Origin of HalloweenHalloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) over 2000 years ago in what's now called Ireland. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. You can learn more about the origin of Halloween over on History.com.
History of HalloweenIn the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. Here are several games for children to play on Halloween.
Halloween Games for Children1. Halloween Pumpkin Bowling - Darling bowling pins made out of empty formula cans. 2. Paint the Pumpkin - Have the kids paint a small pumpkin at your next Halloween party. 3. Halloween Mummy Wrap - The object is for each group to wrap their mummy faster than the other groups but doing a good job 4. Halloween Memory Game - Memory is such a fun and easy game to play with children of all ages. Play this game at home as a family or during a kids Halloween party.
Indoor Halloween Games5. Eyeball Relay
- 1 Ping pong ball for each team (painted like an eyeball)
- 1 spoon for each team
- Ball of black yarn
- * Paper
- * Pencil
- Masking tape