Caveat: None of these ideas are my own!
Halloween doesn’t have to be focused on candy. It can be focused on simple games and fun, creative costumes.
Last year, when I volunteered to help at my children’s Halloween party at school for Grades 1 to 3, I took pictures of the activities set up in the school gym for the mom running the party. When I found the pictures this fall while looking for Halloween ideas, I decided I had to share them.
All of these party games are cheap and easy to put together. Most families have the supplies at home, or you can pick them up at the Dollar Tree. For the school party, we had about 90 kids going to 10 stations around the gym. At least one mom was at each station, and one mom supervised one group. If you don’t have enough volunteers, keep the volunteer with the group because they can run each station for their own group.
Grab a small blow up baby pool, fill it with paper stuffing (found in the card/wrapping paper aisle), and hide plastic bones from 2 skeletons in the stuffing. Have 2 teams of kids work together to rebuild the skeletons.
Set up a maze with chairs and caution tape. It’s best to draw the maze on paper before the event to make setting up the chairs a snap. As the kids went through the maze, they picked up pieces to create a scary face.
Set up fog machines behind each small soccer net, and have the kids try to kick the “pumpkins” into the net.
Every single kid I know loves tattoos. Just make sure you use a spray bottle with a foam sponge attachment to prevent messes.
Using Halloween duct tape, create a tic tac toe square on the floor. Use flat pieces of cardboard to create the playing pieces. Foam board would work, too.
This is my favorite activity from the Halloween party. Get two sets of old clothes: long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Tie off the end of the sleeves and the jeans to prevent the “stuffing” from coming out of the body. We used blow up pumpkins for the heads. The kids fill the body with plastic grocery bags, and then sit the scarecrows on the chairs.