As we get ready to lose more daylight on November 6th, children should get outside and enjoy Halloween activities while they still can. Sunday, October 30th, is predicting a high of 50 degrees and sunny and there are many ways to celebrate Halloween in our area that are fun and safe. Whether your family is willing to pay for an outdoor activity or creating your own at home, the idea is to get children outside and get them moving this weekend.
Affordable outdoor activities
- Thornton Paintball
Was founded back in 2002 and it designed for teenagers to have a safe place to play paintball. Located in Thornton, Pa., this wooded outdoor activity provides a safe environment where kids and even adults can play paintball and have a great time. Children 11 years and up are able to participate and protective equipment is a must. You would be surprised how much physical activity is involved in running, hiding, rolling and climbing on the ground. There is a Halloween Public Game, this Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and everyone should dress in their Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed.The event is for all skill levels (beginner to more experienced).
- Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum, is open all year round, and has over 20 miles of hiking trails that traverse through 450 acres of uncultivated natural areas with rare horticultural collections, plant specimens, ancient trees, historic buildings and extensive hiking trails. Tyler’s 7 different trails range from 0.9 miles to 8.5 miles. The trails are clearly marked and all trails begin and end at the trailhead(www.tylerarboretum.org). Tyler also offers guided hikes throughout the year so you can explore their trail system. Tyler Arboretum is located in Media, Pa. and on October 30th they will be having a Halloween in the Gardens from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children can dress- up for fun, trick-or-treating, parade with wizard and friends through the Magical Habitats exhibit. They will also get to see creepy critters up close, experience owl and raptor demonstrations, learn some silly spells, make potions and more. www.tylerarboretum.org.
Outdoor Home activities
- Pumpkin Puzzle
The Pumpkin Puzzle game can be a team outdoor game. Prior to getting the game started, cut a pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and some of the pulp. Then cut each half into four or five rectangular pieces. Provide each team with all the pieces of one pumpkin and toothpicks. Kids race to see who can reconstruct their pumpkin the fastest. To make this game more active hide the pumpkin pieces in a location near each station. Get children running around to make the activity physical as well as mental.(www.modernmom.com)
- Capture the Scarecrow
Remember Capture the Flag? At Halloween time, it becomes a Halloween game when a scarecrow is used instead of a flag. Craft stores, like Michaels in Wilmington Delaware, sell small scarecrows for decoration. Use a front and back yard to split the teams up. The object of the game is to capture the other team’s scarecrow and bring it to your side of the yard. Players can still tag each other to get each other out of them game and send them to the “Cornfield”, a predetermined place in the yard. Where others can try their luck trying to free their teammate. Whosever team has members not captured wins.
- Bones Relay Race
Each team is given a table to assemble a Skeleton made of cardboard parts. To make it more interesting and active, give each team candy eyeballs that they place on a spoon. Each person, takes turns, to travel to a location where they can pick up a piece of their skeleton, without dropping the eyeball off the spoon. The team to complete their skeleton first is the winner. Losers get to eat the eyeballs.
- Spooky Flashlight tag
Played at night, this game mixes the popular games, hide and seek with tag. The person who is ‘it’ waits at the ‘haunted house’ counting to a high number while everyone else hides. Then, armed with a spooky flashlight, this person searches for the others who may be switching hiding spots. The flashlight must remain on at all times and may not be covered. When person who is ‘it’, spots someone, they must use the flashlight to get a close enough look at the person to identify them and call out their name. When a person gets caught, many variations of the game can be used. One variation is to pass the flashlight to the caught person, so they become ‘it’. Another version is to send each caught person to the ‘haunted house’ to wait until everyone is caught. The first person caught then becomes ‘it’. Another variation is to have more than one person (or a team) be it. With this game, people who are not ‘it’ can tag other people (or team members) free from the ‘haunted house.’ One of the people who are ‘it’ may stay near to guard the the haunted house. If using the team ideal simply purchase two different spooky flashlights which can be found at any halloween store.
Being active is always important but when parents know a massive trick-or-treating expedition is going to begin, getting some exercise disguised as fun is even more important.