Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Carnival Games

My neighbors and I put on a Neighborhood Halloween Carnival every year. I have been collecting carnival ideas on a pinboard for awhile... and our big event was today. I survived and we even managed to get a family picture. Hurray! One of these days we might all look at the camera. ;)

 My goals for our carnival were:
- keep it fun
- keep it simple
- keep it age appropriate
- keep me happy and not overly stressed :)

Today was a complete success when I look back at these goals. I thought today I'd share some of the awesome ideas that inspired us, some of the games we played, and some of the ones that we didn't get to do that we are saving for next year... since it is never possible to do everything that we want to do.

Water Gun Ping Pong Ball spray via Martha Stewart 

This would be perfect with orange ping pong balls that have pumpkin faces drawn on them. It was in the high 70s/low 80s here today and HOT, so I kinda wish we would've done this!

Halloween Twister via Better Homes and Gardes

This would be fun for a backyard carnival or indoor party. 

Witch Hat Ring Toss via Better Homes and Gardens 

I really wish I could've done this one today! I didn't have time to put it together, but it is so adorable!

Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin 

My phenomenal neighbor made her own version of "Pin the hat on the witch" today which turned out great (especially her hand-drawn witch). Pumpkins would be much easier to make though!

Two of my favorite homemade games that I put together this year were Knockin Down Pumpkins and Monster Golf. I loved my witch golf game last year... but it took a longer time to create. My monster was much easier... and my cute husband was helpful with cutting the foam board... but he wasn't up all night doing it :)

The pumpkin bottles were filled with water and orange food coloring. I tried to coat them with paint on the inside so that I didn't have to fill them completely with water... but that didn't work. Not sure why, but I didn't feel like spending too much time on it... so I just adjusted my plan.

Other fun events we had today were Gone Fishing, Bean Bag toss, Pumpkin ball toss, Tattoo booth, 2 bounce houses (always a hit), Halloween picture frame making station, Coloring station, Photo booth, and a Candy walk. The games that were the biggest hits with the little kids were the ones that involved very little coordination and a high percentage chance to win (gone fishing and candy walk)!

We bought a few pre-made games from Target. Here is another fun one you could buy online...

Inflatable Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss

If you have some other favorite carnival games... send them my way! I am already starting to collect ideas for next year!

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  1. Pumpkin bowling. Found it on pinterest. Toilet paper rolls that look like ghosts for the pins. I used a marker for circle eyes and mouth. And a pumpkin as the bowling ball. The stem was taken off and there were three holes in it for fingers. I didn't add holes in mine.

  2. Awesome Ideas! You were a lifesaver as I planned our preschool fall festival carnival this year! Simple, cute, and inexpensive!

  3. For bowling game we used Perrier plastic bottles and drew a Frankenstein fun face on with marker. Worked great, can put a little sand in bottom to weigh down if outside and windy


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