We didn't really acknowledge or do anything with Halloween last year, but this year we're celebrating with our expat club with a Halloween party for the kids. My friend Farrah from The Three Under is the organizer for the party, and she's designated me as co-chair for the event. Which is today. So we'll be busy a bit later today.
It will be a good time, including some Halloween stories from Curious George and Arthur, games, crafts, and candy (of course). I'm in charge of the games, and I wanted to share my recent wave of genius. I went to the local grocery store, which often puts out the cardboard boxes for customers to take after stocking the shelves, and grabbed two cardboard boxes left over from the mandarin oranges. I used a utility knife to cut a large hole in each box for bag toss games, and then covered the box with colored computer paper to make the bag toss Halloween themed (those years of making classroom bulletin boards really paid off here). I went for silly monster and jack-o-lantern, but the possibilities are nearly endless. I was thinking about making a bat with an open mouth and wings hanging off, but I didn't have any black paper. Maybe next year.
|Halloween bag toss creatures - Jack-o-lantern and monster|
In a second wave of genius, I realized that these would also make great Halloween candy dispensers. Just putting candy in the bottom of the box and having trick-or-treaters stick their hands in to pick out a candy. If Halloween ends up taking off here, I've got this plan locked away for future use.
|Or a Halloween candy dispenser!|
If you need a last-minute Halloween game idea, or if you want to surprise your trick-or-treaters, give this a try. They were easy to do, they cost basically nothing but supplies I already had (or got for free), and it will be fun for the kids. So, voila!
Do you have fun tips for celebrating Halloween either at home or abroad?