Halloween Activities for Kids

 Halloween is a fun time of year. Ghouls, ghosts, and monsters are the talk of the town, kids look forward to dressing up and going trick-or-treating and even some pets get dressed up for this exciting day.
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Halloween Party Ideas, Activities and Games

Halloween Photo Booth

Glue Ghost

Glue Ghost

Spooky Halloween Snacks

Halloween Facts

Halloween Mystery Box Ideas

Bat Facts

Jokes

Invisible Ink Recipe

                                             Halloween Party Recipes

Footprint Ghost

Footprint Ghost

Halloween Songs

Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

Pumpkin Facts

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Vampire Facts

Halloween Crafts

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Bat Pumpkin

Candy Corn Footprint Keepsake Craft

                                                 Cellophane Tissue Paper Ghost

                                              Crayon MeltPumpkin

                                        Egg Carton Spider

                                          First Halloween Keepsake

                                            Footprint Ghost Project

                                      Handprint Bat

                                                                                  Glue Ghost                                        

                                             Marshmallow Ghost and Skull

Monster Pumpkin

                                 Pencil Ghost

Shape Monster

                                       Stained Glass Halloween Scene

                                    Water Bottle Pumpkin Craft

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Excellent Ideas on What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Fun Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

 

It’s November 1st and Halloween is officially over.  Not only do you have some left over candy you didn’t give out to trick-or-treaters, your kids also have large bags of candy.  If your like me, having too much candy around can be dangerous.  Dangerous to your waistline and dangerous to your sweet children who become candy craving little monsters.  Have no fear!  wwww.kidsplayandcreate.com has complied a list of excellent ideas on what to do with your leftover Halloween candy.

  1.  Donate it- Believe it or not, there are lots of places that would love to take your left over Halloween candy.Donate to:
    1. Local food bank
    2. Homeless shelter
    3. Children’s Hospital
    4. U.S Military Troops
    5. Mental Health Facility
    6. Nursing Home
    7. Ronald McDonald House

2.  Use your candy for decorating gingerbread houses

3.  Use your candy for holiday baking

  1. Make cookies with M&Ms, chopped up candies such as Snickers, Milky Way, Kit-Kats etc..
  2. Use the candy in cakes and cupcakes.

4.   Freeze it and save it for your child’s birthday.

  1. Use it in a pinata
  2. Use it for goodie bags

5.  Make a trail mix, mix some of your leftover candy with nuts and raisins

6.  Bring the candy to work, let your co-workers eat it up.

7.  Check out your local dentist office.  Some dentist offices participate in a candy exchange program and let you trade      your candy for something else.

8.  Purchase  some holiday candy molds such as a sled.  Melt your candy and use it in the molds.  Use them as holiday      gifts for your child’s teacher, coach, bus driver etc…

9.  Save it for 100 day of school projects (Many school celebrate the 100 days of school and often will have children          collect or make a poster of 100 things to bring to school)  You can hot glue the candy to poster board for the 100th      day of school.

10.  Use left over candy corn for Thanksgiving table decoration.  There are many ideas on Pinterest.

11.  Use the candy to make Thanksgiving treat bags to school to hand out in class.

12.  Hide it and let your kids get a couple of pieces a day.

13.  Chop up some candy and add it to hot chocolate for a special treat.

14. Freeze it and save it, then chop it up and use it as toppings for ice cream sundaes.

15.  Use left over candy corn as feathers for turkeys.  Have your children draw and color turkeys on construction paper.  Have the children glue on candy corns on their turkeys to look like feathers.

 

 

How to make a Spooky Halloween Photo Booth for Under $20.00

DIY Spooky Halloween Photo Booth 

 

I love planning parties for kids!  In the age of selfies and social media, what’s a party without a place to take great photos!  Halloween parties are my favorite to plan, between the creepy food, games and costumes, it’s a guaranteed great time.  This spooky Halloween photo booth will be a great addition to your party.  It can be used at kids and adult parties.  It’s so easy to make and everyone will be impressed on how professional it looks.  The supplies are easy to find.  So, what are you waiting for?  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own spooky photo booth.

 

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Materials:

3 black rectangular black tablecloths (.97 each at Wal-Mart)

2 packages of spider web (The one I purchased had spiders included in the web .97 each at Wal-Mart)

1 pack of mini orange lights ($3.97 at Wal-Mart. You may want to buy 2 if doing an adult party, as they are taller than kids)

1 Pack Large Spiders ($1.99 Party City)

Optional Halloween Props (I used some Halloween decorations that I already had, but I did see some at Party City and Wal-Mart for under $5.00 each)

Packing Tape (I had already)

Thumb Tacks (I had them already)

 

Step 1: Using the packing tape, tape 2 of the black table cloths vertically on the wall.

Step 2: Take your lights and tack them in a zig zag design onto the wall over the tablecloth.

Step 3: Spread out your spider web and place if over the lights.  You can use the same thumb tacks that are already in place for the lights.  If you are like me, you want to use a minimal amount of tacks in your wall.  If you don’t want to use tacks at all, you can check out Command products to hang items without tacks (Command products are available at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target and most hardware stores) .

Step 4: Place your spiders in your web.

Step 5: Fold the 3rd black tablecloth in half and tape it to the floor.

Step 6: This step is optional, add your spooky Halloween props.

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How to Make a Shape Monster Halloween Craft for Kids

How to Make A Halloween Shape Monster

 

This cute shape monster is a creative way to help children learn their shapes. It can be used as a fun Halloween craft or an anytime craft because who doesn’t like making a monster!  These shape monsters make an great classroom display or a cute decoration to hang up at home.  It’s simple to make and only requires a couple of materials.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make a cute and scary Halloween shape monster.

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Materials: construction paper (a variety of colors including black and white), glue, optional googly eyes, glitter

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If doing this activity with young children you can prep by cutting out all the shapes before hand.  If working with older children, you can let them cut out their own shapes.

Prep: Cut a variety of shapes (square, circle, rectangle, diamond, triangle, hexagon  etc..) out of construction paper to use as the monster’s body.

Arms and legs: Cut out long strips of construction paper

Mouth: Black rectangle

Teeth: White triangles

Eyes: Circles

While doing this craft with the children make sure you talk about all the different shapes they are using to create their monster.

Step1: You can lay out all the shapes on the table and like an assembly line let the kids pick out the pieces for their monster.  If working with older children you can give them paper and let them make  their own shapes.  I did this with younger and older children.  The older children got very creative with their shapes when I let them know it was a creative contest.

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Step 2: Have the children glue their eyes and nose onto the monster.

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Step 3: Have the children glue the black rectangle onto their monster.  This will be the monster’s mouth.

Step 4: Glue the white triangles onto the black rectangle.  This will be the monster’s teeth.  It’s fun to make the monster teeth (triangles) a variety of sizes.

Step 5: Use the long strips of construction paper to make the arms and legs. To make the accordion effect fold one piece of the strip down, turn it over and fold another piece down continue this until the entire strip is folded.  Unfold the strip and it should look like an accordion.  Have the children glue the arms and legs to their monster.

Step 6:  If your feeling creative you can add hair or glitter to your monster.  You can also add googly eyes to the monster’s eyes

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How to Make a Pumpkin Monster, Cute Halloween Craft for Kids

Looking for a fun Halloween craft?  Look no further, because this cute pumpkin Halloween craft is a sure crowd pleaser.  This craft is fun and easy to do.  It’s a great craft to do with a group or individually. The kids will love making scary teeth on their pumpkin.  Is it a pumpkin or a monster? You decide!  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own Monster Pumpkin!

Tip:  Love your monster pumpkin?  Instead of a pumpkin draw a monster, werewolf, animal, ghost or what ever your creative mind can come up with.

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Materials: white construction paper (for a bigger monster use long construction paper), crayons

 

Step 1:  Hold your construction paper long ways and fold it in half.

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Step 2:Hold the paper so that the fold crease is at the bottom.  From the top, fold down the top layer of the paper so that it touches the fold.

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Step 3: draw a pumpkin in the middle of the paper.  It needs to be in the middle of the folds on the paper.

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Step 4: Open the paper so that it is long ways.  Draw lines going down on each side of that the line connects that top and bottom of the pumpkin.  Draw monster teeth for your pumpkin.

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Step 5: Fold the paper back up.  Now it looks like a cute little pumpkin, open it out and it’s a monster pumpkin.  Instead of a pumpkin you can draw a monster, animal or whatever your creative mind thinks of.

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