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We are celebrating my DD's 4th. birthday in late October - and decided to have a costume party for the kids and parents too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
The age range of kids is wide - from 3-14.<br><br>
I was hoping some of you creative mums would float some ideas my way for fun, crazy games that are Halloween-related<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">, a freaky healthy orange/dry ice punch concoction<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">, and any monster munchables<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"> that can only be homemade<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lips.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lips">.<br><br>
Any and all suggestions would be wicked<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/af.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="aunt flo">.<br><br>
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Once my mom made a "spider web" for the kids to unravel with their goody bags at the end. You just use string to go over/under around/through the room (or the house?) If you assign names to the strings in advance you could make the ones for the older kids trickier and with age appropriate treats at the end. Anyway once you have enough strings woven through the room is a huge tangle and its a big puzzle for the kids to untangle their strings.<br><br>
My brothers birthday was in Oct. and we often had costume parties for it, but i can't remember anything else particular that she did. Lots of the womens magazines will have the kinds of treats you're talking about in the october issues. If you have a big bookstore like borders near you could browse the magazines and take notes!
 

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you can buy grapes and put them in a bowl of water (eyeballs) a apple bob for older kids, cooked spaghetti in a bowl, (worms) for the cake you can make dirtcake, its chocolate cake with crumbs and gummy worms coming out of it, get a few pumpkins, divide the kids by ages, assign a adult and have a carving contest...<br>
and there is so much more
 

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every year my SIL has a birthday/Halloween party for herself and about a month in advance (read, last week, this year), she sends out a "favor" to decorate for a contest. This year she gave out little birdhouses, and between now and the party, our family is supposed to decorate it. We'll all bring our houses to the party and hang them up. The judging is the last thing we do, and it's loads of fun to look at them all. Last year she found wooden skeletons and we decorated those. Have fun!
 

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My daughter's birthday is October 30th. Last year for her birthday we had a bonfire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. We also had a hayride and decorated mini pumpkins - we used markers, the girls were nine, so I didn't think carving would be the best idea.<br><br>
We had more of a "Fall" theme than Halloween, but the kids had a fabulous time, and my daughter wants to do pretty much the same thing again this year.
 

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We have been having a Halloween birthday party for dd the last couple years. We do a costume party so having a costume contest is fun if there are enough people. Bobbing for apples, cupcake decorating, we usually play scary halloween noises in the background and decorate the house scary with lots of candles and few lights. We have it on Halloween so she can trick or treat with all her friends afterwards and we make sure to have a scary storytelling by the fireplace just before they go. If your doing it another day then a scavenger hunt is fun. I usually make mulled cider and the food varies. I also tell the kids fortunes which they always look forward to.<br><br>
We play up the scary stuff since it's a teen party so adjust as is age appropriate.
 

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A fun idea is the wrap eachother like mummies with rolls of toilet paper game. This is fun for an Egypt party too! Don't forget to have the camera ready!
 

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1. Fishing game - child is given a pole with string attached and puts it over the top of a booth to fish. It is returned with a black cat, pumpkin, or ghost cutout attached and they win a prize (party favor)<br><br>
2. Pumpkin toss - carve out the tops of several different sized pumpkins and label the fronts with numbered points (1, 5, 10, 15, etc) and let child toss 3 beanbags into pumpkins. Add up the points and say "yeah, you win, and give them a prize"<br><br>
3. I think it is important that everone who plays wins.<br><br>
4. Costume parade - no contest. Line up all of the kids and have them parade around the yard to Halloween music with lots of applause for all. They get a ribbon pinned on them at the end of the parade. The ribbons are made out ahead of time with cute sayings like "you are a super spook" "scary costume"<br><br>
5. This is the age where 3-legged races with parents are really fun!<br><br>
6. A craft is always fun at parties and is a good way to break the ice - either decorate pumpkins or string dyed orange and black noodles for scary necklaces.<br><br>
7. Have a photo "booth" where they can have their picture taken in costume with a nice background.<br><br>
8. Check out familyfun.com for more
 

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If You are into gross=allrecipes.com has a recipe for a cat litter box cake! It is really hideous! You use a real, new cat box and serve it with a litter scoop. the cakes is made then crumbled and tossed with pudding, then you microwave and shape tootsie rolls and place them strategically in the 'cake'!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> It might be too much- I don't know! There sure are some good ideas here though! I love the spider web idea! Sounds like fun!
 

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Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!<br><br>
These are excellent ideas! You ladies are the bomb. I knew I could count on Mothering mommas to kick start my plan.<br><br>
It is going to be a scream. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil">
 

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Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!<br><br>
These are excellent ideas! You ladies are the bomb. I knew I could count on Mothering mommas to kick start my plan.<br><br>
It is going to be a scream. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil"><br><br>
P.S. That cat box cake is SICK! Every year tho I make & decorate her cake in whatever shape/theme she chooses. I will definitely file this away for a future use, or pass it on!
 

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We had a halloween-themed bithday party for my 6 yo DD in April (her idea). The kids' favorite game was the monster walk. I drew a different halloween picture on half sheets of card stock and taped them on the floor in a circle. On smaller cards I drew the same pictures. The kids had to walk in a circle while music played. Once the music stopped they had to stop on a square. If the picture corresponding to their square was drawn, they were out. They wanted to play that over and over again, taking turns being the person who controlled the music and picked the cards.<br><br>
For punch I made a slime ricky--with limeade, 7-up, green food coloring and jello jigglers cut in strips.<br><br>
The cake was the biggest hit. We made a spider cake with red guts (strawberry jello). Bake a chocolate cake in a round bowl. Scoop out a small amount in the middle and fill with prepared jello. Invert and use the the scooped out part for the head. If you add blue food coloring to chocolate icing it will look almost black (a gross color, actually). We used red gum balls for the eyes and black licorice for the legs. The kids ordered their cake with or without guts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
I told the kids scary stories too--they all liked that. And while they were waiting for their parents they turned off all the lights and made up their own ghost stories--cute!.
 
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