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:

Trick or Treating

Soul Cakes by Fran W.
As a Halloween custom in Scotland and Ireland, children would disguise themselves in costumes and go door to door for food and coin. This tradition was called 'guising'!

Activity: Soul Cakes

Jack O' Lanterns

Photo by Jackins
Did you know…

Before coming to America, the Irish carved lanterns out of turnips and potatoes. When they figured out that pumpkins were easier to carve, they switched!

Play a game of Pumpkin Face

Make Your Own: Trick or Treat Bag

Trick or Treat Bag by Fran W
Halloween is the biggest candy holiday in America!

How is your trick or treater going to carry around their share of the 600 million pounds of candy purchased each Halloween?

How about making a durable trick or treat bag to help them carry all their loot?

To make this trick or treat bag, you will need:

2 paper grocery bags, hot glue, 10" nylon rope (a clothes line will work too), scissors and craft supplies such as: acrylic paint, a paint brush, construction paper, stickers, glitter, crayons, markers, etc.

Masquerade Masks

Demi-Mask by Fran W.
Did you know…

Adults dressed up in costumes for Halloween and Masquerade parties long before children did!

Activity: Make a Demi-Mask

Template available
 on Fran's World Yahoo! Group
To make the mask you will need:

Mask template, card stock or a cereal box, scissors, hot glue, white glue, 1/4" elastic band, and /or wooden chop stick or a dowel of similar size, craft knife, and a hole punch

To decorate the mask you will need:

Any craft supplies desired: feathers, ribbon, glitter, sequins, paint, paint brushes, markers, colored pencils, aluminum foil, crayons, stickers, and white glue

Spark of the Day: Create A Spooky Sound Sentence or Story

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Begin by thinking of as many spooky sounds as you can. If you need help, here are some suggestions:

A ghost moaning, bat screeching, wolf or coyote howling, door creaking, howling wind, hissing cat, screeching owl, squeaking mouse, creaking tree, scream, weird laugh, thunder, groan, roar, tree scraping the window, door slamming, leaves swirling in the breeze, crow cawing, a rodent scurrying, owl hooting, water dripping, rain falling, and anything else you can think of!

Create your sentence or story.....

Ghost in the Graveyard - Game

Ghost in the Graveyard is a tag-like game that can be played with many players or just a few. It is best played at twilight into night, but it can also be played during the day.

Paper Bag Ghosts

Girl Ghost
To make these ghosts you will need:
A white paper lunch bag, newspaper, chenelle stem, packing tape, black marker, construction paper, scissor, and white glue
Tip: If you do not have a white paper bag, paint a brown lunch bag white.

Girl ghost:
Boy Ghost
Stuff a lunch bag 3/4 of the way full with newspaper, twist the rest of the bag and tie it off with a white chenelle stem and make a bow with the rest of it, put a face on your ghost with black marker and either leave it the way it is, or make arms and legs with the construction paper.
Boy ghost:
Follow the instructions above but instead of twisting the top, fold it down and tape it closed.

Balloon Ghost

Balloon Ghost
To make this ghost you will need:
9" white balloon, 13 gallon kitchen garbage bag, rubber band, scissor, black permanent marker, a paper clip and a small ceiling hook
What to do:
Blow up balloon about 3/4 of the way, put it inside the garbage bag, tie it off in the middle with a rubber band. Put a face on the ghost with permanent marker and put a paper clip through the back of the bag to hang - be careful not to pop the balloon while adding the paper clip!
Hang in a corner with a small ceiling hook.

Alternate use: It's lots of fun to play with the Balloon Ghost by throwing it around, just leave the hook off.
Warning: Young children should be supervised while playing with the Balloon Ghost.

Recycled Ghost

Recycled Ghost by Fran W.
Here's a fun way to use recyclables for the Halloween season!

You will need:

A plastic lid from a quart-sized take-out, sour cream or yogurt container, a recycled store bag, a rubber or elastic hair band or twist tie, a black permanent marker, scissor, and a paper clip

What to do:

Put a lid inside the bag, tie off the bag at the bottom of the lid with a hair band or twist tie, and add a face with permanent marker.
To hang the ghost, open a paper clip and push it through the top of the bag to form a hook.
Use a scissor to cut long strips from the bottom of the bag toward the tie.
Hang your ghost inside or out!

Here are more Ghostly Activities that can be found on Fran's World of Discovery:

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Super Easy Ghost

To make this ghost you will need:

A white paper lunch bag, a black marker, and a scissor

Tip: If you do not have a white paper bag, paint a brown lunch bag white.

What to do:

While the bag is closed, cut triangles out of the bottom, and draw a face on the front of the bag, then open the bag up and use your fist and hand to shape the bottom of the bag into a head.

Ghostly Activities that can be found on Fran's World of Discovery:


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Did you know…

The saying, "blind as a bat" is very misleading because none of the over 1200 species of bats are blind!

Activity: Sound Games

Make Your Own: Easy Gravestone

To make an easy gravestone you will need:

Any cardboard box such as a cereal or a cracker box
Gray construction paper or gray tissue paper
Black acrylic paint
Foam Brush
Foam stickers (Halloween and letters)
White glue
Packing tape

Optional Items: Ruler, pencil, gray acrylic paint, hot glue

What to do:

Black Cats

Black Cat photo from Wikipedia
In some countries, black cats are considered bad luck, while in others they are a symbol of good luck!

To learn more about the history of black cats, and how and why they have a good or bad reputation, read: Wikipedia: Black Cat

During the Middle Ages, cats effected the start and outcome of the Black Plague. Cats: Heroes During the Black Plague explains how this happened.

Cats have an interesting history dating back to Ancient Egyptian times! Read, A Short History of the Domestication of the Cat to learn why cats were highly regarded some of the time, and treated unfairly at other times.

Cats in general are well known for their great sense of balance. See how well you can balance with these activities!

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Boris Karloff from ''Frankenstein''
Photo from Wikipedia
Mary Wollstonecraft, was born August 30, 1797, and became Mary Shelley after marrying Percy Shelley at the age of 19. Her husband was a poet and knew Lord Byron, who was also a poet. While at Lord Byron's home, Byron suggested that he and his guests write horror stories and share them. Upon that suggestion, Mary Shelley wrote the story of Frankenstein, and when it was published in 1818, it became a great success. Mary Shelley wrote other stories, but none of them were ever as successful as Frankenstein. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly died, February 1, 1851 of brain cancer.

Make Your Own: Haunted House

Haunted House by Fran W.
What would Halloween be without a creepy old haunted house?

To make one you will need:

A clean 1/2 gallon carton (milk, juice, tea, etc.), construction paper, scissors, Halloween stickers, glue, markers, paint and paint brush
Optional: Craft knife, yellow tissue paper, glow stick or battery powered candle, old magazines, clipart