My kids were so excited to hear that Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was coming to theaters. They were even more excited that we would attend the screening this morning. I don’t know about you, but I love animated films that I can watch with the kids. The humor in the Hotel Transylvania movies is very much appreciated and I never feel like I am watching a cartoon.
Our favorite monster family is back in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, as they embark on a vacation aboard a luxury monster cruise ship, so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
It had been a while since we saw the first and second movie, I thought it would be fun to catch up and have a special Hotel Transylvania movie night with my boys. Even the dog got in on the action, although she kept stealing everyone’s popcorn.
What did we think of the third installment of Hotel Transylvania? We loved it, especially me. I thought it was very funny and in fact, my loud cackling could be heard throughout the theater many times. There is nothing better than hearing my boys laugh as well, and knowing they are enjoying themselves.
Despite the fact everyone fought on the way over to the theatre as to who was sitting next to me, we figured it all out. Mid-way through the movie though, my middle guy who didn’t get to sit on me, crawled into my lap, so he sat on me instead of next to me. Clever! Very clever.
The music in the movie was awesome. They played some really cool techno and even brought me back to my college years with the popular song of the 90’s, La Macarena, by Los Del Rio. The cast is very impressive and it wasn’t until the credits that I realized who some of the voices belonged to. Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks, Keegan-Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan and more. WOW, right?
I would definitely recommend this movie for so many reasons. Before you go see the return of our favorite monster family, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, you can get your monster on with a “Halloween in July” celebration. Below are some SPOOKtacular activity and game ideas.
MONSTER SCAVENGER HUNT
- Print out the images of the Hotel Transylvania 3 characters – https://spaces.hightail.com/space/Yi48fQ20il.
- Glue the images to a piece of cardboard so they are a bit sturdier.
- Hide the images.
- Provide fun-filled clues to help the children find the images.
MAKE GREEN SLIME
Make your own slime version of Blobby (insert character image)
All of the materials are readily available at Michaels craft stores. Please go to http://www.elmers.com/slimefor various slime recipes and measurements.
- Plastic bin with top to cover slime
- Elmer’s white glue (gallon size if making for a large group)
- Baking soda
- Washable green acrylic paint
- Renu contact lens solution (generic brands do not work as well)
- Baby Oil
- Spoon for stirring
- Optional: Green glitter
- Pour entire container of glue into bin
- Add baking soda and mix together
- Add green acrylic paint mixing as you add it until you reach desired color (Some recipes recommend food coloring, but that stains your hands.)
- Add drops of contact solution until it is not too sticky. You just have to experiment as you add so that you reach the correct consistency. Important: If you add too much contact lens solution, the mixture will harden and break off.
- If you make the mixture ahead of time, cover the bin with the plastic top to preserve it.
- Set out squares of parchment paper on a table
- Place a “blob” of the slime on the paper.
- At this point, you can add the optional glitter.
- If the slime is sticking to kids’ hands, you can pour a few drops of baby oil on to their hands.
- Children can “mold” the slime into a Blobby shape.
- At the end, provide a plastic bag so campers can bring home their slime.
Definitely have lots of green face paint as well as black paint to draw scars, bolts and bats on campers’ faces.
DRAC IMITATION COMPETITION
Kids love to imitate Drac’s signature phrase “Blah Blah Blah”.
- Show this video – https://spa.cimediacloud.com/mediaboxes/c008ca51abc340a5915ba17977acbf27 – and then have campers present their own versions.
CREATE YOUR OWN MONSTER SELF-PORTRAIT
Tell campers they’ve been invited to go on the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 summer cruise but want to blend in with the other monster characters and not stand out. Would they have fangs like Drac or would they be covered in white bandages like the Mummy? Ask them to draw an image of themselves as a monster in the provided picture frame using some of the suggested monster features on the first page of this worksheet.
LEARN TO DRAW DRAC
In this fun video, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 Director and Writer Genndy Tartakovsky shows you how to draw Drac starting with his “coffin-shaped” head — https://spa.cimediacloud.com/mediaboxes/3b55f6a5145e4a088b9d9c6fdc16bfbb.
You can lead campers in a demonstration.
- Before starting this activity, practice drawing the characters on your own.
- Set up an easel with a large pad of paper.
- Take campers through each of the steps using a Sharpie pen.
For those YMCA camps that are based in school or Y buildings, you can decorate the door to your classroom with all sorts of Hotel Transylvania 3 and monster-themed materials. Here are some images that you can use – https://spaces.hightail.com/space/Yi48fQ20il.
When the monsters embark on their cruise, they are all given flower leis. Leis are often worn to celebrate an event. Let’s celebrate the start of summer by making our own leis.
- Plastic Straws
- Oak Tag Paper in Assorted Colors
- Hole Punchers
- Lei Cut Outs – This is one of the last PDF images provided in this link — https://spaces.hightail.com/space/Yi48fQ20il
- Cut a string of approximately 50 inches.
- Cut straws into thirds.
- Cut out various shapes and punch a hole in the middle.
- Alternate stringing on the plastic straws with the shapes to create a lei.
- Tie the end pieces of the string together.
This is an absolutely hilarious game. Each team has three people – one person who will be The Mummy and the other two who will wrap the Mummy in toilet paper.
- One or two rolls of toilet paper per team
- Wrap the Mummy up with toilet paper beginning at the ankles of The Mummy and going up to the head.
- Please warn the team that toilet paper tears easily, so it’s important to carefully wrap the Mummy.
- Remember NOT to wrap the Mummy’s eyes, nose and mouth with toilet paper.
How to Choose the Winner (Two Options)
- The team that wraps the Mummy up the fastest wins.
- Set up a timer for 10 minutes. When the timer rings, have a judge decide which team did the best job of wrapping the Mummy.
PIN THE FANGS ON DRAC
Here’s a twist on the traditional Pin the Tail on the Donkey Game.
- Make a large blow up of Drac’s face – https://spaces.hightail.com/space/37OrXNvlIt— and tape it to a wall.
- Blindfold each camper.
- Hand each camper a cutout shape of Drac’s fangs with double-sided tape on the back.
- Optional: You can turn each camper once around to make it a bit more difficult for them.
- Have them try to place the fangs on the correct spot on Drac’s face.
PROJECT RUNWAY: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 VERSION
Now’s the time for campers to show their creativity and individuality by making and decorating their own cape that’s designed to show their personality. This cape project requires just a few inexpensive materials and does not need any sewing. Here’s a YouTube video that can help you — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3UTr0tEnWw.
- Fabric (Muslin, Fleece, Felt)
- Safety Pin for threading the ribbon
- Embellishments (pom poms, sequins, etc.)
TRICK OR TREAT BAGS
What’s Halloween without a bag of goodies?
Decorate the Bags
- Set up a table for campers to personalize their own trick or treat bag.
- Put out brown paper bags, crayons, scissors, glue and copies of the downloadable pages with the Hotel Transylvania 3 characters that they can cut out, color and glue on their bags.
Fill their Bags with Goodies
- Hand out the Hotel Transylvania 3 stickers and bookmark (to encourage summer reading) that Sony has provided.
- Print out these fun coloring pages and activity sheets for kids to take home.
*I was invited to view a screening of this film in exchange for my honest review.