We played a game where the girls had to wrap their dads in a roll of toilet paper, like a mummy. The first one to finish her roll of tissue paper won that game.
My sweetie-pie is below, on the left, being wrapped up by a little girl whose father was out of town on a business trip. She "borrowed" him as a dad for the night!
There was also a game where they had to pick up spider rings with a straw held in their mouth. Easier said than done!
And a funny race where they had to hold a quarter between their knees. Oh, the girls loved seeing their dads looking a bit awkward and silly!
We also used the beanbag toss that we made last year. That was a pretty fierce competition. I'm not sure the beanbags were made to withstand that kind of throwing.
And of course, it wouldn't be a party without yummy treats. This photo was taken before half of the food was on the table, but you get the idea...
Rice Krispie treat pumpkins. I vary the recipe a bit from the standard recipe when I make Rice Krispie treats. Melt 6 T. butter in a large pot. When the butter is melted, add 16 oz. of mini marshmallows. Stir over medium heat til the mallows are melted. Then, if I'm adding food I add it now. Lots of orange, to make it nice and pumpkin-ish. Add in 8 cups of Rice Krispies and stir til they're all coatedd. Have a dab of butter on a little plate so it's handy to dip your fingers into, because you will need lots of butter on your hands -- the mixture is really sticky. Form pumpkin shapes, then make a little divot in the top, and place a tootsie roll in it. Couldn't be easier.
Monster Cookies. Really easy and yummy. The eyeballs are candy eyes from JoAnn. I use the recipe from lilluna.com for Gooey Monster Cookies. The only change I would make from their recipe, is I roll them in granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. The powdered sugar gives them a white-ish covering on parts of the cookie, and takes away from the look I want. Suit yourself, though. Both are equally delish!
And this kindof cracks me up. I went to great lengths to create these witches brooms...
Notice anything? I practically had to drill a pilot hole in each one to keep from cracking the chocolate to bits. I finally got a tray of them done and ready for eating.
And then, just now, when I was looking at the photos, I realized they should be upside down. The chocolates would look much more like brooms if they were bottom side up, AND the pretzels would have gone through the bottom of the chocolates much easier than the top thicker chocolate layer. Why didn't I notice that as I was putting them together, and why didn't my kids or husband notice? They may have, but were too nice to say anything after they saw that I had already finished the tray. Oh well. They were all engulfed fast enough that I don't think anyone was noticing they were upside down.
It was a fun, simple activity, and all of the leaders did a game and a treat, so it wasn't really a burden on any single person. We decided to do it in my home so that we wouldn't have to do any extra decorating. Saved money and time by not having to try to decorate the cultural hall at the church!