Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween: Ideas, Crafts, Food, and Fun

I can't wait for Halloween! Of course since Halloween stuff starting showing up at the end of August at our local stores, the boys can't wait either. If you found us last year, you know we are big Halloween fans (well...except for scary movies, I'll pass on those). I have even more ideas for this year, but here are the ones from last year to get the season started.
CRAFTS:
  • Attack of the Play-Doh Spiders! These were one of my favorite crafts last year. They are a little time consuming, but a huge hit with the kids. These are a perfect treat to bring into school if you have food restrictions, because who doesn't love Play-Doh!?
  • Eerie Spiders and Ghosts Reuse old egg cartons and make spooky little spiders and ghosts.
  • Pumpkin Pots If you have a clay pot, a sharpie, maybe some green pipe cleaners, you can make a quick and easy Halloween decoration!
  • Ghostly Handprints These make a cute craft or Halloween card to send to Grandma/Grandpa.
  • Pumpkin Cards With a little paint, some paper, and the right shaped leaf, you can create a great Halloween card.
  • Pumpkin Stained Glass
  • Easy Halloween Luminaries
  • Pumpkin Alternatives If you don't want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins, here are some alternatives.
  • Sweep Your Way Into Snacks: Broomstick Bags These make a great decoration or favor bag for a Halloween party!
  • Gourd Lighting (aka Pumpkin Candle Holder). I had this as a Fall and Thanksgiving idea last year, but it also fits well with Halloween.
  • Help! The Toilet Paper Roll Turned Into A Monster Easy to make monsters using toilet paper rolls.


  • FOOD:

    ACTIVITIES:
    • You've Been Boo'd! I cannot wait to do this tradition again in our new neighborhood!
    • Scare Up Some Cookies We had a cookie decorating play-date and the boys had a blast.
    • Spooky Storytimes Many local libraries and bookstores have Halloween themed storytimes! I included some favorite Halloween books so you can make your own storytime too!
    • Halloween BINGO This is great if you are stuck at home handing out the candy.
    • Pumpkin Picking (Pumpkin Patch) Every year we go with friends to the pumpkin patch and let the kids pick out a pumpkin. We usually end up at the farm's store eating apple fritters or donuts and drinking apple cider. It's a great time and I look forward to it each year.
    • Haunted Gingerbread House We decorate a gingerbread house at Christmas as a family and last year we started decorating a Haunted Gingerbread House for Halloween. It's lots of fun!
    • Halloween Scavenger Hunt Card Now that we walk to the bus stop, I am really looking forward to using these again.
    • Halloween Time Fun: A Crossword Puzzle
    • Halloween: A Word Find

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