Andy and Paula Ross are the founders of Andy’s Parties, a full-service theme party and enrichment company. Andy’s Parties has run well over 1,000 parties in its first 3 years of operation – everything from Pirate Parties to Princess parties, Superhero and Spa parties. Andrew Ross (Guy in the Monkey Suit) is an entrepreneur with substantial experience with small businesses. After graduating with a degree in business from the Wharton Business School, he spent seven years in the private equity and consulting industries, helping grow many businesses. However, since he graduated from high school, Andy has longed for his previous years as a camp counselor and child's party planner and entertainer. He has leveraged his business knowledge and experience with kids to start Andy's Parties! Andy is primarily responsible for the Andy's Parties Franchising initiative and with growing the corporate locations. Paula Ross (Chief Creative Officer) is primarily in charge of developing new theme parties and enrichment programming. As part of her experience as a communications consultant to corporate clients, she has many years of planning and facilitation experience for social and business events - from huge company holiday gatherings to smaller and mid-sized town hall meetings and open houses in communities where her clients are doing business. Paula is also our Custom Event Specialist and can help you plan weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, anniversary and retirement parties, as well as corporate and charity events! Please call her for information about our Custom Event Planning Services.
Halloween Party - Crafts
Party planner Paula Ross demonstrates how to make craft activities for kids.
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Paula Ross: Hi! I am Paula from Andys Parties and we are going today show you how to run a great Halloween party for kids at your home. Right now we are going to talk about craft activities for kids. There are so many different craft activities you can do for Halloween parties but obviously the ones that are popular this time of the year, you have to do with pumpkins and Jack-o-lantern and trick-or-treating. So, I am going to show couple of different things.
Obviously we talked about the Pumpkin Garland, when we talked about how to decorate your party space and how to get the kids involved with that. You can also use that as craft activities, get the kids to make some pumpkin garland to take home and then we can also decorate pumpkins. There are couple of different things you can do. You can use a real pumpkins or you can use craft pumpkins and this is made out of paper mache purchased at schools supplies store and for little kids, this is better. You can give them non toxic washable markers to decorate the paper pumpkins and they will be so excited about it and they will do a good job. The reason you dont want give paint to paint on big pumpkins is because big pumpkins, real pumpkin dont take washable paint. The washable doesnt dry, it smears. It just doesnt come out looking very nice. But the older kids can paint pumpkins using acrylic paint. You just need to warn them that the paint might get on their clothes and then it wont washout. So, you give them paint smocks or something like that to wear. With this, we want to use real acrylic paint thats not washable, so it will dry easily on pumpkins and we can decorate it and the acrylic paint goes on really well, so its easy for the kids to use. some eyes, Jack-o-lantern nose, Im not doing very good job here but you get the draft and we will make this a happy pumpkin.
Lets wet this pumpkin, take a little tongue out of this, silly pumpkin and we give him some green stem here, some of that. There we go. So older kids can definitely paint on the pumpkins and they will come up crazy designs that will be very cute and you can use that but remember washable paint doesnt work on pumpkin. So for little kids, you want to give them washable markers and they can do the same thing on the paper pumpkins or the craft pumpkins and they can draw their Jack-o-lantern faces, just like that and they will color the whole thing and make it very creative for themselves. Make sure you put their names on the bottom, so they remember whose is whose and they can take it home at end of the party and thats how you make some crafts. Oh, I did forget. There are also some simple things you can get keep the kid occupied, I got this at a craft store. This is a Halloween door hanger activity and you can also use stickers to decorate just about anything under the sun, Halloween stickers and that about does it for our craft. So now we can talk about some party games.