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How to come up with Halloween game ideas?

Throwing parties for kids, Halloween or not, nothing is more vital than having a bunch of activities and games planned. Unlike adults, kids will not be happy with just food and small talk - you have to give them something to do.

But how do you come up with Halloween game ideas for you party?

And you need to plan a reasonable number of them, because kids are easily bored. Keeping in mind that Halloween happens in the Fall and you never know, remember to have most of them being indoor or a llight rain may ruin the party.

The first activities you want to plan for are the classics. I?m old fashioned and in my opinion no Halloween party is complete without a scary story and trick-or-treating. Watching horror movies may be a substitute for older kids, or visiting haunted places, carving jack-o?-lanterns, and, if you have the place, a bonfire. Halloween just isn?t Halloween without some, or all, of these.

Another classic is the party prank. Be careful though - adolescents will find this lame. But if you are planning a party for younger kids (not too young though) plan a prank sometime in the party to get them scared.

How about some fresh ideas? How do you come up with new games to play on Halloween?

The key for coming up with new game ideas for Halloween or other themed parties is taking the old children games and add them a twist to make them fit the theme. You can do this by changing the decoration, the pace, adding scenes from movies, adding music, or any twist you can come up with.

I will give you an example to get your imagination going.

Take an obstacle course game. In a traditional obstacle course you throw in some obstacles and have the kids run around (or over or under) them. You need a large space, and these games always work best if you arrange the obstacles as a labyrinth and play music in the background. A treasure at the end is also a good idea, for the first kid to get there to feast on, as well as some puzzles along the way for the smart but slow kid to get an opportunity.

So now let?s turn this into a Halloween game. What if the obstacles are coffins which they have to go around, witches? broomsticks to jump over, a small haunted tunnel with bats to crawl through... Take inspiration from horror movies - you can include mummies, zombies, tombs, toy knives. The music in the background should be spooky, maybe with a few screams every now and then, and a good treasure would be hidden inside a coffin at the end, filled with pumpkin treats, apples, or dark red candy.

What games can you come up with using this strategy? Think about how you can take hide-and-seek, treasure hunts, musical chairs, karaoke, or races and turn them into complete Halloween activities - you?ll even have fun in the process.

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Halloween Classic Games

The true origin of Halloween is unknown. Some people say it comes from the Roman feast to the death, Parentalia, others that it derives from the Celtic festival Samhain, a harvest festival. The only thing we know for sure, is that the name comes from All Hallows Evening and that it?s most important symbol, the pumpkin, was really a turnip at the beginning.

Halloween?s rich history is reflected in many of the games and activities we now consider classics. These are things every Halloween party must have, so you better plan for them.

Trick-or-Treating. Outside of the English-speaking countries this is what Halloween is know for. It is a game kids love, just remember to assign an adult to take them trick-or-treating because kids, candy, and dark and busy roads are not a good combination.

Jack-o?-Lanterns. Whether you are carving these for decoration days ahead or as an activity on the day of the party, jack-o?-lanterns are the classic symbol of Halloween. And if you are curious about that turnip thing, it turns out that jack-o?-lanterns were turnips carved to remember the souls in purgatory which became pumpkins in America where the orange fruit is native from and turnips were rarer.

Costume parties. Remember that these are not just for kids! Although in theory you can impose a sub theme such as witches or zombies, this is the only time of the year adults are allowed to live their fantasies, so most parties don?t have a theme. You have to pick your poison when throwing yours.

Apple bobbing. I also think this is not just for children, even if Wikipedia disagrees. Plus, bobbing for apples is much healthier than trick-or-treating, although I guess the latter could count as exercise.

Loving the scary. The imagery of Halloween revolves around death, evil, and the occult, and horror combines all these. The classic is scary stories, but a modern alternative would be watching horror movies, and visiting haunted attractions or horror theme parks.

The Prank. The prank is the high point of any Halloween. Some people plan pranks for their co-workers, their family, and their friends, others just get them together on a party and plan a huge prank. Halloween is like an improved April?s Day where you can go all out. Take advantage of that.

Bonfire. Back in the old days, bonfires were all the rage in Europe. They were used for purification rituals (by jumping over the fire you were burning negativity), fertility (by removing impurities you were open for procreation), death (you are jumping over a barrier, crossing the line to the other side), and whatnot. Whether or not they still have all those powers, they undoubtedly have the power of being hilarious, so if you have a yard where you can light a bonfire don?t think twice.

The Fun. OK, this may be obvious, but don?t forget to have fun. I know a lot of stress bees who never rest, not even on Halloween or Christmas. Come on - life is not just about being serious and working, it is also about fun and enjoyment. I?m sure you can stop even for a few minutes to relax and do a prank or two!

Safety. This is the last on my list, but only because people tend to jump to the end. Security should be your first priority - fireworks, kids high on candy, adults high on god knows what, pranks, bonfires... They can all be a disaster waiting to happen if you are not careful. So don?t ruin Halloween - make safety your number one priority.

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Decorating Your Halloween Party on a Budget

Halloween is about being scared. But what makes something scary? Gore is not the answer, mystery and hinting are.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat, said Edgar Allan Poe, and in this article I will give you some ideas to decorate your Halloween house as mysterious as the proverbial witch?s cat.

Now, I?m not saying there isn?t a place for over decorating with pumpkins, broomsticks, witch hats, skeletons and skulls, coffins, tombstones, blood, black cats, ghosts, knives and power-tools, and whatnot. There is, and houses decorated like that can look amazing.

But what if your budget doesn?t allow you to go all out? It is possible to create a great Halloween party decor with very little money by using mystery.

The secret is choosing a sub-theme, picking one or two centerpieces for your decoration and then use little hints spread all over the house. Lets go through each step.

First, choosing a sub-theme. A sub-theme is a theme within a theme. The theme of Halloween is horror and ghost stories. Within that theme there are many sub-themes, here are some to give you ideas: witches, zombies, ghosts, wacky Halloween, magical Halloween (think Harry Potter), beasts and monsters, mummies, haunted mansion, bat cave, mad scientist, movie classics...

The reason you should pick a sub-theme when you are on a budget is that there are only two looks that work: a mixed Halloween theme with lots of decoration, or focusing on a particular sub-theme and using little decoration. If you choose more than one sub-theme and then only have three or four decoration pieces it will look like crap, pardon the honesty.

Now that you have a smaller theme, you also have fewer decorations to pick from. Choose one or two major decoration centerpieces. For example, if you picked a witches? theme, good pieces would be a witch, a big broomstick, or a cauldron; for the magical Halloween theme a glowing crystal ball, rotating disco or star lights, or a large quartz would be excellent.

Center pieces should be big and three dimensional (no posters please), or, alternatively, create an ambiance, like in the example of lights.

Now its time to spend the remaining budget on small details that fit the theme. The key here is sticking to your sub-theme - although eye-ball treats look great for the wacky Halloween or mad scientist themes they will clash with the magical Halloween or ghosts themes. You will be able to find details to suit any theme, from spoons shaped like fingers to cauldrons to use as salad or dip bowls.

Another inexpensive tip that really adds a punch is a soundtrack. Get some music that suits your theme (it may not be spooky!) and play it on the background. The key here is not to set it too loud, so people can talk normally.

Remember that you don?t need a big budget to create a great Halloween party. All you need is your imagination and, as Edgar Allan Poe puts it, the mystery of a cat.

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Halloween Party Ideas Block Party

As summer begins to slip away into autumn many of America?s neighborhoods are beginning to realize that the summer block party that has been rescheduled twice already is just not going to happen before schools starts. Are they canceling the chance for neighbors to build new friendships and strengthen their own community? No way! America is turning the summer block party into a Halloween block party.

Halloween block parties are becoming a tradition in many American towns and cities. The summer months can be difficult to plan activities with larger numbers of people; with summer vacations and activities getting in the way. Many communities are taking the approach of relaxing over the summer and planning that neighborhood party around Halloween.

There are a variety of themes for a Halloween block party. Get together with your neighbors and find one that suits your own community. It is a good idea to keep all ages groups in mind while picking a theme. Also realize that some neighbors may be more likely to participate in a Harvest type party rather than a Halloween party for religious beliefs. Sometimes it is all in the wording. So try not to leave anyone out while planning your block party. Below are some ideas that have worked well for many communities across America.

Trunk or Treat

For communities that really don?t have blocks but acres in between them trunk or treat is a fabulous idea. First of all, the community agrees upon a place and time to meet. Usually this occurs in a parking lot, a park or a school yard - this really depends on what your community has available. Each family decorates their vehicle and passes out goodies and candy from the trunk of their car. Most parties include costumes and games.

Haunted House

The haunted house theme is great for a community that loves to get involved and have some fun with their homes. Besides decorating their yards, porches and houses many families incorporate Halloween music and scary lighting such as strobe lights or colored lights. Another fun option is a fog machine. Some homes have included a warning on the lawn so that little ones do not get too scared. At the end of the night it is fun to have a vote and prizes for the scariest, grossest or even the most beautiful haunted house.

Halloween garage Party

Why not keep the party at one location. It may be easier for your neighborhood to stay at one location if there are many elderly or small children. If that is the case then don?t give up on celebrating. Use the garage of one neighborhood home and have everybody participate by donating or loaning Halloween decorations. Decorating the garage and getting it ready for the party is a great way for older children and teens to get to know each other. Adults can participate by bringing food for a potluck. Halloween is a great time to have a chili cooking contest or a corn bread bake off. Add some scary music and lighting and along with a few games and prizes and you have just started a neighborhood tradition for years to come.

Whether you live in the country, city or by the sea pick one of the themes we have shared or find a theme that fits perfect for your neighborhood community. You can never go wrong by striking up new friendships and rekindling the old ones. Happy Halloween America!

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Halloween Party Invitations

The stage for every party is set the exact minute each guest receives their invitation. And a Halloween party is no exception. Your theme and the time and thought that you put into your invitation will definitely be noticed by your guests. A well planned and thought out Halloween Party Invitation will have your guests counting down the time until your party begins.

The first step in sending a spooktacular Halloween Party Invitation is to check out your guest list. Make an effort to have your invitations be appropriate for your guests. Take a hard look at your guest list. Who makes up the majority of this list?

Elder mature adults
All girls
All boys
Boys and girls

There are countless ways to evaluate your guest list. The main point here is that you have honestly looked at it your guest list and made the decision that these are the people that will enjoy the type of Halloween party that you are hosting. For example, a Horror Film themed party with movies and scary food and costumes will not be appropriate for a children?s party. In the same sense, a children?s cartoon theme will not draw many party goers for those over the age of 5. Match your invitation to your guest list and count the yes RSVP?s as they come in.

Once the guest list has been defined you are ready to decide on a theme. Remember that your invitation will be your guests? first peak into your party and should reflect your theme appropriately. Take some time and brainstorm a theme that will work well for the guest list that you have created. If you are having trouble with creativity, get ideas flowing from books, magazines or the internet. There are literally thousands of ideas out there. Pick a theme you can have fun with and run it through your entire Halloween party ? starting of course with your invitation.

Great job, your guest list has been defined and your Halloween theme has been carefully chosen. Now you will decide what format to send your Halloween party invitations in. Thanks to technology there are many different ways to send your Halloween party invitations to your guests. Traditional mail, email, and social networking sites to mention a few - You could even hand deliver your invitations in a costume. However involved you decide to be in the delivery of your Halloween party invitation, make sure that you are considering your guest list and choosing a delivery that each guest can easily receive.

The information to be included in your Halloween party invitation is the same if you are sending a hard copy Halloween party invitation or an electronic Halloween party invitation.

Your Halloween party invitation should include:

Date of the party including the year
Time of the party; start and ending
Party location ? including street address and city
Contact phone number or email for directions
Name of the host(s)/ or parent(s) giving the party
Type of food being served snacks/light appetizers, dinner, drinks
General theme of the party
Appropriate attire. Come in costume or no costume
Request to bring something: a pumpkin for a carving party
RSVP - Provide a specific contact number or email for guests to RSVP. Also include a date to RSVP by.

Clear communication is key when sending invitations of any kind. Your invitation is giving your guests a peak of what is to come. It should reflect your theme and mood you are intending for your party. If there are activities such as a costume party or a pumpkin carving contest make sure to include that information so that your guests can be prepared. Also include if you are providing snacks, drinks, dinner, or even just dessert for your guests. Be clear if you are expecting your guests to bring something like a pumpkin or a pot luck dish. Finally, ask guests to RSVP by a specific date. Usually ask at least one week before your party. This will help you plan for each guest and your party will run much smoother.

By following these simple steps to creating your Halloween party invitation you are on your way to a Spooktacular Halloween Party. Trick or Treat.

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