Here's help in planning that party
If you are like most of the room parents I've met over the years, it is the beginning of October and you haven't started planning that Halloween party. Don't fret. All the help you need can be found in Halloween School Parties: What Do I Do? by Chicago area native Wilhelminia Ripple.
The first chapter offers a great list of questions to get you started, such as “Do any of the children in the class have allergies?” (As a former school librarian, I particularly like her suggestion to have a few extra treats for people in the building who don't have parties, such as the librarians, custodians and secretaries.)
The book includes suggestions for games, crafts and favors, treats and drinks for classroom parties throughout the year, not just on Halloween. Each chapter is divided into categories to plan a theme with suggested grade levels. I really like the way Ripple codes the activities to let you know if they are messy or simply those that you don't want to miss. She includes supply lists and how many children the treats will serve.
Ripple, the mother of two boys and one girl, offers ideas that translate well to home parties. She has done her homework. All that's left for you is selecting the parties, games and crafts.
Other books in the What Do I Do? series (www.whatdoidobooks.com) include Valentine's Day, Christmas and slumber parties.
-- Judy Belanger