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Halloween Fun! Snacks, Crafts, and Games!
With fall approaching fast, your children may already be looking forward to one of the most beloved festivities of the season—Halloween! While this year’s Halloween is sure to look different than in previous years, it’s no reason you can’t have fun along the way – all with a focus on social distancing and being health-conscious!
Whether your kids love dressing up or making colorful treats, this holiday is a great excuse to get creative and have some fun. We’ve got tons of kid-friendly ideas in store to inspire you and your family to make this holiday your own.
Read on for some of our favorite Halloween-themed snacks, crafts, and games!
Newsflash! Candy and cupcakes aren’t the only Halloween treats children love. There are plenty of ways to prepare healthier fare in the Halloween spirit. All it takes is a little creativity and a lot of fresh produce!
This simple, easy-to-pack snack is a great option for a sack lunch or autumn picnic. They also look stellar as part of tabletop centerpieces for parties.
Just grab some gauze, non-toxic tape, and self-adhesive googly eyes. Then, round up your child’s favorite fruits. Fruits that are easy to eat by hand are best for this snack: think apples, bananas, oranges, and nectarines.
Next, wrap each fruit with gauze, taping as needed. Stick the google eyes onto the front, and you have yourself a fruit mummy! These nutrient-packed snacks are such a fun surprise for kids and can easily be incorporated into their meals throughout the lead-up to Halloween.
These take a bit more work but look so cool they’re well worth the effort. Boiled eggs, black olives, gelatin, and food coloring come together for a healthy treat that’s almost too eerie to eat—almost!
First, boil and peel eggs. You’ll then need two small metal tubes to cut into the egg whites and olives to create the iris and pupil of the “eye.” Take the larger tube and cut a circle into the top of each egg for the iris. Then, paint this egg white plug with diluted food coloring (blue or green for a human eye, or red for something more sinister).
Once the food coloring has dried, use the smaller tube to cut out a circle in the middle of the iris. This is where the pupil will go. With the same small tube, cut a circle from a black olive and put the olive pupil inside the iris. Finish things off with a glazed, glossy look by brushing the entire eye with a coat of gelatin.
Check out more ideas for creative and healthy Halloween recipes.
These crafts are not only fun to make, but also double as festive decorations!
Paper Spider Webs
Remember paper snowflakes? The same method words to create cool spider webs that can be hung in any space to bring on a Halloween vibe.
The only two things you need are squares of white paper and scissors. Fold the paper into ever-smaller triangles and then carefully cut out a unique pattern to produce a cobweb of your own creation! For an extra spooky effect, make spiders from pipe cleaners to attach to each web.
Wooden Spoon Bats
Kids love getting the chance to paint just about anything, making this craft a real winner. To keep paint-related messes to a minimum, we recommend lining a baking sheet with foil to provide your children with a designated painting area.
Have them paint wooden spoons, which will act as the bats’ bodies, with a color of their choice. As the paint dries, cut black construction paper into bat wings. Then, glue a colored spoon onto each set of wings. The final touch is to give every bat a face. Googly eyes are an obvious choice here, but don’t forget the pointy fangs and ears, too!
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Looking for some fun activities to get your kids in the Halloween spirit? These games will put everyone in a festive mood – and will keep children a safe distance apart.
Pumpkin Ring Toss
Those pumpkins on your front porch aren’t just decorative. They’re also great for a ring toss! Any kind of rings will do, from pool rings to rope rings and even plastic bracelets for more of a challenge.
Pin the Spider on the Web
This is an old fan favorite and a spin on Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You can either print a spider web out, draw a larger spider web on craft paper, or even create one with yarn. For a little extra fun, create spiders from colorful construction paper. The spider who lands closest to the center wins!
This list is only the beginning, so don’t hesitate to poke around the web for new ideas and inspirations as you dream up your own kinds of spooky fun! Need to fill more time? Check out these Halloween game ideas.
We know that this year’s Halloween is going to come with challenges we haven’t faced before. We encourage you to always consider best practices related to health and wellness in this time of COVID-19.