String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don't dent.
Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug. This may be the adult's job.
Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs. You may want to use more than one string, plugging them together.
Here's the website for the directions and picture: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/spirit-jugs-673388/
Candy is always part of Halloween but sometimes it's nice to have something a little bit more healthy and made in a fun way. Here are two ideas that can be big hits.
Vegetable Dip. You can purchase this dip already made or you can make it, of course. I usually make Ranch Dip.
4 long, narrow carrots for fingers
1 medium-width carrot for thumb
Softened cream cheese (optional)
To prepare them, fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel the long, narrow carrots and the one medium-width carrot.
With paring knife (an adult's job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced almond fingernail atop each notch.
Stick the fingers in the dip as if a hand were coming up out of the 'ground.' Place serving bowl in middle of plate or platter and surround with baby carrots.
Here's the website for this recipe: http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-recipes/halloween-snacks/carrot-finger-food-683529/
This is an easy treat for the kids to assemble themselves. Have all the ingredients made ahead and let them use their imaginations by creating different expressions. Fun.
Red or green pepper
Cheese sticks or mozzarella slices
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place English muffin halves on baking sheet. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto each half (you may prefer to toast them first for extra crunch).
Set olive slices in place of eyes and add round slices of green onions or bits of red or green diced pepper for pupils.
Lay strips of cheese across the muffin for the mummy wrapping.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.
Here's the website for this treat: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/pizza-mummies-688188/