Last night we held a Halloween Family Night! We had about 40 people attend and all of the kids came in costume. (And of course, Miss Mollie and I were in costume as well – we were Minnie Mouse & Little Red Riding Hood.)
To begin the program, we had the children take a seat on the floor and, one at a time, stand up and tell us about their costume. If they didn’t want to say who they were dressed up as, we all guessed. I think they enjoyed getting to show off their costumes :)
Then we read Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex. I wanted a quick book with lots of actions that would keep the groups attention, and this one fit the bill.
Next, we lined up and went trick-or-treating in the library. Of course, we had to practice saying “trick-or-treat” very loudly first. We stopped at both service desks and took a group picture along the way. (We chose to give out stickers and spider rings instead of candy.)
Once trick-or-treating we finished, it was time to party! Mollie and I set up several different stations around the room so that everyone didn’t have to do the same thing at the same time.
Station #1: Crafts
For the craft we made very simple trick-or-treat bags. We set out brown paper sacks, Halloween foam stickers, and crayons. No mess. No glue. No cutting. And then the children had a sack to take their treats home in!
Station #2: Mystery Boxes
For this station, Mollie covered three boxes in Halloween paper and cut a hole in each one. Then she hot glued some felt over the opening so that the kids couldn’t peek at was really in the box. Box 1 was labeled “Eyeballs” and inside was a bowl of peeled grapes. Box 2 was labeled “Tongues” and inside was a bowl of dried apricots. Box 3 was labeled “Brains” and inside was a bowl of spaghetti noodles. We asked the kids to try to guess what was really in each box – and they loved it! (Having wet wipes out on the table was a must for wiping off sticky fingers.)
Station #3: Witch’s Hat Ring Toss Game
We stuffed a witches hat with newspapers and then tapes a piece of cardstock over the opening to keep the newspapers in. Mollie made “rings” by twisting two chenille sticks together.
Credit: A Girl and a Glue Gun
Station #4: Food
We served clementines, grapes, Halloween cookies, Halloween snack mix (recipe below), and Creepy Halloween punch (recipe below).
Halloween Snack Mix
1 bag pretzel sticks
1 bag corn chips
2 bags candy corn
1 bag candy pumpkins
1 bag fall colored M&M’s
Creepy Halloween Punch – Credit: 7 Layer Studio
1 can frozen lemonade (I used Minute Maid)
2 cans water
1 pkg black cherry Koolaid
1/2 c sugar
2-liter bottle of Ginger Ale
Lots of ice
Gummy worms to drape over the sides of the bowl
Floating eyeballs (these seriously make the punch cool!)