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From crafts and snacks to games
and decorations, our guide has
everything you need to create a
hauntingly good time!
Fall celebrations are some of
the best of the year.
FamilyFun makes planning
easy and stress-free.
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Party Checklist ✔
■ Ask the teacher for the class party
start and end times
■ Check guidelines on theme:
“Halloween” vs. “Fall”
■ Create a SignUp.com
class party sign-up for parents to help with:
• Decorating and setup
• Snacks and beverages
• Crafts, games, and activities
■ Alert snack parents about food allergies
■ Keep decorations simple—think paper
tablecloths and balloons
■ Don't forget cleanup supplies
(trash bags, paper towels, etc.)
■ Use a kid's wagon to carry supplies
■ Remind parents to set phones to silent
■ Ask a parent to take pictures
■ Have FUN! The kids will have a special
day no matter what happens!
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• Paint Pumpkins
• Decorate Pumpkin Cookies
• Pumpkin Carrot Dippers
• Pumpkin-Shaped Finger Sammies
• The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever,
by Steven Kroll
• It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
by Laura Numeroff
￼ • Pumpkin Ring Toss
• Pumpkin Dress-Up
• Pin the Nose on the
Throw a Pumpkin Party!
Craft: Paper Pumpkin
These simple pumpkins inspired
by paper-chain dolls let kids
create a string of festive faces.
For the small trio shown here,
download our template at
(scroll to October 2013).
Accordion-fold an 18-inch by
5-inch piece of orange paper
(tape two pieces together, if
needed) into six 3-inch sections.
Using the template, cut out the
shape. For symmetrical features,
cut them from a sheet of black
paper folded in half. Attach them
with a glue stick.
• Decorate Faux Leaves
• Make Tabletop Trees
• Owl Cookies
• Apple Pops
• Arthur Jumps Into Fall,
by Marc Tolon Brown
• Why Do Leaves Change Color,
by Betsy Maestro
• Pin the Apple on the Tree
• Apple Prints
Have a Fall Ball!
Craft: Owl Mania!
Whooo’s the cutest fall decoration around?
These winged creatures! More sweet
than scary, they make a great
tabletop centerpiece when perched on a
branch. To assemble one, trim an inch from
one end of a bathroom-tissue tube, fold
in the top, and secure it with tape. Cut a
cupcake liner into quarters, then trim
away the flat sections, leaving just
the ruffles. Use tacky glue to secure
overlapping ruffled pieces to the tube. Cut
eyes and a beak from card stock. (For the
snowy owl, cut circles from a cupcake liner
to back the eyes.) Add pupils and dots with
marker. Glue the eyes and beak to the
tube. For ruffled wings, cut sections
from a liner and glue them to the back of
the tube. For smooth wings, attach a
curved half-circle of card stock instead.
• Make Monster Wreaths
• Create Clothespin Bats
• Paranormal Pretzels
• Bagels of Doom
• Go Away, Big Green Monster,
by Ed Emberley
• Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli,
by Barbara Jean Hicks
• Beanbag Monster Toss
• Pin the Eye on the Monster
Snack: Deep Space
When these aliens invade the
classroom, the little earthlings
will cheer! To make them,
prepare a batch of cupcakes.
Tint prepared white icing with
green food coloring, then
frost the cupcakes, creating a
pointy chin as you spread. Roll
each one in green sugar
sprinkles. Add white Good &
Plenty candies for the eyes.
Go for Ghosts!
• Make Ghostly Cups
• Create Spinning Spirits
• Strawberry Yogurt Ghosts
• Boo Cupcakes
• Ten Timid Ghosts,
by Jennifer O’Connell
• Ghosts in the House,
by Kazuno Kohara
• Ghost Bowling
• Pin the Boo on the Ghost
Snack: Bags o' Boo
Treat hungry souls to some
ghostly goodie bags. With black
permanent marker, draw
faces on clear cone-shaped treat
bags (available at craft stores).
Fill them with a mix of popcorn,
mini marshmallows, and
Tie with a ribbon.
• Cotton-Swab Skeletons
• Pom-pom Spiders
• Frankenstein Pudding Cups
• Spooky S'mores
• The Night Before Halloween,
by Natasha Wing
• Curious George Haunted Halloween,
by H. A. Rey
• Halloween Can Knockdown
• Halloween Word SearchHost an
All Hallows Haunt!
Craft: Wonder Webs
Oh, what a web we weave when
making these for Halloween! Glue
together three craft sticks in the
form of an asterisk (if you have
time, paint them silver before the
party!). Tie one end of a length
of yarn (about 2 yards per web)
to the center of the sticks. Wrap
it around the center, then weave
around the spokes. Tie off the yarn
and add a plastic spider.
For everything you organize:
• Class parties
• Field trips
• Weekly readers
• Recess volunteers
• Lunchroom helpers
• Snack schedules
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bring parents and teachers together.