Simply Fun Halloween

Halloween should be fun, so don't get stuck with costumes and decorations that are too elaborate. Here you'll find a collection of easy-to-do Halloween ideas.


Enlarge Image Carved, painted, or decked in sequins, these starstruck pumpkins are stunning alone or in a grouping.

Don't have the whole day set aside for carving? No problem. Here are some ready-in-minutes ideas.

What You Need

  • Pumpkins of all sizes
  • Paint pen in desired color (often used for fabric painting, available at fabric, discount, and crafts stores)
  • Small paring knife
  • Votive candle
  • Star sequins
  • Straight pins with colored pearl ends
  • Small star cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Paint-pen pumpkin: To make a paint-pen pumpkin, draw stars in desired colors all over the pumpkin.
  2. Candleholder pumpkin: To make a candleholder pumpkin, cut a round hole (large enough to hold a votive candle) with a paring knife in the top of the pumpkin and scoop out. Decorate around the hole with paint pen as desired. Place a votive candle into the hole.
  3. Sequined pumpkin: To make a sequined pumpkin, attach star sequins using straight pins with pearl ends.
  4. Cookie-cutter pumpkin: To make a cookie-cutter pumpkin, press the star cookie cutter into the surface of the pumpkin and remove the "skin" of the star shape using a small paring knife.

Tips

  • Wind the ends of a metallic pipe cleaner around a pencil, slip off, and attach a pipe cleaner to the stem of a miniature pumpkin.
  • Attach a purchased artificial fall leaf at the stem of the pumpkin and display in a small pile of leaves.
Enlarge Image Here's a fun disguise that's easy to make.

If you like to send your kids out the door on Halloween in costumes as unique as they are, but don't want to spend all night sewing, these are the ideas for you. They're simple, fun, and your kids will love them. Try Goldie Locks, or see our slide show for more last-minute costume ideas.

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Slide Show

What You Need for Goldie Locks

  • Plastic headband
  • Scissors
  • Yellow yarn
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Yardstick
  • 2 yards of 1-inch-wide plaid ribbon

Instructions

  1. Cut approximately 48 nine-inch lengths of yarn for bangs. Working with two strands at a time, fold in half. Place the loop under the center of the headband. Thread the yarn ends through the loop and pull tight. Continue working on both sides of the first yarn until bang area is completed. Dab glue under the yarn at both ends to hold in place.
  2. For ponytails, cut approximately 100 three-foot lengths of yarn. With ends even, tie a piece of yarn tightly in the center; then tie around center of headband.
  3. Cut the ribbon into four equal lengths. Using a pair of ribbons, tie around long lengths of yarn, approximately 10 inches from the ends. Repeat for the other side.

Classic games are often the simplest and best for kids. These games are brand new to them and will help make Halloween a happy time.

Bobbing for Apples: What You Need

  • Timer
  • Basket of small apples
  • Clean dishpan of cool water

Instructions

  1. Float six apples in the dishpan.
  2. Divide the guests into two teams, one on each side of the basin.
  3. Bob for apples. Have two players, one from each team, remove as many apples as possible from the water in one minute without using their hands. (Hint: The game is even more challenging if you remove the stems from the apples!) Continue until everyone has a turn.
  4. Give the winning team a treat or a prize.

Pumpkin Reader: What You Need

Bewitch partygoers with your powerful fortune-telling skills.

  • 30 dried pumpkin seeds
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Glass bowl

Instructions

  1. Number seeds. Take 30 dried pumpkin seeds and use a felt-tip pen to number the seeds 1 through 10, three times.
  2. Place the numbered pumpkin seeds into a glass bowl.
  3. Pick and "read" the seeds. Have your guest pick one seed, without looking, and then hand it to you to obtain their reading. You can follow our suggestions below, but be prepared to embellish!

Suggested Fortunes

1 = You will be a famous rock star 2 = You will be President 3 = You will find great wealth 4 = You are funny and will be a famous comedian 5 = You will be a great actor 6 = You have a future in medicine 7 = You will be an important writer 8 = You will be a great explorer and find a treasure 9 = You will travel to the moon 10 = You will have an airplane

Feed the Pumpkin: What You Need

  • Two oatmeal boxes
  • Halloween decorations for the boxes (stickers, colored markers, construction paper, or anything else to dress up your cereal box)
  • Large bowl of popcorn

Instructions

  1. Decorate boxes. Before the party, decorate two oatmeal boxes (or similar small containers) to look like jack-o'-lanterns.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of popcorn.
  3. Divide the guests into two teams. Put the pumpkins at one end of the room and the bowl of popcorn at the opposite end.
  4. Give each team a large serving spoon.
  5. Scoop, carry, and deposit popcorn in pumpkin. On the count of three, one player from each team must scoop a spoonful of popcorn from the bowl, carry it across the room, and drop it into her or his team's pumpkin. If any of the kernels fall off, the carrier must stop to pick them up.
  6. Pass the spoon. The player then returns to the start and passes along the spoon. The process is repeated until one team completely fills their pumpkin. (Score a victory if any part of a kernel is above the rim of the container.)
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