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Monday, October 25, 2010

Throw a Halloween party...for your own kids!

This year, why don't you do something a little different, instead of just trick-or-treating, throw your own children a Halloween party right in comfort of your home.  A few ideas that you could do would be:

Games
  • Instead of bobbing for large apples or dipping a whole apple in carmel, cut an apple into slices.  Have a bowl with carmel, and then a couple other bowls with your kids favorite small, chewable candy.  They can dip their apple slices in each one!
  • We all love the donuts on a string.  Since your little tikes have little mouths, try using Hostess donuts on a string more at their level.  Explain that they have to keep their hands behind their back and try to get the donut with their mouth.  What kid wouldn't try hard to get that donut?!
Activites
  • Have your kids all get into their Halloween costumes.  If you have more than one child, have them do a fashion show for you and any other adults in the home.  If there is only one child, maybe doing a cute little photo shoot would be fun for them.  
  • Halloween is a time of treats!  So bake a batch of sugar cookies (in Halloween shapes) and supply orange, black and purple icing, along with different sprinkles..  Have each child decorate their own cookie.  Make sure you take a picture with your child and their cookie.  Then let them eat it!  I'm sure they'll want to make more than one ;)
  •  If your children are a bit older, you may want to help them carve a pumpkin.  Before the party, take them to a pumpkin patch and let them pick out their very own!  Then during your party, help them to carve their favorite character's face or their name into the pumpkin!
  • Provide each child with a blank sheet of paper and crayons.  On a child-proof table, let them draw a pumpkin or some other kind of Halloween related picture.  Praise your children on their artistic ability and hang their pictures up around the house.  They will be so proud of their work and this will help them gain confidence in themselves.  
Decorations
  • Don't worry about spending a lot of money on this event.  Check out your local dollar store or drug store for affordable, festive plates, napkins, silverware, and other items you may need for the party.  
  • Hang streamers from the ceilings or stream them around the wall, maybe have cut-out pumpkins leading from their bedrooms to where the party will be held.  Get creative!!
Putting a Halloween party on for your kids is a great way for them to be creative, show off their talents, and have fun in a safe, comfortable setting.

Happy Halloween!

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