Our school, Knock Knock English, had 4 big Halloween parties this year. For anybody thinking ahead to next year already, a great party activity we tried was to set up a "funny face foto booth". There is a Mac program called "Photo Booth" which allows you to create all kinds of crazy pictures very easily. We set up an area where kids could take a picture by looking into the camera on a Mac laptop and we had the laptop hooked up to a TV facing out so the kids waiting their turn could see all the crazy, funny (sometimes scary!) faces.
It was very popular. While the kids were doing a little trick or treating (within the hall we rented) and playing some of the carnival-style games we had set up, we printed out the pictures and everybody went home with a neat little Halloween momento (along with fresh popcorn and cotton candy!)
Here's a short video of us singing "Go Away" at one of the parties...check out all the cool costumes. We had Batman, Superman, Mr. Incredible, Spiderman, Greenman, some lovely princesses and witches, and even a big box of yogurt. And then I went and threw on a chef's hat, an apron, and spilled some coffee on myself (on purpose this time) to magically transform myself into the least-chef looking chef you've ever seen. Ah well, next year I'll get with the program.
We're already looking forward to the Christmas parties...I hear Santa may be stopping by.