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Are you skipping out on trick or treating on Halloween? I’ll be sharing creative trick or treating alternatives to try at home. My kids had a blast playing board games, opening Halloween surprise balls, and decorating pumpkins! I will sharing a few easy DIY tutorials you don’t want to miss!
We had fun creating a balloon wall using balloons from Anagram Balloons! If you’re interested, you can order these fun balloons through an Anagram distributor.
host a game night with a candy charcuterie board!
What’s better than a fun game night? My kids enjoyed playing games together and snacking on a Halloween themed candy board!
A candy snack board is such a joy to put together! If you decide to make your own, start out with a tray or wooden board. Then arrange 8-10 different candies on top. Add decorations like spiders or a mini cauldron to create a spooky vibe. You can find most of these candies at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or Walgreens.
amaze the kids with spooky “surprise balls”
Have you heard about surprise balls? You’re in for a treat! These are fun balls made of streamers that are wrapped around small gifts. As you unravel the streamers, you discover goodies inside.
The best part about surprise balls is you can make them at home! I made my own DIY pumpkin, ghost and bat surprise balls! I’ll be sharing the DIYs in just a bit.
It’s so fun to have a variety of spooky surprise balls to choose from. My kids loved picking out their favorites!
The kids unraveled the surprise balls to find slime and vampire teeth hidden beneath the streamers. Of course, they had to try out the teeth immediately. Need another idea? DIY spider surprise ball would be worth checking out.
Surprise balls are so easy and fun to make! All you need a few simple supplies to get started.
pumpkin surprise balls
-Black & Green Construction Paper
-Small Toys (small enough to fit in the layers)
-Hot Glue Gun
1. Gather supplies 2. Wrap streamers around 1st toy 3. Continue wrapping around the 2nd toy, wrapping 10-15 times to form a ball 4. Cut the streamers 5. Hot glue the end and attach 6. Draw a jack-o-lantern face onto black paper 7. Cut out the face 8. Cut out a stem from green paper 9. Add hot glue 10. Attach the stem 11. Attach the face with glue 12. All done!
Bat surprise balls
-Black Construction Paper
-Hot Glue Gun
1. Gather supplies 2. Wrap streamers around the first toy 3. Continue wrapping around the 2nd toy to form a ball (10-15 times around) 4. Cut the end of the streamers, hot glue and attach. 5. Hot glue for eyes 6. Attach googly eyes 7. Draw a bat wing 8. Cut out 9. Trace another bat wing 10. Cut out the next wing (erase the pencil lines if needed) 11. Hot glue and attach wings to the sides 12. That’s it!
Ghost surprise balls
-Hot Glue Gun
1. Gather supplies 2. Wrap streamers around the first toy 3. Continue wrapping around 2nd toy 4. Keep wrapping several times to form a ball (10-15 times) 5. Cut the end 6. Hot glue and attach 7. Cut 2 – 3 inch streamers 8. Hot glue the streamers to the front bottom, side by side 9. Cut slits in the streamers from bottom to top 10. Get ready for a face! 11. Draw eyes and a mouth with black marker 12. Congrats, it’s done!
decorate pumpkins (no carve style!)
What kid doesn’t love to decorate pumpkins? If you are looking for a less messy way to decorate pumpkins, I’ve got ya covered! To start out, I spray painted the pumpkins black, yellow and white and let them dry completely. Then I let the kids decorate them!
googly eye pumpkin
Our first pumpkin was bright and fun! We started out with pumpkin I spray painted yellow!
My job was adding the hot glue and my kids decorated with the googly eyes. A low temperature hot glue gun worked best, so it wasn’t super hot.
pom pom pumpkin
Up next is our pom pom pumpkin! We chose a black pumpkin and decorated with bright colorful pom poms! I added a few dots of glue and let the kids decorate!
This next pumpkin is my favorite! I started out with a white pumpkin that was painted white. My kids decorated it using letter stickers and ribbon! (don’t mind my son, he was more interested in putting a pumpkin on his head)
With my help, the kids spelled the word “boo” in letter stickers and tied ribbon around the stem. If you choose to paint your pumpkins, DIY glitter pumpkins would be fun to check out!
My kids did such a great job with pumpkin decorating! So I rewarded them with mini Halloween character balloons from Anagram! So fun!
I hope you found a few trick or treating alternatives to try. Even if you plan to bring your kids trick or treating, these would be fun activities to enjoy afterward. Be sure to check out Anagram Balloons to find the cutest Halloween balloons!
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Nathalie - Press Print Party! says
I totally love those surprise balls! Thanks for showing us how to make them!
Joy in the Commonplace says
Thanks Nathalie!! So glad you like them.