We once attended a Halloween party where the doughnuts were strung on lines from which you had to nibble them. The apples were hung by their stems and were eaten on the fly…The coffee was labeled “witches brew” and ladled out of a big iron kettle. In expensive decorations may be made from cornstalks, pumpkins, old clothes and false faces. ~Rural Progress-1937
Play these friendly Halloween games during folkish celebrations, parties or family get togethers. Involve both the kids and the adults for a folkish good time!
Guess How Many
Fill a jar with candy corn and have guests guess how many are in the jar. (Don’t forget to count as you put them in the jar!) Place the jar near the door and hand each guest a 3×5 card to put their name, their guess and their favorite Halloween candy. Halfway through the party read them all off and announce the winner.
Halloween Memory Game
Place a few themed items such as a candy corn, apple, mini pumpkin etc. on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a few seconds, then have them write down (or call out) as many items as they remember.
How Many Words
Hand each person a sheet of paper printed out with a Halloween word or phrase such as Haunted House, Trick or Treat, or Scarecrow. Do these on the computer so you can include some small Halloween [...]
Here’s a fun way to reuse those worn-down stubs of crayons. They really work!
What You Need:
You can get fancy with colors,or just keep it simple.
* Old crayons
* Microwavable cup
* Paper towels
* Cookie cutters
* Pot holders
* Waxed paper
1. Peel the paper off crayons and break crayons into 1 inch pieces.
2. Place three or four pieces of a similar color into a microwaveable cup.
3. Place cup in the microwave on top of a paper towel.
4. Cook on high 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Caution: Cup gets hot.)
5. After wax is melted, hold the cup with a pot holder and pour the melted wax into a cookie cutter that has been placed on waxed paper.
6. To create a layered effect, pour wax into a small section of the cookie cutter; allow to cool, then pour another color over the first layer until you have several layers of color.
7. Clean cup with a paper towel before wax hardens.
8. When wax is hardened, push forms out of cookie cutters.
Coffee Filter Easter Eggs
Coffee filters, food coloring, straws or eye droppers
Cut coffee filters into oval egg shapes. Fill cups or dishes with 1/4 cup of water, one for each color, and add a few drops of food coloring to each. Use straws or eye droppers to drip colored water onto the egg shapes. Use many different colors for beautiful results!
Yellow *washable* paint, construction paper, crayons or markers, glue, cornmeal.
Paint the bottom of the child’s foot (excluding the toes) with yellow paint and have him step onto a piece of construction paper. You may want to have a wet rag handy to wipe off his foot afterwards! Allow paint to dry, then allow child to add a beak, eyes, and legs to the chick. For a nice touch, have him spread glue at the bottom of the paper and while it is still wet, sprinkle on some cornmeal.
Black construction paper, scissors, cotton balls, glue, white crayon
Trace the child’s hand onto black construction paper and allow them to cut out the shape (younger children may need adults to complete this step). Turn the hand shape upside down, forming the lamb’s body with fingers as ‘legs’ and the thumb as its ‘head’. Have children glue cotton balls onto the ‘body’ and add facial features with the white crayon. Glue onto another piece of paper and draw grass, or display as-is!
Chocolate Easter Bunnies
Cardboard (empty food boxes work well), chocolate pudding
Prepare chocolate [...]
You will need:
The shells of 6 eggs
1 tsp very hot water from the tap
1 tsp flour
Wash the eggshells well, so they don’t have any egg left in them. Dry them and grind them with a rock on the sidewalk or other concrete surface. Make sure the rock you’re using for grinding is clean so you don’t get dirt ground in with the eggshells. Grind the eggshells into a fine powder. You’ll need one soupspoonful of this powder to make a stick of chalk.
When you have enough powder to make a stick of chalk, sift or pick out any little bits of eggshell that are still not ground up and throw them away. Scoop the powder into a cup or paper towel and bring it into the house for the next part.
Stir the flour and hot water together in a small dish to make a paste. Put the soupspoonful of eggshell powder into the paste and mix well. It may help to mash it with the back of the spoon. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want colored chalk.
Shape this mixture into a chalk stick. Then roll it up in a strip of paper towel and set aside to dry. (Drying takes about three days.) Then just peel the paper off one end and you’re ready for some sidewalk art.
For really big sticks of chalk, try making 3 times this recipe, and stuff the mixture into an old [...]