Youth Ideas: Children’s Carnival as an Alternative to Halloween Trick or Treat by sappken


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    Youth Ideas:
 Children’s Carnival
  as an Alternative
 to Halloween Trick
       or Treat

   As the holiday of Halloween
   rolls around, many schools,
   churches and children's
   organizations start planning
   their SAFE alternative options
   to the traditional trick or
   treating activity. A common
   activity is a Carnival.

Why Plan a Children’s Carnival instead of the
Traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treat?
As the holiday of Halloween rolls around, many
schools, churches and children’s organizations
start planning their SAFE alternative options to
the traditional “trick or treating” activity. This
allows more control over what kids receive and
also to avoid some of those members of society
that might place unwanted items in candy or
treats. It’s also a lot safer than having kids roam
the neighborhoods. Some places throw a holiday
dance or get together where others opt for such
things as a youth and children’s carnival. This is a
great way to show children a different way to
celebrate and stay safe for the Halloween holiday
or simply provide an alternative if you are
opposed to the celebrations of Halloween in the
first place.

 Tips for Planning Your Halloween Carnival or
 Harvest Festival Event.
 If you are planning such a Halloween carnival
 or fall festival, you will want to plan a wide
 variety of games and activities to have at your
 children’s carnival that will keep the kids
 entertained. Below are some of the most
 popular types of activity booths and games for
 this type of carnival celebration. It is best to
 have a variety of choices for kids of all ages so
 that they will have plenty to choose from.
 When you plan your carnival, think about both
 boys and girls and what they like to do. Include
 activities that are good for younger children,
 activities that are for older children and
 activities that might even be fun for their
 parents as well.

 Carnival Games:

 Golfing Area
 There are many discount stores that sell play
 golf sets. You can get a few of these and set
 up a mini golf course which is great fun for all
 ages. You can also have a putting area where
 golfers can test their luck at getting a hole in
 one. You can make the prizes based on where
 the person is standing when they get the ball
 in the hole.

Baseball Strike Zone
This is a game that can be adjusted for all ages.
Strike zone games are generally set up for older
kids but you can adapt it for the little ones. You
can make a ball throwing game (It doesn’t have
to be baseballs) that stands up on its own using
a cardboard box. You can often get large boxes
from appliance and furniture stores. Simply cut
holes in the cardboard and paint it to match
your Halloween event theme. You can create a
carved pumpkin image with a mouth and eyes as
the strike zones, a full moon with different size
craters, smiley faces, flowers and many other
designs. The objective is to have the children
throw the balls into the various holes. You can
vary the size of the holes and the point awarded
for each successful throw. Make your prize
selection based on the amount of points the
child gets with a total of 3 to 5 balls.

 Fishing Games
 This is something that is great for the little
 ones. You can do this with a large tub of water
 and some play fishing poles. You can get about
 15 to 20 floating ducks or boats at a dollar
 store and paint a mark on the bottom of some
 of them. To make the game really simple, you
 can attach magnets to both the floating toys
 and the end of the fishing poles so that the
 children simply have to get the fishing pole
 string into the water and they will always pull
 up something. Those who pull up a toy with a
 mark on it are the winners.

 Activity Booths
 There are many activity booths for your
 carnival that you can make out of everyday
 items such as bottles, cans and fishbowls:
 • Set up cans in a row and give your players
     balls to throw at the cans to knock them
     over. Fill them with sand as full cans are
     more difficult to knock over than empty
     one. Set up plastic bottles like bowling pins
     and use a small ball to let your players see
     how many “pins” they can knock over with
     one try. Again, bottles filled with water or
     sand will be more difficult to knock over.
     Base your prizes on the number of cans or
     bottles knocked over.

•     Use small fish bowls as a game by filling
      them each with a fish and water. Put paper
      plates on top of the fishbowls with a bull’s-
      eye drawn on them and et the players toss
      coins onto the plates to try to win a fish. You
      can also use small balls and let the players
      try to throw a ball into a bowl to win a fish.
•     Use bottles and small rope rings as another
      game. Toss the ring over the bottle to win
•     Place a slip of paper inside a balloons with a
      prize written on it then let the older children
      toss darts and try to pop a balloon to get the
      prize written on the slip of paper inside.

Unlimited possibilities for your Halloween /
Fall Carnival
These are just a few examples of the large
number of different types of games and
activity booths that you can plan for your
carnival; you just need to be creative. You will
find that if you plan right, your carnival will be
a huge success. Just remember to have games
that are good for all ages as well as games set
for certain ages. Spread things out as well so it
makes the carnival seem that much bigger. Add
in some food booths and drinks and you have
got the makings for a great carnival that is not
only fun but also safe for all the participants.

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