20 Tips for a Green Hallowe'en

With the spooky season almost upon us, here are a few ideas for an autumnal celebration with our 20 tips for a Green Halloween. Most are crafty and some are gruesome, so there should be something to please all the little witches, pint sized demons and their ghoulish parents!

#1. Tell Ghost Stories.

The old ways of entertaining ourselves are still the best.  Switch off all the electric lights, cuddle up by the fire and put on torches or candles (don’t leave unattended) and take it in turns to tell each other the spookiest ghostliest stories you can think of!

#2. Make Green Slime. 

With a few ingredients, you can make your own Green Slime, perfect for a greeny, oozy, slimey halloween!

N.B. needs adult supervision

#3. Decorate old paper bags.

Get out the art & craft materials, some old paper bags, let your imaginations go wild decorating them then fill them with goodies for your trick-or-treaters.

#4. Make Toffee Apples.

Have some fun stirring up some toffee, dipping in your apples, then enjoy this Halloween-y treat of toffee apples.

#5. Make a Guess What’s In It Box.

Cut a hole in the top of a cardboard box.  Fill it with gruesome stuff for people to put their hand in and feel, e.g. a carrot for a finger, a boiled egg for an eyeball, cold spaghetti for witches hair.  You get the idea!

Related: See 50 Halloween Activities for KidsMykidstime Pinterest Halloween Board for lots more ideas!

#6. Play Conkers.

We have to say the old chestnuts are the best 🙂

Next time you are out enjoying your family walk on an autumn day, look out for horse chestnut trees (they have five long leaves together, like a hand) and collect and play conkers.

#7. Bite Some Apples. 

Take 5 or 6 apples.  Using an apple corer drill a hole through the apple and thread string through and loop string round the apple and tie a knot.  Then use more string to hang apples off a horizontal string.

Each person has to have a go at “limbo” dancing under and biting the apples without touching them with their hands.

#8. Garlands of Leaves. 

Collect different colours and different shapes of autumn leaves while out on your weekend walk.  Make a little hole in each leaf and thread them on a string.

Hang the garlands around to decorate the house. Once they have dried out you can compost or burn on the fire.

#9. Upcycle old clothes into costumes.

Dig out some old clothes, hats, scarves.  Use your imagination and make your own Hallowe’en costumes.

Related : 10 Spooktacular Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

#10. Autumn Squashes

At this time of year you can find small squashes and pumpkins at your local farmer’s market or even in the supermarket.

Arrange a pile of different coloured squash and pumpkins at the front door or on the centre of the dinner table as decorations.

Have them for dinner in November.

Related: Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Scones

#11. Make Bats & Ghouls. 

Cut out bats and ghouls from old bed sheets and clothing for great reusable decorations.

#12. Make Your Own Wig.

Need a wig for your Halloween costume?  Why not use an old hat and sew on wool or cloth strips to make a wig.

#13. Make barm brack.

Why not try Lorraine’s special tea barm brack recipe.  Traditionally the barm brack contained items such as a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring.  Nowadays if you buy barm brack you will find a toy ring in it.

Related : 10 Spookily Easy Halloween Recipes

#14. Go Nutty.

Using honey or syrup, “glue” different types of nuts together to make little nut people ornaments.

#15. Mmm Chocolate… 

Dip fruit and dried fruit in melted chocolate for yummy treats.  Either microwave (watch out you don’t zap for too long) or melt in a bowl over a pot of water.  Use bbq sticks to dip the fruits into the chocolate.

#16. Apple Bobbing (or Dooking). 

Set up a basin of water on towels on the floor, have some towels handy, pop in a few apples and get everyone to have a go at apple bobbing.

#17. Create your own Halloween Masks.

Have fun with papier-mâché.   A balloon, flour, water, old newspapers = two masks to decorate.  Let the masks dry completely before painting gruesomely.

#18. Make a Hallowe’en tree.

Decorate a tree in your garden or an old branch with little cloth ghosts and ghouls.

#19. Make scary hands.

Decorate an old pair of gloves with claws on the fingertips or sew on extra fingers from another glove!

And finally….

#20. Greet Your Guests Scarily.

Go out to the composter and cover yourself in worms and spiders before you answer the door to little kids (suggested by my husband – little boys never do grow up).

This article was adapted from an article by Jen Wallace that first appeared on Mama’s Blog on October 17th 2009.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls