Today, Scouts all over the country will cloak themselves in Star Wars capes, paint their faces Zombie green and race to your front doors with pillow cases in hand, eagerly awaiting an array of sugary goodness.
In behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, we wish everyone a very happy and safe Halloween! To ensure your Scouts return home with nothing but loads of loot, we hope you’ll follow these simple safety guidelines and suggestions:
- Make sure costumes are visible at night, especially to drivers.
- Make sure there is an adult supervising groups with Scouts under age 12.
- Make sure young Scouts do not wander too far from their familiar area or neighborhood.
- Make sure to inspect your Scout’s goodies for questionable content before letting them dive in.
- Offer an agreed upon amount of money per pound of candy collected.
- Make sure activities, parties, movies and entertainment remain wholesome in spooky, good fun!
Here are some fun and simple Halloween activities to do with your Scouts!:
- Carve pumpkins using pocket knives while teaching knife safety.
- Make dutch oven apple cobbler.
- Have a race to mummify someone using toilet paper while practicing splint wrapping.
- Build a wooden bat house.
- Use gummy worms, pudding and Oreos to make “dessert dirt cups.”
- Splatter and draw on fake wounds for a first-aid demonstration.
- Make tin-can “Scout-o-lanterns” using hammers and nails to poke in designs.
- Draw ghost faces on eggs to make “boo bombs” then splatter them outside.
- Use chocolate to paint ghost faces on jumbo marshmallows then roast s’mores while teaching camp fire building and safety.
Here is a list of some of the most popular Halloween movies to watch with your Scouts!:
- Hocus Pocus
- Charlie Brown: It’s The Great Pumpkin
- Tim Burton: The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Tim Burton: Corpse Bride
- Monster House
- Halloween Town
- Casper The Friendly Ghost
- The Haunted Mansion
- Scooby-Doo The Movie
- Ghost Busters
Here is a link to several short, scary stories with just the right amount of fright for your Scouts!:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, SPOOKY SCOUTS!!!