Halloween parties for the toddler-preschool crowd can be tons of fun. You get to explore all of the non-scary aspects of Halloween without all the blood and gore. Pumpkins, spiders, mummies, friendly monsters can all be combined to make their Halloween memorable without the potential for late night, I had a bad dream visitors that can accompany a holiday built around the frightening.
Here's how we put together a fun, non-scary Halloween party for our playgroup.
Most of the ideas for the party were collected around Blogland so I've tried to give credit where it's due. Many of the ideas were featured in many different places and in that case I just picked my favorite.
Mummy Dogs served with blood and boogers. I had tried to make them with capers for eyes but couldn't get them to stick. Not sure if the kids would have eaten them that way.
Monster Fingers (Green Apple slices with red cream cheese and a Pecan for the finger nail)
Baked Skeleton Bones (Bread sticks or Pretzel sticks would also work)
Bat Brains (Popcorn)
And to wash it all down, some Slimy Witches Brew (Lemonade with blue food coloring).
Hanging TP Roll Bats-Many, many, many different examples out there. We put several ideas together but my favorite part is the folding of the TP roll to make the ears. That idea came from Filth Wizardry. I was originally thinking black cardstock with scrunched up tissue paper for the wings but the accordion fold wings came out just fine and took less time. Which is important when working with 2-5 year olds.
TP Roll and Gauze Mummies- I just love these mummies. The idea came from Skip to My Lou. She'd made her's to be treat containers but I thought it a shame to take it apart to get the candy out. I think they make adorable decorations.
I way more game ideas than time to play them. Here's what was on the list.
Pin the Scar on Frankie- Halloween version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Could be played with a Costume mask (cover eye holes) instead of blindfold.
Sadly, I have no plastic halloween pumpkin so we made do with this one made from toilet paper. FYI, if you are going to do this, glue the fabric and stick. Rowdy tossing of the pumpkin = pumpkin falling apart.
Monster Freeze Dance- Play music. Children dance like monsters. When music stops all contestants must freeze. If they move they are out. Last one standing gets to pause the music for the next round.
Ghost Hunt-Hide ghosts around the house for the kids to find. Can be played two ways. If you make lollipop ghosts (wrap lollipop in tissue paper, tie with string, and draw on eyes) this is the prize. If you use paper ghosts, printed from computer graphics, children can turn in the ghost they found for a prize.
We used this image. I just copied it a few times into a Word document, hit print and cut around the ghosts.
Mummy May I-played just like Mother My I only the "mummy" is wrapped in toilet paper and the contestants must think of different types of "monster" steps.