Well, here it is ~ the night before the big night! My boys are itching to put on those Ninja costumes tomorrow and show off their “moves”. We have decided to go to a small block party at our friends house. It is a small neighborhood of maybe 20 or so houses…so we will be entertaining the kids with games, hayrides and dancing more than trick or treating. I think it is going to be a blast!
We have a certain area in our little town that gets a lot more “trick or treaters” than the average neighborhood. The police block off the roads and the crowds are worse than Mardi Gras! With a 6 & 3 year old, there is no way I would take a chance of bringing my boys there, I am way too nervous!
Here are a few last minute party ideas if you find yourself aroung a group of little ones!
- Build A Scarecrow
Form groups and have a variety of old clothes, pillowcases for heads, markers and newspaper. Groups have 20 minutes to create. Give prizes to the scariest or funniest.
- Guess The Ghost
Have one child leave the room. Then take a large sheet and have a different (child) stand and hide under the sheet. Mix up the remaining children in the room and then allow the child who left the room to come back inside. That child has to guess who’s the ghost, by process of elimination they need to figure out which child is hiding under the sheet. Then that “Ghost” goes out of the room and a different child becomes the new ghost, mix up the remaining children and repeat until all of the children have had a turn being the ghost.
- The Grave Keeper
The last person left wins the game!
Choose one person to be the grave keeper. The grave keeper closes his/her eyes and counts to ten while everyone else gets into a good frozen position and stands very still. The grave keeper then walks around looking for anyone who moves. If the grave keeper catches you moving (breathing doesn’t count), you are out. You can move positions when the gravekeeper’s back is turned but don’t get caught moving. The last person left is the winner and can be the new grave keeper when you play another round. Turn the lights down a little and play scary Halloween and graveyard music to really spook it up!
Decide how many teams you will make based on the number of children. Have enough stickers for the team members to have one each of the same sticker. Choose a child to be in the center of the circle of children. Divide the rest of the children into teams of ghosts, for example Red Ghosts, Blue Ghosts. Place the pumpkin in the middle of the circle and blindfold the Ghostcatcher. Ghosts crawl around the circle on their knees and try to sneak to the middle to put their stickers on the pumpkin. If the Ghostcatcher hears a sound, he points in that direction and says, ‘Ghost!’ If the Ghostcatcher catches a Ghost before he places his sticker, that child must start over again.
Secretly ~ I enjoy Halloween as much as my boys. I am going to be the classic, yet easy to pull together “witch”. Have fun tomorrow and hopefully this will not be one of the nights your kids tell you they are bored!