Fall Parties

February 12th, 2013 posted by Barbara Thomas

Many parents are opting for Halloween or Fall parties as an alternative to trick-or-treating. But how do you keep all those kids safely and happily occupied for a few hours? These are some simple, easy to manage games and activities that will make your party memorable and fun. The games cover a wide age range, choose the ones that best fit the ages and temperaments of your guests.

Thinking Games

GUESS HOW MANY Fill a jar with candy corn or miniature marshmallows and have guests guess how many are in the jar. This is a good game to play at the beginning of the party, as guests filter in. MEMORY GAME Put a few theme-appropriate items (an apple, a piece of candy, a leaf, etc.) on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a few seconds, then have guests write down (or call out) as many items as they remember. HOW MANY WORDS …can you make from HALLOWEEN or SCARECROW.

Physical Fun

POPCORN RELAY RACE Set out bowls full of popcorn at one end of the room, empty bowls at another. Teams must transport the popcorn from full bowl to empty, using a measuring cup. This is a messy game – plan it for the end of the party! (Note: popcorn is a choking hazard for children under three). COTTON BALL SCOOP Fill large mixing bowls with cotton balls and give each guest a spoon. Kids must scoop out as many cotton balls as possible in one minute – without using fingers! PIN THE… …Nose on the Jack-o-Lantern, Stem-on-the-Apple, Hat-on-the-Scarecrow, or whatever variation best suits your party theme.

Arts And Crafts

PAINTS Finger or sponge-paint with fall colors, or black and orange. Guests can make a tablecloth or placemats for the party, or pictures to take home. COLLAGES Guests can make collages of fall leaves, pictures from magazines that relate to your party theme. PICTURE FRAMES Buy clear plastic frames, or make you own from craft sticks, and have guests decorate the frames with paper, paints, cutouts, and other craft items. Take a Polaroid of the guests when they arrive and the photo and frame are a great gift.

Odds And Ends

DANCE Young children love to dance; pop in a Sesame Street tape and let them go! PARADE If your guests come in costume, have a costume parade throughout the house. GHOST STORIES If your guests are older (nine and up) have them create a ghost story. Dim the lights and sit guests in a circle. The host(ess) holds a flashlight and begins the story. At an exciting or pivotal moment in the tale, pass the flashlight to the next person to carry on the story.

Barbara Thomas (7 Posts)


Featured Contributor

Cindy Rowe
Cindy Rowe (7 Posts)

Cindy Rowe is the owner/editor of Crazylou Creations blog. On the blog, you will find a little bit of crazy, and a whole lot of fun! As a FT working mother, she still finds time to create crafts, play around in the kitchen, plan parties and exercise. You'll find all of this and more on her blog!


Contests & Giveaways

Win Fun Stuff!

Check out all the fun goodies we are
giving away here!

Featured Giveaway

***WE HAVE A WINNER!**** Our #2 Anonymous Poster says: What an awesome giveaway! I’d love to win this and give it to my grandkids for Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway  […]   READ ARTICLE

Giveaways change every couple of weeks, so be sure to check back often.

Coming up!

Orange Carrot Less-Drip Ice Pops
OrangeCarrotIcePop feature

Parents are always looking for ways to sneak some vegetables into their child’s diet. Well, unless your kids are avid carrot lovers, just call these orange ice pops — they’ll […]