Monday, October 22, 2007 ;
Fall Festival for kids age 1-12
at church building
(like celebrating Halloween but without scary costumes.)
Both ds had costumes lent to them from church friends whose kids outgrew them. Very cute, a bear and a spiderman one, with muscles, so ds1 looked hunkier, haha.
Each one brought a dish and some candy. So I made choc-covered marshmallow spiders with licorice legs, and a beach-themed blue jello with sea creature gummies and sand (graham cracker crumbs). Also made some gumdrop pumpkins.
There was a "guess the number of M&Ms" contest for the older kids too (above right). Winner takes the whole glass container of candy! Pity I didn't win, haha.
I brought kids over a little earlier to help with decor. The organisers (2 Sunday School teachers) really had lots of props and decor stuff. There were huge spider webs, pumpkins everywhere, black cats etc.
There were teen helpers too, for decor, art and craft and games. Above right shows 2 of the girls with the "Spin wheel" game, where kids spin the wheel, complete the item shown (eg sing a song) and get to pick candy from the "haunted house".
Craft was very fun. I enjoyed it myself. They had different stations for diff age groups, but basically, we all decorated a pumpkin, and then made a Halloween mask. There were all kinds of materials for the kids to choose from, from felt, to feathers.
ds1 won some prizes from the games too. Everyone won something, cos there were so many games and so many opportunities.
Some games I can remember are Bingo, "Pin the tail" on the cat while blindfolded, group games of relays (eg pass pingpong ball on spoon)...
BINGO - using M&Ms as markers.
Not surprisingly, the amount of markers grew less and less as the game progressed cos the kids were munching them down too. :-)
Above left: one of the prizes ds1 won... false dracula teeth.
Snack time was fun too. The cups had googly eyes and there were spidey lollies. Over here they don't call them lollipops though, more like suckers? I remember in Australia they just call it Chupa Chups cos it was the most prevalent brand there.
Katelyn above, was sitting just opposite us. She's the same age as ds1 and in his Sunday school class.
My neighbors (above left) and Katelyn's older brother Braden (above right) holding the choc-marsh spidey and pretending to be scared.
Many of the adults dressed up too, and here's one of the sporting ones (below).
It was a lot of fun and even clearing up was easy cos many parents helped out. Staying to help till the latest has it benefits. I had extra pumpkins and candy thrusted at me as I left. So I have enough chocolate and pumpkins to last me to the end of the year now... nice...
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow