Happy Halloween Party
This Halloween party is a treat for younger kids!
Scary decorations and gory costumes may give older kids a thrill but they’ll likely leave the younger crowd spooked. So why not throw a playful Halloween party where kids can enjoy sweet treats, fun party games, Halloween crafts and of course dressing up in their Halloween costumes for a parade.
Halloween Party Invitations and Decorations
Set the stage for a fun Halloween celebration with playful invitations “not so spooky” decor.
- Hand deliver special Halloween party invitations tied to a glow stick or candy. Keep it simple by using cardstock paper, cute jack-o-lantern stickers and gel pens to make simple note card invitations.
- Keep the Halloween decorations fun and playful with a pumpkin, candy corn and cute ghost motif.
- Use orange, yellow and black as your color scheme when purchasing streamers, balloons and tableware.
- Cover your table with a white sheet and make a table runner using lengths of orange and yellow or black steamers down the middle.
- Weave strips of construction paper or craft foam to make place mats.
- Make a ghost, mummy or both for easy Halloween party decor.
- Use a Halloween bead bracelet as a napkin ring and party favor.
- A centerpiece can easy be fashioned with a tower of Halloween cupcakes or a Jack-o-lantern (plastic or real but no candles please – use glow sticks instead)
- Scatter candy corn and pumpkin candies down around the table for color.
- Decorate the entryway and party area with bales of hay, corn stalks and lots of pumpkins.
Halloween Party Games and Crafts
Entertain the kids with a few traditional Halloween party games and some with a fun new twist…here are some favorites to choose from.
- Bobbing for apples is customary Halloween game that’s always loads of fun.
- Another Halloween favorite is the dangling doughnuts game…a little messy but what fun!
- Play a penny bucket-toss game with a Halloween twist using a row of plastic jack-o-lantern treat pails and pennies or candies.
- Try a Halloween version of a duck,duck, goose game, where a child pretends to pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch.
“Pumpkin patch, pumpkin patch. Looking for a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. Here’s one nice and fat, turn into a jack-o-lantern just like that!”
- Race the clock to wrap the mummy with rolls of toilet paper.
- Hide candy bars for a hide and seek game.
- Make a Jack-o-lantern or ghost bean bag toss game using a box and paint.
- Stick the Nose on Jack…a Halloween version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
- Have the kids make their own Spider Treat Cups and give them choices of fun treats to put inside.
- Use glow in the dark and Halloween themed pony beads for a beading project.
- Decorate Halloween cookies…use a few muffin tins to keep frosting and candies in order. Wood craft sticks work well when frosting with lots of kids.
- Printable Halloween games for kids are always a good way to keep little ones entertained.
- Make ghostly lollipops with tissues, napkins or a square of fabric.
- Let the kids show off their fabulous costumes with a fun Halloween parade through the neighborhood.
Halloween Party Food and Favors
No tricks at this Halloween party, just fun sweets, nutritious snacks and a treat or two to take home!
- Make a dish of bugs on a log – cream cheese, stuffed celery sticks with cranberries on top.
- Mini Pigs in a Blanket with pretzel legs become plate of bugs.
- Adapt your favorite party mix recipe with popcorn and a touch of candy corn to make a tasty Halloween snack.
- Serve a healthier caramel apple dip that kids love.
- Serve a ghoulish drink with seltzer water, frozen grapes (eyeballs) and a splash of fruit juice.
- A fun twist on your regular Rice Krispie recipe – Halloween shaped Rice Krispie Treats (featured right).
- A tower of candy corn topped cupcakes is easy and festive.
- Make a batch of Halloween donut ghosts.
- Another favorite Halloween dessert is a cup of Worms in the Dirt and AThrifyMom.com has a great recipe.
- Get creative and add your favorite trail mix or candy to a Spider Treat Cup.
- Create a friendly spooky treat by creating Monster Eyeball Cake Treats. The kids will go crazy over them.
- For a sugar-free party favor try a glow-stick, stickers, Halloween beanie toy and cheese crackers all put in an orange party cup you’ve decorated to look like a jack-o-lantern.
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