Gavin has seven cousins on his dad’s side of the family. Seven! That’s a lot of cousins, a lot of laughter, a lot of playing, and a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of birthdays! A few years ago, my very wise sister-in-laws decided to group the birthdays together into fall and spring. It makes for two big shared birthday parties each year.
Last year, the wise sister-in-laws struck again and decided to have the fall birthday party Halloween themed and have all the kids come in their costumes. So fun!!
So this year we are doing it again, and this time it’s at my house. I thought it would be a lot of fun to have games the kids could play, but I didn’t really want to spend a fortune for the prepackaged games that come from Target, especially when most of them seemed simple enough to make at home.
None of these games are Lisa Originals, they all are floating around on Pinterest, and thought up by people far more creative than me. But this is my take on them.
Four Pumpkin Buckets from the Dollar Store ($4)
A Board ($1.75)
Black Spray Paint ($1)
White T-shirt from the Dollar Store ($1)
Screws (had on hand)
Dry Beans (had on hand)
This could not be more simple. Pumpkin buckets from the dollar store, a piece of wood from the scrap section at the hardware store spray painted black, and a white t-shirt from the dollar store turned into ghost bean bags. And the grand total for this fun game? $7.75!
The buckets are just drilled into the board with a screw, and you can use the template below for your ghosts! A word to the wise: Make the hole to fill the ghosts at the bottom for easy filling, not in an armpit, or you will end up with lentils all over your kitchen floor. The other nice thing about the ghosts is because they are made from a jersey t-shirt, I left them “inside out,” not worrying about the edges fraying. I was able to be a little less exact with my sewing and they got a more ghostly ragged look.
Note: If you don’t sew, another great alternative would be white socks filled at the end with beans, a ghost face drawn on, and tied at the “neck” with some white yarn. Just tie it tight, or you will have flying ghosts and flying beans.