Every year our church puts on a "Fall Festival", aka Halloween Party. It's usually a big production. This year, our men's group, of which I'm president, was asked to host the event. I thought, "Sure, no sweat." When Mandy heard about it, she was a bit concerned, thinking it would be a ton of work, preparation and stress. And it would have been, if I had done it Craft Blogger Style.
|Craft Blogger Halloween Party||Man-Planned Halloween Party|
|Planning||Fretting and planning since July. Multiple committees engaged for support.||Planned over two short phone calls and one online order to Oriental Trading Co.|
|Table Decor||Table cloths with hand-made centerpieces; table-top sprinkle confetti||None. Plain plastic tables clean up easier.|
|Games||Five or six games, each hosted in a classroom by a youth group class in lavishly decorated rooms.||Four games, hosted in each corner of the gym on plain tables by men pulled randomly from the crowd.|
|Prizes||Each game has multiple, fabulous prizes.||One prize per kid. Prizes are the items they use to play the games.|
|Time||Starts late, goes on forever.||Starts on time, ends 10 minutes early.|
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner
6:00 – 6:30 Games
6:30 – 7:00 Trunk or Treat and DONE!
(actual end time, lights out, doors locked: 7:05)
Don't believe it's possible to host a successful party with no stress and almost no planning that stills goes over well? See the pictures below.
Kids enlisted to color game pieces.
Shoot the cups...
rubber band lizards.
Catch the paper monsters (no Mandy, we don't need to laminate the paper monsters)
with sticky hands.
Print some signs to label the games. Use a boring font.
Games in action. Note the random game "volunteer" sitting in background.
Game set up. Note the fancy decorations.
Games in action.
Who did this numbering?