Halloween Ideas

Halloween Party Game: Pumpkin Pickin'

Entertain Halloween trick-or-treaters or partygoers of all ages with a handmade game of chance that can be refilled with candy or small trinkets to keep the fun going.

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Cut Out Back of Game

Position template on the TV box's back, making sure the top of the template matches the top of the TV box and the front of the template is now face down against the cardboard box. Use a permanent marker to draw around the template's squares then cut them out using a craft knife. Finally, paint the entire outside of the box flat black.

Create Felt Pumpkin Flaps

Using a craft knife and straight edge, cut the shipping box flaps to just one inch tall. Next, use scissors to cut 12 6" x 7" orange felt pieces that will act as flaps to cover each shipping box. Glue one felt piece to the outside flap of each square shipping box, securing it with clothespins (Image 1). Allow glue to dry completely then lay felt out flat and use a permanent marker to draw a simple jack-o'-lantern face onto the side that will face out when box has been installed inside TV box. Repeat for all felt panels.

Assemble Game

Insert shipping boxes inside the TV box, positioned carefully between the front and back holes with the felt pumpkin flaps facing out. Use black duct tape to secure flaps to the inside of the TV box; this will keep each box properly lined up with each opening (Image 1). When all boxes have been secured, close up the TV box flaps and secure with duct tape. Load prizes through the back of the game (Image 2). Finally, use an artist's paintbrush to embellish each pumpkin with a green stem and vine (Image 3).

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