Woooooooooooo! (That’s us doing our very best ghost impression!) It’s almost Halloween. As our children work out which spooky character they are going to be this year, we’re busy coming up with fun Halloween activities for when their friends come over.
From bat-blood drinks to making ghost puppets with old yoghurt pots, if you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, our creepy creations will help you have the spookiest of parties.
There’s nothing spookier than guzzling down pretend bat’s blood on Halloween. Simply pour blackcurrant squash diluted with fizzy water into a jug filled with ice and add a (washed) rubber bat to the mix.
You will need:
– Split yoghurt pots (with two triangle compartments) – 1 per puppet
– Some rectangle cuts of white material (wrist to elbow length)
– Sticky tape
– Felt tip pens
These are so much fun to make and can provide hours of imaginative play afterwards too. Plus you can feel good about re-using an old yoghurt pot! Wash out the yoghurt pots and give them to the kids to draw faces on, with the large triangle as the forehead and the small triangle as the chin of the ghost. Next, stick the white material to the rim of the yoghurt pot with the tape, so that it forms a sleeve (the kids can decorate these too). Once assembled put your hand inside to operate the ghost puppet’s mouth.
One of the things we do to make our ‘cauldron’ more realistic is pop a bath bomb in. If you can, hide the bath bomb up your sleeve so that when you ‘cast a spell’ you can drop it in for a fantastic fizzy effect.
This game is incredibly messy and gooey (which is why kids love it!) Take a shoebox and cut one of the short sides away, put an item inside and replace the lid. The kids have to slide their hand in and guess what the item is. Repeat with more shoeboxes and items, such as jelly, pinecones, twigs or ketchup. You can trick them, telling them that sticks are skeleton bones, or spook them by putting in something with a strange texture, such as jelly, and say it’s a witches eyeball.
Apple bobbing is an old favourite, but essential at any Halloween party. Fill a large bowl with water and add the apples. The kids have to kneel on the floor by the bucket, and try to grab the apples with their teeth. It’s harder than it looks!
When the party’s wound down and everyone’s ready for bed, ensure a lights-out is a sleep tight with a GoGlow night light. Combining the comfort of a night light with the fun and feel of a torch, it’s the little bit of bravery your child needs by their side, to light dark corners and help them take bedtimes in their stride. With their favourite characters to banish bad dreams, there’s nothing scary about bedtime. Discover the GoGlow family.