What do you with 80 preschoolers that love to dress up? Have a Pumpkin Patch Party. It was a blast seeing all the kiddos in their favorite costumes – we had lots of princesses, super heroes, fire fighters, police officers, good witches and so much more. The parents brought goodies for all to share which made the event go easier.
Cautious Teacher: I am always cautious about Halloween with preschool kids. I made it a point that children could not wear masks as many preschool age children are afraid of masks. I also did not have any scary things like skeletons, goblins etc. to scare the kids.
As I planned the day I wanted a place for parents to mingle, lots of fun games, prizes at each game booth, face painting and tattoo station, yummy food for lunch, photo booth and fun music (I downloaded Kidz Bop Halloween)
The Game Booths included:
- Pin the nose on the Clown – I bought the game at Party City. I cut out 100 red nose circles, tape and marker to write child’s names.
- Pumpkin Bucket Toss – I bought pumpkin buckets at Target (just $1.00 each) and plastic balls at Dollar Tree (3 for $1.00) I taped the buckets to the floor so they wouldn’t move during game.
- Pumpkin Ring Toss: I bought pumpkins with tall sturdy stems. We painted and dressed up the pumpkins to look like a pirate, minion and cookie monster. I used rings to make the game lots of fun.
- Pumpkin 1-2-3 toss – I was lucky to get the last one of this game from Target ($7.99). I hung it on a clothing rack and had some balls to toss in. The kit came with bean bags but they really didn’t work well.
- Pumpkin Tumble – I bought 9 rolls of toilet paper and wrapped them in orange tissue paper. Using a permanent marker, I made Jack-O-Lantern faces. We stacked the pumpkins to make a pyramid. Using balls the kids threw to see if they could knock the pumpkins down. After the game we are still able to use the toilet paper!
- Fishing for Spiders – Using fishing poles that have magnets at the end (you can buy or make your own with sticks and magnets). I bought some foam spiders at Michaels Craft Store. The kids fished for the spiders.
- Pumpkin Mouth Toss – Using a large box and an orange plastic table cloth, I made a pumpkin with a hole cut to make a mouth. The kids tossed the ball into the mouth.
- Bean Bag Toss – I used black plates and glued pumpkins on them (I wrote letters we were learning in class). Using bean bags, the kids threw them hoping to land on a plate.
- Spider Catch: Using our puppet stage, I covered it with orange plastic table cloth, hanging cardboard spiders. I cut a hole for kids to throw soft footballs in.
Face Painting & Tattoo Station: I bought face paint kit at Party City and Tattoos at Halloween store. I set out wet sponges to make the tattoos go faster. I had watercolor brushes for easy drawing of the face paint. We had some amazing artists that did beautiful work on the kids and parents faces.
We made a photo booth area for all the kids to take pictures. This was a big highlight.
We had a Make Your Goodie Bag station with large white lunch bags, stickers and markers. Each child received a prize at each game booth.
Parents brought lunch. We had a sign-up for sandwiches, veggies, fruit and chips. We had some cookies, but not a lot of desserts.
One of our parents brought a cotton candy machine which was a hit!
I made the game booth signs using my cricut machine and Halloween paper, but it would have to easy to just use poster board and markers.
Of course the biggest hit were the kids dressed in their costumes. Kids love to dress up and play out their character. It was a cute-fest for sure!!
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