Saturday, July 16, 2011

Halloween Party Ideas For Small Children

Halloween is a fun time for people of all ages. Unfortunately, we have to worry about keeping our kids safe. Some people live in a large neighborhood and let their children trick or treat, but some people do not feel comfortable letting their children get candy from strangers.

If you are one of these people consider having a Halloween Party for your child. Be sure to have all supplies before the party. Make a list so you do not forget anything. Children love prizes, so have plenty on hand.

A few game ideas:

Pass the Pumpkin- While playing scary Halloween music, the children will sit in a circle passing a small pumpkin around the circle. When the music stops the child holding the pumpkin is out of the game. You keep playing until only one child is left.

Pin the tail on the Witch - This is played the same as Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Instead of a donkey have a picture of a witch and let the children pin a tail on her nose. This can also be played with a pumpkin, black cat or vampire.

Pumpkin Toss Game - Have a carved out pumpkin. Have the children line up and toss 3 pieces of candy corn (one at the time) in the pumpkin. Have small prizes to give the children when they hit the pumpkin all 3 times.

Pumpkin Hunt - Similar to an Easter Egg Hunt, hide small plastic pumpkins with prizes inside. The .25-.50 prizes in gumball machines are perfect.
Halloween Masks - Make Halloween Masks out of paper plates. Let the childs' imagination flow freely. Use yarn string on each side to tie the mask on the child.

Play music such as the 'Monster Mash' and let the children dance.

Pumpkin Bowling - This is best played outside on a sunny Fall afternoon. Set up 10 plastic bottles full of water. Have the children roll a pumpkin and see how many bottles fall over. Each child will have 2 tries. The child knocking over the most bottles wins a prize. This game is good for small and older children. The size of the bottles and pumpkin depend on the age of the children.

Pumpkin Decorating - Let each child decorate a pumpkin. Whether you let the child carve the pumpkin depends on the childs' age. For small children give them some paint and let them paint scary faces on the pumpkins. Let everyone show their pumpkin. Note: This can be a little messy. Have lots of paper towels.

Halloween Coloring - Find some Halloween coloring books. Give each child a page from the book and let them color the picture.

Go Fish - Set up a fishing booth. You can do this by pinning a sheet in a doorway. Let each child have a small fishing rod and let them fish over the sheet. Have someone on the other side tie a small prize on the fishing rod. Children love to get prizes.
This is just a few Halloween games you can play. There are many variations of these games, just let your imagination run free. The main thing is have a great time and stay safe.

Ashley Maloy enjoys watching children have fun on Halloween. It is a time for young and old to dress as their favorite character and have a good time. One of her favorite children's costumes is the Star Wars Yoda Toddler Costume. Watch for more articles on Halloween and your favorite Star Wars Halloween Costume

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