Make a monster
This is a good ice-breaker. Divide the guests into groups of about six or seven kids. Each group has 20 minutes to create a really fearsome monster from a
collection of odds and ends.? Give each team a large piece of card. For decoration, provide sheets of colored paper, magazines, fabric off-cuts, googly eyes, glue, markers, loo paper, bandages, wool and so on. When they are finished, you can award prizes for the funniest or scariest and hang them up as part of the decoration.
Create spiders and ghosts to hang in the trees and send the children out into the twilight to find them. For ghosts, cover lollipops with white tissue paper and draw on the eyes and mouth . Use black tissue over lollipops to create spiders, with pipe cleaners for legs.
Pass the apple
Line up kids in two teams, close together, hands behind their backs. The apple is held under the chin, and passed to the next person in the team. If you drop the apple, your team starts again, and the first team to complete the line wins.
Bite the doughnut
Glaze shop-bought doughnuts with orange icing and hang them from a tree or horizontal pole. The challenge is to eat them while keeping your hands behind
Trick or treat
On 20 pieces of paper, write "trick" or "treat" (there should be mostly tricks and just one or two treats). On the back of the trick papers, write a silly thing to do - roar like a monster, cackle like a witch, walk like Frankenstein's monster, name three things you'd put in a?witches' brew.
Put all the papers into a witch hat and pass it round the children, who should be sitting in a circle. Each child pulls out a paper and either collects a treat, or has to do the trick in order to get a treat.
Pass the parcel
Give the game a Halloween treatment. In between each layer of paper include a trick or a treat, written on a piece of paper.
Did you know?
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain which marked the beginning of winter. Celts believed that on the night of 31 October, there was a blurring of the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Sensibly enough, they wanted to avoid being recognized by the bad ghosts so they disguised themselves, in the hope that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.
All these fun and games outdoors can result in stained clothes and dirty costumes but these shouldn't hinder the kids from having a great time. A trust detergent and fabric softener like Ariel and Downy can easily restore these clothes to their original state. The accompanying fresh scents are a wonderful bonus too!
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