I may have gone a little overboard with monsters, but with Halloween just around the corner it was too easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit. This program was a bit different than anything I had done before. I set up a bunch of tables around the perimeter of the room and did not put out any chairs at all. For a majority of the program kids moved clockwise through the stations playing different games or activities that reflected as many classic monsters as I could imagine.
I opened the program with a pretty cool demonstration showing the kids a recipe for edible blood. I let them try a lick and then dumped the batch of blood I created on a plate of gummy worms for a later activity. Then kids started rotating through the different monster stations. I should have had some help because it was very difficult to be contained to one station and not able to walk around and help people.
Witchy Matching Game
This was a game of memory I made from some laminated illustrations of different witch hats. It requires two players taking turns to flip card over two at a time in search of matches.
The skeleton puzzle was a printed skeleton illustration that I cut into several pieces (skull, rib cage, arms, legs, feet, etc) and laminated. The kids were asked to take the pieces and rebuild the skeleton.
For the spider maze I traced a very simple maze onto a large piece of black poster board. Then I glued white yarn over it to make a raised “web” maze. I set out a supply of plastic spiders and straws and kids were challenged to navigate a spider through the maze
Cauldron Scavenger Hunt
This was the surprise hit of the night! We happened to have a plastic cauldron in the craft room so I filled it with ball pit balls and cotton fluff to look like a bubbling potion. One the tables I put a few cards listing some potion ingredients (eye of newt marbles, plastic frogs, felt bat wings, etc) which could be found by digging around in the cauldron.
Monster Tic Tac Toe
I printed out a monster-themed version of tic tac toe. I believe it was werewolves and vampires. This was probably the least popular table.
For a prize I wrapped some Halloween erasers in cream colored crepe paper so that it looked like mummy bandages. A little bit of regular tape increased the unwrapping difficulty.
Ghost bounce was a white balloon with a ghost face where the goal was to stand inside of a hula hoop and bounce the ghost as many times as possible. This one got a bit out of control. especially with little kids, who wanted to run off without the balloon.
I “babysat” this activity, as I wanted to keep am eye on things and talk to the kids as they came through so this was one of the last tables at the back of the room. I prepared 4 recycled baby wipe boxes with different monster body parts to touch. Goblin Boogers were yogurt raisins in applesauce, Zombie Scalp was some silly putty and corn silk, Witch’s Tongue was a banana cut in half, and Tarantula Eggs were some tapioca pearls in baby oil. I also had a zombie brain made from jello and cream in a brain mold. I didn’t put this one in a box because I wanted everyone to be able to see it, but I still encouraged people to touch it.
The final activity was another group activity. Remember those gummy worms from earlier? Well I gave every kid a pair of plastic vampire fangs and had them race down to the table and try to pick up a gummy worm without using their hands.
Activity: Edible Blood Tutorial
Activity: Witchy Matching Game
Activity: Skeleton Puzzle
Activity: Spider Maze
Activity: Cauldron Scavenger Hunt
Activity: Monster Tic Tac Toe
Activity: Mummy Wrappers
Activity: Monster Boxes
Activity: Ghost Bounce
Activity: Zombie Eye Popper
Activity: Vampire Gummy Worm Dash