The 5 Best Halloween Ideas from our After School Nannies

As the misty weather draws in over London, Koru Kids HQ have been preparing for the spookiest time of the year… Halloween.

Our after school nannies love chatting with each other in their online discussion group, and are always sharing new ideas to entertain the kids. We were so impressed by their creativity that we had to steal a few activities to share on the blog. From ghostly baking to monster toilet rolls, here are our seasonal favourites:

If arts and crafts are your children’s thing, one of our nannies Chloe shared these paper-based cats, pumpkins, ghosts and bats. You might even already have the stuff you need to make them lying around the house, and the finished product will be easy to recycle if it doesn’t turn out too well.

You will need:

1.     Coloured paper

2.     Scissors

3.     Glue

4.     Coloured pens

5.     String

Difficulty rating: 1/5 - the printable stencils allow for maximal fun with minimal effort!

Koru Kids nanny Katisha shared these super simple Halloween bakes. Actual cake baking is optional (you can buy all the cakes and biscuits in packets if you’re better at decorating than making.)

You will need:

1.     Cakes, biscuits and sweets

2.     Decorations: sprinkles, googly eyes, whatever your child fancies!

Difficulty rating: 2/5 - we think the hardest part (apart from not eating everything on the way back from the shops) will be finding British alternatives for some of the more lurid American sweets.

 Katisha has been getting crafty outside of the kitchen as well - she shared these 6 ideas to decorate the house ready to welcome trick-or-treaters on the 31st. These are a bit more ambitious, so it would be a nice activity to do over half term.

To make all 6 decorations, you will need:

1.     Balloons

2.     String, thread and wool

3.     Tape

4.     Glue

5.     Old newspaper

6.     Paint

7.     White muslin or similar fabric

8.     Wrapping paper tube

9.     Red and white candles

10.  Paperclips

11.  Pipe cleaners

12.  Googly eyes

13.  Pineapple

Difficulty rating: 4/5 - but, if you make them during half term then they’re ready to go for Halloween on Tuesday - one less thing to worry about on the night after coordinating tricks, treats and costumes…

Here are some cute little toilet roll beasts that one of our nannies, Thushara, made with the children she’s looking after. We don’t have any instructions for these but luckily they’re monsters, so anything goes!

You will need:

1.     Toilet rolls

2.     Pipe cleaners

3.     Paint or pens

4.     Any extra decorations you have lying around - Thushara has rather glamorously gone down the feathers and glitter route.

Difficulty rating: 1/5 - if there are no instructions then you can’t go wrong, and the kids can take full artistic licence…

Halloween Activity Ideas

And last but not least, here is a strong pumpkin-carving effort from our very own Rachel, founder of Koru Kids, and her daughter.

You will need:

1.     A pumpkin

2.     Perseverance

Difficulty rating: Rachel assured us that anything is possible with a YouTube tutorial

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