How to plan a great Halloween party for your kids?
Halloween is a holiday for kids of all ages. Younger children enjoy dressing up in a cool costume, going trick-or-treating, and eating the candy they collect. Older kids and teens like to choose their costumes and explore the spooky side of Halloween. Adults can get into the spirit by decorating the house, dressing up, handing out candy, and throwing or going to parties. Parents can have fun watching their children enjoying themselves or even having a party for their kids.
Do you want to plan a Halloween party for your children?
You’ll want your kids and their friends to have a great time at the party, so you’ll want to make it memorable. Include your children in as many steps of the planning as possible to make it feel like theirs:
- Invitations – once you’ve decided on the date, time, and guests you plan to invite, you can get creative with invitations. Younger kids might enjoy writing party info or coloring a pumpkin shape that you can use if you print the invitations yourself. They could also sprinkle precut Halloween confetti into the envelopes. Older children or teens might format the invitations themselves.
- Theme – you may want to choose a theme to base everything else around, such as a haunted house for older kids or a pumpkin decorating party for younger children. Costumes, games, snacks, and Halloween décor can be coordinated with the theme you choose.
- Costumes – you can include the party theme on the invitations, so guests can wear appropriate costumes if they choose. You and other adults can dress up also. You might want to hold a costume contest during the party and set up a photo area with Halloween decorations as a background.
- Games – older kids might enjoy a spooky treasure hunt, while younger kids may like twists on games they’re familiar with: For instance, pin the lid on a pumpkin instead of pin the tail on the donkey.
- Snacks – you can buy or make many types of fun Halloween snacks, like cookies or cupcakes decorated with ghosts or pumpkins, chocolate or marshmallow suckers, or candy kebabs. It’s good to have a mix of healthy snacks included with the candy, such as oranges decorated to look like pumpkins or trail mix with candy corn added for a taste of Halloween. Your children might enjoy helping you choose or make these treats.
- Decorate! See the next section for Halloween decoration ideas.
Be sure that everything is age-appropriate. You probably won’t want a haunted house for preschoolers, and your older children might not enjoy coloring a Halloween picture.
What are some cool Halloween house decorations?
Common Halloween decor colors are orange, black, and purple. You’ll probably see lots of pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, and witches before the holiday also. Decide if your party will be indoors or outdoors and scare up some themed decorating ideas.
If you have children, you may already own some outdoor or indoor Halloween decorations. Take inventory of your items and make a list of what else you might want to add for the party:
- If your party is going to be indoors, choose the areas you’d like to decorate. You might have a display of pumpkins and ghosts on the front porch; They can be moved inside and used for snack table accents or photo backdrops. Add crepe paper streamers, balloons, or spider webs to transform them into a spooky focal point. Candlelight can add to the ambiance.
- If the party is outdoors, you’ll want to have proper lighting. You might string spooky colored bulbs through the trees or aim spotlights onto your witches and black cat. Add a ghost made from a white bed sheet or bats hanging from the trees to create a haunted forest.
Don’t be scared to use your imagination to create the right setting for your party. Your kids will thank you!