Our 11 year old daughter is hosting a Halloween Party this year for about 10 kids. We plan on wearing costumes, trick-or treating and watching movies But what would a Halloween Party be without some Tricks and Treats?
We will be serving some scary food: Apple bites (apple slices with almond teeth), bones and blood (refrigerator bread sticks shaped like bones and pizza dipping sauce), boogers on a stick (pretzel rods dipped in green tinted white chocolate), chocolate covered spiders (chow mein noodles mixed with melted chocolate morsels and dropped on waxed paper to harden), Vampire blood shakers (pink lemonade mixed with a shot of raspberry puree) and cupcakes decorated like bloodshot eyeballs and cat faces. And hot dogs, chips and dip for the faint of heart.
Prior to tick-or treating, the kids will do a scaredy cat scavenger hunt around our yard. Here are the clues which will be attached to beanie baby cats. The clues keep the kids in our yard and off the street for safety reasons.
You've found the first clue. You are really quite bright! Look for the next clue under the closest Street Light! (street light in front of house) Now scamper on down This pumpkin not carved The crow is in the garden Now to pose for a picture
As you go out on Halloween Eve, Watch out for the Bats and the Witches. For your first clue you'll have to look. At the back of the yard near the ditches! (near stream bed behind out house)
To a bridge o're a stream
Watch out for the Ogre and
Try not to scream! (bridge over the stream behind our house)
And he is not glowing
Look near a tool that is
Used for lawn mowing! (near lawn mower in garage)
The bats and Ghosts are set to fly
Look near the place
Where the growing pumpkins lie (pumpkin patch in back yard)
Put on your best face
Return to the Kitchen of
1910 Oriole Place! (Our house)
You've found the first clue. You are really quite bright! Look for the next clue under the closest Street Light! (street light in front of house)
Now scamper on down
This pumpkin not carved
The crow is in the garden
Now to pose for a picture
When they return from the scavenger hunt we'll take group pictures each party goer will receive a treat box filled with a few pieces of candy and a Halloween pin.
Post trick-or-treating (dad will tag along to make sure all goblins are kept safe, much to my daughters dismay!) we will watch not so scary movies (Clue, The Goonies) and eat popcorn hands and play flashlight tag in the back yard
By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
I too love Halloween as long as it isn't too scary. I love what you did with the "clues."
When I was little, my sister had kids come into our basement, and they would put their "darkened, hardly seeing eyes" into stuff like cold spaghetti noodles.
By the time I was ripe for all of the Halloween fun, it wasn't fun anymore. My grandparents made yummy popcorn balls from scratch, and that's how everyone did it--before all of the scares of razor blades, needles, whatnot.
We always trick-or-treated after dark--not before, and none of us were in danger, although we always started hearing about danger afterwards. Nowdays, everything has to be sent to the emergency room for x-rays before the kids eat anything. Not in my youngest days.
We got a lot of Halloween candy, but we also got a lot of homemade goodies, until I was about 5 years old, when all the scare stories started up.
I now applaud people for having Halloween parties on their own blocks, or with a few friends. It's just not like it used to be. Making up a poem or rhyme is appropriate for the situation, and I don't allow really nasty Halloween movies at all. I'm happy with Disney movies, and Charlie Brown "It's the Great Pumpkin."
When my older sister had kids her age over for the "hand in the cold spaghetti noodles thing," all of the razor blades and needles hadn't shown up yet. It was only a couple of years later, that the razor blades and needles started showing up.
Many people used to give us apples in our Halloween bags:but, because of the razor blades and needles, it wasn't allowed anymore. People no longer made Halloween treats that they used to make (like my grandparents making popcorn balls,) and instead, everyone started buying already made treats, like miniature candy bars. Then, the miniature candy bars started getting needles and razor blades in them, so people stopped letting their kids trick or treat in the neighborhood, and started up their own parties.
As of several years ago, we no longer have any trick-or-treaters. We still like the idea of celebrating Halloween, so we have a little candy for ourselves, but we no longer have trick-or-treaters, and haven't for years now.
When I was little, our neighbor would count how many trick-or-treaters he had, and he would always boast at the amount, compared to other parents in the neighborhood. No longer.
I was part of the generation where trick-or-treating got "dirty" with the razor blades, and needles. I loved trick-or-treating, and it was great fun, until kids started getting hurt.
I love parents like you that are keeping up the fun tradition of trick-or-treating, and making it safe for your own kids.
I don't have any children of my own, but my sister works constantly with her church, and with their church, they make a "spooky Halloween night" for all of the kids, they go all out, as much as they can, at her church. Everyone contributes, and they have a "fun spooky" Halloween night at their own church, including a "spooky movie" for everyone to watch--but not too spooky.
better late than never ...
a "virtual haunt" is pure genius if ya ask me!:
Also you could find some oldies online that are used for Halloween parties.
this might get you going ! There's more on the right in the "related videos"
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