Family Time Calendar: Halloween Party!

Yes, the kids can be perfect little monsters -- and this is the time of year to let them be just that! So round up your favorite ghouls and boys for some old-fashioned, spooky fun!

What you'll need:

  • Halloween-themed invitations
  • Mini pumpkins (one for each guest)
  • Non-toxic paint markers
  • Spider ring toss game
  • Apples
  • Large plastic tub
  • Butterfly net
  • CD player
  • Chairs
  • CD with spooky music
  • Pumpkin-shaped pinata
  • Small candies to fill pi?ata


What you'll do:

Have fun of, course! Plan the party for two hours, with a half hour for painting mini pumpkins, 30 minutes for games (spider ring toss, fishing for apples, and spooky musical chairs) and 45 minutes for serving food and eating. Wrap up the party with some pumpkin smashing -- the pinata, of course!

Painting mini pumpkins: Cover the work surface with newspaper or a vinyl table cloth for easy clean up. Give each guest a mini pumpkin, and have each of them decorate their pumpkin using the paint markers.

Fishing for apples: Fill the large plastic tub with water, and float the apples on top. Have guests try to fish one out with the butterfly net. Older (8+) children can try to bob for apples the traditional way -- eyes closed, hands behind their backs, and using only their teeth to grab the apples.

Spooky musical chairs: Arrange chairs (one less than the number of players) in two lines, back to back. Have children march around the chairs as you play music from the spooky CD. When the music stops, everyone must try to grab a chair. The player left standing is "out." Remove one chair after each round. The player left in the last chair is the winner!

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