Halloween and Trick or Treating might have been ambushed by COVID-19, but you can still throw your own Halloween Party at home. Here are some ideas to make it sweet, spooky and something to remember!
Create your own spooky decorations!
Give your party a spooky theme and design some scary bunting. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild, with pictures of ghosts, pumpkins and spiders! There is a great free bunting template which you can download here. Grab your paints, crayons, pens and crafting materials and get busy! Once the designs are complete, simply cut the flags and attach together with ribbon or string!
Design your own Halloween party mask and have a competition for the best design!
This one will have to be done in advance, but will be lots of fun.
Grab some old newspaper, PVA glue, some balloons and some paint and create your own party mask from Papier-mache!!
Blow up the balloons to slightly bigger than head size
Cover the side of the balloon in the newspaper and PVA glue. Add 2 -3 layers. This will take around 2 days to dry.
Once the mask is dry pop the balloon or remove it from the cling film.
Paint your mask or you could use crepe paper or wrapping paper to cover it
Make a spooky party tea
Think spider web buns, zombie finger hot dogs and ghost-shaped biscuits! The Mini-Mumblers loved decorating buns for Halloween last year!
Mummy Hot Dogs Give your hot dogs or sausage rolls a spooktacular twist. A spider web of mustard and ketchup makes for one spooky sauce!
Strawberry Ghosts Dip some strawberries in white chocolate, then give them chocolate chip eyes and a mouth .
Rice Krispie Bun Eyeballs Simply mould your Rice Krispie treats into a ball shape and cut out a spooky eye shape from ready-rolled icing.
Fancy Dress Theme
We all know how kids love to dress up, but at Halloween, it’s a must! Grab costumes, face paints and accessories and create some spooky kids!
Make a Spooky Pinata
How To Make a Balloon Papier Mache Ghost Piñata
This ghost pinata is a perfect size—not too big, not too small, and you can adjust the size depending on how big you blow your balloon. Papier mache piñatas are the most traditional (and the messiest!) but they’re a great pre-party craft activity.
Papier mache is pretty easy, and you probably already have most of the supplies! A papier mache piñata can be completed in five easy steps.
Step 1 – Mix one part water with one part flour to create a paste.
Step 2 – Blow up a balloon and cut newspaper into strips.
Step 3 – Dip a newspaper strip into paste. Squeeze off the excess paste. Apply to balloon.
Step 4 – Repeat Step 3, layering newspaper on until the balloon is covered three to four layers deep. Leave an opening at the top for candy.
Step 5 – Let dry for at least 24 hours. Then pop the balloon and decorate! Use white crepe paper to cover the balloon and leave ends trailing off to create the ghost look. Add googly eyes and a spooky mouth and fill with treats!
Put a spin on the traditional party games with these 5 fun ideas!
Pin the mouth on the pumpkin!
Pass the parcel – maybe include a spooky prize!
Apple bobbing – normally one for Halloween and Bonfire night, you could give it a spookier twist by colouring spaghetti with red food colouring and getting the kids to bob for apples in a bowl of “worms”
The Spider Says… a Halloween-themed take on Simon says
Zombie Statues – like Musical Statues, but instead of freezing when the music stops, the kids do their best zombie impressions
Get the kids’ friends involved
Take some of the above ideas and enjoy a
Zoom apple bobbing contest
Zoom Halloween mask competition
Zoom Halloween disco
Halloween movie watch-along with friends
A spooky story writing competition – the kids can enjoy telling their spooky stories to their friends over zoom!