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8 Easy Halloween party ideas

Need some ghoulish party ideas to give all your guests a scare this Halloween? Here’s our 8 Easy Halloween party ideas.

Halloween party food

1. Mummy pizzas

Decorate a slice of bread with some tomato sauce, strips of cheese and some olive slices for the Mummy’s eyes. Place under a medium heat grill for three to four minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt.

2. Gory drinks

Any colourful drink filled with ice, and topped off with an eyeball sweet or vampire’s teeth will add a gory twist! Take care not to use plastic toys in drinks or food that will be eaten by very young children, as they can pose a choke hazard.

3. Banana ghosts

Chop a banana in half and stand upright on a plate. Press three chocolate chips, or raisins into the top end for staring eyes and a spooky mouth.

easy halloween party ideas

4. Pumpkin mandarins

Peel a mandarin (or any orange) and place on a place. Chop a small stalk of celery and pop it into the centre of the orange to make a mini pumpkin!

Halloween party games

1. Glo-stick ring toss

Plant a small stick or post in your garden and using some looped glow sticks, play ring toss!

2. Ghost bowling

To make the ghosts, fill some clear plastic drinks bottles with cotton wool balls. Stick on some ghost faces cut out of black paper. Set them up and use a small pumpkin as the bowling ball!

3. Pin the tail on the witch’s cat

Attach a sheet of paper to a wall or door and stick a cut-out of a black cat, minus its tail, to the sheet. Cut out a tail for the cat and attach a piece of blu-tack or sticky tape to the cat’s tail. Each child takes a turn to pin the tail on the witch’s cat!

4. Halloween Crafts

Using some black card, cut out your favourite spooky Halloween silhouettes. Stick your shapes onto a sheet of orange crepe paper. When the glue has dried, stick your work of art in a window at the front of your house to welcome your Halloween visitors! From the outside, your spooky silhouettes will appear illuminated as the light in your room shines through the orange crepe paper.

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ASK LOUISE

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….

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