Are you planning to throw a kid’s Halloween party instead of going for the usual trick-or-treating setup? If you are, remember that a horrifying fright night may not be suitable for kids as much as it would be fun for adults. It can be a little tricky but we’re here to help you throw the most fun and age-appropriate Halloween party for kids this year!
Here are 10 tips for hosting a Halloween party for kids that will ensure your little guests will have a howling good time.
1. Prepare for Fun Party Invitations
The best way to show the parents of your invitees that you are hosting a fun, family-friendly Halloween party is by starting with the invitations. Let them know that your party will not be a night of fake blood and gore. So choose festive Halloween colors, such as orange and purple, and the usual cute images associated with Halloween. Let your kids help create these invitations as a fun activity as well or use ready-made themed invitations. Or if you’re in an arts-and-crafts mood, you also have the option to get creative and design your own party invitations.
2. Bring out the Halloween Decorations
Half the fun of celebrating Halloween are the decorations. For a family-friendly Halloween party, you might want to consider using a jack-o’-lantern with dry ice fog as your centerpiece. This will surely wow kids of all ages! Bring out all the toy spiders and other creepy crawlies and place string webs around your house. Don’t forget to have some Halloween yard decorations as well to grace the outside of your home or the venue. But also, always remember your youngest guests and what they might find scary so you can avoid using them.
3. Dish Out Something Fun!
There are a lot of musts at a Halloween party and one of those is serving odd-looking food. But remember to refrain from overdoing it, as some kids might get too scared if you go for really devilish dishes. For older kids, they might enjoy the gross-out factor, such as putting fake blood (e.g., ketchup or dyed syrup) on food. But younger children will need the menu toned down. Consider offering festive treats, such as colorful candies, sweet gummy worms, or ice cream fudge in cute Halloween-themed cups.
4. Mix Some Party Drinks
Same with their food, drinks are another element that should be festive but not too scary or gross for your kid-friendly Halloween party. You can make a vivid slime green Halloween punch out of ginger ale, lime-flavoring, and a few drops of green food coloring. Or you could set up a milkshake station that gives out milkshakes that’s drizzled with weblike chocolate syrup.
5. Put on Some Fun Halloween Costumes
Halloween Parties will never ever be complete without the host and guests wearing costumes! What’s the fun of a Halloween party without costumes, right? If you’re good with a needle and thread, you can make your kid’s costume. Start by looking through some homemade Halloween costume patterns on the internet and sew them yourself. Or if you’re pressed for time, you can also purchase ready-made costumes instead.
Tip: As the host, it can be helpful to note on your party invitations that guests should come in kid-friendly costumes as well.
6. Bring on the Spooky Music
A Halloween party would have a boring atmosphere if there is no spooky music playing. Avoid putting on scary movie soundtracks or anything with spine-tingling screams on them as it might upset your youngest guests. While older kids might enjoy them, you can choose to lighten up the playlist with appropriate Halloween songs instead.
7. Get Scary with Halloween Party Games
Your Halloween Party will be a guaranteed success when your guests are allowed to have fun. So bring on all the Halloween party games they can have fun with. Set up some homemade carnival games, such as DIY ring-toss games, ping-pong ball toss with red cups, or have them running to a mummy race. Split your guests into teams, this could also be a chance for them to meet new friends to play with after!
8. Let’s Get to Halloween Crafting!
Let your guests express their creative side with Halloween crafts that the kids can keep as a party souvenir. Make sure to have enough popsicle sticks, straws, fabric scraps, and glue for them to make their own tiny scarecrows. Or you could have them make their own mini haunted houses out of recycled materials, such as cardboard boxes and other scrapped art materials
9. Create the Coolest Treat Bags
The kids will love leaving your party with a small treat bag filled with sweet treats and little fun trinkets they could play with later. Print or buy a paper loot bag you can decorate with stamps, stickers, or ribbon or if you want to go the extra mile, you could even make them a festive felt treat bag which they could use every Halloween.
10. Take Home for Halloween Treats
After securing your treat bags, fill them up with Halloween treats for the road. They will definitely appreciate having more treats to begin their trick-or-treating journey later. Make sure to put their favorite sweets such as bite-sized chocolates, gummy worms, cookies drizzled with “spider web” icing, or any candies that are Halloween-themed!
Choosing the right decor, food, games, and activities for your kid-friendly Halloween party will guarantee a fun and safe event. But make sure to have fun in your party as well! to ensure all the members of your boo crew experience the thrill for themselves, you’ll need to spread the word with kid-friendly Halloween party invitations.
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