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    Whether you are hosting a kid Halloween party or an adult Halloween party, Halloween party favors are a great way to thank guest for attending and to leave a favorable lingering impression when thy have gone. Halloween party favors come in many forms, some being more suitable for a kid Halloween party and others more suitable for an adult Halloween party. This article will cover several Halloween party favor do-it-yourself craft projects for both.


    One really easy Halloween party favor do-it-yourself craft project particularly suitable for a kid Halloween party is ghost necklaces. Simply pour ghost shape gobs of glue over waxed paper, allow to dry for a couple of days, create eyes with a black felt-tip marker and punch hole in the top and pull black yarn through it. If you need to speed up the curing time and make the ghost pendants more durable, you can fire the glue globs in an oven. For an extra added touch, dap some glow-in-the dark paint on the ghost pendents.


    A Halloween party favor do-it-yourself craft project that's suitable for a kid Halloween party, can provide a pre-party activity to accommodate different arrival times. One such activity is creating trick-or-treat bags from solid color gift bags or even plain brown paper bags from the local grocery store. Another craft activity to consider as a pre-party activity is placemats made of construction paper. After each placemat is decorated, cover it with clear contact paper. You should provide markers, Halloween themed stickers and cutouts and newspapers and magazines for cutting out pictures along with glue for pasting them them.


    One other pre-party activity to keep participants of a kid Halloween party occupied is creating Halloween party favor bags. You can choose to allow the guests to create free-form favor bags or duplicate favor bags. On page 35 of Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book is a picture showing "construction paper, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pompons work a whimsical magic on plain old lunch bags." You can provide such materials for your young guests.


    If you prefer something more structural for your Halloween party bag pre-party activity consider the bat favor bags project presented in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. The project plan provides a materials list, detailed instructions and a bat pattern for transferring the image to black flocked paper as called for in the materials list. For a kid Halloween party, you may want to use something less stylish, like black posterboard or construction paper.


    The bat favor bags project calls for black paper, black gift bags and black glitter. As can be seen in the project photo, the result is an elegant and stylish favor bag that would be most appropriate for an upscale adult Halloween party. And to add a bit of childlike inversion to the affair, you could set up a table with the necessary materials so guests can create their own bat Halloween party favor bags.


    Two more Halloween party favor projects presented in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For a Spooktacular Holiday that are most suitable to an adult Halloween party are haunted house party favors and Halloween party crackers. The project for the haunted house provides a pattern for creating a 3-D paper house. "Each paper house conceals a small paper-mache box that can be with filled wrapped candies or other small treats." (Hocus Pocus!, 27)


    The Halloween Party crackers are a Halloween party favor that also serve as a noise maker. Each cracker consists of a length of mailing tube filled with assorted candies, confetti or small gifts, all wrapped with decorative paper and a snap. The snap is a narrow paper strip, about 11" long, that pops when it is pulled from both ends. The pop tears the paper wrapping and also elicits a delightfully surprised reaction from party guest.(Hocus Pocus!, 34)


    Use these Halloween party favors do-it-yourself craft projects to send your guests home with a memento that will keep them impressed long after they have parted the scene. As you have seen, some can provide a fun, entertaining in-progress activity to accommodate different arrival times. Many more ideas and projects can be found in the books listed in the sources section below.

    Sources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. Brokaw, Meredith and Annie Gilbar. The Penny Whistle Halloween Book. Fireside, 1989.
    3. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    4. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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