Halloween Party Ideas
Halloween is an exciting time for children. They look forward to candy, costumes, tricks and treats. On the other hand, adults may be a little apprehensive these days about sending children out into the unknown and checking candy to make sure that its safe. Also making sure costumes are safe and then of course there are stray fireworks and lots of strangers! Shopping malls have offered a little safer alternative and hoards of children and adults flock to the malls to get their treats and enter costume contests. Having your own Halloween Party is a much better idea.
Start Planning Your Halloween Party
Get together with a couple other parents in your neighborhood and in your family or create one entirely on your own. Its pretty easier to entertain and impress children.
You will want the party small enough to control but large enough to make it worth your while. I would say 6 to 12 children would be comfortable and easy to manage on your own. Invite more if you’re going to have some help.
First of all, if you have a printer you can easily create your own invitations. Nothing fancy, just fun. Be sure to include the start and end time in the invitation. Make it early, say perhaps from 5pm to 7pm for younger children. They will be anxious to get started and will need to be home in time to settle down and get sleep.
There are lots of free templates and graphics online for invitations and Creektee offers a great selection of stickers, magnets and bumper stickers to dress them up.
Make A List Of What You Will Need
Scout local thrift stores and dollar stores for some great Halloween accessories. Be sure to check your craft supplies for glitter glue, black and orange felt and a glue gun.
You will want to look for:
plastic spiders, snakes, skeletons, skulls, jack o lanterns and witches
cotton batting for spider webs and plastic spiders
plain wreaths for decorating and
felt scraps and cardstock
Be Creative With Your Halloween Party Decorating
Drape white sheets over chairs and tall objects so you have ghostly figures everywhere. Use felt scraps to make eyes and a ghostly smirk. Smaller objects can be draped with white fabric or white table napkins for table and room decorations.
Decorate a plain wreath with plastic snakes twining around the wreath. Spray it with green slime.
Decorate a wreath with swirls of white cotton batting and glue on plastic spiders and flies to create a hanging spider web.
Carve scary faces into pumpkins and gourds to decorate the tables and floors. Use led lights inside your pumpkins so there is no fire hazard.
Cut out black felt into shapes of rats, spiders and witches. Use orange felt for pumpkins and jack o lanterns. Again templates are available online. Display them throughout the Halloween party area on tables and shelves and even floors.
Black and orange streamers give it a true party feeling. Hang it from walls and ceilings
Use construction paper to make more decorations of black cats, bats and witches hats.
Halloween Party Food Ideas
Food needs to be kept simple. Youngsters will be too excited to eat a proper meal, but something is better than nothing before a round of treats:
Consider making a sandwich tray. Make several varieties such as cold cuts, devilled egg and even peanut butter and jam. Use both white and whole wheat bread. Always check with the parents of the children to see if they have any food allergies.
Charcuterie boards are not just for adult parties. They can easily be adapted and decorated for children’s parties. Use an 8 to 12 inch plastic skeleton to lay in the center of the board and surround it with chopped carrots, celery, crackers and cheese.
Make a charcuterie dessert board. Set a small carved pumpkin or gourd in the center and surround it with cupcakes, candies and sweet treats.
Decorate the cupcakes and cakes with a stick of bats. Use twists of black ribbon glued to floral wire for the look of flying bats
Make a corn candy look dessert with yellow jello, orange jello and cool whip layered into clear plastic cups.
Decorate a sheet cake with white icing and splatter it with red food coloring to give it the illusion of blood droplets.
Plan Some Halloween Party Games
Simple games and activities will hold their attention:
Eyeball race – You will need spoons and tennis balls. Draw eyeballs on the ping pong balls. Have a start and finish line. The first one to get to the finish line without dropping or touching the eyeball wins.
Paper jack o lantern decorating – You will need orange paper plates, craft glue sticks and black construction paper. Have each child create their own jack o lantern. If you have access to mini pumpkins they can also be used.
Halloween tic tac toe – Use duct tape to make the game board on a large piece of cardboard or carpet. Use mini white and orange pumpkins or gourds for the playing pieces. Or cut jack o lanterns and bats from construction paper or felt to use as playing pieces.
Decorate your treat bag – Let them decorate inexpensive tote bags or paper bags with stickers, felt, construction paper, glitter and felt pens so they have to make a take home bag for their goodies.
Be sure to stream some fun Halloween music for the party and lets get this party started!!
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween” ~ Unknown