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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 Gift Basket Ideas

This is How To Make A Halloween Gift Basket

Try this great Halloween idea for that special someone dressed in their funny Halloween costume this Halloween, give them a Halloween gift basket. You don’t have to be creative or even artistic to do this. All it takes is some knowledge about the person, or persons, you want to surprise in this way. The basket will contain items particular to their tastes, and they will love you for it.

A great idea is to create a special basket for a couple you may be close to. This one is especially nice if the couple either has no plans for Halloween, or they don’t have enough money to do anything special. You can provide them a very unique Halloween gift basket that will give them a lovely way to spend the evening. For this one, you will need a rather large basket. Start with the dinner. Choose food that you know they like. This can be either 2 nice steaks, bag of salad, and fixings for baked potatoes. Or it can be a gift certificate for pizza delivery. Use your own judgment. Add a six pack of soda, some Halloween cupcakes or cookies for dessert, a couple of scary movies that you know they want to see, and maybe some microwave popcorn to enjoy with the movie. This will be a much appreciated gift.

Another great fun Halloween gift basket idea is one for friend of yours who enjoys reading. Gather several scary paperback books, along with a small cozy stadium blanket, a beverage of choice, glass or cup, and, of course, Halloween munchies. These can include candy, along with some salted snack mix. This will provide a quiet and relaxing Halloween night. It might also provide a few delicious chills up the back.

Of course children also really enjoy gifts at Halloween even if they do get all that candy by trick or treating. It is for that reason that you may want to limit the candy in this particular Halloween gift basket. You will need to shop for age appropriate toys to include. These should also be run by the parents of the child before purchasing them to make sure your ideas are going to be alright with them.

And you don’t want to forget the older people in your life, such as parents and grandparents. They will enjoy receiving a gift basket, too. The items selected for these baskets will depend on any dietary or other restrictions. Again, shop with what you know about the person firmly planted in your mind. If you don’t have parents or grandparents of your own, try contacting a local home for the aged. A lot of the people there are also without family to treat them on special days. They would love to receive a Halloween gift basket.

The best thing to remember is that you are going to be putting smiles on faces with your thoughtfulness. You really do not need to spend a lot of money on your Halloween gift basket just be funny and creative - and remember your party costume!


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Halloween Lights to go with your Costumes

Just What Halloween Lights Should You Get?

Many of us choose to have Halloween lights for the celebration at this time of the year. They work well to show off your funny Halloween costume ideas. You can of course choose to buy your lights, however you can also just as easily make your own. These homemade lights are called luminaries. They can give a spooky and eerie shadow that just can not compare to string lights. Making these lights can become an annual family activity, and also help the entire neighborhood look more festive.

Lights can be made from many different types of material, but a lot of people choose tin cans as their base. For this project you will need tin cans, a hammer, nails, cookie cutters, paper, pencils or markers, tape, sand, and tea light candles. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, the fun of making your own Halloween lights can begin.

Make sure that all of the cans are clean. Wash and dry them thoroughly. You will begin by tracing the inside of the cookie cutters with the pencil. Place it on the paper to make a template. When you have all the pictures you want to use, you can proceed to the next step. Choose one of the templates and wrap it around a can, using tape to secure it in place. You need to be sure that the shape you traced is on the outside facing you. Punch holes around the shape on the paper by using the hammer and a nail.

You can choose to make a single design for all of the cans, such as a jack-o-lantern face, or use many different Halloween designs. It is totally up to you and your creativity. Whether you choose a uniform look or a mix and match appearance, the over all effect is amazing.

The next step in making these special Halloween lights is putting the sand in the bottom of each can. The reason for doing this is to ensure that the can does not tip over. Be careful not to cover the holes for your design. Set a tea light candle in the middle of each can on top of the sand. Now, you are ready to line your driveway, sidewalk, or the edge of your lawn with the cans.

At Halloween time, as soon as it starts to get dark, light all of your candles. This causes a rather spooky effect, and nearly everyone loves it. In fact, some of your neighbors may want to get together with you in making some lights for their own homes. This looks especially nice if your immediate neighbors also choose to make their own Halloween lights to set up. Anyone entering your street will be enchanted by the glow coming from all of these super Halloween lights. Your neighborhood could well become the talk of the town especially with everyone dressed in funny Halloween costumes too.


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Halloween Props – Magic Broomstick

How to make a Halloween Magic Broomstick

Many of us enjoy adding Halloween props to our parties, or just when decorating for this special occasion. These can be items such as skeletons, witches, ghosts, or any number of Halloween decorations. One prop that is quite a lot of fun is a Magic Broomstick. These can be incorporated into classroom or home craft activities for children, too. Anyone should be able to make these, and children love watching them come to life.

For each broom, you will need to gather 3 empty paper towel roll tubes, 2 small brown paper lunch bags, brown and yellow yarn, 1 sheet of construction paper, scissors, glue, stapler, paint, masking tape, markers, and a paint brush. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, you are ready to begin.

To start creating your own Halloween Props, paint the tubes whatever color you choose. Many people go with black for this. Cut a couple of strips from the construction paper measuring 6” long and 2” wide. When assembling the broom handle, put the tubes together using the masking tape to keep them connected together. Add a few drops of glue to the paper strips and wrap them around the tape, as you don’t want the tape to show.

To make the broom base of these Halloween props, cut the paper bag into a rectangle. This is done by cutting both sides and the bottom edge from the front of the bag. Cut 8 slits measuring 5” in the base. These serve as the broom bristles. Cover the bristles in glue and add 15 – 20 pieces of the 5” lengths of yarn.  Make sure that you lay the yarn so that the top lines up.

The brown yarn needs to be cut into 5 pieces and glued over the edge of the yellow pieces to look like a border. You can now cut the other paper bag the same way as the first one. This makes the other side of the broom bristles. Once this is done, staple the sides, but not the top, together.

Now, you are ready to add the handle between the bristles to complete the look of these Halloween props. Put the handle about an inch down, and staple the top together. Add a string tied into the shape of a bow around the top of the bristles where the handle comes together. Once the glue has completely dried, you have your very own Magic Broom.

Making several of these and using them to hang up in various parts of the party room will add a look of magic and fun to your gathering. You can bet lots of people will want to know how you made them, so be prepared to explain how you made your Halloween Magic Broomsticks.


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Halloween Invitations

Where Can You Find Halloween Invitations?

So you need to get out your Halloween invitations, because it is now the season for ghosts and goblins. We all know that Halloween parties are great fun. They are just as important as getting the decorations and the candy ready for the trick-or-treaters. Of course you want your Halloween party to be the best one in town. So, you have got all your Halloween decorations ready, the food and drinks, and, of course, chosen the right music. Now, all you have to do is invite people to come to your party.

Getting the guests to attend your party is where your Halloween invitations come in. Everyone needs to know your party is going to be happening. You need to make sure they know what time, and whether or not to dress up in a theme costume. You could spend hours on the phone trying to contact everyone, or you could send out a bunch of emails in this day and age. However, it’s much better to send out invitations instead. This makes it a bit more personalized. Seriously, who doesn’t like getting party invitations in the mail, or left for them at work?

Halloween invitations come in all shapes and sizes, from cute and cuddly to the more horror filled aspect. Whatever you decide to get, you need to keep in mind that your invitations should reflect the theme of your party. If your party is geared more for children, then you should find something that has cartoon monsters and playful ghosts to convey a message of fun with out the scare. However, if you are throwing an adult Halloween party, you can throw caution to the wind and get the scariest invitations you can find.

You might also keep in mind the type of party you are going to have. For instance, if it’s a “come as your favorite horror film character,” then try to find Halloween invitations that fit this theme. If it’s more like a fancy dress ball, you may want to use invitations that are more elegant and suited to that theme. Whatever choice you make for your party, remember to have the invitations match your unique decorations. This can be done through color or content.

You can find all of your Halloween invitations online, if you like. They are also available in the cards section of just about any major store or greeting card shop. However, with using the stores you are a bit limited to the selection you have. If you have the time and money to spare, it is possible to get a wonderful greeting card software program, and create your own invitations right on your computer. With these programs, you can add everything from pictures to text, and even choose how the cards themselves open. You can also be more creative with your paper selections, making these party invitations unique to you.


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Printable Halloween Stencils

You will probably want to decorate your home for the Halloween holiday. However you can keep things simple and cheap by using printable Halloween stencils. This gives you the ability to do more decorating with little expense, as well as using some of your creativity. Now that most of us have access to computers and printers, this is fun and easy.

You can find all the printable stencils for Halloween you could ever imagine online through a number of websites. They are all free and give you very clear instructions on how to use them. This allows you to print out multiple sets of stencils while bringing a whole new level to your decorating options. They can actually make you look like an artist.

Children of all ages will have fun printing out their stencils and making their Halloween decorations for the house. Allowing your children to participate in the Halloween decorating gives them a sense of personal achievement, and shows them that this is for them also. They love to be included in things such as decorating the house for holidays, and printable Halloween stencils gives them this opportunity to be creative little goblins.

You can use these stencils to make collages for the windows with washable paint. Having a moon and flying bats swarming around a witch flying on a broom stick will be loved by the entire neighborhood. The scene is only limited by your imagination and the time you spend looking for your stencils. When you do find them, you will be amazed at the variety of printable stencils that are available.

These easy, simple decorating tools will allow you to spend even more time getting your party theme together, and making sure you have enough candy for all those kids that will arrive on Halloween night. It must be said that printable Halloween stencils will save you loads of time and money in the long run. They can be used over and over again, year after year. This cuts down on having to buy cheaper decorations from major stores that never seem to make it through the night, let alone through to next year.

Now you have found your printable Halloween stencils, all you need to do is save them to your computer, print them out, and then cut out the image. Then it is just a matter of using them as a stencil and making memorable decorations. By the use of washable paints and markers you will probably find this the easiest way to utilize your stencils. However, you can also use them as cut outs to make fabric or cardboard decorations that your children can color or paint in the way they want to see them. Do let the children join in ansd let them have fun with decorating their own creations. This fun element is more imprtant than producing anything perfect. Just sit back and watch the smiles spread widely across their happy little faces as they create their own decorative Halloween pieces of art.


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Halloween Party Supplies

With the Halloween season now upon us and it is time to haul out those Halloween party supplies to make your haunted house come alive. With costumed little children rounding the corner, you want to make sure that your house stands out in their minds for years to come. Any one can put up some lights and a few fake spider webs, but you want that special quality, the one that the children see in the early evening light and think of scary stories. However, you definitely don’t want to give them bad dreams so be sure to keep it light and funfilled.  With the older kids and adults coming around late at night, or your party guests arriving after nightfall, you want the chill and thrills of a true haunted house. So, you will need to find the happy balance between these.

You need to get your Halloween party supplies together to fit in with your special party theme. You need more than just the everyday ones. You want those special ones. The ones that show you put a lot of thought into your party and into the decorations of your haunted house. One thing you should have a lot of is dry ice. This is easy to get if you can contact a grocery store, or ice plant, a week or two in advance. Set up a time to pick it up, and get quite a lot of it. It melts fast at room temperature, and even faster in water. You want it to last a decent amount of time.

Another of the Halloween party supplies you should get ahead of time is fake webbing. This can be found at almost any store that has Halloween decorations on display. They are reasonably cheap, and you need quite a lot to make it feel like an old abandoned house. You should also think about getting a fog machine and some fogger liquid, if you can't find any dry ice. Or get it along with the dry ice, and only put the dry ice in the punch bowl for added affect.

Food and treats should also be on your list of Halloween party supplies. Things like skinless grapes are always fun if you put them in a bowl with a cover and make your guests reach through this to get to them. This feels like reaching into a bowl of eyeballs. You can make what ever kind of punch you want. Color it with food coloring to make it green, and add some ice cream to give it a thicker consistency. Serve it as witches brew to your guests.

If you have a lot of party items and props make sure you make time to get it all set up and ready for the celebrations. Enlist the help of others in the family to share the fun of preparation and make sure your Halloween party supplies are set up just the way you would like to make your Halloween party fun and something to remember.


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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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