We have great theme ideas to celebrate this wonderful season. If you’re having an autumn company picnic, fall birthday party or even a fall fun fair at your school or church! Let Us Do It For You!
Send out pumpkin or leaf pictures with the party information or if you are going to hand deliver the invitations, buy mini pumpkins and write “Join us for some fall fun!” on them with a marker or paint. Write the rest of your party details on leaf-shaped cut-outs and tie them to the stems of the pumpkins. Another neat idea is to write the party details on packages of pumpkin seeds and mail them to guests.
Using bright and beautiful fall colours you can create the autumn mood you’re looking for. Begin with orange, yellow, red, and brown balloons and steamers around the room. Set out straw bales flanked by corn stalks, all tied up with large orange and yellow ribbons. Line baskets with colorful napkins and fill them with apples, gourds, and small pumpkins, and arrange them around the party area. Create scarecrows and put them in the yard and at the front door to welcome guests.
Before the party, you and your child can go on a Fall-Hunt to get items for some finishing touches. Find acorns, pine cones, leaves of all colours and other fall-related items. Cover the party table with a festive cloth and sprinkle on the fall leaves and other items. Make an inflated balloon bouquet in fall colours to use as a centerpiece.
Pumpkin Carving – have an assortment of pumpkins, utensils as well as accessories to decorate and create Jack-O-Lanterns. Make it into a contest and give out prizes for the funniest, scariest, most creative ect…
Purchase small pumpkins and let each guest paint their own pumpkin (or you could use construction paper for younger kids).
Scarecrows – Using paper plates to make a scarecrow face. Pre cut construction paper and have the kids glue the pieces on.
Corn Husking Contest – Have players race to husk half a dozen ears of corn-blind-folded. (Have this game played first and save yourself some food prep time.)
Pumpkin Rolling Contest – Divide the children into two teams, have a start line and turnaround line, 20 ft apart. Have the first child in each line roll a pumpkin from the start line to the turnaround line and back to the next person on their team. The first team to complete wins!
Bean Bag Toss – Draw a large pumpkin and glue onto cardboard box. Cut out mouth and have children toss beanbags into its mouth.
Scents Of the Season – Supplies: Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Mix spoonfuls of these spices together. Pour them into a square of aluminum foil. Add a few drops of water and close leaving a small opening at the top. Place them onto a cookie sheet and into a 275 degree oven. As the water evaporates you will notice the aroma wafting through the house. You can also achieve this activity using a damp paper coffee filter sealed with a twist-tie.
Ring The Pumpkin – Line up three large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss. Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope and duct tape. Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring a pumpkin stem. Use stickers or small prizes for rewards whether they make it or not. Or you can have them try to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula hoop.
Apple Picking – played the same as the Lollipop Picking Game. Using only red and green suckers and a pegboard. Colour the tips of several with red and green. Those who select one of these colored suckers, gets a special prize.
Pumpkin Seed Toss – Number and line up 5 small baskets or crates; then have the children stand 3 feet in front of the first crate and toss seeds into the crates in sequence. Small prizes can be given for each of the crates they get their seeds in.
Musical Bales – Play musical chairs with bales of straw instead of chairs. A scarecrow in the center makes a fun decoration for this game.
Turkey in the Straw – Fill a small blowup pool with straw and hide a plastic turkey in it. See who can find it first!
Bobbing for Apples – Who doesn’t remember how much fun this was for you as a kid?
Harvest Races – Play some fall racing games, such as a wheelbarrow, three-legged, or potato sack race.
Harvest Stroll – Just like musical chairs, but use pictures of fall items (leaves, acorns, squirrels, chipmunks, pumpkins) on the floor.
Stuff a Scarecrow – Set out two sets of old clothes and have teams race to build a scarecrow.
Fall Harvest Bingo – Print out your own picture bingo cards. These are great because you can just have pictures for younger children, or add vocabulary words for the older kids.
Fall Harvest Party Food Ideas:
Pot Luck -Ask the guests to bring a favorite potluck dish. Serve hearty soups or stews on the side. Try Butternut Squash Bisque.
Popcorn – Provide bowls of popcorn or kettle corn, apple chips, candy corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, and mini cinnamon donuts.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – baking clean seeds about 8 minutes, turning once.
Fall Fruit – Apples, Raisins, Grapes ect..
Pumpkin Pie – Have your family classics and favorites available. Make a spice cake, frost it with a brown-sugar icing, and top with leaf-shaped sprinkles. Pumpkin and Apple Pie as well as Pumpkin Roll are some of my family’s traditional desserts of the season.
Apples – Serve caramel apples or hollowed out apples filled with peanut butter, raisins, and chopped nuts.
Pumpkin Punch – clean out a pumpkin and scrap sides very well. Fill with vanilla ice cream and ginger ale.
Hot Apple Cider!
Autumn Picnic includes: your choice of inflatable fun, harvest games such as bobbing for apples, pumpkin toss, parachute fun, leaf shoe pile and chestnut on a spoon races. Face painting and balloon twisting by a fun costumed character as well as a craft station.
Monster Mash Bash: Wonky Clown Balloon Typhoon or Haunted Bounce House, ghostly games such as spider slime bucket, monster tag, ping a pumpkin, Halloween bingo and mummy warp challenge. Face painting and balloon twisting by a kooky witch as well as a craft station.
Halloween Hullabaloo: Haunted bounce house, face painting, scary temporary tattoos and balloon twisting by a kooky witch, wizard or clown.
Glitzy Witch Birthday: your choice of inflatable, witching hour games such as broom stick relay, pass the sorceress stone, potion treasure hunt, invent a spell contest and wizard word search. Face painting, tattoos and balloon twisting by a wonky witch or wizard.
Monster Mash Bash Birthday: Wonky Clown Balloon Typhoon or Haunted Bounce House, ghostly games such as monster tag, ping a pumpkin, spider toss, mummy warp and if you get the balloon typhoon a balloon pop challenge. Face painting, scary tattoos and balloon twisting by a kooky witch or wizard.