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Halloween Party Ideas

You can almost feel the electricity of excitement as they enter the Harvest or Halloween party area that you’ve prepared. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, they bolt in with wide eyes, darting from corner to corner, to see what decorations, games and treats you’ve brought for them. It’s Halloween party time!

With thirteen years of classroom party coordinating, I am no expert. I still scramble to email other creative friends for fresh ideas, or search the web for easy and fun games. What did we ever do without Pinterest? What I do know is that the kids just want it to feel like a Halloween party and not like a classroom.

In my opinion, the best parties include getting the kids out of their seats and onto the floor, into a hallway, gym, or better yet, outside the school building! As a general rule of thumb, if it requires a long list of instructions on exactly “how” to have fun, it’s not very fun. Just keep it simple.

Below are a few common and successful party games. Most are relays and require you to divide students into groups or teams.

Kindergarten: Ghost Tower

Supplies: large white marshmallows, sharpie marker or googly eyes

Before the game starts draw ghost faces on the marshmallows. Race to see how many “ghosts” they can stack before their tower falls.

1st grade: Pumpkin Bowling

Supplies: various sized pumpkins and empty milk jugs or plastic pop bottles painted to look like ghosts

Set up the painted ghosts as the bowling pins and uses the pumpkins as bowling balls. Play

2nd grade: Mummy Wrap

Supplies: LOTS of toilet paper

Divide into pairs. Wrap your partner like a mummy during this timed race. The kids like to wrap their teacher up as a mummy too!

3rd grade: Eyeball Race

Supplies: ping pong balls, sharpie marker, plastic spoons

In advance draw bloodshot eyeballs on the ping pong balls. Place eyeball on the spoon and race to other end. Pass the spoon to a teammate who races back, or they can drop the “eye” into a plastic pumpkin or freshly carved pumpkin and race back.

4th grade: Costume Dress Up Relay

Supplies: funny costume separates

The students must race to get dressed up and then race to the other end, remove costume items and tag teammate. Try to gather funny items that are similar for two teams, like a hat for each team, 2 wigs, glasses or mask, vests or jackets, skirts/tutus, capes etc. The sillier they look, the more fun they will have.

5th grade: What’s In The Box | Brain Search

Supplies: decorated shoe box or cooked spaghetti noodles + halloween items to find

This is a timed game. Place small, interesting or gross items in the “brain.” The kids must feel around for as many items as they can find. The “brain” is held above eye level. They may not peek and may not pull items out. They try to guess the items and remember what they felt. They will then race to write as many items on a given list. Whoever has guessed the most, wins. This is a home made version of the store bought game, “What’s in Ned’s Head.”

6th grade: Monster Mash

Supplies: balloons, markers or self stick foam pieces, string

Each student blows up their balloon and decorates their monster. Tie one end of string onto balloon and other end to shoe or ankle. When the game begins, each student needs to try to step on or sit on someone’s balloon monster, while protecting their own (without hiding it or holding it). Whoever survives the “monster mashing” moves onto the final round. Best if done in smaller groups to avoid chaos and to allow kids to watch this crazy activity.

Don’t assume they’re too old for games. If you bring it, they will make it, play it and eat it. Even the kids who think they’re “too cool for school” will enjoy the break.

What are YOUR favorite games, treats, music and decorations for a classroom Halloween party? I’m still looking for those fresh ideas!

Games with Paper and Pencils

With all the technology in the world at our hands today, it is easy to forget where we came from with games. Pencil and Paper Games is at your service.

Many games are listed – including sorts by type and popularity. A dedicated page is available for each game along with instructions. Dots and Boxes was a favorite of my childhood.

Guess I might have to put down the iPhone or the shiny new Super Nintendo Classic console for a bit and give my kids some old school gaming knowledge.

Alanis Morissette – My Humps

The minor hit from Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas, My Humps as redone by Alanis Morissette.

While the general reaction from most is that 1) the lyrics from the song are incredibly stupid and 2) Ms. Morissette has more talent in her, um, humps, than Fergie has in her entiretly.

However, marketers should pay more attention to the viral nature of the video. Nearly 2 million viewings in 2 days; proving once again that now matter how much interest you think your little viral project is going to have, you can’t create the meme, you can only hope to get caught up in it.

HBO’s Entourage Returns in April

The rest of Entourage’s season 3 returns in April. However, HBO decided they either needed to make up for a crazy schedule of season 3 or they need to increase their revenue stream. The result: Entourage Season 3 – Part 1 is available for purchase April 3.

Judging by the reviews on Amazon, this is quite the unpopular decision at the hands of Home Box Office – regardless if the pricing is consistent with the equivalent number of episodes on the DVD as compared to seasons 1 and 2. But then again, the initial negative reviews are getting hammered on.

My suggestion to HBO, get them up on iTunes – even a week or two delayed from the debut. You’ll likely make a killing on iTunes sales and most of those same folks will gladly eat up the DVD’s when released. But more importantly, get your scheduling in order. I know the theory behind the split season was to get the final season of the Sopranos on the board, but when it was delayed, you should have jumped Entourage right back into the mix.

But whatever, my pre-order is placed and I’m just glad we get some more episodes soon.

Hug it out, bitches.