Great memories sometimes only need a little planning and an active imagination.
By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 22, 2014
As a teenager Katie provided childcare for our Parents Anonymous Group caring for young kids while parents met. She planned activities for each meeting like reading stories or creating artworks. One week Katie planned to read children’s Scary Stories with a bonus… scary things to touch. She peeled several grapes (eyeballs), cooked a small amount of spaghetti (worms) and an ordinary prune (old man’s toe). The items were not to be seen by the kids so the grapes and prune were put inside separate paper bags and the spaghetti was put inside a plastic bag and then inside a paper bag. At the appropriate times during the story Katie announced to the children that each bag held an item: an old man’s toe, eyeballs and worms that they could touch but not see. The children shrieked and squealed and loved it. I recently connected with the children’s mother again and she told me her boys still talk about that day and the old man’s toe even though they are ten years older.
Two Bundt cakes put together makes a perfect pumpkin. Orange frosting and creative vision and you will have an edible jack-o’-lantern cake for party goers.
Blood and Bones
Breadsticks formed like bones with marinara sauce for blood is sure to get imaginations going. Use canned breadsticks from the refrigerator case. Cut each breadstick in half and shape the end into ‘bones.’ Bake as directed and let cool. Party guests dip ‘bones’ into marinara sauce ‘blood’ and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Fill a clean rubber glove with children’s drink mix or orange juice. Bend the fingers downward and place in the freezer. On the party day, carefully cut the glove off and place the ghoulish hand into the punch bowl.
For ‘ew’ effect, fill clear plastic party glasses with green gelatin. Before the gelatin has finished hardening, stir in a few wiggly gummy worms.
Smooth peanut butter on a cracker. Break pretzels into pieces for legs, 4 on each side. Put 2 raisins at one end of the cracker for eyes.
For each eyeball you need 1 powdered donut hole, 1 Gummy Life Saver for the iris and 1 chocolate chip for the pupil. Use a tube of red icing to glue the parts in place and to add ‘blood’ veins to make the eyeball look bloodshot.
Make cupcakes according to directions and then let cool. Frost the cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla frosting. Cut licorice sticks lengthwise twice. Place 4 on each side for legs and use 2 candy coated chocolate pieces for eyes.
Dirt Nap Pie
Finely crumble 30 chocolate sandwich cookies and mix with 2 large packages of chocolate pudding mix, cooked and cooled. Mix in 2 packages of gummy worms, saving a few to sprinkle on top.
Dip long pretzel rods into chocolate and then rolled into sugar sprinkles to look like a magic wand.
We Three Ghosts Are
(Sung to the tune of ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’)
We three ghosts of Halloween are
Scaring kids who wander too far.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Beware the Halloween Star.
Star of darkness, star of fright,
Star of every gruesome sight.
West winds howling, cats a-yowling,
Let’s play some tricks tonight!
Trick or Treater Set to Go
(Sun to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’)
I am a trick or treater set to go
Here is my flashlight, I’ll walk slow
I’ll always thank you for my treats
And I never run across the street!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Children have but one short childhood and it is these fun times are going to be the memories that give children comfort when they are adults and have kids of their own.
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