Ghost Hunting in the Dark

(A Non-Scary, Fun Halloween Activity)

by Rebecca Eanes

Photo Credit: Thomas J. Story via Sunset Magazine


Nerf toy or foam swords
Clear or White balloons
Thin sheer fabric (like tulle) approx 1/2 or 1 yard per balloon ghost and smaller squares to cover cups
Clear plastic cups
Glow sticks
Thick Black marker

To set up this ghost hunting adventure, put glow sticks inside clear plastic cups, draw ghost faces on the cups and cover with sheer/thin fabric. These small ghosts can be hidden along the ground, peeking out of shrubs.

Make bigger ghosts from balloons and tulle. You can also put glow sticks inside the balloons to make them extra bright. Hang these higher up but still within target range, such as low-hanging tree limbs.

Next, ask the children to pick their ghost hunting tools, give them flashlights, and watch them have a blast hunting down ghost targets.

This activity was a hit in my family. I hope yours enjoys it as well.

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

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Rebecca Eanes is the author of The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and co-author of Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide for Putting Positive Parenting Principles into Action in Early Childhood. She is the founder of and creator of the Facebook community Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. ??Through her Facebook community and website, Rebecca reaches thousands of parents daily with the message that connection trumps coercion and love is most powerful motivator. She does not claim to be a parenting "expert" but writes parent-to-parent with the hope of inspiring others to create peaceful homes through positive parenting.

She is the grateful mother of two boys.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014

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