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, checking candy, making sure their costumes are safe, 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.
Well, there is an other alternative. Get together with a couple other parents in your neighborhood, 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.
First of all if you have a printer you can easily create your own invitations. Nothing fancy, just fun. There are lots of free templates and graphics online and Creektee offers a great selection of stickers, magnets and bumper stickers. Be sure to include your start and end time. Make it early, 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.
Next think about decorating and food.
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
- old brooms
- cotton batting for spider webs
- plain wreaths for decorating
- felt scraps
- white sheets
Be creative with your 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 for table decorations.
- Decorate a plain wreath with plastic snakes twining around the wreath.
- Decorate a wreath with swirls of white cotton batting and glue on plastic spiders to create a hanging spider web.
- Carve scary faces into pumpkins and gourds to decorate tables and floors
- 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 party area on tables and shelves.
- Black and orange streamers give it a true party feeling.
- Use construction paper for more decorations, black cats, bats and witches hats.
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 a sandwich tray. Make several varieties such as cold cuts, devilled egg and even peanut butter and jam.
- Charcuterie boards are not just for adult 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 with cupcakes, candies and sweet treats.
- Decorate cupcakes and cakes with 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 in clear plastic cups.
- Decorate a sheet cake with white icing and splatter with red food coloring to give the illusion of blood droplets.
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 be used as well.
- Halloween tic tac toe. Use duct tape to make the game board on a large piece of cardboard or cardboard. Use mini white and orange pumpkins or gourds for the playing pieces or cut jack o lanterns and bats from construction paper or felt.
- Let them decorate inexpensive tote bags or paper bags with stickers, felt, construction paper, glitter and felt pens to make a carry home bag for their goodies.
Be sure to stream some fun Halloween music for the party ! Lets get this party started!!