SCARY SELFIE CONTEST
Grab a white wall or a black curtain to hang in the background and create your own backdrop with Halloween decorations for a “Scary Selfie Contest” that will delight kids of any age – including teens and tweens! Do a quick print collage to display of each participant’s photo (makes a great keepsake to take home from the party too!), or show a slideshow on the TV by connecting your computer to a smart TV then email the pics to the participants as a keepsake. Have kids or parents vote on best Scary Selfie and give out a ghoulishly awesome prize to the winner(s)!
Easy enough for the youngest toddlers and exciting enough to entertain even the teens, this fun fall favorite can be a creative masterpiece of scares, laughs and squeals of delight depending on what you are willing to “hide” in the hay for the kids to discover.
Suggested items for younger folk include:
- Either regular or Halloween themed rubber duckies or bathtub toys/pool toys
- Small balls
- Plastic snakes and lizards
- Plastic bugs and spiders
- Plastic animals and dinosaurs or fossils of dinosaurs (skeletons)
- Plastic bats, black cats, or jack o lanterns
- Plastic monster characters
- Large oversized coins (non choke size)
- Toddler friendly toys such as TV character figures or Halloween themed toddler safe toys
- Safety pop lollipops
- Sticker sheets or strips
- Plastic tiaras (rings, necklaces and bracelets can be used for kids 4 and up)
- Matchbox cars or small trains
Suggestion items for Tweens or Teens include:
- Coins or dollar bills
- Popular Super Heroes or TV Show Decals and stickers for decorating lockers or school binders
- Packs of collectible cards or other “mystery” booster packs
- Card game packs like UNO or ROOK
- Music CDS
- Lip Balms, Nail polish, or other make-up
- Rings, bracelets or necklaces (guys like Lantern rings or other Movie themed jewelry or band bracelets)
- Pencils or pens with Halloween themes
- Scary items to hide: fake fingers, or fake eyeballs
- Scary items to hide: plastic/rubbery snakes, bugs, or spiders that look real
- Scary items to hide: fake rats/mice or bats
- Corny prizes to hide would be small magic tricks or gag gifts
- Hide one “grand prize” (a slip of paper with gold star or the words “winner” – attached to any item which means they win a movie pass or gift card or something exciting to the group attending)
Halloween “Chubby Bunny”
Here is a hauntingly fun version of the classic “Chubby Bunny” Game using Halloween Themed Marshmallow Peeps or oversized marshmallows in regular, roasted marshmallow, green apple or caramel flavors. Kids have to take turns stuffing their faces with as many marshmallows or marshmallow peeps as they can handle (without choking) and it creates a hysterically funny look to the form of their faces and cheeks seeing all the marshmallows stuffed in their mouth. They have to pause after every 10 or so marshmallows and say the words, “Chubby Bunny” or you can have them say “Chubby Halloween Bunny” instead. It gets tougher and funnier to hear them say those words with each subsequent addition of ten or more marshmallows in their mouths. A bucket of marshmallows or peeps handy at all times and another empty bucket under each participant so they can spit out the marshmallows when they reach their max is needed.
Flashlight Haunted Scavenger Hunt
Get all hands on deck for this spooky adventure! Recruit neighbors and friends or their teens to lend a hand participating as the spooks that hide in the dark in your yard or within your house or building being used for this event. Have each “spook” hide near a bucket with a pack of stickers with same # written on back of each, or index cards with same number on them for players to grab and put in their trick or treat bag before or while getting “spooked” by that character. Ask volunteers to dress up for this activity, but limit how scary they are allowed to be based on the visitors ages attending the party.
Goal of the game is to have all participants venture out through the yard or house in the complete dark with only a flashlight or finger lights used to see their way around and to collect as many of the different numbered stickers or index cards as they can before time runs out. Pass out maps of the route to players and set a limit of 3-5 minutes or something for each player to finish the map in that time frame.
Only one or two players should go through at a time. If younger students are scared to go alone, let teams of 2 go through together and they’ll share in the goodies at the end of game. For older students, it is recommended that they have to run through as fast as possible to collect each number before getting “caught” or have the volunteer spooks try to grab the bucket of numbers before they players can successfully retrieve one. If caught, the spook gets to take one of their numbers away.
For each numbered sticker or index card players successfully retrieve before running away, they will get whichever Halloween treat (cookies, cupcakes, candy or prize) that matches the numbers they have. Make the prize table look really exciting with a big bowl full of candy, tasty cookies or other fun treats to encourage students who are nervous that it’s worth participating in this fun activity.
Monster Mash Paintings
Grab some orange, green, black, yellow, and purple non-toxic paints, construction paper in white or black, large googly eyes and cut out felt noses, mustaches, or ears and hair in various colors to use with this messy activity. Have the little Halloween monsters take their shoes and socks off to show their “monster feet” and use them to create some unique Monster Mash Paintings to take home later. Start with a piece of construction paper in white or black and ask child to paint the bottom of their feet with one color paint or one color per foot. They can then step on the paper with their feet to create right side up or upside down footprints. Have wet wipes, or washcloths and towels and small basin ready for cleaning their feet afterwards. After cleaning their feet, ask students to add googly eyes, hair, noses and ears to their masterpiece for a ghoulishly amazing painting. Don’t forget to write their names on the backs somewhere before painting!