Last weekend we had our youngest daughter Isabelle’s birthday party with her school friends. It was a little late coming, as her actual birthday was September 27th, but better late then never.
We decided to do a Halloween theme to also celebrate the upcoming season that is a favourite in our house. I have to say it was quite the challenge planning a Halloween party that would last no longer then two hours, keep 16 kids between the ages of 6-10 happy without scaring the crap out of them.
We decided we would play a few games, have a haunted house and do a palm reading session; palm reading courtesy of our 16-year-old daughter. The party was a huge hit.
The haunted house was down a wide back hallway that has a window bench and flanking bookshelves. We had a coffin on the window bench with my oldest daughters friend hidden inside adorned in a scary mask and vampire collar. On the opposite side of the hall, hidden just behind our bedroom door was my husband complete with black mask. He was holding an industrial air compressor to shoot the kids with blasts of air and of course the occasional leg grab.
We managed to design this haunted house with no light leaks and had a fog machine running while a strobe light which featured thunder sounds sent off beats of flashing light, not unlike streaks of lightening.
Waiting in an excited line the kids went in batches of two or three with my daughter as their guide. I was the line police. By the end of this charade the kids were pushing, screaming, falling over themselves and each other to get another turn. Four of them were too scared to go, one went anyway, and two others broke down in tears while one poor girl developed a nervous bellyache. In the end it was chaos and terror and better then any fun house at the fair.
Isabelle in her black party dress playing with her friends, the entrance to the Haunted House is behind the bloody hand curtain.
The front entrance and stairwell with a zombie baby caught up in cobwebs.
The front entrance adorned with spooky creatures and lots of spider webs.
The fortuneteller’s table, luckily everyone at this party was foretold they would live a long and happy life.
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