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Your Essential Guide To Halloween…

October 8th 2015
By: Melanie

Kids love celebrating Halloween, it’s a time of year when they get to dress up and eat lots of sweets, but for parents it can be tricky (pardon the pun) to know where to start so here is our guide to getting ready for this year’s Halloween:

Preparation…

As with most things the key is in the preparation, if you are planning a party, start by agreeing the amount of children that can be invited. A two- hour time period is a good time frame for younger children and three hours is normally enough for pre-teens.

The party…

Work out exactly what you are going to do at the party, make a list of party games, this can include twists on popular party games, such as sleeping lions – this can be sleeping zombies or sleeping beauties, depending on the children. Apple bobbing is always a good game, but make sure you have a towel ready, ghost tag, pin the nose on the witch and so forth, it’s really easy to re-invent popular party games for Halloween. The ‘Netmum’s’ site is packed full of party games for any age of child, so check out this link for more info http://www.netmums.com/parties/party-games

Costumes…

Costumes are relatively inexpensive to buy, but if you have a stack of pre-used costumes from older siblings these can always be up-cycled. There are lots of suggestions for Halloween costumes on the Netmum’s website http://www.netmums.com/activities/autumn/halloween-dressing-up-ideas

Face painting - Create individual disguises by painting your child’s face http://www.netmums.com/activities/autumn/halloween/halloween-face-painting-ideas

The Pumpkin…

One of the most important parts of a celebrating Halloween is creating your own unique pumpkin with your kids. It’s quite easy to pick up pumpkin cutting kits from a supermarket or local newsagents or you can print off designs from the internet @ http://www.netmums.com/activities/g/pumpkin-carving-templates.

Start by making sure that you pick a pumpkin with a good round shape, this will make it much easier to carve your design, then cut the top off the pumpkin, and hollow out with a spoon, saving both the pumpkin and seeds. Once you have done this pin your design to the sides of your pumpkin and start to cut around the shape. It’s a good idea to make small holes in the lid of your pumpkin with a skewer to allow the heat from the candle to escape.

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