A Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Halloween can be a fun party without the scary costumes and sounds.  Here’s some ideas for games, crafts, and fun decorations.

Ghost Bowling

ghost pins

Cover the narrow part of the bowling pins with kleenex & tie them with orange or black yarn. Draw on eyes and a round mouth & set them up.


Pin the nose…

on the Jack-o-Lantern, Stem-on-the-Apple, Hat-on-the-Scarecrow, or a variation best suits your party theme.

Halloween Parade

Let the kids show off their Halloween finery with a game of follow the leader while having a parade.

Pumpkin Play Dough

Kids love play dough.   Make a batch of orange play dough. Set it out on a table with Halloween cookie cutters and wooden dowel pieces for rolling. The recipe for the play dough is as follows:

Play Dough Recipe
Flour 3cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.
Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened “Kool-Aid” 1pkg.


1. Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.

2. Cook over medium low heat, stirring intermittently, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and becomes thick so it is difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat.

3. Let play-dough cool in the pan until it can be handled.

4. Turn play-dough out on counter or on wax paper and knead 3 – 4 times.

5. Play! Store in an air tight container.


Decorations for the table can be alot of fun.  Use a hollow pumpkin and fill it with candy corn or any other candy.  For gift bags, take brown sacks, a pumpkin stamp, or stickers, and let the children decorate their own bags.  Then fill them with treats.

Remember, don’t overload the toddlers with activities at a party or it looses it’s fun.  1 or 2 things is all they need.

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