Since the boy was a newborn, we have hosted Halloween parties for friends at home. By “friends”, I mean little people the children know; we’ve never had an adult Halloween party. In all honesty, I don’t really see the point of them. Halloween, in my eyes, is just another way of having fun with children. If it weren’t for my two, I highly doubt I would pay it any attention at all. Here’s a photo from our initial foray into Halloween partying…
Clearly, the boy was not impressed. Miss J, however, has always been a fan. Each year since, we have had a few friends over during the week leading up to October 31st. I try to incorporate crafts and fun foods, and there is usually time for a themed movie, though the children often lose interest in this after a while. Perhaps this year, at the respective ages of four and almost six, they will sit through a whole DVD? Just in case, we have Room on the Broom, Toy Story of Terror and Monsters University on standby.
I’m not going to lie, my favourite part of Halloween, aside from seeing the kids happy, is choosing which craft activities to try. This year, I’ve been scouring Pinterest and have found some corkers. I tend to choose simple crafts – things that will hold the interest of the children and be attainable by all. Obviously, they should be fun and fit in with the theme, too.
Here are my ideas for this year’s party:
Witches wands and edible hats
Two great and easy crafts to keep the little ones amused. Simple, yes; cheap, of course but, most importantly, effective.
Cotton bud skeleton handprints
I had been thinking about using chalks on black sugar paper to create skeleton pictures, but these handprints are even better. Again, so simple and cheap but they look great, and the kids probably won’t have made them before.
Apple print pumpkins
I love these for a little splash of colour. With six children attending the party, we won’t have time (and the small people will probably not have the inclination) to hollow and carve individual pumpkins, so this is an alternative nod in that direction.
Finally, I will provide a bowl of satsumas and a couple of markers so that the children can replicate traditional pumpkin designs in a safe manner. Of course, they may well not turn out quite like those pictured, but I am sure the kiddies will have fun regardless…
I look forward to checking in next week with a party update and, hopefully, some photos of our very own Halloween crafts.