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How To Put Together A Fall Festival On A Budget

Updated on March 19, 2015

A Fall Festival Packaged And Ready To Go

All the ideas, directions, instructions, and list that you need to make sure that this years Fall Festival will be the best ever, and do it on a budget. The games are simple to paly, the booths are easy to make, prizes are inexpensive, and it's good safe fun for you and your children to enjoy.

Getting It All Together

Half the fun of having a Fall Festival for some people is getting everything together and creating fun things for everyone to do, but it can run into a lot of work for one or two people. Things always go a lot smoother if it's a team effort, below is a List of some things that will make the organizing go much smoother.

  • Form a festival committee discuss everything that needs to be done and designate certain people for certain task so that all of the work gets done and doesn't fall on one or two people.
  • Take donations ask for donations from church members, some people won't be able to participate in the festivities, but would still like to help out.
  • Recruit help Don't be afraid to ask for help, most people will sign up gladly. Let the older children help with running booths and decorating, they may even come up with some better game ideas, so be sure to ask.
  • Gather supplies (ask church members to help gather the supplies) you will be amazed at what people come up with and what you don't have to buy.
  • Let People know you can do this by making flyers and distributing them around town, in stores, doctors offices, beauty shops, even on telephone poles.
  • Make pamphlets use your computer to make tri-fold pamphlets with information about your church or group.
  • Choose a games and booth coordinator, this person or persons will be responsible for getting games and booths together.

Keep List Of Everything - These List Will Come In Very Handy For Next Years Fall Festival

Everything that you do should be written down, it will make it easier for you when you need to know what you hve and what there is yet to do. It will also help to have who is doing what written down. Not to mention that the list will be invaluable to whoever does the festival next year.

  • Booths
  • Old bed sheets
  • Craft paint
  • Announcements
  • Hay Bales Candy
  • Food
  • Sign up sheets
  • Prizes
  • 2x4's
  • Meat wrapping paper
  • Games
  • Half sheets of plywood
  • Computer paper/ computer
  • Pumpkins
  • Poster board
  • Flyers

Let's Get Started!

Let's Get Started!
Let's Get Started!

Building Booths and game tables

To get started you will need several carnival game booths, this only sounds difficult. Actually it’s just some long tables (like school lunchroom tables) or even some pieces of plywood set on top of a couple of saw horses and covered with bed sheets.

If you’re really handy and have the resources hanging curtains between the games is always fun just to give the festival a more carnival appeal. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of sheets have people bring their old sheets to use for curtains.

Signs painted on poster board for the games is a great idea to get the older kids involved. Later in this article you will find printable stencils to use for the games that are covered here. You can hang your signs on the front of each table.

Another good idea for covering your tables is meat wrapping paper. The older kids can draw signs for each game or booth on the paper.

Face Painting Booth

Face Painting Booth
Face Painting Booth

Face painting is always fun at any party and it's not very expensive. Let one or two of the older kids run this booth, it'll be a blast for them as well.

Face Painting Stencils

These are fairly easy to draw without a stencil, if you would like you can cut along the dotted lines, the cut the inside out of the picture and place the stencil on the child’s face to paint the stencil.

Recruit teens or young adults to do face painting for the younger children. Teach them how to paint pumpkins, corn and other fall designs. Designs might be accented with glitter for extra fun. The younger kids can wait in line and choose the design they would like on their faces.

Face Painting Stencils And Easy Designs To Use

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Apples On A String Make Me Sing

Apples On A String Make Me Sing
Apples On A String Make Me Sing

To set up this game you will need something to hang apples from that the contestants can stand under and air bob for the apples. A door frame works great if the festival is being held indoors. If the festival is being held outdoors you can build a simple wooden frame using 2X4's or if you have a swing set handy that will work too.

Cut strings of yarn about 4 to 5 feet long depending on how high your frame is and how tall the children are. Tie a knot in the end of each string and lay them to the side for now. Use your knitting needle or candy apple stick to poke a hole all the way through each of the apples pointed object.

Next you'll need to take each end of the yarn that has the knot tied in it and use the point to spear the knot and push it through to the other side of each apple the apple. Loop the yarn around and tie securely. Tie or place with a thumb tac to the frame, letting the apples hang to a little lower than the kids heads.

Let the kids try to catch and eat the apples while the hang from the frame. The first kid that can take three bites out of their apple eaten is the winner.

Depending on the number of people at the festival you will need:

  • Apples
  • Yarn
  • Candy apple sticks, a knitting needle or some other long pointed object that will poke all the way through an apple.
  • Some type of frame to hang apples from

Exeryone Be Sure To Vote On The Best Costume

Exeryone Be Sure To Vote On The Best Costume
Exeryone Be Sure To Vote On The Best Costume

Kids love to play dress up so why not let them dress up like characters from the Bible or other fun characters such as policemen/women, doctors, firemen, and so on. Take photos of each child and pin them up on a bulletin board for everyone to see and vote on. Place small pieces of paper, a pen, and a jar for votes on a small table near by. The winner of the contest gets to be the king or queen of the festival and is awarded a crown. Next year the king or queen can present the crown to the new king or queen.

Some good ideas are listed below:

  1. Noah
  2. Angels
  3. The Three Wise Mens
  4. David or Goliath
  5. Mary
  6. Police men or women
  7. Doctors
  8. Nurses
  9. Shephard
  10. Farmer

Ready Set Go! Go! Go!

Ready Set Go! Go! Go!
Ready Set Go! Go! Go!

Weather permitting Boat Races are a cool way to spend a fall day.

On each side of the swimming pool tape a piece of ribbon across the pool from one side to the other to mark the start and finish lines. Place the boats at the starting line and let the kids use the squirt guns to push their boats to victory. First boat to the finish line wins.

Thins that you'll need:

  • A small child's swimming pool filled with water
  • Two small toy boats
  • Two dollar store squirt guns
  • Several feet of ribbon
  • Tape
  • A towel for any mishaps that might occur

Yummy Fun!

Yummy Fun!
Yummy Fun!

Everyone loves cupcakes and decorating them is even more fun than eating them. A Cupcake decorating booth is an excellent idea for any age. You can bake and frost the cupcakes the night before using two or three different colors, so the kids can choose. Choosing is a lot of fun when you're little.

Set up a table with lots of tubes of different colored cake decorating icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips. There's no end to what you can use to decorate a cupcake. Just let the kids have fun and do their own thing. With a little help from an adult of course, if they need it.

Things that you will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Decorator Icing (at least four or five colors)
  • Sprinkles
  • Small candies (red-hots, m&m's, chocolate chips)
  • Water and paper towels for washing messy hands

Get On Your Mark! Get Set! GO!

Get On Your Mark! Get Set! GO!
Get On Your Mark! Get Set! GO!

Relay races are great for helping the kids burn up some of that sugary energy that they have so much of on festival day. It doesn't matter how many players you have as long as there are at least two teams. Three really cool fall festival relay races are listed below.

  • Pumpkin Race

    For this race you'll two teams with an even number of players on each team, two large pumpkins, a starting line, and a finishing line. Decide on your course and have the kids stand at least 6 to 10 feet apart, unless the children are really small, in that case you'll want to move them closer.

    Place the two pumpkins at the starting line, they should be several feet apart. Have the first two players roll their pumpkins to the second players, and the second to the third, until one pumpkin reaches the finish line. The first team to get their pumpkin to the finish line wins the race and each kid gets a prize.

  • Old Fashion Sack Race

    Sack races have been around for a long time and no wonder they're so much fun for kids and adults. All you need for this race is players, any number and enough potato sacks for each player. Of course these days we get our potatoes in plastic bags, so they are out of the question. However, you can buy burlap bags at your local feed store or garden center.

    Mark your start and finish lines then have all players line up at the starting line. Give each player a potato sack and have them step into it with both feet and stand, holding the bag up around their waist. When everyone is ready with their bags up give the starting yell and laugh as they hop their way to the finish line.

  • Follow The Pumpkin

    For smaller children you can have some one dress up as a pumpkin or a scarecrow and lead a parade of children on a fun filled fall festival version of follow the leader. Don't forget to act silly and have fun yourself.

A Minute To Win It!

A Minute To Win It!
A Minute To Win It!

Fun! Fun! Fun!

The object of this game is to suck pumpkin seeds up to the end of the straw and move them into a cup using only the straw (no hands) in 1 minute. The kid with the most seeds in their cup wins.

You’ll need a table or other flat surface to play this game. Put a lot of pumpkin seeds (30 or 40) in separate areas on the table (like you would if you were having pumpkin seeds for lunch). Give each kid a cup and a straw and watch the excitement as the work to pick up the seeds and move them to their cup using only the straw.

You will need:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Paper cups
  • Straws
  • Stopwatch or kitchen timer

Candy Corn Drop

Have the children kneel on their knees on top of the hay bale and drop candy corn into the jar. Give a piece of candy for each candy corn that makes it into the jar.

Things you'll need:

  • One bale of hay
  • A mason jar or a clean plastic mayonnaise jar
  • Lots of candy corn

Let the kids get into the grove of helping their fellow man or in this case their fellow pigs.

Place the bucket beneath the poster and let the kids feed the pigs by tossing the corn cobs into the bucket. The child gets a price for getting 3 out of 6 cobs in the bucket.

You Will Need:

  • A large picture of the Pig Family above
  • A poster asking for donations to feed the Pig Family
  • A bucket
  • Corn cobs or bean bags

The Ping Pong Ball Shooting Booth is great fun and it’s so simple set up and play. A good game for smaller children.

All you have to do is set up the soda bottles without the lids on them then balance the ping pong balls on top of the bottles and let the kids shoot the balls off of the bottles. Knock off all of the balls and win a prize.

You will need:

  1. 4 - 2 liter soda bottles filled with sand
  2. 4 ping pong balls
  3. Squirt guns

This game is a variation of the ring toss that you always played at carnivals

Mark your pumpkins with a different number on each pumpkin. Set your game up by placing all of the pumpkins on the ground at least 2 feet apart in each direction. Mark a line on the ground for the kids to stand behind as they attempt to toss the hula hoops around the pumpkins. Three or more hoops wins a prize.

You Will Need:

  1. Five or six pumpkins
  2. Five or six hula hoops
  3. Craft paint

This game is good for smaller children, it’s easy to win and fun to play

Use the markers to mark the ends of some of the suckers (as many suckers as you have prizes). Stick the ends of the suckers into the bail of hay and let the kids pick the suckers. The kids who pick the marked suckers wins a prize. The kids who don’t pick a marked sucker gets to keep their lollipop.

You Will Need:

  1. A bale of hay
  2. 4 or 5 Bags of lollipops
  3. Permanent markers

If you know a good game for a festival, carnival, shower, or party leave it here for others to use. Your ideas will be appreciated, sometimes when you have a party to give it's hard to come up with good game ideas for games while you're doing four hundred other things at the same time. Thees games are fun, simple, inexpensive, and free to anyone who needs some creative ideas for their next party.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      sooooooooooooo creative i luv it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is wonderful! thank you so much for all the ideas!! ;o

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great ideas for having a bunch of fun on a budget, lovely work, and I can't wait to see more from you here on Squidoo!

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      Some fantastic ideas here - good work on this!

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