Are you sick of the chaos that Halloween has become? Are you tired of sexy costumes, spooky decorations, blood and gore? Are you looking for Halloween alternatives? How about hosting an early Thanksgiving harvest party? Celebrate the fall season with autumn crafts, fall games and harvest foods. Here’s a fall harvest party planner. Parents, this is perfect for children who are scared by all the Halloween spookiness.
Host a Thanksgiving harvest potluck. Try going vegetarian: ask people to bring autumn favorites: apple pie, applesauce, squash soup, pumpkin soup, baked squash, pumpkin spice cookies and cake, homemade donuts, apple cider, harvest salsa and tortilla chips. cornbread, grapes, tomato-cucumber salad, pumpkin pie, potato pancakes, potato salad, corn chowder, baked clams, oyster stew, candied sweet potatoes, cranberries, wine and other fall treats. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy vegetables.
Do a Thanksgiving autumn harvest bake sale to raise money for the needy. Have bakers bring pumpkin bars, cookies, pies and cakes. Ask for zucchini bread, corn muffins, apple cinnamon coffee cake, carrot spice bread and applesauce muffins. Ask for two batches, one to sell and one to give to a homeless shelter, rescue mission or soup kitchen. Use money to fill Thanksgiving baskets.
Invite senior citizens. Or take the party to a senior center. Ask each person to bring an elderly friend. Children will love helping their friend. Encourage seniors and kids to dress in couples’ Halloween costumes. Pass out candies.
Decorate pumpkin spice cupcakes or sugar cookies. Give each person a cup with icing and a plastic spoon. Provide sprinkles, candy corn, orange slices, Runts, jelly beans and colored candies for decorations. Use spoons to prevent spreading germs.
Decorate with Thanksgiving and natural harvest themes: pumpkins, squash, gourds, autumn leaves, chrysanthemums, corn stalks and orange and yellow lights. Let old folks take decorations home to cheer their rooms. Paint mini pumpkins.
Make edible scarecrows. Stuff paper bags with popcorn. Decorate bags with faces. Use licorice to secure bags. Poke Pixie Stix in bags for mini scarecrows. Have a contest for funniest, silliest, most avant-garde, etc.
Play outdoors. Make paper lunch bag jack-o-lanterns. Cut Halloween pumpkin faces in orange paper bags. Place electric tea lights inside to light the walk. Arrange through a trail in the woods for autumn exploration. Make an outdoor hay bale maze for kids. Arrange hay in tunnels to crawl through. Have an outdoor candy hunt for children. Hide well-wrapped candy as you would Easter eggs. Bob for apples.