted
- Cut monster footprints from cardboard and have them lead from party room to party room. You can even make a path to the bathroom.
- Make ghoulish centerpieces and ornaments from salt dough. SALT DOUGH: Easy to roll out dough and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Salt dough crafts will air dry in a day or two. If you need immediate results, bake them in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit until they harden. Easy recipe : 2 cups all purpose flour/ 2 cups of salt/ 1 cup of water. Mix with your hands until moist and smooth.
- Go through your recycling bin and pull out different shaped bottles. Fill them with water and food colouring to create apothecaries of poison mixtures.
- Wrap recycled containers with Halloween themed paper or use felt to create some monster faces. Use them as a treat buckets for your popcorn and pretzel-type snacks.
- Make haunting luminaries. Wrap clear glasses or vases in orange tissue paper. Cut out shapes or find other décor items to make a jack-o-lantern faces. These can be used indoors or out. Another great idea for luminaries is to drarw or colour shapes and faces on brown paper bags . Older kids can cut designs into the bags. Fill the bags a third full with sand. Add a tea light and line your walkway or porch.
- Use leaves. Take old clothes and stuff them with leaves. Scatter them on the lawn with heads or leave them headless.
- Eyes are on you. Use plastic foam balls. Cut them in half and paint black pupils.
- Make a craft box available to your little party goers. You never know what spooky creativity will arise. Your box could include: plastic spiders, stickers, stamps, googly eyes, pom poms, ribbon, pipe cleaners, cookie cutters to trace, different coloured felt and construction paper, scissors, markers, glitter glue or feathers.
Play Goulish Games
- Bouncy Balls. We like to use ping pong balls – You can draw on the veiny eyes.
- Bukets or bowls
- Eye of a newt – dried bean
- Bat hair – dryer lint
- Snake teeth – grains of white rice
- Mouse kidney –kidney bean
- Owl feather- colourful craft feather
- Dusty corpse – baking soda in a small plastic bag
Grab the Ghost
Large paper cirlce
- Before the party, make ghosts by draping a piece of paper towel around a small ball, such as a Superball (or in a pinch, a wadded-up paper towel). Cinch the towel around the ball and secure with one end of a 2-foot length of yarn.
- Have guests draw a face on their ghosts with markers.
- At the start of the game, each player is given ten pennies. Choose one person to be the goblin. The other players lay their ghosts on the large paper circle and hold on to the yarn leash. The goblin holds the funnel, upside down, at least 2 feet above the circle.
- The goblin chooses two numbers on a die, announces them to the group, then rolls. If either of the chosen numbers appears, the players try to pull their ghosts out of the circle before the goblin can slam the funnel down over them. If a player is caught, he must give the goblin a penny. If the chosen numbers do not appear, but the players panic and yank their ghosts out of the circle anyway, it’s another penny to the goblin. The goblin, for his part, is allowed to fake a funnel slam, but if he touches any ghost, he must shell out a penny to each player. After three rolls of the die, the next player takes over as goblin. Play is over when one player runs out of pennies. The player with the most coins wins.
Ghost Story Starters
Grab a flashlight and put a sheet over top of you and start your Ghost Story. Here are a few propmpt starters if you need one:
1. One dark, stormy Halloween night, I…
2. I didn’t believe in ghosts until…
3. The old, abandoned house was covered with…
4. I jumped up from bed when I heard a loud…
5. I didn’t think the house was actually haunted until…
6. When the black cat crossed my path I…
7. I could no longer ignore the strange sound coming from under my bed, so I…
8. The monster that lives in my closet is very…
9. When the jack-o-lantern started talking to me I…
10. The spider dropped done onto my shoulder and then…
Here are some other hauntingly fun games
- Monster freeze dance
- Guess how many worms or candies are in the jar.
- Pumpkin pass along (use little gourds)
- Pin the witch on the broom (pin up broom, cut out witch, tape or thumb tacks)
- Cotton ball relay- (cotton balls – use orange or black, large spoons and two plastic pumpkins)
- Doughnuts on a string or bobbing for apples (apples or doughnuts with sprinkles tied to the end of a string and hung from the ceiling)
- The Dead Man’s Brains (instructions and supplies here)
- ‘Boo am I’ (spooky characters for charades writing on small slips of paper, blown up balloons to put the pieces of paper in)
- How many words can you get out of F R A N K E N S T E I N or H A L L O W E E N
- Musical Pumpkins
- Use a recyclable paper bag or goodie bag
- Fill your Goodie Bags with treats
- Write Two letters stating that “you’ve been ghosted (or boo’d)” with simple how-to instructions to carry on the tradition.
- After you have assembled your treat bags,and letters, you should deliver them after dark to your target your friends and family by dropping one on each porch, ringing the doorbell, and running. You should remain anonymous, so don’t get caught. If you’re a child, it’s important to be safe and take an adult with you.
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