Halloween gets a lot of attention each October, but this season of change is also a natural celebration of the harvest. Use these fresh new food and fun tips to spice up your classic fall party.
By Sascha Zuger and Ashley Ryan
Now that fall has arrived, what better way to celebrate the harvest than with a little pumpkin bowling? Grab several small pumpkins and a set of plastic bottles or bowling pins for a game that is easy to set up and tons of fun to play. The wobble of the squash ensures an equal game for the whole family. If you have time, let the kids decorate the bottles you will be using, getting them involved in the party set-up and bringing some extra decoration as well.
Use a measuring tape to make sure the pins will be evenly spaced and mark the ground to replace them for each turn. Stand back and let the game begin! Let the kids roll the pumpkins down the lane to knock the pins over. Give them two tries during each round, like actual bowling, but entice them further by offering pieces of candy for strikes or spares.
Pumpkin Relay, A Clean Sweep
Another fun and very simple game is to break guests into two teams. Using ribbon to mark the turns, lay out a race course using yard furniture or tree trunks as passing points. Each team lines up and gets one broom with which to propel their pumpkin through the course before handing it off to the next team member. It might sound easy, but sweeping mishapen pumpkins is not an exact science. Add challenges in the forms of ramps or tight turns for older kids.