One of my favorite events that my students and I look forward to each year is Halloween Festival. I dress up in costume for the occasion as do the students and even some family members get in on the fun. I encourage siblings and even parents to dress up, last year I had a few mom’s that did. Loved it! Halloween Festival is held in my home, I break it up into 3-4 groups that are about 45 min. apart. This gives us about 20-25 min. to play and about 20 min. for goodies afterwards before the next group comes. I decorate the house inside and out. Last year I struck gold when one of my neighbors a couple blocks down were selling all their outside Halloween decorations.
Halloween Festival is a relaxed party atmosphere. The kids play a couple pieces and I try to do some kind of game to mix it up and get everyone involved in the fun. My favorite game is the Halloween Pass Along Game. I had found something for a baby shower and loved the idea so I took the idea and made one for Halloween. I’ve done this one the last couple years and it is a hit. I read the lines in between performances.
Another fun game I have done in the past is fact or fiction. You can easily google for these online and have the audience guess if what you are telling them is fact or fiction. One other one I’ve done before is a Halloween trivia. For example, how much does the largest pumpkin weigh? This is just some fun things to get everyone involved in the Festival.
An easy game while everyone is having refreshments is “Guess how much candy is in the jar.” Each family can write down their guess on their entry form and stick it in the bowl. The family that has the closest guess takes the jar full of candy home. You can download my entry forms and sign here: Halloween Candy Jar
For refreshments, I have each family bring goodies to share with everyone. When I first started doing this I went all out and bought subs, chips, drinks, etc… but hardly anyone ate these and just ate the goodies. I had so much leftovers! So the next year I just made a macaroni salad, chips, veggie tray, etc… but again everyone went for the goodies. (Any leftovers of refreshments I have, I give to the students the following week.) Now I provide water and then make a sherbert/7up drink which everyone loves and looks forward to. I always have at least one student that asks if I’ll have my yummy drink there.
Coming soon… Halloween Music