Does the idea of a Halloween party send chills down your spine?
Eight party tips to keep you calm
Your child wants to host a Halloween party, but the thought of having a bunch of sugared-up kids running around scares you—a lot. We’ll walk you through easy games, décor and costume ideas that will keep them busy and your house in one piece.
Spa girl: Relax! A terrycloth robe, a shower cap, slippers and green face paint is all it takes to pull off this simple costume.
Construction worker: All you need is a big flannel shirt, tool belt, tools, hardhat and construction boots.
Laundry basket: Find the lightest basket possible, and cut a hole in the bottom that will fit around your little one's waist. Next, add clothesline suspenders. Finally, hang dirty clothes on the basket and line.
- Buy a batch of rubber vermin and tuck them in corners and other surprising places.
- Cover your table with a white sheet and dress it up to look ghastly. Fill a cauldron with blood (dark red fruit juice), put out unpolished silver; drape spider-webbing material from the chandelier.
- Stuff rubber or latex gloves with cotton pads. Stick on artificial nails, gaudy rings, fake fur and blood.
Fortune telling trick: Dip a cotton swab in lemon juice and use it to write words on different scraps of paper. Then get each of them to ask a yes or no question and choose one of the pieces of paper from a bowl. Have an adult hold it up to a "magic" light bulb (at least 60 watts) and watch as the answer slowly appears.
Squishy eyeball search: Fill a plastic tub with cooked spaghetti. (Add oil when you boil the pasta to make it extra slippery.) Blindfold kids, have them search for the "eyeballs" with their hands.
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