This Halloween activity is more than just a craft…it’s a paddle ball game too! And, it’s just one part of our FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT CHALLENGE. If you haven’t signed up yet, you are going to want to participate. We will send you ready made activities all throughout the fall that lead to family memories you will have for a lifetime.
Each fall family fun night will be low on prep but very high on fun. If you have your craft kit put together using our free printable list, you already have what you will need for the crafts that go with each night (and every other craft on this blog too).
Each week will include three parts…MAKE, PLAY, SNACK! And the activities will come straight to your inbox…how convenient! Don’t let another season pass you by where you wonder what you did with the time. After all, your children only have 18 Autumn’s at home with you before childhood comes to an end. Make the most of every moment.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 4 Paper plates
- 4 Large popsicle sticks
- Tissue paper squares (orange)
- Black construction paper
- Glue stick
- White construction paper scraps
- Red construction paper scrap
- Green construction paper scrap
*These supplies will make the 4 Halloween paddles pictured, but please feel free to make your own characters with whatever supplies you have in your craft bag.
How to Make a Ghost Craft for Paddle Ball:
- Using the Sharpie or another marker or crayon, draw a ghost face on the concave portion of one of the paper plates
- Tape a large popsicle stick onto the back of the plate to use as a handle
Scroll to the end to watch my friend Izzy and I show you how to make this fun and simple ghost craft. You can use if to play paddle ball or as a simple puppet. We even tried playing the game…though I was not very good at it. It was still so much fun!
How to Make a Frankenstein Craft for Paddle Ball:
- First, draw Frankenstein’s head on the concave portion of one of the paper plates
- Then, add details, such as bolts, hair, and eyes using the construction paper and a glue stick
- Last, tape a large popsicle stick to the back to use as a handle-see picture above
How to Make a Jack-o-Lantern Craft for Paddle Ball:
- First cover the concave portion of one of the paper plates with squares of orange tissue paper, adhering with the glue stick
- Then cut triangle eyes and a jack-o-lantern mouth from the black construction paper and glue in place. Cut a green stem and glue in place.
- Last, tape a large popsicle stick onto the back of the plate to use as the paddle’s handle-see ghost above for pics of this step
How to Make a Dracula Craft for Paddle Ball:
- First draw the face of Dracula onto the concave portion of a paper plate
- Next, cut a small bow tie from the red construction paper and glue in place
- Last, tape a large popsicle stick to the back of the plate to use as a handle-see pic on ghost paddle “how to” for a pic of this step
Learn to Play Halloween Paddle Ball
This Halloween activity of paddle ball can be played inside or outside, because your “ball” will just be a crumpled up piece of orange construction paper (like a pumpkin-get it?) For this game you can feel free to make up your own rules, or play by no rules at all. But if you would like to play by some existing rules, here they are…
- Make a line in the middle of the “court”. This can be imaginary or marked off with some masking tape.
- There can be between 1-4 players on each side of the court. The numbers for opposing teams should be equal.
- The goal is to keep the pumpkin ball in the air for as long as possible. If it comes down and hits the ground on your side of the court, the other team gets a point.
- There is no limit to the number of times that it can be hit on a side, as long as it does not hit the ground before going back over the line.
- You can only use the paddle to hit the ball and not your hands.
- Play until one team has at least 15 points and wins by 2
EAT A FALL SNACK!
I am a firm believer that good food really makes an event. What would Thanksgiving being without turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie or the fourth of July be without hot dogs on the grill? So, I could not leave you to hang out with your family and enjoy an evening together without inluding a yummy snack! Sometimes, the snack idea will come from my own kitchen, but this week we are visiting the kitchen of www.pinkstripeysocks.com for her fabulous and easy “Groovy Pumpkin Cheesecake Marbles Brownies”. I can almost taste them already…yum!
If you decide to make this recipe together as part of the festivities, do that first. Then you can make and play the Halloween paddle ball game while they are in the oven. If you just want to have them as a treat, think about making them in advance.
So, what fun things do you have planned for this Autumn? Think about starting with the Halloween Paddle Ball Game for your next family night in. I hope this Fall Family Fun Challenge will be part of your plans. Check in on social media or share pics and stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.