Halloween can be a lot of fun! It can also be a lot of work, both in terms of costumes and getting your house ready for trick-or-treaters. It seems like there are a million Halloween crafts to choose from, and so many options for decorations. So, how do you decide what to do? How do you make trick-or-treating fun for the cute little kids who come to your door? And, what if you are out trick-or-treating with your own family? Who stays home?
Last year, our kids wanted to get in on the sugary fun, and we definitely didn’t want to miss this chance to make a family memory. So, while we were out trick-or-treating together in our neighborhood, we left behind a basket of chocolate. We wanted friends and family who stopped by to have something fun even though we weren’t home.
Rather than just leaving the candy loose in the basket for kids to pick up, we made it an activity! Kids had fun “fishing” for chocolate at our house and it was a great success. This year my three-year-old and I started brainstorming and experimenting with other fun ideas we want to try.
This is a great family project for anyone, especially if you like doing crafts together like we do! Here are some of the ideas we came up with. The examples below all involve chocolate, but almost all could be adapted for any treat.
Fishing for “Mummy Chocolate”
- Small, wrapped chocolates (e.g., Hershey’s)
- Toilet paper or white tissue paper
- Googly eyes
- Glue or tape
- Metal paper clips
- One 1″ magnet or bigger
- Short stick or dowel rod
First, roll the small, wrapped chocolates in the toilet paper or white tissue paper. Be sure to tape the paper at the end so it doesn’t unravel. Then, attach a metal paper clip at one end of the chocolate. Attach two googly eyes with glue, and your “mummy chocolates” are ready! Now, make a fishing rod by using a short stick or dowel rod, tape, string and magnet. Use tape to attach the string and 1″ magnet to the dowel rod. Now, you are ready to fish!
- Make a secret grab bag or lottery box, and fill it with regular chocolates.
- Add a few (and only a few) premium candies like Godiva. Make a sign that reads “Chocolate Lottery” on the box.
- Allow people to reach in for a piece to see what they get!
Digging for Chocolate Gold
- Fill a box (or a plastic tub) with papers, leaves, sand, or dried beans.
- Bury chocolates inside the box.
- For extra fun, use chocolates wrapped in gold paper or gold coin chocolates to make it really feel like you are searching for gold!
No Hands Game
- Tape string (various lengths) to multiple “fun size” chocolate candies.
- Hang candies from trees in your front yard or from the ceiling of your front porch.
- Have trick-or-treaters hold their hands behind their backs while trying to grab the chocolates using only their teeth.
Jump and Catch
- Use tape to attach chocolate bags or candy bags to a tree, your front door or porch post, or an exterior wall that’s tall.
- You can vary the size of the chocolate bags or candy bags, and the type of candy.
- You can also make your own treat bags using wrapped candies and plastic baggies.
- Have trick-or-treaters jump to grab the candy bags!
- Make a simple sign that says “Jump and Catch!”