Halloween Crafts, Parties and FUN

by Jennie on October 24, 2012

This time a year is a little confusing to me because we teach our kids not to talk to strangers or take anything from them and to watch what food they put into their bodies and then here comes good ole’ Halloween…. you tell them to do the COMPLETE opposite! Oh well, it is a ton of fun to celebrate and I just couldn’t imagine NOT doing it! :)

There are so many fun ways to celebrate the holidays and if you have kids, you have to throw in a themed craft! This rice spider web was super easy, but after many attempts at the spider I gave up. Thankfully, I know my not-so-crafty self and bought back up spiders that we ended up glueing on and it worked out just as good! 

Spider Web Craft

Did someone say BOO!!!!!???? Another fun way to celebrate fall is with BOO Bags! A child makes a bag filled with Halloween goodies and they leave it on your doorstep, ring the doorbell and run. Then you get the bag (the person who gave it to you stays a secret) and then you refill the bag with things you buy and do it to someone else and so on. There is a pic of a ghost that you have to put on your door so that others know you have been boo’d! By the end of it, you should see the pics on all the neighbor’s door! How cool is that?! Cody and I had fun filling his bag with lots of goodies that we found in the dollar bins at Target and JoAnn Fabrics. My neighbor gave me the great idea to go to the store after each Holiday and stock up on the Holiday inventory that is left. Then you have items to pull from for the next year that cost ya pennies. I found that even at JoAnn’s their Halloween items were marked down significantly already.

Boo Bags

A REALLY FUN thing we did over the weekend was take care of Cody’s class pet Gus. Gus is a stuffed animal, a fish to be exact. Each child gets a few turns over the school year to take Gus home. With Gus comes his favorite book that you can read and a book that each child fills out with what Gus did at their house and pictures to show the other kids in the class. Cody loved being able to read through this book, seeing what Gus did at his friends houses. Each day at snack time, Miss Megan (his teacher) reads through what Gus did while he was gone so each child gets a snack time all about them… how cute! We had SO much fun with Gus (and even took him across state lines to Cumberland in KY) that we did NOT want to give him back today! I actually think I had even more fun than Cody did with Gus! I loved taking pics of Gus and Cody doing all the fun things we did over the weekend. I think this is something that the kids will remember forever and you could do it with a play group or a home school group you have. It is just something I think is super fun and memorable!


What traditions does your family have for Halloween?
What fun things have you been doing leading up to Halloween?


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda October 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

THIS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR! But I agree to your point it does go against everything we teach them. I feel like we get a little overwhelmed the month of October and they kids dress up and go trick or treating like 5 times at least through the month. The Gus book turned out great! I am sure he didn’t want to leave you guys! What a fun weekend he had.

PS Can you send me the pics you took of Ava and Cody and the firepit pic for our photo books! MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!


MomSupport October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Yes of course! Once I download pics!!It was hard letting Gus go :(Sent from my iPad


party baby shower September 21, 2013 at 12:13 am

We had an almost identical conversation with the DJ's before our massive dance party this past weekend at beach


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