We got a bunch of Kid Made Modern craft kits (a fantastic bargain on sale, since there is no prep work for me required) and made one every few days leading up to the party. We made a glittered bat wreath, painted wooden haunted house and felt door hangers. I also had a foam haunted house but that didn't get done in time.
Avinash was also able to help me with a few other crafts for the party. I bought a big pack of orange napkins and we created these pumpkins stuffed with candy. Don't hate me but the triangles were cut from some leftover Hanukkah stickers. I used one napkin to make a candy bundle and one to twist around the bundle in a pumpkin shape. I used dark washi for the stems and to hold it all together of course.
We also bought paper towels and made ghost pops. The kids were truly confused by these, but I like how they each come with a handy napkin already attached.
pinterest and this is the cake he choose. It was between this and meringue ghosts.
I think I did a pretty good job coming close (with only some foam stickers and wooden skewers). I decorated the cake with pieces from another Target craft kit.
Etsy shop, if you are interested in a chalkboard one, just request a custom order and I will hook you up!]
The party sign is something I recently painted. Turns out we are not super great at doing things like hanging mirrors. This poor mirror shattered in the middle of the night. After sweeping up the damage I decided to recycle the base into another lovely chalkboard. I think I like it better this way.
Facepainting. I did this myself. I used to paint faces professionally, oh, about ten years ago in New York City. Ryan refused to get painted so he just went as himself. Avinash choose a rainbow bird, Nandini did her own self portrait and my Dad was an awesome sport for choosing to be a lion.
Pumpkin Scavenger hunt. This would have worked out a bit better if Austin wasn't having the worst rains and floods in years. The backyard was soaked so we hid all of the pumpkins on our little concrete patio (mostly in plain sight). The kids still had a blast 'finding' a pumpkin. I pictured the kids calmly taking them home and opening them there. They all tore right into them and picked out their favorite pieces and left the rest. My plan to sneak in some boxes of raisins was quickly foiled.
Decorate your own pumpkin. I bought bags of mini pumpkins and set them out in the playroom with black markers, googly eyes, stickers and glitter glue. More glue ended up on the table and very few pumpkins were actually decorated. I tried to make sure everyone at least got to take one home. I guess five is still too young for craft time at a party? The number one favorite activity was chasing each other and screaming while holding on to a stick of rock candy.
Are you tired yet? The key for me was doing it piecemeal and making the crafts a part of our regular activities. Crafting with a purpose is much more fun for me anyway. My mom helped a lot with the food so that was easy (for me anyway). The hardest part was getting our house clean and ready to go. We only moved in like six months ago, so it is still a work in progress, ha!
linked up with Paper Issues' Halloween Issue.