Here's some fun ideas that we did at our most recent Halloween Bash.....
HAUNTED GRAHAM CRACKER HOUSES!!!! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!
This was our take on making gingerbread house. We first did this last year at our October Adventurer 4-H meeting. And it turned out so fun we thought we'd do it again with our little friends.
Here's what you need:
Recycled cardboard covered in foil for bases for the houses to sit on
Knives and spoons for spreading tools
LOTS of paper towels and wipes for messy fingers
Frosting (chocolate and of course some cool dyed Halloweenish colors)
Any halloween candies you can imagine
Set everything out in easy to use containers and be prepared to get messy!
(but think outside the box too, to other candies that would make great architectural features: skittles, m&ms, sprinkles, jimmies, Halloween peeps, gummy worms, lemon drops, licorice bits...etc.)
Some kids start building right away and some need a little help stabilizing their structures. A good blob of icing usually helps with stabilizing the graham cracker walls.
The creativity and thought process of the kids is so fun to watch!
Even two year old fingers could have fun with this:
Of course some two year olds think that taste testing the frosting is the most important part:
We did give explicit instructions before hand however: no eating the candy while making the houses, no dipping fingers into the frosting to eat it, and they had to take their houses home and ask their parents if they could eat them...of course the two year olds did not necessarily abide by these rules. But the big kids did great and made some cool buildings!
Oh, and one other crafty idea we did this year was to have the kids sign in on a large poster board as they arrived at the party. We had a bag of markers nearby and the kids wrote their names on the poster board and some of them drew a picture of themselves in costume. It was too cute. In fact it's still hanging up in our house cause we thought it was a fun decoration.
Happy Halloween ya'll!