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The final rotation for this Halloween classroom party is station #4: food. We planned three food items: owl cupcakes, fruit bat skewers, and spidery cheese and crackers. The only thing the students will be doing at this station is decorating their owl cupcakes. One or two people will be needed to run this station. Younger children might need two while older kids should be fine with just one helper.

In our perfect party plan the students would save their cupcakes on their desk after they have completed this station and then enjoy a plate of food after all of the stations are completed. The students can eat quietly at their desks while you or the teacher read everyone a Halloween book. *Every school has different food restrictions and many children have food allergies. Make sure you check with the teacher before you bring any food to the class.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Food: Owl Cupcakes.

Supplies: chocolate cupcakes in brown cupcake wrappers (0r white–your choice), chocolate frosting, Oreo type cookies, Reese’s Pieces, plastic knives or something else to frost cupcakes

Let each child make their own owl cupcake. You might want to have one made ahead of time as an example. Each child will need: a cupcake, frosting, two Oreos, two brown and one orange Reese’s Pieces. Have students frost their cupcake. Next, untwist two Oreos then carefully push two brown candies onto the white part of the Oreos. Place the Oreo eyes onto the cupcake. Then put an orange candy on its side between the eyes to make the owl beak.

Food: Fruit Bat Kebabs.

Supplies: a variety of fruit (we used green grapes, pineapple, and strawberries), skewers, plastic bat rings, hot glue gun, scissors

You’ll need to make these before the party. Cut the ring part off of the bat rings. Trim the skewers shorter if needed. Hot glue the bat to the top of the skewer. Slide fruit onto the skewer. If you are worried about the pointy end, you could trim that off after you have put the fruit on.

Food: Spidery Cheese & Crackers.

Supplies: cheese cubes, crackers, toothpicks, plastic spider rings, hot glue gun, scissors

These also need to be made ahead of time. Cut the ring part off of the spider rings. You’ll need to use flat top toothpicks or trim pointy toothpicks down. Hot glue the spiders to the top of the toothpicks. Or, if you have double pointed toothpicks, you can try poking the bottom of the spiders into the top point of the toothpicks. Stick the spidery toothpicks into cubes of cheese atop a cracker.

While you don’t have to do something so elaborate, we felt this table needed some fun Halloween treats as a centerpiece. Sara layered mini marshmallows, black licorice, pumpkin Peeps, more mini marshmallows, large black gumballs, candy corns, ghost Peeps, large orange gumballs and mini yellow gumballs. She stuck a variety of lollipops into the top. Mini marshmallows were used as filler inside the jar. All candy items were found at local grocery and craft stores.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

The third rotation of our Halloween classroom party is station #3: a craft. There are tons of fun Halloween crafts that children can make at school. Feel free to do one (or both) of our crafts or to do another one that you like instead. We picked two of our favorites. The first is a roll of toilet paper disguised as a pumpkin and the second is a sucker wrapped ghost–always a classic. You’ll need one or two people to run this station, depending on how young the children are. Younger children might need more helping hands to finish these crafts.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Craft: Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Supplies: a roll of toilet paper per child, an orange piece of tissue paper per child, green tissue paper pieces, raffia, black pumpkin face cut out of black paper or foam per child (optional)

Have each child roll up their toilet paper in a sheet of orange tissue paper. Then have them tuck the ends of the tissue paper into the cylinder inside the toilet paper roll. A part of a piece of green tissue paper can be twisted and tucked into the top along with some raffia. As an optional addition, you could cut out jack-o-lantern faces ahead of time or have the children cut out their own from black paper or sticky foam. Have them glue or tape the faces onto their pumpkins.

Craft: Ghost Pops

Supplies: a lollipop or sucker per child, a 6 x 6 piece of white fabric cut per child, black sharpie, a piece of black, purple or orange ribbon per child

Using pinking shears, cut out as many 6 x 6 pieces of fabric as you’ll need so that each child can have one. We used an old white sheet for the fabric. Have each child put a piece of the white fabric over a lollipop. Help them tie a piece of ribbon around the stick to keep the fabric on. With a sharpie marker, have them draw a spooky face onto their ghost. Boo!

Try using some interesting pumpkins at different heights for your table centerpiece.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

What’s a party without games? The second rotation of our 4-part Halloween classroom party is station #2: games. We have four fab games as suggestions: spider toss, skeleton says, costume dress-up, and pin the face on the pumpkin. You can do all four games at your party or choose whichever ones fit best with the age group and time allotment. The game station can be run with just one energetic helper.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Game: Spider Toss.

Supplies: a bucket, 3-5 big spiders

Each child takes a turn tossing the spiders into the bucket. If they miss the bucket you can let them try again.

Game: Skelton Says.

Supplies: a paper or plastic skeleton (optional), printout of the skeletal system

This game is played similarly to Simon Says. The game table leader (a parent helper or the teacher) says “put your hand on your cranium (or femur, or other scientific bone term)” and the kids try to guess where that bone is. It’s supposed to be a funny game, so if the kids guess the bones to be in a wrong spot then just laugh and show them where the bone really is. We have a printable PDF of the skeletal system for you to use, just click on the picture below. PDF image taken from here.

Game: Costume Dress-up.

Supplies: random items from old Halloween costumes such as glasses, shoes, wigs, clothing items, hats, etc.

Sort the costume items into two even piles. Divide the children into two teams. When the table leader says go, have the children race to see which team can put on all of the costume items first. Each person should put on at least one item. The fastest team wins.

Game: Pin the Face on the Pumpkin.

Supplies: a large 36″ orange balloon, black paper and double sided tape or sticky foam cut into pumpkin face shapes

If you can’t find a large balloon, just use a smaller balloon–it will be just as much fun. When it’s their turn, blindfold or have a child close his eyes then have him try to put a jack-o-lantern face piece onto the balloon where the face should go. After everyone has had a turn, laugh at the funny jack-o-lantern face they’ve created.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

Hey all you room moms out there, we’ve put together a perfect Halloween classroom party for you. This is a four part series and today is station #1: science. We’ve included some spooky fun experiments to do: ghostly goo, magic popcorn potion, wizard & muggles, and the amazing un-poppable balloon.

The four stations are set up to run simultaneously, rotate after about 10 minutes, and accommodate six to eight kids. For an average school class that’s 8 (kids) x 4 (stations) = 32 kids. The science station works best with 2 helpers to keep things running smoothly. One helper can be doing the experiment with the kids while the other one is washing things up and prepping for the next rotation.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Experiment: Ghostly Goo.

Supplies: 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water, a bowl, a whisk or spoon

Have the children help you mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl with the whisk or spoon. Show them how the mixture is both a solid and a liquid. If you press firmly on the mixture it’s a solid, if you try to pick it up it’s a liquid. This can get a little messy. If you do this experiment make sure you have a sink accessible for the kids to wash their hands in.

Experiment: Magic Popcorn Potion.

Supplies: clear soda pop, water, popcorn kernels, two see through containers

Have two clear containers with popcorn kernels in the bottom. Pour water into one container and see the kernels stay at the bottom. Pour soda into the other container and watch the kernels rise to the top. If you use a taller container than the one pictured it will take even longer for the kernels to rise to the top, extending the fun.

Experiment: Wizards & Muggles.

Supplies: 6-8 spoons (one per kid), 6-8 clear cups (one per kid), food coloring, baking soda, water, distilled vinegar, a tray or cookie sheet for under the cups

Put a drop of food coloring onto each spoon.  Cover the food coloring with baking soda. Fill all but one of the glasses halfway with water. Fill the last glass halfway with distilled vinegar. To contain the overflow of the baking soda mixture, place all of the cups onto a cookie sheet. Each child stirs their spoonful of baking soda into a cup. The children with the colored water are muggles and the child with the fizzy concoction is a wizard.

Experiment: The Amazing Un-poppable Balloon.

Supplies: a balloon (with polka dots or a pattern is best), a long pin, clear tape

Blow up a balloon and tie it so the air won’t escape. If your balloon has polka dots or another pattern on it, hide a small piece of clear tape on a bit of the pattern to disguise the tape. If you have a plain balloon, hide a small piece of tape where the kids won’t see it. With the children watching, carefully poke the long pin into the piece of tape and it won’t pop. Amazing.

You could also include some objects at the table for the kids to look at and feel. We have googly glasses for the kids to wear at this station, a black emu egg for them to touch, some eyeball candies, test tube vials with snakes and bugs, and plastic mice.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

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