HALLOWEEN HIDE & SEEKThe Mergener-Gingerichs live in rural Paw Paw, Michigan, where homes are far apart and trick-or-treating can be an exhausting, if not impossible task. So for the past seven years, the family has hosted a Halloween party that starts with games and crafts and culminates with a much-anticipated combo hide-and-seek, treat-or-treat game. While Josie, Amelia, Robin, and Madeline (ages 14, 12, 10, and 9) and their friends are indoors making their loot bags, the parents, armed with treats to dole out, sneak into the large yard and hide. Dawn Mergener has the kids count to 50 and then go in search of the parents. The kids stick together during the hunt, yelling "trick or treat!" and collecting goodies each time they find a parent. "The party is a lot of fun and a great way to see friends," says Dawn.
SCAVENGER HUNTAmy Kallelis and her daughters, Paige and Olivia, ages 6 and 3, regularly enjoy going for walks together in their Doylestown, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. The appeal is even greater come October, when they turn the outing into a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. In preparation, Amy creates a list of several items that they might see -- a pumpkin, witch, skeleton, and scarecrow, for instance -- and then illustrates them with sketches so little Olivia can identify them too.
SWEET BUSTERSAsk any trick-or-treater how he measures a successful night of candy collecting, and he's bound to say the more, the better. Not a sentiment shared by parents, who view the loot as a mountain of sugar.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
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