First grade Halloween party ideas needed...snacks, craft, game?

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Posted: 10/16/2010 10:51:58 AM
I'm the room parent for DS's first grade class this year. The teacher wants me to plan the snacks, a quick craft, and a game or two for a party lasting 1 hour 15 minutes (although kids need to put on costumes during this time, too, so probably around an hour of party).

I will be making whatever food there is because there are life-threatening food allergies in the classroom and my DS is one of them, so it's just safer and easier. The food issues are...life-threatening nut and dairy allergies and a vegan vegetarian.

My snack ideas...
"Monster fingers" (long carrots peeled to a point with a spider ring on each one)
Plain airpopped popcorn given in little pumpkin-printed cello bags
Regular Oreo cookie on a sucker stick decorated with a pumpkin face (icing made from powdered sugar, water, food color). I'll stick these in a pumpkin (drill holes to stick the sticks in) to serve
Apple juice/water

Any other ideas? Jello and Rice Krispies treats are out because of the animal gelatin in them. If I could come up with something to do with fruit to make it cute, maybe?

And I need a simple craft idea. I was thinking of giving them black paper and lots of shapes of pasta and having them glue it into skeletons and monsters (although these would only have an hour to dry). That seems kind of lame, though.

Game? For 24 kids??

Help!
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Nieka


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Posted: 10/16/2010 11:04:58 AM
I always hit up Familyfun.com for good kid ideas. I'm checking it out now.

I know for kids that age, we've done things like a scary bingo (there are templates you can make on the internet) variations of a bean bag toss, and I always make a vat of witches brew with dry ice. (Use whatever type of drink you can, I always used root beer. But apple juice, punch, pretty much anything works)

There's another game that is fun, but you would probably have to adapt it for food allergies. We tied donuts to a string and hung them from the ceiling with a tack. The kids had to try to eat it with their hands behind their back.

For crafts, there are printables of things the kids could color, or cut out a scary silhouette. If you can make cupcakes, you can decorate them, using licorice and jelly beans to make spiders.



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Posted: 10/16/2010 11:07:18 AM
Here's a link for the familyfun...there are tons of ideas here.

Halloween ideas



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Posted: 10/16/2010 11:39:50 AM
Craft and treat in one!! Have them decorate Pumpkin cookies!

Bingo is always good-- you can break the kids into three groups- one playing bingo- one making cookies and one getting costumes on.. then rotate! Then have other snacks in the end!


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Posted: 10/16/2010 12:24:39 PM
Another vote for decorating pumpkin cookies- peel and pull Twizzlers for hair, candy eyes, etc. We did stations where the kids rotate. Bingo, cookies and a craft. We decorated mini pumpkins (those tiny decorative ones) with various craft objects and Glue Dots.



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Posted: 10/16/2010 12:28:38 PM
Chunk your fruit and put it on skewers for fruit kabobs. And have fruit dip.


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Posted: 10/16/2010 1:34:12 PM
I remember playing an altered version of pinning the tail on the donkey...I believe it was pin the stem on the pumpkin or something like that...


What about buying small pumpkins and having the kids decorate them with glitter, stickers, markers, those felt cut outs from the craft store etc....


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Posted: 10/16/2010 1:52:49 PM
For my son's first grade Halloween Party we did

Toilet Paper Mummy Game
Pin the Nose on the Cat
Bowling (with soda bottles and a pumpkin bouncy ball from Target)
Balloon Pop
Candy Corn Toss
Ring around the Candy/prizes
... almost forgot, guess how many jelly beans.

It was a pretty good party. Everyone got a small prize for each game, and the winner/s got a big prize. (which was a spendy way to do it)




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Posted: 10/16/2010 2:46:46 PM
What's the toilet paper mummy game? That sounds fun!

I may do fruit skewers, too, minus the dip, unless I can find something that has no trace of milk product (no yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese...). Candy corn is the same problem for nut allergies.

I would love to do cookies, but can't find a good milk-free recipe. Even margarine contains whey and the teacher would prefer to not do home-baked things since then we're liable in case something has traces of milk. Ugh.

I'd love to do the mini pumpkins and will have to search out some that I can afford. So far, I've seen them for 50 cents each, which would be $12 for me. Maybe? They'd like those for sure.

Thanks for all the ideas...they got me thinking!
Nieka


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"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'"

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Posted: 10/16/2010 3:27:48 PM
I am room mom for my son's 2nd grade class. We are playing Bingo, and making ghosts.

For the ghosts get a roll of plain white viva paper towels and some fiber fill (pillow stuffing). Make a ball out of the fiber fill for the head and put it in the center of the paper towel. Tie a ribbon around it for the neck and you have a ghost. The kids can decorate it by making faces or whatever they want. We are going to spray ours with an iridescent glitter spray to make them sparkle a little bit.

Thanks for all the other ideas as I had to come up with one more game!

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Posted: 10/16/2010 4:28:32 PM
i dont think the menu has to be totally friendly to all the groups.

of course nothing on there that can harm the kids (peanut/dairy) but the menu can't include jello to please the vegan? i think that there should be something for everyone, but not every option should have to be vegan. if you know what i mean.

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Posted: 10/16/2010 4:39:51 PM
You could play "pass the pumpkin". Like "hot potato" but with a pumpkin instead!

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Posted: 10/16/2010 4:47:36 PM
With the exception of life threatening allergy, I'm kind of surprised you have to cater to the two kids who can't eat dairy (and one is a lifestyle choice, not an allergy, is that right?). I am VERY sensitive to this issue, as both my sons have Celiacs... I just can't imagine telling 23 other kids they can't have a cracker or a cookie because my kid can't. I have always provided party goodies for my kids so they can enjoy comparable things that they love, and they have never felt deprived. As an allergy parent, you are super sensitive to the issue, that is wonderful that you care so much about those kids. I'm sure the other parents appreciate it, but if you're struggling at all to come up with enough treats to make the party fun, I don't think it's at all inappropriate for you to inform the allery parents of your food plans and invite them to send in comparable treats for their kids (like a soy or coconut yogurt based dip for that fruit).

(or, a yummy fruit dip is a cup of strawberries blended with 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp oil and 1tbsp lemon juice )

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Posted: 10/16/2010 6:04:27 PM
No, the dairy allergy is an anaphylactic allergy to dairy. She carries an epi-pen at all times, eats at a segregated spot, etc. I could do Jello for everyone else and just bring something else for the vegan child, but because it would have to be safe for the tree nut/dairy allergies anyway, might as well all be the same.

Probably Oreos.

And thank you for that fruit dip recipe. That I can do! The child who is vegan does eat honey (just no products that come from the killing of animals) so we're good with that.

At least this school still does Halloween and costumes. A lot in this area don't! So sad!


Dave Barry on Christmas...
"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'"

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Posted: 10/16/2010 6:15:27 PM
I forgot about the mummy wrap! We did that one year, and the kids loved it.



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Posted: 10/16/2010 6:25:52 PM
I bought a mix at 'Aldie's' that has Hallowe'en sprinkles in it.

DDIL read the ingredients and it is nut & milk free, has wheat & soy.
DGS has nut allergy & another one at daycare is milk allergy so this one will work!

I would find it very difficult with all the 'food issues' in planning an event for kiddos.

Thank You for being considerate with those with allergies. A young child should not die because of a trace of food, but it happens.


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Posted: 10/16/2010 6:59:08 PM
You could have the kids decorate masks. That way incase they forget or don't have a costume, they still have something to put on.
I would pick up some large sheets of craft foam, cut them into masks, then punch holes(one on each side) and add a string or elastic band.
Have glitter, other foam cut outs and markers for them to use to decorate.

The toilet paper mummy race is always fun for kids.

A fun game my SIL does for kids birthday parties is a balloon pop. She blows up balloons, adds stickers, tattoos or candy. Then ties them closed & the kids sit on them to pop. Kids keep their balloon loot.

The only snack I can think of is fruit. I'd freak out if I had to be that careful with snacks. Good Luck!



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Posted: 10/16/2010 7:03:41 PM
Oooh...I like the mask idea! I have a ton of feathers, sequins, all that stuff....if I can find cheap craft foam, that would be easy peasy.

I am freaking out about food, but trying to just be simple. It's food. A snack. If I can just do something a little bit cute, it will be fine. I tested the Oreos on stick tonight and my kid liked them. Those, fruit and dip, popcorn, carrot fingers. Cool.

Either decorated pumpkins or masks, toilet paper mummy race, and maybe something I found online like hot potato, but passing a tiny plastic spider around the circle secretly so that kids don't know if it was passed every time or not and someone having to guess where it is?

Hmmm....
I truly appreciate this thread, though!
N.


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"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'"

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Posted: 10/16/2010 7:25:47 PM
I bought cupcakes last year...and then had the bakery put the icing on the side...then bought all sorts of sides...candy....sprinkles and the kids decorated. It was a hit!


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Posted: 10/16/2010 7:25:48 PM
We just had our meeting for my Kindy girl's class party meeting. They are doing the following stations:

**homemade playdoh with halloween shaped cutters
**make a snack mix - kind of a halloween gorp - have to count, measure, use math and then they go into- we've done it before with candy corn, corn pops cereal, popcorn, cranberries, etc...
**spider craft - something with pipecleaners, poms, and goggly eyes
**painting faces on mini pumpkins
**a Halloween song with hand motions

Other ideas we talked about or have done in the past:

**bean bag toss into a large jack-o-lantern face cut out of foam core or into those orange pumpkin treat buckets
**pumpkin bowling - cover 1 L bottles with fun halloween paper, put a bit of sand or beans in the bottom of each one for your bowling pins and use the mini pumpkins and gourds as the ball
**make that slime stuff - it's easy and fun for them to see the 'change'
**decorate masks cut out of cardstock or cardboard with a large popsicle stick for a handle (think mardi gras type masks - feathers, etc...)
**bob for apples





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Posted: 10/16/2010 8:13:04 PM
Snack - What about fruit juice frozen into paper cups (like Italian ices)?

Craft - give them black paper, white paper cut into 1/2" wide strips and a white oval. Let them use glue sticks to make a skeleton. If budget allows give them construction paper crayons or metallic crayons to include details. These show up great on dark paper.


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