We hosted some homeschool friends for a Halloween Party today. The kids helped me plan and organize the party, which was held at the Old Log Cabin. We planned several crafts and lunch for the afternoon’s festivities.
First, the kids painted and decorated pumpkins. We had a variety of paints for them to use, but also some bits and bobs (ribbons, beads, string, googly eyes, corks, pipe cleaners, etc). They were very creative and I was pleased to see the wide variety of embellishments everyone used.
Next, we did “spooky trees”. Everyone glued tissue paper on one end of a piece of white paper to make the “leaves”. Then we gave them each a straw and put a puddle of black or brown paint on the other end of the paper, which they had to blow towards the leafy end to make the trunk and branches. They came out pretty cool.
We cleaned up the paint supplies and made room on the tables for lunch. I had the kids decorate some cutout sugar cookies while we waited for lunch to heat up. They used some store bought frosting, tubes of cookie icing, and sprinkles to decorate their treats. After we ate, they had a chance to eat their yummies.
Since it was such a nice day out, we went outside for a bit and played a game of “dracula and victim” (tag). After a while, everyone got tired and warm and wanted to come inside the cabin for a rest. We worked on some more crafts: a paper collage haunted house, and dough monsters.
Here’s a dough monster with beads for teeth and pipe cleaners for arms:
This one has bells for eyes:
The dough is just a simple homemade salt dough colored with Kool Aid. Recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt (I used canning salt, since that’s what I had, and it worked fine)
1 envelope Kool Aid (without sugar)
1 cup boiling water
2 tsp vegetable oil
Mix the dry ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Add the water and oil, stir. Knead to distribute color completely (it will be warm so watch out.)