If you know me, you know that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love decorating the house, watching scary movies, eating candy, dressing up – all of it. It’s just the best. I’ll normally scour some local pages to try to find some other activities to do in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Sheff and I have had some really good ones this year:
Sheff and I have always loved going to the library, but I didn’t really pay that much attention to the kid’s activities, because they were mostly during the day, and we couldn’t make those. So I was really pleasantly surprised to see they had a bunch of Halloween activities taking place after working hours!! First was a pumpkin-palooza, where we made inverted pumpkins and got to make a pumpkin patch marble maze. I think we’re going to end up framing the inverted pumpkin, because it just turned out so good!!
The following week, they had a whole bunch of Halloween activities. They had a maze where you had to find storybook characters, a scavenger hunt that took you all throughout the Kid Zone, and fun props to get pictures with. Sheff loved the scavenger hunt the best – he loved following the clues and figuring them out to be able to get the treat at the end. And I’m thankful for about two hours of non-screen time after school.
|| Rice Krispie Ghosts ||
During my first ever trip to Aldi’s (thanks to Nadine’s nagging!! 🙂 ), Sheff and I found a Rice Krispie ghost making set. We bust it out one night when B was traveling, just so we could blast Halloween music. I haven’t made actual Rice Krispie treats in forever and had forgotten just how easy they were. After that part, Sheff pretty much took it over. He pressed the mix into the molds and did the icing on the actual ghosts. It was a fun activity, so I know we’ll be searching for the same kit next year.
|| Volunteering at School ||
I did something so out of my comfort zone that I still can’t believe I actually went through with it. I volunteered to help during Pumpkin Investigation Day in Sheff’s class. This entailed working with a group of four kids (one was Sheff) while they guessed how much their pumpkin weighed, how big around it was and how many seeds were inside. Which means I had to carve a pumpkin – with a Target-bought carving kit. In front of six year olds who just wanted to get their hands inside the pumpkin. To be fair, the whole table was pretty well-behaved, and we all came to a compromise on the jack-o-lantern face – the girls wanted a friendly pumpkin, and the boys wanted a scary one. We gave it scary eyes and a toothy smile. I think he turned out pretty great, even though it did take a really long time to get it carved out.
I just learned of a 1200 pound pumpkin nearby – we are definitely going to check that out, and probably a huge trunk or treat this week as well. What fun things do you like to do for Halloween?