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elementary school fall festival

9 years 9 months ago #166167 by Indy
Replied by Indy on topic Re:elementary school fall festival
If you are looking for something other than what's the norm, look to other countries or even periods of time. How is fall, harvest, etc celebrated in China, or Africa? Booths can be different countries or time periods. Day of the dead with sugar skull masks to color. Or ancient Celtic music. Foods can go a long great with this too. If you have diverse restaurants in the area or cultures represented ask them what kinds of foods are served. This is a great way to also incorporate education. Many students learn about different areas throughout their educational careers. Have classes or students come up with booths and activities. Then have attendees vote on the best poster, activity, presentation etc.
9 years 10 months ago #166128 by Rose H
This is a good one for Facebook. Will move the question over and post the link when it goes live!

Rose C.
9 years 10 months ago #166092 by Carol A
Replied by Carol A on topic Re:elementary school fall festival
Looking for ideas to celebrate the season of fall other than hay rides, cider making, and bobbing for apples at our elementary school
16 years 9 months ago #136044 by PresidentJim
Here's what I came up with last year for our Harvest Party, which is a cross between a Halloween party and a fall festival...

- Spook House - As someone else mentioned this toned down haunted house was such a huge hit with the kids. Not sure the age group of your school, but mine is a K - 4th, so we didn't want to go scary.

We had three rooms. The first was the entrance which started with one of those big air blown things that looks like scary trees, with owls, ravens, sound effects, etc. We lined the path with hay bales, pumpkins, gourds and scarecrows. This year we may try to add weight activated air blow things. You know, the kids walk forward and trigger the air to blow... The next room was the mad scientist lab. We used a lot of black lights and neon. The PTO member who dressed up as the mad scientist had his hair slicked with glow in the dark gell. We had a static orb that the kids could touch and they could help him with some experiements and look through a microscope at a dead spider, etc. The last room was the old hag den (witches room). They were cooking up a brew and the kids could hand them the ingredients they asked for from labeled bowls that had a top that they couldn't see in to. We used dried corn for zombie teeth, had rubber snakes and insects, stuff like that.

The line for the spook house was non-stop, and we ran it right by the bake sale, which worked out great.

- Bean Bag Toss - I purchased a piece of 3/4" plywood and used a jig saw to cut out a huge pumpkin. I then painted it to look the part and cut out the eyes, nose and mouth.

- Gourd Bowling - We purchased some of those plastic bowling pins and used gourds as the bowling ball. Very funny!!!

- Pumpkin ring Toss - Bought some wooden rings at the local fabric store. Received donations of pumpkins from the locak nurseries. Used the ones with the largest stems as the targets. Set up like ten different pumpkins side by side so the kids could try to ring the stem

For these three games we gave each kid one raffle ticket for each game. When they played the game they put the ticket into the raffle. depending on how they did at the game they got extra tickets. For example, with the ring toss they had three chances. If they missed all three they got to put the one ticket in. Ringed one stem gave them another, ringed a second and they got three. And ringing all three got them 5 tickets.

Throughout the evening we had raffles of spirit items, prizes and best yet, Webkins. These things were so huge last year, and even better they just came out with the Husky, which is what our new mascot is!!!

Oh, a game that we played, that you could try, is the "Make a Mummy" contest. Get a couple of boxes of toilet paper. Have a child come up with an adult. When the music starts (or you say "Go!') the child has to wrap the adult in toilet paper. First one with an empty roll wins. This is also very entertaining to watch. We gave the winner a Webkin. Also, we had a bag of plastic rings (spiders, etc.). Any child that helped clean up the TP could grab a couple of rings.

Hope this helps.

16 years 9 months ago #136038 by angiedees
Could you or anyone else give me some more info on the king and queen contest
20 years 8 months ago #117447 by pottsvillemom
Our king and queen contest is very simple. Every child tries to get "votes". They get 1 vote for every $.50. They can go to family, friends, whoever. In exchange, they get one ticket for every $.50 vote to use at the Hoe Down. Basically, this is a way to presell your tickets. The top vote getter is king and queen. We have had so many bringing in several hundred dollars that we also started a prince and princess catergory. Everyone bringing in $100 gets to Silly String the teachers.

The Bopper Walk is a variation of the cake walk giving away the head boppers.

About the pickles, last year we had a family donate the pickles and they had one of those vacumn sealers. We just used regular plastic bags.

Our Hoe Down is the Friday night and it looks like we are going to make at least what we made last year. I know that we sold 2100 spaghetti tickets (1900 last year).

I haven't worked very much with it this year due to my job, but the nice thing about our officer structure is that the president gets a year of training to take over the next year. We also have WONDERFUL teachers who do more than should be expected of them. They are even cleaning the school after the Hoe Down so they get the cleaning money to use for books!!!

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