Quick and Easy Halloween Playdate Ideas

Written by: Christine Jones

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids, why keep it to just one night?!  

To make the holiday last longer, consider hosting a Halloween playdate with these fun and easy ideas for treats, games and a craft.

Rice Krispie Pumpkins: Your kids will be howling for more of these cute pumpkins.  In a pot over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and 40 marshmallows.  When they’re close to being melted, add in a few drops of orange food coloring to desired shade (you can also add in yellow and red food coloring if you don’t have orange).  When marshmallows are melted, add in 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and stir.  Let sit in the pot for five minutes to slightly cool.  With a ½ cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide mixture into 10 even portions.  With butter coated hands gently shape each portion into a pumpkin shape.  Add a small Tootsie roll to the top of each one as the stem.  If desired, use a frosting gel pen to draw faces on the pumpkin. 

Clementine Pumpkins:  If you want to keep your snacks totally healthy but still have a little fun these clementine pumpkins are perfect for you.  Simply peel the clementines and then add a tootsie roll or a sliver of a green apple for the stem.  Your kids will think they’re so cute they won’t even realize how healthy they are.

Pumpkin Hunt:  Cut out pumpkins from orange construction paper and hide them around your house. Send the kids out to see how many they can find.

Pass the Pumpkin:  Have all of the children sit in a circle and one child holds a small pumpkin or gourd.  Start playing music on your iphone or stereo, as the music is playing, the children pass the object around.  Stop the music and whoever is holding the pumpkin is out.  Keep playing until there’s one child left.

Mummy Wrap: (you need at least four kids).  For the game, divide the kids into teams of two players.  Give each team 1 roll of toilet paper.  On the count of 3, each team tries to wrap one of their players up like a mummy.  Whichever team uses the whole roll of toilet paper wins.

Keep the fun going and let each child have something creative to take home with this easy activity!

Boo Pops: All you need is a bag of tootsie pops, a roll of white paper towel (or white paper napkins), dental floss and a sharpie. Place the paper towel over the tootsie pop, wrap it around and tie with dental floss or other string.  Let the kids create the face.

For more information, visit my blog, www.Beyondthepark.com, where I share our favorite things with other Chicago families.

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM