Spark of the Day: Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Memory Maker


Cauldron by Fran W.
Have you decided what you are going to do this Halloween? Do you know where you are going, who you are going with and what you are going to do?

Maybe you are going to a party or going trick or treating, perhaps you are going to walk around the neighborhood and give out candy to trick or treaters!

Whatever you have decided to do, why not make the day a little more interesting by go on a Halloween scavenger hunt? This activity can be done as a family or as an individual.

To get things started you will need:


Paper, pencil, and a camera

What to do:

Before you go out, draw or write a list of the things you are going to look for throughout the day, and take a camera with you so you can take pictures, or video footage of the things on your list. When you get home, create a special memory out of the things you saw and did.
If you need some help getting started, here are some of the items our family is going to look for:
  • Cat
  • Ghost
  • Vampire
  • Ninja
  • Movie character
  • Cartoon character
  • A costume you think looks great, weird, cute, etc. (this may require more than one picture each!)
  • All the candy you get
  • Your trick or treat container
  • Yourself
  • Your family members
  • People you went trick or treating with
We plan to take pictures of or look for the following decorations too:
  • A spooky scene
  • Skeleton
  • Pumpkin
  • Skull
  • Frankenstein
  • Tombstone or graveyard
  • Haunted house
  • Colored lights
  • Spider
  • Ghost
  • A great looking yard scene
  • Something unusual (this may require more than one picture too!)
Once you have all of your pictures:

Make a memory out of them by using electronic or physical photos

Computer users can:
  • Create a slid show or a movie with music and narration
  • Design digital scrapbook pages
  • Make a digital journal entry
  • Write a blog post about the day on a personal blog
  • Create a digital book with captions
If you print or get photos made, make:
  • Scrapbook pages
  • Journal entries
  • Your own illustrate Halloween book
  • A slide show
  • A picture collage
To make your own illustrated Halloween book, you will need:

Construction paper in orange, black, red and yellow, scissors, yarn or ribbon, hole punch, glue stick, your pictures, markers, crayons or colored pencils, pencil and/or pen

Optional items: Lined paper, decorative scissors, Halloween stickers, graphics, and/or stamps, and double stick tape, glue dots or photo tabs

How to make the book:

  • Decide how big to make your book. Use a full page of construction paper for a large book or make a small book by folding construction paper in half, or in quarters, and cut the page along the creases. 
  • Pop 3 or more holes on the side of each page - make sure all the holes line up.
  • Choose the pictures you are going to use for your book. If you only want or need certain parts of a picture, cut it down to suit your needs. You can also cut your pictures into shapes.
  • Decide how you want each page to look. Will you want to decorate each page with markers, crayons, stamps, graphics, and/or stickers? Will you need to do that right away or when the pictures are in? 
  • Design your pages: How will you put your pictures on the page? Will you group your pictures on a page or use only one picture per page? You may also choose to put lined paper on half of the page so you can write your story or explain what's happening in the picture. Don't glue or tape anything down until you are sure you like the way it looks! 
  • When you like the pages the way they are, glue or tape everything down. For the neatest look use, a glue stick (acid-free if possible), glue dots, photo tabs, or double stick tape to do this.
  • Make and design a front and back cover for your book. Cut your pages, put holes in them - make sure they line up with the other pages - and title your book. Think about doing something with the back cover too.
  • Put your book together. Once you like what you have done, and all the pages have dried, put your book together in the right order, making sure the holes line up, and sew the yarn/ribbon through the holes or tie off each hole with a bow.


Be as creative as you can be!
 
Tip: Be sure to date your book!

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