Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween parties are a great way to spend time with friends and family and set the mood for a fun, spooky night. If you’re throwing a party for your kids, you might be wondering what supplies you’ll need to host the perfect party.
Keep reading below as we discuss the top halloween party must haves.
Decorations are one of the most important aspects of throwing the perfect Halloween party. The first step of decorating for the party is to pick a theme. The theme of your party will set the tone for the rest of your snacks, games and activities. Some examples of Halloween party themes are: haunted house, fall harvest, zombies, pumpkin patch, or graveyard. You can also choose to do a generalized party theme, and combine multiple themes to one spooky – yet fun – party.
Once you’ve decided on the theme, it’s time to start decorating. You can DIY many of your decorations by going to a craft store and getting supplies. Some fun decorations include:
- Spider webs
- “Witches brew” – Punch in a large cauldron
- Paper ghosts hung up in the windows
- Green and orange lighting
It’s always best to decorate your party based on the ages of the kids attending the party. You can decide how “spooky” you want the decorations to be, and you can adjust each decoration depending on how old the children are.
You can also include your children in the decorating process and let them carve pumpkins, hang up string lights, or pick out the theme of your party. Decorating for the party can be just as enjoyable as throwing the party.
Your costumes can match the theme of your party, or you can dress up however you want! Some popular, general costumes for Halloween include: witches, scarecrows, skeletons, or mummies. You and your child could also dress up as characters from their favorite TV show or movie.
Halloween costumes are a great way for your kids to express themselves creatively and let their imaginations run wild. There are countless options for costumes and you can work with your children to create the perfect costume for them. Depending on the ages of your children, you can do a family costume or let your child pick their own costume for themself.
Family costume ideas:
- Sun, moon, and stars
- Animal family costumes: cows, cats, dogs, etc.
- The Incredibles
- 101 Dalmatians
- Scooby Doo
- Wizard of Oz
- Alice in Wonderland
- Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
Kids costume ideas:
- Disney character
- Super hero
It’s not truly a Halloween party unless there are costumes! Get creative, and allow your child to show off their imagination!
Once you have your decorations and costumes, you should start planning what snacks you want at your party. These snacks can fit the theme or costumes, but they don’t have to. You’ll want to have multiple types of food so there’s a variety for people to choose from. If the kids will be moving around quite a bit, you might want to consider grab-and-go snacks that they can quickly and easily eat.
Savory snacks for your Halloween party:
- Pigs in a blanket
- Chips and dip: Queso, salsa, buffalo chicken dip, spinach and artichoke dip, etc.
- Cheese boards
- Mini pizzas
Sweet snacks for your Halloween party:
- Mini cakes
- Cake pops
You can even customize your snacks to be Halloween themed. For a quick, filling bite, you can make mummified croissant hotdogs by wrapping hot dogs in croissant dough. For a sweet treat, you can make white chocolate covered strawberry ghosts.
You can make whatever kinds of snacks you want at your party, and you can also let your children help with the cooking process.
Now that you have the atmosphere of the party set, it’s time to get creative with some fun games for the children to play! There are many classic halloween or fall games you can play including: apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and cookie decorating.
More game ideas for your Halloween party include:
- Mummy sack races. This game is similar to a regular sack race, but instead of a sack, wrap toilet paper around the kids legs to act as a mummy.
- Spooky bingo. You can buy or make Halloween-themed bingo cards. If you choose to make the cards, include your kids in the card making process, so they can be creative with it.
- Halloween scavenger hunt. Hide Halloween themed items throughout the house and have the kids go searching for them. For older kids, you can make it a competition and give out a prize to whoever finds the most items.
- Pin the broom on the witch: This game is similar to pin the tail on the donkey, but it adds a Halloween twist with the witch. You can also alter this game for mummies, monsters, and zombies. It can fit whatever theme you want.
If your kids want a more relaxed party environment, you can host multiple activities for all personalities. You can decorate cookies, have Halloween themed coloring books, or create a pumpkin painting area.
This Halloween party is meant to be fun for the kids, and it’s a good idea to provide different activities for all the children. Adding more relaxed, solo activities can help your children feel comfortable at the party and express themselves creatively.
Friends and Family
Ultimately, a Halloween party is a great way to spend time with those you care the most about. Studies show that spending quality time with your children improves growth and development. Your party doesn’t have to be extravagant for it to make an impact. These parties can be a good way to help your children socialize and be around different groups of people.
Now that you know six kids’ Halloween party essentials, it’s time for you to plan your next party. If you want more information on fun parties and activities for kids, visit The Learning Experience’s YouTube channel, Bubbles and Friends.