Halloween and Half Term – for lots of children they overlap which makes it an ideal time to get the kids cooking and making things ready for Halloween.
Most children love the thought of a party whether it is just with Mum and Dad or at their friend’s house. So using Halloween to make spooky sweets or scary cupcakes is a great way for the kids to be busy and having fun whatever your personal plans are in late October or early November.
Although there are lots of amazing Halloween goodies and costumes in the shops – it is so much more fun to make stuff – and of course with Halloween it really does not need to look pretty. In fact really it is a bit better if it doesn’t.
A simple sheet or plastic bin bag can be used as the basis for the most scariest Halloween outfits along with a few face-paints and a hat.
Halloween Games can also be a great theme for Half Term week . Why not try to have a game of pass the pumpkin, (like pass the parcel – but a lot simper and less messy). Great for making use of the pumpkin before you tackle it to create a lantern.
Alternatively draw eyes and nose on your pumpkin and play pin the nose on your pumpkin.
Have a Halloween Treasure Hunt or a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. It will keep the children happily occupied for hours.
For this all you need to do is buy or preferably get the kids to make some Halloween goodies. Hide these around the house or garden, very much like Easter Eggs and send the kids out to hunt for them. Keep a note of how many you hide – otherwise you and they will have no idea whether they have found all the hidden ghostly Halloween treasure.
If you don’t like the idea of hiding chocolates or food, hide little numbered Halloween notesor pictures round the house or garden. Then once they have found all the numbered notes they come and collect the ghostly Halloween booty from you.
Blind Mans Buff – an old favourite where one person is blindfolded and tries to catch someone while everyone else in the room haunts them. This is a good game to play with just family members; Mum or Dad being the one who is blindfolded.
Hunt the zombie – the same as hide and seek – but of course you are hunting a zombie. Face paints and the obligatory sheet are optional.
And remember even if your kids are busy attending Halloween parties, just a few minutes out of your busy schedule, playing Halloween games with your children will lead to a life time of memories for both you and them. Have a happy Halloween and start planning and plotting now.