Ducking for Apples

Here is a different twist on the classic Halloween Game “Dunking for Apples”.

This does not involve any water.

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If you are so unfortunate as to lack a wash tub, use a chair, or better still a stool.

A stemless apple should be placed in the center and a boy and a girl, each with hands tied tightly behind them, should, with their teeth, try to capture the apple.

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Halloween Pumpkin Exchange Game

Vintage Pumpkin with Top Hat
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For older children, Pumpkin Exchange is a good starter, because it gives the guests a chance to mingle with one another.

Seven orange colored cardboard pumpkins are required for each guest. You may purchase them already printed, or, if you prefer, you may cut them out yourself. One letter P-U-M-P-K-I-N should be printed on each pumpkin.

The pumpkins should be shuffled and dealt into as many piles of
seven as there are guests. Each seven should be placed in an envelope. Put the envelopes in a hollowed out pumpkin and, when all the guests have arrived, allow each one to select
one envelope.

Explain that the object of the game is to collect seven pumpkins that will spell the word “Pumpkin.” To accomplish this, it will be necessary to exchange undesirable letters for others. Only one letter may be exchanged at a time, and if a person is asked for a letter that he cannot supply he may not be asked for another, but the questioner must go to someone else to try his luck.

The first person who gets the complete word should announce the fact and should receive a small prize. The last two to complete their words may receive some sort of consolation prizes.

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Easy Imp Costume To Make

Easy Imp or Devil Costume to MakeIf you have not asked your guests to come in Hallowe’en costume, start off your party by presenting each guest with some sort of simple costume and cap. You can slap them together in no time if you use some of the designs of crepe paper printed in Hallowe’en patterns. They will add so much to the enjoyment of your guests that you will be more than repaid for your efforts.

Costumes that are called “slip-over” will answer beautifully if you must make enough costumes for the whole crowd. You
can make two from one fold of crepe paper, and it will not take more than ten or fifteen minutes to make one, so the  expenditure of either time or money will be negligible. A .
piece of crepe paper twice the length from shoulder to the waist line or below, with an oval piece cut out for the neck, is the foundation.  To it you may fasten two extra gathered pieces for the skirt, a bit of fringed paper on either side for trimming, or the slip-over may be perfectly plain and held in place with a crepe paper sash.

For the boys, slip-over jumpers may be made, or some simple
ruffles that may be tied around neck and wrists to form imps’ costumes.

Before making the Imp Costume you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes and How To Make Slip-Over Costumes at our other site –

Skeleton Hand Invitation to Make

Skeleton Hand Halloween Party Invitation

How To Make the Skeleton Hand Halloween Invitation

The Skeleton Hand Invitations are easy to make.  Lay your hand down on a sheet of writing paper so that the wrist comes diagonally across the fold at the lower left-hand corner.  Spread out your fingers and trace around them.  Cut out, following the pencil lines, being careful to keep the folded sheet from slipping.  Outline the bones of the hand with water-color paint.  Print the invitation on the inside of the folder.

How To Deliver the Halloween Party Invitation

The invitations should be delivered in a mysterious fashion.  On a dark night some week or more before Halloween, a dull thud on the front door will bring the occupants out with haste to discover what caused the scary sound.  A large white skeleton hand will be found lying on the door step.

Bird Costume

Bird CostumeBird Crepe Paper Costume

Materials Needed (8 year old size)

3 Folds Crepe Paper color selected for body
1 Fold Crepe Paper color selected for breast
2 Pieces No. 15 Wire

1 Piece N0.3 Gummed Tape

The foundation for this costume is cut longer in the back than in the front and
shaped to represent the tail. Reinforce the edges with wire. Cover the entire foundation with rows of pointed “feathers,” begin­ning at the bottom both front and back and working to the shoulders. Cut separate pieces for the wings, covering them also with “feathers.” Gather the wings slightly at the top and sew to the sides of the foundation as seen on the “how to make slip-over costumes” page.

Sew ribbons on the sides to tie the wings together at the lower part of the arm. The head is made on a tight bonnet, covered with “feathers” to match the body of the costume. A beak of cardboard may be used or not as preferred.

Before making the Bird Costume you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes and How To Make Slip-Over Costumes

This Costume and MANY others are found in the book: How to Make Crepe Paper Costumes

You can also find more Homemade Costume Ideas at our Vintage Halloween Ideas web site.