TRICK OR TREAT OPTION ON SUNDAY HALLOWEEN: -
Since Halloween fell on A Sunday this year our
Ward Primary Presidency ran a "Halloween" event on Saturday
They had all the usual events, a Magician, games, Trick or
They even had what the kids thought was a haunted house. In
it was Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life.
After entering the darkened Gym through a tunnel like entrance the kids
saw a "fountain" (in reality a fan blowing blue and white streamers up
on the air) that formed the river. (The river was a tarp
so it was long and skinny and had silver tinsel scattered over
Dry ice formed the Mists of Darkness. On the far side of
river was the Great and Spacious building. Four of the parents
recruited to tempt the children of the straight and
There was a path marked on the floor and an Iron rod for the children
hand on to. The Bishop (Dressed in white) stood at the far end of the
by the tree of life. White popcorn balls hung on it and as each
made it to the end they were congratulated and given a "fruit" from the
tree of life. The tree was a Christmas tree with white lights on
it. Along the way one of the Primary Teachers walked
with the kids to keep them on the straight and narrow. There were
about 50 kids. Those of us in the great and spacious building
the kids, candy, toys, money, pokemon cards, and just about
we could think of. We started throwing chocolate coins at the
to entice them. Eventually two Missionary Elders joined us as
they positioned themselves close to the Iron Rod. They were
the kids to just reach out and pick up the stuff we had
We only "got" one kid an enterprising 10 year old who (without letting
go of the Iron Rod) leaned way far over and picked up the coins.
Feeling quite pleased with him self (and we with ourselves) he
to the end. He was told that we wouldn't get the
The look on his face was amazing, and unlike the Devil we all
really bad for him. One other young man also picked up some coins
but threw them back at the suggestion of the guide.
in all it was an amazing set up. Afterwards the kids were
what would have happened if they had have gone over. We told then
that they would have drowned in the river. What if we swam asked
another child. Well then you wouldn't have got the things we
you I said. "You mean you lied?" I was asked.
I said, that's the way the Devil works, his promises are empty
and won't get you anything good. This small group was silent for
a moment and then said "That's not nice" and I agreed with them.
I don't know who's idea this was but I think our Primary Children
a great deal from this experience. But many thanks to an
Primary Presidency. Heather
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- Our Halloween joint activity is to put on a small carnival for
our Primary kids with little games and prizes. Costume contest, cupcake
walk, bean bag toss, etc. Tawnie
- We decided to have each class come up with a craft. So
we are painting empty cans to look like jack-o-lanterns and crafting
food-probably making some popcorn hands or cookie ghosts or spoon
also painting a terra cotta pot to look like a piece of candy
Then we are going to serve "grave yard dessert". The beehives
to come in costume. For an activity, you could turn off the
lights, use flashlights and each take a turn adding a line to a
story? (One person starts the story and each person takes a turn
adding to it.) We also decided as adult leaders to take a treat
sing a Halloween carol to each of our YW the Thurs before
(Thanks to Lisa for posting that idea!!!)
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CRAFT: - I am doing something fun for Halloween. I have been
saving the short type of can that corn comes in (like Green Giant
out and label off) then I spray them on the outside with a coat of gray
primer paint, then when that is dry a couple of coats of white spray
Punch two holes near the top opposite each other. At the
sponge orange paint all over, then when that is dry, (allowing some of
the white paint to show through) draw on jack-o-lantern faces with a
marker. Don't worry about bumps and ridges on the can. Add
a wire handle in the holes you made, tie with some raffia or ribbon and
you are done. You can use any size of can from tuna fish, to soup
to #10 if you have one. Oh, another thing is to add two yellow
glued on for the cheeks if you want.
- Cut out and paint two egg cups (from a cardboard egg carton)
Turn one cup over and place it, rim to rim, on the bottom cup.
to hold in place on the back side. Glue paper eyes and nose to
cup; glue paper mouth to bottom cup. Open up pumpkin and fill
goodies. (Pack-o-Fun magazine, Fall, 1988)
1 onion, chopped
29 ounce can
16 ounce can
49 ½ ounce
can chicken broth
12 ounce can
hot pepper sauce.
In a large
cook 1 cup chopped onion in ¼ cup margarine or butter until
Add one 29-ounce can and 16-ounce can pumpkin. Gradually stir in
one 49 ½-ounce can chicken broth. Add one 12-ounce can
milk, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram,
teaspoon dried thyme, and a few dashes bottled hot pepper sauce.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes,
stirring occasionally, to blend flavors. To serve, top each
with fresh herb sprigs or pumpkin seeds. Makes 12-14
(Better Homes and Gardens, October 1993)
6 ounce cream
2 teaspoons maple
Mix well – dip
apple slices, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, etc.
for mixing your favorite box cake mix and for preheating the
Grease and flour a large Pyrex bowl. BE SURE THE BOWL YOU USE IS
MADE TOB E USED IN THE OVEN. Fill bowl half full with cake
Put in oven until cake is done. (an easy way to tell if it’s done
is to press your finger in the center of the dough. If dough
back, cake is done.) Cool on rack. Invert bowl to remove
Frost with dark chocolate frosting. Add black gumdrop eyes and
licorice legs. Press in corn candies for fangs!
to directions on package. Line a shoebox with black paper.
Tape the lid upright to one side. Fill the box with
On the lid write, “Here lies old Pop Corn.” (Pack-o-Fun, Fall,
ON A STRING
Select large red
apples with firm stems at the store. Tie a 3-foot string on the
of each apple. Team up your guests. Each team will compete
against the others. On “go”, one member of the team will hold the
apple in front of him by the end of the string. The other person,
with his hands behind his back, will attempt to take a bite out of the
apple. Time limit: 4 minutes. The first team to get a
bite, without using their hands or bodies, wins. (Walt Disney
Award a prize to
the guest who comes closest to the correct number of buttons, marbles,
grains of corn, coins or any other objects in a jar. (Walt Disney
Give each guest
a pad, pencil and three minutes to list as many words as possible that
can be made up from the letters in the word “Halloween”. A prize
to the winner. (Walt Disney Productions, 1973)
TOSS THE BALL GAME
At one end of a
room, place a real or artificial pumpkin with a hole cut in the
Give each guest or team one or more soft rubber balls, or ping pong
for tossing into the opening in the pumpkin head. Champion
win prizes. (Walt Disney Productions, 1973)
Midway in the
will be an appropriate time to announce to the guests that it is
time. Have each guest draw one of the printed questions below
a box or jar. That is the question that he or she will ask the
teller. Give the fortune teller a list of the answers.
all the guests in front of the fortune teller’s booth, which can be set
up in a doorway or arch. Make sure all the guests can hear the
and the teller’s answers. After each answer, the teller gives the
asker a regular fortune cookie and asks the person to read the message
aloud for all to hear. The fortune teller can be dressed as a
be happily married?
A: Yes. Many
Q: Will I be
A: Only if you
Q: Will I get
into the movies someday?
A: Yes. If
you buy a ticket.
Q: Will I
A: No. Just one
at a time.
Q: How can I
make a room look bright and cheerful?
A: Try leaving
Q: How can I
attract the opposite sex?
A: Drop your
and then let the other person pick them up.
Q: Where can
I find the true meaning of love?
A: Look it up in
Q: Shall I
my singing voice cultivated?
A: No. Plowed
would be better.
Q: How can I
become musically inclined?
A: Lean on a
Q: Should I
be on the stage?
is one leaving at 9 o’clock. Be under it.
Q: What does
my palm tell you?
your future looks dark, or your hand is dirty.
Q: How can I
get into a locked haunted house?
A: Try using a
with white sheets. This gives the house an un-lived in, deserted
look, like all good haunted houses have. Cut out construction
bats and spiders and hang them from the ceiling and on the walls.
String and a little bit of tape will do the trick. (Walt Disney
green, blue and red 25-watt bulbs in place of your normal white
This gives a great “low key” lighting effect and makes the rooms look
spooky like a horror movie (remember the darker the room the spookier
is.) (Walt Disney Productions, 1973)
BOO BAT PIN
Cut wing pattern
from black felt. For the head and body, glue two 1” black
to the center of wings. Glue on two ¼” white pom-poms for
the eyes and one orange pom-pom for the nose. Cut name tag from
paper, and glue to wings. Attach a pin to back of bat.
Blow up a large
orange balloon and knot the end. Trace patter of feet on brown
Cut a slit as shown. Insert balloon through slit. Tape feet to
Cut strips of green crepe paper for hair. Tape hair to top of
Draw on face with black markers. (Pack-o-Fun, Fall 1988)
GHOSTS IN THE
(Prep Time: 10
3 ½ cups
size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 pkg. (16 ounce)
chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed. Hint: Crush cookies in
plastic bag with rolling pin or in food processor.
directed on package using 3 ½ cups milk; let stand 5
Stir in 3 cups of the whipped topping and ½ of the crushed
Spoon into 13” x 9” dish. Sprinkle with remaining crushed
Refrigerate 1 hour. Decorate with candy, rectangular sandwich
(tombstones) and spoonfuls of whipped topping (ghosts). Alternate
idea: Instead of using a 13” x 9” pan use individual plastic cups with
a whipped cream ghost and candy corn and candy pumpkin on top as
(1995 Kraft Foods)
PUMPKIN PLACE MAT
Cut a large
shape from construction paper. Draw lines across pumpkin and
the letters HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN separately on each line. Instruct
to write as many words as they can from these sixteen letters.
The following message is printed on a piece of paper and attached to
of which you leave anonymously on someone’s doorstep. (I’m sure
computer could come up with a cute handout to copy)
If you do not
a curse on this house, you must make treats and deliver them to a home
in the neighborhood. You have only 1 day. Post the Phantom
on your door until Halloween. This will ward off the curse of the
Phantom from returning to haunt you. Copy this letter and the
once and give it with your treats to one home that does not have a
SHARE THE SPIRIT
By JAMES WHITCOMB
come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups
an’ saucers up, and’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the
off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the
an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;
An’ all us other
children, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the
kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
‘at gits you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
Wunst they wuz
little boy wouldn’t say his prayers, --
An’ when he went
to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd
him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they
the kivvers down, he wuzn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked
him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An’ seeked him
up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’-where, I guess;
But all they ever
found wuz thist his pants an’ roundabout: --
‘ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
An’ one time a
girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of
ever’ one, an’ all her blood-an’-kin;
An’ wunst, when
they was “company,” an’ ole folks wuz there,
She mocked ‘em
an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she
kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They wuz two
big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched
her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!
‘ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick
sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the
crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
in dew is all squenched away, --
You better mind
yer parunts, an’ yer teachurs fond an’ dear,
An’ churish them
‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore
an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns
‘ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
You’ll need five
bowls filled separately with the following:
(and any other
squemish item you can think of!)
as witch) sits at the head of the table with the bowls in front of
She begins to cackle and talk about creepy crawlers (like worms
roaches)_ and parts of another witch that have fallen off (like
and ears – poor thing)!
Each bowl is
separately, and as the guest touches what’s in the bowl, he or she must
identify what’s for dinner! Person with the most correct answers
wins! (Pack-o-Fun, Fall 1987)
HUNT: - We did a Scavenger Hunt at Halloween time and everyone dressed
up. We were divided up into groups and each group had a regular
with film. We were given a list of pictures to get, with point
attached to each picture (harder pictures got more points). Some
I remember were: picture with as many in your group as possible
a phone booth; picture with someone in your group with hat on behind a
fast food counter; everyone in your group in a shopping cart in the
section; everyone with an enclopedia on their heads in the library;
with your group around a head stone dated before 1900; your whole group
going down a slide together, etc. It was
so fun getting the pictures. We had a time limit and points were
deducted if we were late. We then ate dinner while someone ran
film to a one hour delevoping place. When the pictures were done
they were hung up around the room so everyone could go around and look
at the silly things we had done. Awards were given out and the
were given away also.