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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations. Whether you’re planning for a bunch of trick-or-treaters or you’re hosting a party, you can make this an exciting event. Let your kids help by deciding where things should go or helping to hang up your Halloween party decorations. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your home spooky and festive. Set an affordable budget, and use any leftover decorations you have on hand from last year. Stop by the discount store to supplement for the remaining party supplies. Try some of these ideas to liven up your home.
If you’re having a Halloween party, you’ll need some orange, black and white streamers and balloons to make the atmosphere more festive. Use party decorations on your front door and for the main room. Pull out a white sheet and find something tall to help you make a spooky ghost – from a mop to a barstool.
Have fun with lighting for Halloween. Use decorative pumpkins that glow with LED lights, or carve and create a traditional jack o’lantern. You can also hang up paper lanterns on your patio if the weather’s nice. For an indoor party, switch out a couple of your regular light bulbs for black lights. Use white streamers nearby so they’ll stand out in a spooky way.
Some of the best costumes are the ones you make at home. Rummage through your closets for some basics, then pick up inexpensive accessories at the discount store. You can come up with some fun ideas and put a modern twist on pirates, fairies, princesses and ninjas. It’s a great way to help your kids use their creativity and develop their imaginations.
Looking for some different ideas for Halloween party games? Keep with the theme of black, white and orange to fit your theme. Here are three ideas to get you started.
What You Need:
- 12+ drinking glasses or vases at least 7 inches tall
- Roll of crepe paper
- Tissue paper or candy
- Clear tape
- 12-inch round balloons
- Drinking straw for each player
- Stop watch
Build a maze on a relatively flat surface using crepe paper streamers taped to drinking glasses or vases filled with colorful tissue paper or candy. Set the glasses several inches apart in two rows. Space the rows about 18 inches apart. Make sure there’s enough room for a balloon to fit down the space in the middle. Use a line of crepe paper streamers taped at the bottom and at the top of each glass to create the boundaries on either side. Create curves and angles by moving the glasses to create a challenging maze. Give each player a straw to blow the balloon through the maze. Time each player. The fastest one wins.
Perfect Pumpkin Decorating Contest
- Small Styrofoam pumpkins
- Pumpkin carving utensils or markers
- Fabric scraps or construction paper for decoration
Prepare an area where it’s all right if things get a bit messy. You can cover a table with a plastic tablecloth for easy clean-up. If your little ones aren’t ready for carving, decorating with dark markers can be just as much fun. It’s always a good idea to provide an example, and remember that some kids might need help at least getting started.
Fill up a clear jar with candy corn. Decorate the jar with stickers to make it a little tougher, and be sure to put the lid on tightly. Let your Halloween party guests guess how many pieces are inside. The winner gets the jar.
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