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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 night.  They had all the usual events, a Magician, games, Trick or Treating.  They even had what the kids thought was a haunted house.  In reality 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 folded so it was long and skinny and had silver tinsel scattered over it)  Dry ice formed the Mists of Darkness.   On the far side of the river was the Great and Spacious building.  Four of the parents were recruited to tempt the children of the straight and  narrow.   There was a path marked on the floor and an Iron rod for the children to hand on to. The Bishop (Dressed in white) stood at the far end of the path by the tree of life.  White popcorn balls hung on it and as each child 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 offered the kids, candy, toys, money, pokemon cards,  and just about everything we could think of.  We started throwing chocolate coins at the kids to entice them.  Eventually two Missionary Elders joined us as well, they positioned themselves close to the Iron Rod.  They were telling the kids to just reach out and pick up the stuff we had thrown.     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 proceeded to the end.  He was told that  we wouldn't get the fruit.   The look on his face was amazing,  and unlike the Devil we all felt really bad for him.  One other young man also picked up some coins but threw them back at the suggestion of the  guide.   All in all it was an amazing set up.  Afterwards the kids were asking,  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 promised you I said.   "You mean you lied?"  I was asked.  Essentially I said, that's the way the Devil works,  his promises are empty promises 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 learned a great deal from this experience.  But many thanks to an resourceful Primary Presidency.  Heather


A GAME OF CLUE: -  Murder Mystery Dinner used at Halloween or any time.  (click here)

MORE HALLOWEEN LINKS: -    The Idea Box  /  Halloween Games for the Entire Family  /


HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: -  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

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: -  We decided to have each class come up with a craft.  So far,  we are painting empty cans to look like jack-o-lanterns and crafting with food-probably making some popcorn hands or cookie ghosts or spoon pumpkins, also painting a terra cotta pot to look like a piece of candy corn.  Then we are going to serve "grave yard dessert".  The beehives want 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 scary 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 and sing a Halloween carol to each of our YW the Thurs before halloween.  (Thanks to Lisa for posting that idea!!!) 

PUMPKIN CAROL LINKS: -    Halloween Carols (more originals)   /    (click on "back" button to return to this site)

GOOD HALLOWEEN LINKS: -    Halloween Costume Closet    /     Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas  /
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 TIN CAN CRAFT: - I am doing something fun for Halloween.  I have been saving the short type of can that corn comes in (like Green Giant niblets-washed 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 paint.  Punch two holes near the top opposite each other.  At the activity, 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 sharpie 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 buttons glued on for the cheeks if you want. 

PUMPKIN TREAT HOLDER:  - Cut out and paint two egg cups (from a cardboard egg carton) orange.  Turn one cup over and place it, rim to rim, on the bottom cup.  Tape to hold in place on the back side.  Glue paper eyes and nose to top cup; glue paper mouth to bottom cup.  Open up pumpkin and fill with goodies.  (Pack-o-Fun magazine, Fall, 1988)

1 onion, chopped
¼ cup margarine or butter
29 ounce can pumpkin
16 ounce can pumpkin
49 ½ ounce can chicken broth
12 ounce can evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
few dashes bottled hot pepper sauce.

In a large saucepan cook 1 cup chopped onion in ¼ cup margarine or butter until tender.  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 evaporated milk, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram, ¼ 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 serving with fresh herb sprigs or pumpkin seeds.  Makes 12-14 servings.  (Better Homes and Gardens, October 1993)

6 ounce cream cheese
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin
2 teaspoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Mix well – dip with apple slices, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, etc.

Follow the directions for mixing your favorite box cake mix and for preheating the oven.    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 batter.  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 springs back, cake is done.)  Cool on rack.  Invert bowl to remove cake.  Frost with dark chocolate frosting.  Add black gumdrop eyes and eight licorice legs.  Press in corn candies for fangs!  (Pack-o-Fun, Fall 1987)

Make popcorn according to directions on package.  Line a shoebox with black paper.  Tape the lid upright to one side.  Fill the box with popcorn.  On the lid write, “Here lies old Pop Corn.”  (Pack-o-Fun, Fall, 1987)

Select large red apples with firm stems at the store.  Tie a 3-foot string on the stem 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 Productions, 1973)

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 Productions, 1973)

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)

At one end of a room, place a real or artificial pumpkin with a hole cut in the top.  Give each guest or team one or more soft rubber balls, or ping pong balls, for tossing into the opening in the pumpkin head.  Champion tossers win prizes.  (Walt Disney Productions, 1973)

Midway in the party will be an appropriate time to announce to the guests that it is fortune-telling time.  Have each guest draw one of the printed questions below from a box or jar.  That is the question that he or she will ask the fortune teller.  Give the fortune teller a list of the answers.  Assemble 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 questions 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 swami.

 Q: Will I be happily married?
A: Yes. Many times!
Q: Will I be wealthy?
A: Only if you have money.
Q: Will I get into the movies someday?
A: Yes.  If you buy a ticket.
Q: Will I have many children?
A: No. Just one at a time.
Q: How can I make a room look bright and cheerful?
A: Try leaving it.
Q: How can I attract the opposite sex?
A: Drop your eyes, and then let the other person pick them up.
Q: Where can I find the true meaning of love?
A: Look it up in the dictionary.
Q: Shall I have my singing voice cultivated?
A: No. Plowed under would be better.
Q: How can I become musically inclined?
A: Lean on a piano sometime.
Q: Should I be on the stage?
A: Yes.  There is one leaving at 9 o’clock.  Be under it.
Q: What does my palm tell you?
A:  Either your future looks dark, or your hand is dirty.
Q: How can I get into a locked haunted house?
A: Try using a skeleton key.
(Walt Disney Productions, 1973)

Cover all furniture with white sheets.  This gives the house an un-lived in, deserted look, like all good haunted houses have.  Cut out construction paper 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 Productions, 1973)

Use yellow,  green, blue and red 25-watt bulbs in place of your normal white bulbs.  This gives a great “low key” lighting effect and makes the rooms look very spooky like a horror movie (remember the darker the room the spookier it is.)  (Walt Disney Productions, 1973)

Cut wing pattern from black felt.  For the head and body, glue two 1” black pom-poms 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 white paper, and glue to wings.  Attach a pin to back of bat.  (Pack-O-Fun, Fall 1988)

Blow up a large orange balloon and knot the end.  Trace patter of feet on brown paper. Cut a slit as shown.  Insert balloon through slit. Tape feet to table.  Cut strips of green crepe paper for hair.  Tape hair to top of balloon.  Draw on face with black markers.  (Pack-o-Fun, Fall 1988)

(Prep Time: 10 minutes)
3 ½ cups cold milk
2 pkgs. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 pkg. (16 ounce) chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed.  Hint: Crush cookies in zipper-style plastic bag with rolling pin or in food processor.

Make pudding as directed on package using 3 ½ cups milk; let stand 5 minutes.  Stir in 3 cups of the whipped topping and ½ of the crushed cookies.  Spoon into 13” x 9” dish.  Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies.  Refrigerate 1 hour.  Decorate with candy, rectangular sandwich cookies (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 decoration.  (1995 Kraft Foods)

Cut a large pumpkin shape from construction paper.  Draw lines across pumpkin and write the letters HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN separately on each line.  Instruct players to write as many words as they can from these sixteen letters. (Pack-O-Fun, Fall 1988)
 H ______________


HALLOWEEN SPIRIT: The following message is printed on a piece of paper and attached to goodies of which you leave anonymously on someone’s doorstep.  (I’m sure your computer could come up with a cute handout to copy)
If you do not wish 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 Phantom once and give it with your treats to one home that does not have a Phantom posted.


Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, and’ brush the  crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, 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
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

Wunst they wuz a 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 turn’t 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: --
An’ the Gobble-ups ‘ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

An’ one time a little 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 great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

An’ little Orphant 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,
An’ the lightnin’-bugs 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:
 Cooked spaghetti (worms)
Skinned grapes (eyeballs)
Large puffed grain cereal (roaches)
Dried apricots (ears)
(and any other squemish item you can think of!)
Narrator (dressed as witch) sits at the head of the table with the bowls in front of her.  She begins to  cackle and talk about creepy crawlers (like worms and roaches)_ and parts of another witch that have fallen off (like eyeballs, and ears – poor thing)!
Each bowl is passed 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)

HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER 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 camera with film.  We were given a list of pictures to get, with point values attached to each picture (harder pictures got more points).  Some I remember were:  picture with as many in your group as possible in 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 produce section; everyone with an enclopedia on their heads in the library; picture 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 the 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 pictures were given away also.