Absolutely one of my favourite events of the year…dressing up, carving pumpkins, playing games, collecting sweets, playing tricks, scaring your friends and walking around your local neighbourhood to see what fun and creative ways people have chosen to celebrate Allhallows.
Historical festivals were held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Many years ago people believed that at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come ‘alive’ and walk among the living. We think that this is why we all dress up in Halloween costumes today. We all know that our favourite games can be played on the 31st of October and this year that day falls on a Saturday so you can probably stay up a little later than normal and it is half term, even better.
Here are some ideas on how to make Halloween fun even during Covid…
Make your face mask into a Halloween face mask. How about a monster mouth, or a scary smile? Our favourite was the pussy cat whisker mask.
Everyone can enjoy the Mummy Sack Race. Usually we use toilet rolls for this game, but this year we thought that perhaps we should save on the toilet rolls and use really really old pillow cases. Spread your Mummies two meters apart, each Mummy gets into a sack and the first Mummy to reach the finish line wins….. the benefit of this game is that it keeps you warm too.
Carve out a few pumpkins with really big mouths. Place the pumpkins at a reasonable height and stand a sensible distance away. Use bean bags to try and aim, throwing your bean bag into the mouth of the pumpkin. You will score points for every bean bag that enters the pumpkin – we call this game Swallow the Bean Bag.
Drop the Pumpkin is great fun. Take four orange plastic balls (like the balls you find in the ball pit) draw some eyes and a mouth on them to make them look like a pumpkin, save all of your used cardboard toilet roll centres and let the race begin. Each player holds two cardboard toilet roll centres (one in each hand) then you place the orange pumpkin ball on top of the toilet roll centre and whilst trying to balance the pumpkin move as quickly as you can around a set course or set distance…. whoever manages to do this in the quickest time without dropping a ball wins.