Halloween-Party-In-a-Box

Halloween 2020 is looking a bit different from other years, isn’t it? Here in Ohio we’re being discouraged from having Halloween parties or getting together with people we aren’t around much and it’s all because of the Covid-19 virus. Should you take a chance on taking your family to a party? What about trick or treating? Is it safe? For those of you looking for a way to stay home with your kiddos but still let them have a fun time, I created Halloween-Party-in-a-Box. We don’t live close to our grandkids and in the interest of keeping everyone healthy, we won’t be seeing them this year at Halloween. But I wanted to do something to help them still enjoy this crazy holiday. Maybe you can use some of these ideas for your own celebration.

Let’s start off with coloring pages. There are quite a few free coloring pages that you can find on the internet. I just “Googled” “coloring pages” and found some cute free ones that I printed out for the grandkids. I added some new crayons or colored pencils and ta dah, there’s one activity.

Walmart had lots of odds and ends of Halloween fun for a low price so I found it fairly easy to come up with things for a party. Glow bracelets, for example. Halloween is all about being spooky and doing things in the dark so glow bracelets fit right in. You can get 8 glow bracelets for $.98.

Decorating a small paper bag with Halloween stickers and anything else they’d like to draw on, makes up activity #2. I found a pack of Halloween pencils so I threw some of those in too.

In order to keep the items for each activity all together in the same place, I used quart and gallon sized zip plastic bags.

Activity #3 is decorating pumpkin cookies. Yum! I found a box of 16 cookies with icing and sprinkles which I shared between 2 sets of grandkids.

I divided the sprinkles into 2 small containers and purchased 2 extra small tubes of icing gel so that each group had 3 colors to decorate with…orange, green and black. Again, I put everything for this project in a zip plastic bag and wrote on the bag what the project is.

If you’re having cookies to eat, you need something Halloween-y to eat them on, right?

Halloween colored crazy straws will make drinking more fun too. 😉

Some tiny Halloween puzzles will be fun to put together for activity #4.

If you want to make it more interesting, have the kids race to see who can get their puzzle together first. I think they are cute!

I found tiny pumpkins in a clearance sale and decided to add in some markers for a drawing faces on a pumpkin activity. (#5)

Activity #6 is the grand finale with a “Wrap a Mummy” game. All you need is some toilet paper. 🙂 There are different ways to play this game so pick the one that fits your family best. If you have enough people, divide into 2 teams and divide the toilet paper rolls between the 2 teams. Pick someone to be the mummy and the rest of the team wraps them in the toilet paper. The winning team is the one with the best looking mummy. (Remember to leave eyes and mouths uncovered for breathing and seeing where they are walking!) This could be extra fun if the mummies are mom and dad and the kids are doing the wrapping. Another version could be if all the kids become mummies. After they are all wrapped up, they could have fun walking around with their arms out in front of them, making spooky noises! 😉 (And probably chasing their siblings or parents!)

I included a little note to the grandkids that is on the top of everything when they open the box.

One little tip I have is if you are sending the Halloween-party-in-a-box to kids that you don’t see often or are young little munchkins, you might include a picture of yourself to help them know who sent them their box of fun. Grandma and Grandpa, this would be a great thing to do if mom or dad is feeling stressed out and out of time before Halloween…you could offer to take care of the Halloween party this year and show up with your Halloween-Party-in-a-Box all ready to go. 🙂 (Depending on your situation, of course.) I hope these suggestions will help you still have a great Halloween 2020!

Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

Halloween will soon be here! And we are still in the midst of Covid-19 with a lot of places seeing the number of people affected climbing steadily each day. Are you debating on how to celebrate Halloween this year? Should you take your kids trick-or-treating or keep them at home? What about parties? I would like to offer you some options this year to make your Halloween a little safer. I will be sharing some ideas of things you can do at home so that even though this year might be different, it can still be fun. For today, let’s make some easy Spider Cupcakes! Start by making your favorite flavor of cupcakes and frosting…or purchase some from your local grocery store or bakery. I decided to make chocolate cupcakes.

And some vanilla frosting. Mmmm!

I chose Whopper Malted Milk Balls for the spider’s body. You could also use a small donut hole or something else round.

I bought a can of black frosting to use for making the spider’s legs.

But I found it difficult to control the stream of frosting that came out of the can. It was like nothing was coming out and then suddenly, WHOOSH and there was a huge blob of frosting. 😦 Lucky for me, my daughter suggested putting the black frosting into a ziploc bag and cutting a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag. This worked great! It was much easier to get a smooth steady amount of frosting coming out this way.

Place a Whopper candy in the center of a frosted cupcake. Then using the black frosting, draw 8 legs. (Yes, spiders have 8 legs.)

I also added 2 tiny dots of frosting on the candy to give the spider some eyes.

Cute, isn’t he? (Well if spiders can ever be called cute, I guess it would have to be this kind!) I experimented a bit with different ideas of where to draw the spider’s legs and I decided I liked this way better. Feel free to draw the legs on however you like best.

And that’s all there is to it! Ta dah! You have spider cupcakes for Halloween!

Now, just for some added amusement, here are some other ideas that I tried that may or may not have turned out quite so nicely. Haha! I tried adding some sprinkles AFTER I made the spider but the first time, the frosting had already dried enough that the sprinkles mostly bounced off the cupcake. The next time I made the spider and while the frosting was still wet I added sprinkles but then the sprinkles stuck to the spider’s eyes and legs and looked kinda weird. So I tried putting the sprinkles on first and then making the spider, but I thought it made the cupcake look too busy. It’s your call…kids love sprinkles! My daughter also suggested I try making a spider web and you can see how that turned out…a little bit wonky but kinda cute.

Maybe using orange frosting would be neat? Or maybe orange and green sprinkles? The moral of the story is, make the cupcakes in the way you think is fun and they will be great! (And taste good too!) You could make these for your kids or you could make them together for a fun Halloween project. Even if they turn out a bit wonky like some of mine, you can still spend time together and giggle over your masterpieces. 😉 Have fun! I’ll be back next week with some more safe-at-home-Halloween ideas!