8 Fun (& Spooky) Ideas for a Trick-or-Treating Pre-Party

Spider web fishing game
Tara Donne
Before heading out for a night of costumes and candy, host a spooky soirée with Halloween games and healthy treats you won't need to trick your kids into eating.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Ghouls' Night In

Gather the neighborhood kids for some pre-trick-or-treating fun. Eat, drink, and be scary!

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Spider Cheese Ball

Serve this delicious creepy-crawly with cut-up vegetables, crisp breads, or crackers.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Pizza Ghost Crostini

Cut and refrigerate the mozzarella shapes the day before to save precious pre-party prep time.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Haunted-House Hummus Sandwiches

Roasted-red-pepper hummus gives these eerie snacks a ghostly glow, but feel free to use regular if your little goblin prefers it.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Turkey Meatball Eyeballs

Jeepers peepers! You can assemble these bright-eyed meatballs up to 24 hours ahead. Refrigerate until baking.

Directions for making a cute owl snack that's made from crackers, cream cheese, almonds, and raisins.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Green Witches' Brew

Don't let its spooky green hue fool you: This bewitching brew is filled with sweet melon and a hint of green tea. For a smoother sip, pour the drink through a fine-mesh sieve.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Orange Chocolate Pudding Jack-o-Lanterns

A little ghost told us it's okay to skip steps 1 and 2 and use instant pudding if you're in a rush.

Surprise Halloween partygoers with treats hidden inside mini witch hats! Just pull on the tag to release the goodies.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Mummy Wrap

Break guests into two teams, set a timer, and instruct the pairs to cover one player in white paper streamers like a mummy. At the end of the allotted time, the duo with the most mummified teammate gets a prize.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Wicked Web

Create a creepy-crawly "fishing" activity with homemade spiders, fishing poles, and a spider web game board. Challenge kids to pick up only spiders in their color while a timer runs -- the child with the most arachnids at the end is the winner.

What You'll Need:
24"x 24" -in.-thick black foam-core board (available at art-supply stores)
1/2-in.-wide white painter's tape
Scissors
Chenille stems in two colors
Wooden dowels
Yarn
3/4-in. donut-shaped magnets

Make It:

1. For the game board: Create a spider web pattern on the foam-core board with painter's tape. 

2. For the spiders: Cut chenille stems into 8-in. pieces. Twist four of the pieces together at their centers several times. Bend each of the eight resulting appendages into leg shapes (one bend for the "knee" and one for the "foot"), so each spider can stand on its own. Repeat to create at least eight spiders (four in one color, four in another).

3. For the fishing rods: Tie a piece of yarn slightly longer than the dowel to one end of the dowel. Tie a donut-shaped magnet to

Note: Supervise any kids under 4, as the magnets are a choking hazard.

Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Parents magazine.

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