What's a party without stuff to do? Nothing! These activities are sure to help everyone get into the "spirit" of things! Make sure to plan more activities than you think you'll need, particularly if you have very young children attending... Young minds are naturally curious, so their attention spans are shorter!
PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: Many of these activities are great for little kids to help with- as long as they *DO NOT*: use scissors or any sharp object without supervision!
Pumpkin Cutout Fishing
This is a fun game that makes sure everyone's a winner!
This game is best saved for the end of the party. Put all the numbered cutouts in the box, then have your guests draw a pumpkin each. They get the corresponding prize and go home happy! If you have some early leavers (some people get tired earlier than others), don't forget to give them the chance at a prize before they leave!
- enough pumpkin cutouts to cover all your guests, plus at least 3 extra, numbered 1-... (depending on the number of guests)
- small unisex gifts, wrapped in orange paper and numbered the same as the pumpkin cutouts
(the 99cent stores are GREAT for this!)
- large box decorated for the season
It was a dark and stormy night....
One of my favorite parts of Halloween is sharing scary stories! You might need to tone it down a bit, but make sure you turn off all the lights and have a flashlight handy!
- A good imagination and a ghost story book! There are several seasonal stories scattered around the All Hallows collection of pages, as well.
Another great way to tell a spooky Halloween story is to gather in a circle and do the "Yes, and..." drama class exercise my mother uses in her classroom. The first person starts a story, goes for about a minute, then stops. The person after them says, "Yes, and..." to accept the story, and then continues it, and so on and so forth! It makes for one interesting story, and a great way to interact with your guests while encouraging any little ones present to expand their imagination.
Classic standby in a pinch!
Some recommendations for younger audiences:
Some recommendations for older viewers:
- Ketchup Vampires 1 & 2
- Hocus Pocus
- Scary Godmother 1 & 2
- Any of the Disney "Halloweentown" series
- Any animated Scooby Doo movie
- Original Addam's Family Halloween Special
Some recommendations for lovers of international film:
- The Grudge (the American release is best for parties- faster shocks)
- Brahm Stoker's Dracula
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Shadows" (for a vintage feel)
- Young Frankenstein (for a lighter mood)
- Memento Mori
- Audition (strong stomachs ONLY!)
- The Eye 1 & 2
- Dark Water (Japanese)
- A Tale of Two Sisters
Traditional party classic that challenges memory
This traditional party game is especially classy around this time of year when shadows and ghouls lurk about every nook and cranny. Decide who is going to be the blindman, and cover their eyes with the blindfold. They chase the other guests around the room. If they catch someone, they have three guesses to determine who they've caught. If they are correct, that person becomes the new blindman. If they don't guess, however, they have to turn whoever they've caught loose and be the blindman for another turn!
- a blindfold
- a large empty space
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