We kicked it off with a "getting to know you" game. Each kid was asked to take as much or as little candy corn out of a bowl as they would like, but they had to wait to eat it. After each kid had their handful of candy, they were asked to count the pieces and then one by one, share a fact about themselves with the group for each candy corn they grabbed out of the bowl.
It was a fantastic way to get the kids to talk about themselves and learn about each other. We had a huge age range at this event, from 9 to 18 years old!!! It was especially neat to see the elementary school students bonding with the high schoolers. A very unique experience for the younger kiddos.
Then it was dinner time. We had apple bagels which are delicious! Apple bagels are my all time favorite lunch from my childhood. They sound a little strange, but trust me, they taste simple and great.
- 3 bagels, sliced
- 1-2 apples, cored and sliced horizontally into 6 1/4 inch slices
- 6 American cheese slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
- Place each bagel slice on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Place a slice of American cheese on each bagel
- Place an apple slice on each piece of cheese
- Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon on each apple slice (emphasis on the small - a little cinnamon goes a long way)
- Place the apple bagels in the oven until the cheese begins to melt (you'll see the corners start to curl slightly. You don't want the cheese too gooey!
- Let the bagels cool slightly until they are safe to pick up with your hands
We also had some Halloween themed snacks
The table spread of Blow Pop spiders, Oreo spiders, jello worms, candy corn, and small pumpkins. Yum!
Close up of the jello spiders. (Click for the recipe)
Blow Pop spiders, made with 8 cut pipecleaners.
Oreo spiders. I cut pull-apart Twizzlers, opened the oreo, placed 8 small Twizzler pieces inside, and "glued" them shut with a little frosting. Then I added the M&M eyes with a dab of frosting. How cute!
After digging in to the apple bagels and the treats, we played a skeleton scavenger hunt challenge. Two teams were challenged with finding all the pieces of their cut up plastic skeleton we hid around the church. One team had a white skeleton and one team had a green skeleton, to avoid confusion of bones.
Then we had a mummy-making challenge. Each team was given 5 minutes and 3 rolls of toilet paper to make one of their team members into a full-fledged Halloween mummy. It was hilarious to watch and they were very proud of their spooky creations! (I can't post pictures, but you can use your imagination!)
Hope our next joint Junior/Senior Youth Group event is this much fun! They definitely all had a great time. Mission accomplished.