When you have children, skipping the holidays is not an option, especially when it involves massive amounts of candy! With the holidays right around the corner, you’re about to be thrown into a whirlwind of sugar coated chaos so hold on tight. We won’t even get into Christmas which will be here before you know it. Let us start with Halloween…muhahahaha. Halloween is a favorite among children because they get to dress up in scary costumes for sure, but we all know why they really love Halloween so much – because of all of the wonderful sugar that goes along with it. Of course trick or treating is a major culprit, but another source of candy is Halloween parties. You have always thought about having a Halloween party for your child and their friends, but what do you do for activities that aren’t necessarily completely focused around candy and cupcakes?
The good news is there are plenty of things you can do that don’t involve sugar at a Halloween party. One really cool activity is Halloween Punch a Bunch! One mom said “Somehow I got to thinking about Price Is Right and my favorite game was Punch-a-Bunch, where they punch a board and get the money that is inside. So I made my own punch-a-bunch board for my kiddos. Each student got to punch one, and inside they found candy and also a fun fact that we read to the class and discussed. It was so much fun!”
Pumpkin golf is also something that can be loads of fun. Just take a large size pumpkin, clean it out and carve it into a jack o lantern. Place a wooden ramp going from the ground up into its mouth. With adult supervision, using a toy golf club, see who can make the golf ball go into the pumpkins mouth. Get creative and set up a whole mini golf course in the back yard.
Pop goes the pumpkin is another favorite among kids. Tape a bunch of orange balloons to the wall. Before you blow them up, put treats in them such as erasers, trinket rings or temporary tattoos. This can be educational as well. You can ask the children simple questions to math problems, or spelling and when they get the answer correct, the child gets to pop a balloon and receive the treat inside. Kids really like this one because of the exciting mystery of what could be in the balloon, plus they get to hear the loud POP!
My life and kids webpage has way more Halloween party games and activities. CLICK HERE to see them all!