Glow-in-the-Dark Chalk: A Non-Candy Halloween Treat

Looking for a Halloween goodie that’s not candy? DIY chalk in the shape of noses, fingers, bones, etc.

Consider giving crafts, not candy this Halloween.  Not only will it last longer, it also doesn’t cause cavities. Giving out small toys and trinkets to trick-or-treaters is great way to support kids with food allergies. Put out your teal pumpkin and hand out glow-in-the-dark chalk this year.  

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Jennifer Perkins

Another added bonus of glow-in-the-dark chalk, the kids can help make it. They will have so much fun making and using this chalk, be sure to whip up an extra batch for them to keep.

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Jennifer Perkins


  • plaster of Paris
  • warm water
  • disposable cups
  • disposable stir sticks
  • glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Halloween ice cube molds

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Jennifer Perkins

Pour roughly 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris into each disposable cup.

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Jennifer Perkins

Add about 1 tbs. of warm water and 1 tbs. of glow-in-the-dark craft paint.  

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Jennifer Perkins

Mix well. Do all of this fairly quickly as plaster will begin setting up.

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Jennifer Perkins

Pour colorful plaster into silicone molds. Smooth off the edges.

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Jennifer Perkins

Allow the molds to dry at least 24 hours. Remove chalk from the molds and gently take off rough edges.

Day or at night this glow-in-the-dark chalk is fun for kids and adults to not only use, but also to make.

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Jennifer Perkins

Games and Activities For a Kids' Halloween Party

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Musical Chairs

Let the party goers run off some of their sugar-high as they make a mad dash for fewer and fewer chairs. Adults play music, periodically pressing pause. When the music stops the kids run for a seat.  Remove a chair each round so that there is one less seat than there are players until one child and one seat remain.

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Egg and Spoon Race

This relay race can be played again and again thanks to painted wooden eggs from the craft store.

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Egg and Spoon Race

Decorate the spoons with funny Halloween faces and colorful yarn.  But, If you're running out of time before the party starts,  just use orange and black paint or decorative tape. 

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A popular Ikea table was hacked into a checkerboard that can be used anytime of year. For a Halloween version, the checkers were made from cork discs that were decorated with silly witch faces. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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Spider Web Toss

A web woven from masking tape onto a hula hoop makes the perfect target for kids to throw spider eggs (cotton balls). Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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Witch Bowling

This spooky version of lawn bowling not only entertains, it recycles. The labels were removed from 10 plastic water bottles and then painted and wrapped in yarn to resemble witches. The bottles were filled with a few rocks to weigh them down. Then the witch pins were lined up to be knocked down.

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It is always a good idea to have crayons and coloring books on hand for the artistic shy set. Use Halloween muffin tins to make your own themed crayons.

Cake Walk

Tiny chocolate snack cakes can be decorated as elaborate deserts for this fun game.

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Witch Tent

Turn a kids' circus tent into a giant witch's head. It makes a great lawn decoration and a fun hideaway for the little ones.


Kids don’t need a formal lesson they will just have fun hitting balls with mallets. If you happen to find a used set, be sure to paint in themed colors.

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Depending on the age of your attendees, Playdoh is always a safe bet. Keep things in theme by suppling Halloween cookie cutters and a handful of googley eyes.

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Haunted House

Treehouses, playhouses, forts and tents always equal fun for kids. Why not dust off that old plastic playhouse that has been collecting dust and killing your grass and give it a Halloween-themed facelift.

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