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Halloween can really be a fun time for your residents. Maybe you will want to plan a big party or maybe just a few simple games and some treats. Either way here are some resources to help you out!


Black yarn
Small square of cardboard
Black pipe cleaners
Googly eyes or red construction paper

Wind yard around and around cardboard square until heavily covered.
Using a small piece of yarn tie securely at the center, cut edges and remove the cardboard.
Insert three pipe cleaners into the knotted center and bend to form the spider's legs.
Glue on goggly eyes or cut out circles from red construction paper.
Hang the spider using light-colored thread. that way it looks like the spider is just hanging in mid-air.



1 dum-dum or blo-pop shaped (ball) lolly pop
1 white kleenex
black yarn or thin ribbon
black marker


1. Take the kleenex and place it over the lolly pop to form a ghost.
2. Cut a piece of yarn or ribbon long enough to tie
around the base of the lolly pop to secure the kleenex.
3. Use the marker to draw eyes on the ghost.
4. Enjoy your new Ghost Treat!

Flour and water paste or liquid starch
Orange paint
Black paint
Paint brush

1.Cut the newspaper into 1 to 2 inch strips.
2.Blow up the balloon & tie it.
3.Cover the balloon with newspaper strips dipped
in the flour-and-water paste or liquid starch.
4.Cover the whole balloon two or three times,
and let it dry completely (2 or 3 hours or overnight)
5.Pop the balloon and paint the ball orange.
Add some black eyes,a nose,and a mouth.
6.Cut a zigzag-patterned top off of the pumpkin
holder, poke holes in the sides, and attach a piece
of the yarn for a handle.

Save the tops of frozen juice cans, the edges are nice and smooth, and
make excellent magnets. Cut orange felt to glue inside, add yellow felt
eyes, nose, and mouth, and a green stem. Wiggly eyes and a strip of
magnet to the back complete this easy craft.

Any type of halloween or fall looking material will do, cut into squares the
size you want. Can gather but we are going a simpler route. Fill half way with beans and the remainder with polyfill..tie with yarn or holiday bow. Decorate the outside by hot gluing on the eyes, nose and mouth will be precut pieces of felt, hot glue a leaf cut out of green felt..simple if pieces all precut, and very adorable, who can resist a beanie!



2 8 or 9 inch round baked cakes. Pick your favorite flavor.
2 cups chocolate frosting
Frost cakes with the chocolate frosting. Now we need to make the spider web. Mix together ½ cup powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, and about 1-½ tablespoons of milk to make an icing. Put into a plastic bag and cut out a small hole in one corner, and draw circle with the white icing one inside the other. Draw lines with a knife from the center of the cake to the edges to make the webs.
You can make a spider, with a gumdrop, and licorice. Bend licorice pieces and insert into the sides of the gumdrop. Put on top of the cake.

Ice cube tray, raisins, 4 1-pint bottles cranberry juice, 2 1/2 cups peach juice, 1 cup fresh lime juice, 2 cups orange juice sugar to taste

Place raisins in ice cube trays. Add water. Freeze. This will make them look like they have insects in them.

Keep the juices refrigerated until you are ready to use them. In a punch bowl, combine all the juices. Add the ice cubes and serve.

Makes 20 cups

· 1 pk Refrigerated sliceable cookie dough
· 20 Wooden sticks
· Your Favorite Frosting
Cut dough into aobut twenty 1/2 inch slices.
Roll each slice into a ball.
Arrange part of the balls in a circle on ungreased baking sheets, 3 inches apart and 2 inches from edges. Securely insert a wooden stick into each ball with end pointing toward center of cookie sheet.
Bake in 350 degrees F. oven for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from baking sheet. Cool completely on wire racks.
Frost or decorate as desired with ready to spread frosting (or your favorite homemade).

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cookie decorator (in a 4 1/2 -ounce pressurized can)
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup flour and mix well. By hand, fold the remaining flour, the baking soda, and the baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly before decorating.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies



PIN THE STEM ON THE PUMPKIN- A classic spin off from pin the tail on the donkey. Make a very large pumpkin out of poster board and tape to the wall. Then cut out a bunch of stems from green construction paper. Have participants close their eyes and try to tape the stem on the pumpkin, closest wins!

Collect 5 empty two-liter bottles and fill 1/4 of the way up with rocks or sand. (something to weigh them down) These are your bowling pins. For the bowling balls use miniature pumpkins and see who can knock the most down!

Cut out many large size pumpkins from orange construction paper. Number these and tape down on the floor. You will also need a big batch of Halloween cupcakes, either homemade or from the store. On small slips of paper write down all of the numbers you have on the pumpkins and place the slips in a small paper bag. Have guests stand on each of the pumpkins and play spooky music. After a little while stop the music and pull out a slip of paper with a number on it, whoever is standing on that pumpkin gets a cupcake!

·Gather up all kinds of Halloween and/or funny clothing articles and stuff it in a duffle bag or large pillow case.

·Pass the bag around. Each person must take out one article without looking.

·Play some music and have everyone walk down modeling their item!

·Each participant is given 15 pieces of candy corn.

·Players stand over the glass and drop pieces of candy corn, one at a time, into a glass on the floor.

·The person who gets the most corn in the glass wins!





Makes a wonderful Centerpiece!
Supplies needed:
Dryer vent
Orange spray paint
Green felt
Fake fall leaves
Tacky Glue
Green spray paint
Cone shaped styrofoam
Small wiggly eyes
Small black pom pom
Green pipe cleaners
* Cut off section of dryer vent and make into a circle glueing the two ends together.
* Spray paint the vent orange (let dry)
* Spray paint the styrofoam green for the stem (let dry)
* Curl the green pipe cleaner around your finger. Put a little glue on the pipe cleaner and place on top in center hole of
pumpkin. Place glue on styrofoam stem and press down into center on top of pumpkin.
* Cut two green leaves out of felt and place on top of pumpkin.
* Glue additional fall leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin (it then looks like it's sitting in a pile of leaves.)
* Glue wiggly eyes to the black pom pom and glue on green leaf on top of pumpkin.

You will need:
· 4 small spools
· 1 large spool
· Jute cording
· Wooden ball for head
· Craft glue
· Acrylic paint
· Raffia
· Marking pen (optional)
Paint the large spool and two of the small spools brown. Paint the other small spools blue. Allow to dry.
String the body together using the jute cording. The large spool is the body of the scarecrow. The small brown spools are his arms and the blue ones are his legs.
Put a little bit of glue on the raffia and stuff into the holes so it looks like the scarecrow has straw coming out his arms and legs.
Paint or draw a face on the wooden ball. Glue the ball to the body.
Glue some raffia to the top of the scarecrow's head.



Q: What do you get when you cross a were-wolf with a drip-dry suit?
A: A wash-and-werewolf.

Q: What did the papa ghost say to the baby ghost?
A: Fasten your sheet belt.

Q: What is a witch with poison ivy called?
A: An itchy witchy.

Q: Who does a ghoul fall in love with?
A: His ghoul friend.

Q: What kind of hot dogs do werewolves like best?
A: Hallowieners.

Q: Why did the witch stand up in front of the audience?
A: She had to give a screech.

Q: Why did the witch's mail rattle?
A: It was a chain letter.

Q: What do birds give out on Halloween?
A: Tweets.

Q: What do goblins mail home while on vacation?
A: Ghostcards.

Q: What's black, white, orange, and waddles?
A: A penguin with a jack-o-lantern.

Q: Why do ghosts go to baseball games?
A: Because they like to boo the umpire.

Q: Why did the baby ghost go to the doctor before halloween?
A: To get a BOOster shot.

Q: When is it bad luck to see a black cat?
A: When you're a mouse.

Q: Why did the black cat cross the road?
A: To catch up with the chicken.


Joy to the world,
It's Halloween.
The night of fright has come!
This time of year we wait.
We hope he won't be late.
The Great Pumpkin will come,
The Great Pumpkin will come,
The Great, The GREAT Pumpkin will come.
He rules the world,
On Hallow's Eve.
He's coming here tonight.
Let's go into the pumpkin patch
They'll put us in the booby hatch,
But we will have such fun,
But we will have such fun,
But we, But we will have such fun.

We Three Ghosts (to the tune of We Three Kings)

We three ghosts of Halloween are
Scaring kids who wander too far.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Watching for the Halloween Star.
Star of darkness, star of fright.
Star of every gruesome sight.
West winds howling, cat's a-yowling,
Let us play some tricks tonight!

On the First Day of Halloween

On the First Day of Halloween, my Swamp Thing gave to me:
A hoot owl in a dead tree.
Two trick or treaters,
Three black cats,
Four skeletons,
Five Snicker bars,
Six goblins gobbling,
Seven pumpkins glowing,
Eight monsters shrieking,
Nine ghosts a-booing,
Ten ghouls a-groaning,
Eleven masks a-leering,
Twelve bats a-flying.