1st Orleans Pathfinders
A Ghost Pinata
Make a pinata. You need a large balloon to use as the form. Start this a week before the party!!! Cover the balloon, except for an opening big enough to allow you to stuff it with candy, with strips of newspaper wet in flour and water. (Papier Mache). Cover the balloon with several layers, using a length of string in the middle of the layers so that you can hang it up afterwards.
Let the balloon dry in a warm place for 3 or 4 days. Fill with candy (I always put enough candy for each of the participants - I use a baggie for each girl, and I only put in candy that can survive a pounding!!!) (Taffy, gum, that sort of thing; anything brittle comes out as a powder!)
Decorate the outside of the pinata as a ghost - use a roll of white toilet paper (It doesn't take a whole roll!) I just scotch tape strips on until it looks well covered. I cut out three ovals from black construction paper - two for eyes and one for a howling mouth!
Then I hang it from the basket ball hoop - and with a blind fold and a baseball bat I'm ready.
I have rules!!!!! No one crosses a certain line on the floor unless they are the one to swing! (If there isn't a line on the floor, I put one there with masking tape!) No one is to swing the bat until we say GO! (We've never had any one get hit this way!)
Each person is lead up over the line, blindfolded and spun a couple of times. Then they are to hold still till everyone is out of the swinging zone.
There is a person holding the rope of the pinata. If there is a large group and I am concerned that everyone won't get a chance, I might raise the pinata so that the current swinger doesn't connect too hard.
After the entire group has had a turn, I continue letting each person in the line come up for a swing until the pinata breaks apart.
Everyone gets a little baggie of candy and everyone has a safe time and everyone has a BLAST!!