It’s that time of year when Easter is in the rear view mirror, Christmas is still a way off but the kids are getting restless! How about throwing a Spooky Party for the little ones as a fun exciting way to keep them entertained. That way you can keep an eye on them, while still letting them get into the spirit and have loads of fun. In this part 1 of our guide to Spooky Party fun, you’ll learn that decorating your house and keeping the kids entertained is a cinch with our handy tips.
The first step to getting the house ready for a Spooky Party bash is to create an eerie atmosphere, starting with the garden which is a blank canvas for spooky décor. Place surprises throughout your garden, like the Hooting Owl which will spook and delight the children as they walk by. For especially young children, you may want more playful and demure decorations, so if that’s the case, animal decorations and ornaments bring the festivity without too much scare. Garden gnomes can bring cheer throughout the year, as well as add to your backyard mayhem during your Spooky Party. The cute Garden Gnome Stuck In a Tree make a hilarious addition to the garden, and can stay long after the party time is over!
Utilize windows with holographic stickers like the Holographic Owl, or fake spikers and webs draping down. You can even make a giant fake spider to feature in your garden using only garbage bags and a few other household items!
1. You need nine black garbage bags and stuffing such as newspaper, left over packing materials, or even leaves.
2. Fill one trash bag with stuffing and tie it closed to create the spider’s body.
3. Hold the second trash bag on its side and fill the length with stuffing.
4. Wrap the empty bag around the stuffing several times, so that it looks like a spider’s arm, and secure it with a tie. Repeat this for the other seven legs.
5. Use a glue gun to secure the legs to the body.
6. Cut off the bottom of Styrofoam cups and glue them onto the body to make eyes.
Another fabulous DIY idea for your chilling house makeover is making fake tombstones and turning your backyard into a fake creepy cemetery. It’s a breeze to do and the kids will love helping with this one!
1. Flatten several shipping boxes.
2. Use a pencil to draw tombstone shapes (a few rectangular, cross, and oval tombstones will give your graveyard some variety).
3. Cut the shapes out of with a sharp pair of scissors (a scissors set will do the job).
4. Paint the shapes a dark grey and allow the paint to dry.
5. Once dry, add on sayings like “I’ll be back” to the front of each tombstone. Glue a wood or plastic yard stake to the back of the tombstone and plant it into the ground.
6. Tip: You can blend white paint onto the edges of the tombstone, or glue on some artificial moss, found at craft stores, to make them look more aged and authentic.
So now that you have your house revamped with a delectably eerie flair, what about keeping the kids entertained? Let them get creative with a drawing board allowing them to make their own spiders, ghosts and goblins. Easy Easel will hang on the back of any door, creating an instant workstation for creative drawing. Alternatively, keep them engaged with your very own indoor aquarium, the Sky Swimmer Shark and the Sky Swimmer Clownfish are both remote controlled hours of entertainment, sure to be the highlight of the party even in the midst of the madness!
You also may want to pick up a movie or two in case you need a calming activity to help overly-rowdy kids settle down a bit. Some excellent child-friendly spooky movies include:
• Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005, rated G)
• Casper (1995, rated PG)
• Monster House (2006, rated PG)
• Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, rated G)
• Hocus Pocus (1993, rated PG)
• Ghostbusters (1984, rated PG)
• The Little Vampire (2000, rated PG)
For more Spooky Party tips and ideas, next week we’ll share Part II – Catering for a spook-tacular celebration!