Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Throw a Fear Factor party for kids

18

October

fearfactor.jpgI had to share the details of one the most fun birthday parties we've ever thrown, and it didn't cost very much either. We had a Fear Factor party for my son's 9th birthday. The kids at the party ranged from 3 to 13 and the challenges included who could stand in a bucket of ice water the longest, picking small toys out of a bucket filled with live jumping crickets and eating chocolate covered ants (Raisenettes), roast beef hash they were told was dog food, gummy eyeballs (that looked quite real), and sardines. 

I was surprised that pretty much all of them did the challenges, though some of them dropped out of the yukkier eating challenges. I was downright shocked how many kids willingly ate a sardine! 

I even did the ice water challenge against my husband. (I won, but I did it by tricking him into thinking we were quitting at the same time to call it a draw. Psyche!) 

This is a pretty popular party idea, and there's a wealth of ideas at websites like this one and this one and this one. I freely stole from them.

So here's what it cost

Cricket bucket:  $11 for 100 live crickets at Petsmart. I probably could have paid a lot less than 11 cents a bug for this if I'd shopped around, but I ran out of time. I put small balls and toys at the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket and the crickets were jumping around on top of them. The kids had to pick out 5 of them to get the points. I was shocked that even the 3 year old did this, squealing the whole time.

Ice bucket challenge: $1.39 for a bag of ice. I set up two chairs facing each other with two large buckets of icey water in between. Two kids at a time faced off as we counted down 3, 2, 1... stand in the ice bucket!  My son and his cousin did it the longest. We finally called it a draw at 2 minutes. The stubbord cusses later went back and faced off again and it went on for 4.5 minutes before I called them in for birthday cake!

Food challenge: $2.50 for Raisenettes, $2.89 for a can of hash, $5 for two cans of sardines (I love sardines so I'm saving the leftovers in the fridge), $5.99 for gummy eyeballs (I know I paid too much for these at the party store but I couldn't resist), $2 for gummy worms mixed with crushed chocolate cookies. 

Toss the eyeballs into the skull: This was a simple toss game I came up with using Halloween decorations I already had. Another alternative would be Toss the Snot Through the Nostrils. Use store-bought or home-made slime. Draw a huge nose with two nostrils on poster board and get points for landing a loogie in the right spot

Prizes: I had a laundry basket full of prizes I got at the dollar store. The kids with the most points from challenges got first pick, and then it went down from there. I spent about $10-$15 on prizes.

So about $40 for entertainment and games. I held it from 2-4 p.m. so I just had snacks, chips, veggies and dip, a bowl of fruit. My mom made a spooky-looking cake with lots of worms and lizards on it. I'm still smiling. It was so much fun.

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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