Get some fun ideas for your church or school's Fall Festival with these party decorations and craft ideas. You can see exactly how I did our festival and what activities we had planned with these easy to follow ideas and DIYs.
Tonight is our church's Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat party. If you have noticed, we've been working on this for a few weeks now and are in pumpkin overload right now.
But it turned out fun and I'm excited to actually have taken pictures and have most of the items done. (I am usually running around with my head chopped off up until 10 minutes after the party starts.) But this time, I've had some amazing help, and almost everything is done.
(knock on wood.)
We are planning to have a chili cook off and corn dogs for the dinner tonight. That way, we aren't stressing over food for the 150 people planning to attend. Each family is bringing a pot of their favorite chili and we will let every family have a vote to choose their favorite. I made these voting cards and labels to help with that.
The tables are decorated with yellow tablecloths and some plastic spiders, bows, pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves. I decided to go with the long tables all in a row so that we were encouraging families to have to sit together and socialize, instead of the round ones I usually use.
The walls are decorated with yellow, orange, and green crepe paper along the sides. It took a little bit of work to put that much crepe paper up, but it really looks cool. I found it was best to get about 5 rolls of each color crepe paper. Then I stood on a long table (yea, I'm super short) and taped the paper up in the color scheme, until I ran out of room to move down the table or ran out of the rolls of crepe paper.
Then, I would move the table and cut off the ribbon at the bottom of the floor. I did that all the way down the wall and then went back and twisted and taped the crepe paper. It sounds like a lot of work, but it was the easiest way I found to do it without killing me and wasting time.
On the walls behind the dessert table, the drink table, and the craft tables, I put up 3 fall wreaths that we purchased for last year's Fall Festival and never used due to Hurricane Matthew.
The front of the room has a huge stage on it and we decorated a spooky tree with ribbon, spiders, pumpkin garland, and pumpkin lights. Below that we raided our Halloween decorations for any pumpkins and made a little pumpkin patch. (Gotta love free decorations don't you?)
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At the end of the room we set up 6 round tables. We are going to have 3 crafts for the kids to do. One craft will be pumpkin cookie decorating. We cooked up a bunch of sugar cookies and will have frosting and sprinkles (left over from our ice cream social) for the kids to decorate and enjoy.
The second table will have pumpkin decorating. We cut out a bunch of pumpkins from orange cardstock and bought some foam shapes. The kids can decorate the pumpkins with crayons, stickers, and such.
The last table will have picture frames. I found some Halloween color pages on Pinterest and made them into frames to fit an Instax camera. The kids can color the frames, glue them on to the front of a foam sheet and then add a magnet to the back.
We will have a photo booth right there with someone manning the Instax camera so the kids can take pictures, have them printed, and then glue them to their frames. (Am I the only mom who rarely gets pictures of their kids in Halloween costumes because we are dressing up until the moment we run out the door to the party? Hopefully this will fix that for me.)
The last part of the night will be our Trunk or Treat. Hopefully we'll get some cute cars dressed up and have some fun pictures to show you on Instastories tonight.
Hopefully it will be a fun night. I'm looking forward to enjoying it after all the work and eating my share of cookies and chili.
If you are planning a pumpkin Halloween party, find more ideas and free printables here: