Ok, so Halloween, like most things this year, is going to look and feel different.  But different can be fun too.  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how you want your Halloween to go . . .

GIANT SPIDER WEB

Grab some black and orange yarn and make a giant spider web in your house (or backyard).  Give each participating child a starting point with their own thread.  Have them follow that single thread throughout the house/backyard, over and under other individual threads, winding it up as they go. When they reach the end, they will find their bag of Halloween candy or special surprise.

HALLOWEEN THEMED PINATA

Who doesn’t love a good pinata?  It’s like a trick-or-treat explosion.  And there are some seriously cute pinatas you can find.

YOU’VE BEEN BOOED

Go stealth mode with your kids and secretly deliver a Halloween-themed gift package to a special friend’s doorstep before Halloween.  Leave a sign saying they have been “Booed” with our fun Newport Mesa Moms printables.  But shhhh, see if they can guess who “got” them.

CLUES SCAVENGER HUNT

Are you creative?  Write some clues on index cards (or check out Play Party Plan for free printables), place them throughout the house or yard, and send your kids on a scavenger hunt to find the ultimate treasure at the end.

Photo Credit and Inspiration: Play Party Plan

EYEBALL HALLOWEEN HUNT

Purchase a big bag of plastic eyeballs and hide them throughout the house or in the yard.  Let it be fun on its own, or reward the winner with a prize.

Photo Credit and Inspiration:  Get Your Holiday On

SCARY TOUCH & FEEL TABLE

Ever see a peeled grape and think, this is what an eyeball probably feels like?  Or make a big pot of spaghetti and suddenly think . . .  intestines?  If you said yes, you probably grew up in the 80’s and went to a party with a Halloween-themed touch and feel table.  Missed out?  Now’s your chance to have some fun with it.  Set up a few bowls of food in a row, blindfold the kids/or cover up the bowls, and tell them a scary story as they feel their way along the eyeballs, severed fingers and intestines.  (I couldn’t remember all the foods we used when I was a kid, but I found these great ideas from Project Nursery  if you need some inspiration.)

Photo Credit:  Project Nursery

GIANT CANDY TUNNEL

Can’t let go of the idea of trick-or-treating?  Make a giant candy tunnel using a PVC pipe to deliver candy to trick-or-treaters from a safe distance.

Photo Credit and Inspiration:  Wicked Makers/Youtube

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