Halloween is rapidly approaching and hosting a party at home, can be a great way to keep your kids out of trouble for the evening.
Here's some party game ideas, some inside, some outdoors, all of them relatively cheap and easy to set up.
There are two ways to make your ghostly skittles for this game. The easiest is to use a black marker pen to draw a face on full toilet rolls, which are then stacked vertically. Or for traditional looking skittles, paint empty pop or squash bottles, or wrap white paper around them, then draw faces on one side. Use a neon orange tennis ball with a face drawn in as your pumpkin bowling ball.
Spider Web Ball Toss
Stretch an old white sheet across the ladder of your garden slide or climbing frame. Use a marker pen to draw on a spider's web, then cut some holes in, to correspond with the gaps between the ladder rungs. The aim of the game is to thrown a tennis ball or bean bag through the holes. For older children, mark points values against each hole, and they can exercise their maths skills by adding up and comparing their points totals.
Mummify Your Mummy, Or Daddy, Or Brother
All you need is plenty of cheap toilet roll (although not too cheap as it will tear too easily), and a willing participant. It doesn't take much to mummify your relative or friend: simply walk around them in circles while wrapping them in toilet paper.
Incy Wincy Spider
Use black tape to mark out a spider's web on your carpet or patio, complete with directional arrows, and a fly at the centre. The aim of the game is to balance on the web and reach the fly without falling off. The winner is the person who gets the furthest, or reaches the fly in the quickest time.
Tray Of Gloop
If you have a water or sand tray, or even a splash pool that's become redundant over the colder months, put it to good use this Halloween by filling it with homemade gloop, from cornflour, water and food colourings. Hide small plastic insects underneath the gloop, then challenge the children to see how many insects they can find in one minute.
Spider Web Assault Course
Use a toilet roll to cover your climbing frame in a giant spiders web. Challenge the children to make it from one side of the frame, and back down the slide without breaking the web.
Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
If you want to embrace the sugar rush that usually comes at Halloween, there are plenty of varieties of ghoulish chocolates and sweets that you could use as treasure to hide around the garden and play equipment. Alternatively, you could use little orange ping pong balls, or orange golf balls with faces drawn on, and hide them.
These are just a few ideas. You can take pretty much any children's party game and put a Halloween spin on it with a splash of orange and a liberal application of plastic spiders. To ensure party success, stock up on loo roll and Halloween inspired treats when you do this week's shop.