No matter how big and brave children may pretend to be, plenty of them still find Halloween scary. Set everyone at ease by creating a purely fun scavenger hunt. Print clues on bright orange paper covered with pictures of candy or pumpkins rather than skeletons or bats. Create a silly character, then write each clue from the character’s perspective. For instance, in the first clue Stevie the Forgetful Scarecrow might ask the children to help him find his hidden treasure.
Get Everyone Involved
Team up with neighbors to throw a scavenger hunt for all the neighborhood children. Ask other parents where they are willing to hide a clue, whether it’s in the yard or inside their home. Write out all the clues yourself then deliver each one to the appropriate house. Arrange the clues so children have to run all over the neighborhood and get plenty of exercise. Assign a few parents to accompany the group if they’ll be crossing the street.
You may spend hours setting up your scavenger hunt, only to have children run through it in five minutes. Stretch out the experience by requiring children to complete a challenge at each station. For instance, children must complete a Halloween word search or assemble the pieces of a scarecrow puzzle before getting the next clue. Make these team activities if possible since younger children may not be able to accomplish certain tasks alone.
The last thing children need more of at Halloween is candy. Rather than using sugary treats as the prize at the end of the hunt, write a final clue that leads back to your kitchen. Set up a pizza lunch or a healthy snack there while children are following the clues. Use Halloween plates and cups to make the meal look special. You might also have a final activity set up at the end, such as pumpkin carving or a Halloween craft.
The possibilities for Halloween-themed cupcakes are endless, from resting dismembered fingers (usually made from cookies) atop the frosting to painting on bloodshot eyeballs using red icing.
Sometimes, though, simple designs work best.
One of the easiest ways to decorate cupcakes is with cupcake toppers, which are usually made by attaching paper pictures to toothpicks or popsicle sticks.
You can buy Halloween cupcake toppers online or make your own quite easily.
The cupcake toppers in this tutorial use letter stencils to spell out a word or phrase that’s somehow tied to Halloween, such as “Boo” or “fright night.” The possibilities are endless, though. You could even apply the same concept to other holidays (i.e., spelling out “ho! ho! ho!” at Christmastime) and birthdays (i.e., spelling out the birthday kid’s name or age).
Halloween Safety Tips
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.