Halloween Invitations, Halloween Decorations, Halloween Recipes, and Halloween Games
Have your children travel through the world of princes and princesses, Hansel and Gretel, snow white, Cinderella, Rapunzel and other favorite fairy tale characters.
A great start to begin this fairy tale adventure is a fairy tale invitation. There are different ways to create a fairy tale Halloween invitation but I find “The Star Money ” (Brothers Grimm) – version is the easiest and your children can easily help:
1) get a few sheets of golden cardboard paper and clue
2) cut out circles and stars (stars should fit nicely on the circle)
3) clue the stars to the circles (golden side up)
4) write invitation on the backside
The “Red Riding Hood” version is another great Halloween invitation:
1) get enough tiny baskets, some red fabric and some golden bells
2) (optional) get toy apples and bottles (doll house accessories)
3) put the red fabric and accessories in the little basket
4) write your invitation
5) tie it with ribbon and bell to the basket
Now, that the invitations are done, it is time to think about decorating your house for the Halloween party.
The “Hansel and Gretel” decoration is easy and inexpensive. You can also include some traditional Halloween decoration like spiders, spider-webs, witches and gooey bugs. Another great aspect of this decoration is that you can easily transform it into the last game of the party. Just have all the kids follow the cookie trail (that you laid during the party) to find their favor boxes.
1) get some branches, twigs and leaves from outside (thank god its October!)
2) get some chocolate (the kind that looks like golden coins)
3) red and yellow apples can spice up any decoration
4) small pumpkins and mushrooms also fit nicely (do not have to be the real thing)
5) use leaves, twigs and chocolate to decorate the table (orange or brown tablecloth)
6) use branches in main party area (build a little house with witch or create a forest)
7) hang some golden stars from the ceiling and/or place them on table
Or let the children have a picnic on the forest floor. Just cover the floor with green paper tablecloth and lay down some blankets. Use the same decoration and add some picnic baskets.
Halloween Fairy Tale Sandwich:
You need sandwich bread, cream cheese, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, block of cheese, grapes and strawberries. Also you will need toothpicks or something similar.
Use cream cheese and cucumber to prepare the amount of sandwiches you will need for the party. Then cut out different shapes with cookie cutters. You can also play with the sizes a little, one sandwich can make four small stars or one big crown.
Skewer fruit or tomato and a dice of cheese on top of the sandwich and serve on a big plate.
Halloween Fairy Tale Cookies:
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour (13 oz / 375 grams)
1 cup + 5 tbsp butter (10.5 oz / 300 grams)
1 1/4 cup sugar (8.8 oz / 250 grams)
Food colors (princess pink, frog green, you get the idea)
Mix with your hands since the dough will be very firm.
Mix all ingredients and set aside (cool area) for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 355°F.
Roll out about 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and use 1 egg yolk to moisten before you put them in the oven. Bake Halloween cookies 10 – 15 min.
Halloween Fairy Tale Muffins:
(Vanilla Cupcakes recipe – “Cook yourself thin” cookbook)
Get some appropriate stencils for decorating. I do not use the frosting out of the book.
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup zucchini finely shredded
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix flour, almonds and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla until thick (about 4 minutes). Mix in the zucchini on low speed until fully incorporated. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Use a 1/3-cup measure to spoon into muffin cups.
Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.
Use your stencils to sprinkle desired pattern on to muffins.
Halloween Fairy Tale Games
It is a children’s Halloween Fairy Tale Party so you are better prepared to tell some fairy tales. If you do not have books at home, you can find the most popular ones at www.classicfairytales.com. Or ask the kids about their inspiration for their costume and let them tell the fairy tale.
1) a bar of chocolate (Hershey’s kisses for younger children)
2) magazine paper or wrapping paper
3) mittens, scarf, hat and dice
4) fork and knife (not for younger children)
This is how you play it:
Wrap the chocolate inside the paper (for younger children just the kisses) ,put it on a plate. Put fork and knife on the same plate and set it on the table.
Give the dice to the child that is supposed to roll first. Every child can roll the dice twice and then passes the dice on to the next child on the left. Whenever someone rolls a 6, he/she gets the chocolate plate, needs to put on mittens, scarf and hat and can then start unwrapping the chocolate and cut (not break) it but can only use fork and knife. (younger children put on mittens, scarf and hat and have to unwrap Hershey’s kisses like that)
The other children continue to roll the dice and when the next 6 is rolled, the procedure is repeated. Sometimes the children do not even get their first piece of chocolate 🙂
Do Not Laugh
All children stand in a circle and one child in the center. The children standing building the circle have to try not to laugh while the child in the center has to do his very best to make them laugh but cannot talk.
Every child get a sheet of paper (about 4 times the size of a regular sheet). The children put that paper on the floor in front of them. When you turn on the music the children step on the paper and start dancing. Children that step on the floor while dancing, are out of the game. Whenever you stop the music the remaining children have to get of the paper and fold it in half. The child that dances last wins the game.
The Hansel & Gretel Favor Box Search
Did you already lay out the cookie trail? Then let the kids follow the trail to their favor boxes before you send them home. Incorporate some spooky spiders and bugs.
I wish you lots of fun at your Fairy Tale Halloween Party, and promise you it will be a memorable one.