How to Throw a Halloween Party

While you may have passed down the trick-or-treating to your children it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this Halloween! If you’re planning a Halloween block party this year that’s fun for everyone checkout these helpful tips on how to get ready for the big event:

 

Invitations: Whether you send out a Facebook invite or you make your own invitations it’s important to have something to let everyone know what’s going on. Don’t forget to put the date, the location, when the party starts and stops, and what kind of party it is. It’s important to keep in mind not everyone can make it on Halloween because they may be taking the kids out for trick-or-treating. Try planning your party the weekend before or after Halloween so all your guests are more likely available. Don’t forget to say on the invitation it is costume mandatory! It’s Halloween after all.

 

Decorations: Decorations are always fun at a Halloween party. Sometimes they can make or break the mood. Whether your party is being hosted at your house or another location, make sure to have the appropriate decorations. This is your party so have fun and decorate the way you want to, but make sure to keep the children in mind. Decorating for Halloween can be fun, but if you plan to get really gory you could scare the kids. Instead try decorating with simple props such as pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs, etc. Also, your lighting and sound effects are definitely something to consider. Ask one of your neighbors if you can borrow their strobe light to set up in the front yard to make a spooky entrance. A fog machine is also something that will be a hit at the party. Set it up outside or even in the basement to be included in the fun dance party later on!

Tip: If you choose to have the location set somewhere else besides your home, make sure you have plenty of time to set everything up. Give yourself more than 24-48 hours to have everything ready for the big party.

 

Music: You can’t have a Halloween party without some spooky music! The hit Monster Mash is totally a must, but if you want to try something a little different put on a spooky movie to fill the background while people are hanging around. Pick a movie like the Headless Horseman or A Nightmare Before Christmas to keep it kid friendly.

 

Snacks: Pizza is great, but if you’re trying to spruce things up a bit, try looking at Pinterest for some Halloween snack ideas. You’ll find anything from puking pumpkins to amazing finger snacks. People will go crazy over anything that is a little different from the norm. Plus the kids will find your spider lady fingers really fun and delicious!

Tip: If you’re on a budget it’s okay to put on the invitation to bring a side to pass around.

 

Games: Do you have any special games in mind? Depending on the weather you can do a lot of things both inside and outside. These are our favorite outside games: pumpkin corn hole, pumpkin carving, and ghost in the graveyard. Here are our favorite inside games: murder mystery, Pictionary, charades, diving for apples, and best costume reveal!

 

The biggest thing to remember is to have fun! It’s your party so whatever you decide goes. Make sure everyone gets involved with the games, both the kids and the adults, so everyone can have a good time laughing and playing around!

 

 

Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party Ideas Does your child have an October birthday? With ghostly ghouls and creepy crawlies, a traditional Halloween party can be frightening for certain kids, especially with games that include a haunted basement or a backyard zombie hunt.

Instead of focusing on a spooky Halloween theme, plan a kid-friendly party! With fun, easy participation games and delicious treats, your guests will leave with smiles and goody bags instead of wide eyes and Halloween frights!

Halloween Party Games

Costume Contest

Encourage guests to let their imaginations shine in their costumes with the promise of a contest and plenty of exciting prizes! Wait till the end of the evening to line up the kids and give out prizes. But, instead of focusing on a first, second, and third place, plan ahead and create a prize for each child such as: funniest costume, prettiest costume, more creative costume, etc. Let everyone go home with a fun prize, whether they include goody bags with their title inside or little trophies you can purchase online!

Mummy Wrap

Have each child partner up with another and allow them to choose who gets to be the mummy! The other will be given a roll of toilet paper to wrap their partner in; have everyone line up and see who can use up all of their toilet paper first! This can be a dizzying game so make sure to stand by and keep watch!

Bobbing for Apples

This October classic is a necessity for any Halloween party, whether it be planned for kids or adults! Fill up a few tubs full of water and apples and time your guests for two minutes! See how many apples they can pull out with their teeth! Make sure to keep towels at the ready: you’ll need them!

**With extra time, consider letting each child pick out one of the apples they pulled to create a caramel apple treat!

Halloween Crafts & Treats

Caramel Apple Craft

Have each child choose one of the apples they bobbed for earlier in the day to create a treat all their own!

Ingredients:

Granny Smith Apples

Wooden apple sticks (can be found at most craft stores)

Caramel

Toppings, such as M&M’s, Sprinkles and Reese’s Pieces

Wax paper

Cookie Sheet

Directions:

Wash each child’s apple before allowing them to decorate! Microwave the caramel in a large, microwave-safe bowl in short intervals (stirring in between) until it is melted and soft. While the caramel is melting, assist your guests with inserting the wooden sticks into their apples. Next, allow each child to dip their apple in the caramel until it is well-coated and then encourage them to press as many toppings on as they can fit! The caramel will harden quickly so once the toppings are on, place each apple on a parchment lined baking sheet to harden. (Always check with parents about food allergies before creating a caramel apple station.)

Paper Plate Spiders

Do you have an ever growing pile of paper plates? Consider using them for a fun Halloween craft that the kids can take and hang at home!

Supplies:

Children’s activity paint

2 paper plates per child (preferably small sized)

Pipe cleaners to match the colors of paint (4 per child)

Different sizes of googly eyes

Elmer’s glue

Hole Punch

Children’s scissors

String, yarn or ribbon

Stapler

Paint brushes

Directions:

Have the kids paint the bottoms of their two paper plates completely and allow them time to dry. Once dry, have them safely cut their pipe cleaners in half to make eight. (Make sure to always supervise while using scissors.) Next, have them bend down all of their pipe cleaners to create spidery legs! Help to staple each pipe cleaner half to the inside of their paper plate, 4 on each side. Then staple the plates together on the top and bottom to hold the spider body together. From there, have each child glue googly eyes all over the front, as many as they like! If you’re looking to include some interactive learning, explain that most spiders have eight eyes and eight legs. Finally, punch a hole at the top and attach about a 12 inch string for them to hang up at home!

Goody Bags:

What’s a Halloween party without candy? Make sure to end the festivities by sending all of your guests home with goody bags full of sweets and treats!

What you’ll need:

Any candy you like!

Directions: Whether you would like to purchase premade goody bags or create your own, make sure to write each child’s name on their specific bag. Always check with parents about food allergies and stock each goody bag accordingly.

Don’t scare your guests away with spooky games and creepy treats! Plan ahead and entertain your young guests with the kid-friendly games and crafts you know they’ll love!

 

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

With Halloween just a few spooky weeks away, the themed parties and family get-togethers are sure to be closing in fast! You have the theme, the decorations, even the costumes. But what about the snacks? Instead of throwing a batch of cookies in the oven, show some imagination and create something truly spooktacular!

We’ve found four quick and easy party treat recipes that will leave your guests screaming – for more!

 

1. Witches’ Brooms

Trick or treat? Both! While this treat is frightfully quick to make, it’ll go fast, leaving everyone asking for more! And the trick: it’ll only take you a few seconds to make another batch!

 

Ingredients:

Pretzel Sticks

Mini Reese’s Cups

 

Directions:

Perhaps the easiest Halloween recipe you can make, Witches’ Brooms only require two ingredients! Simply flip over the Reese’s Cups and stick the pretzel sticks into their bottom – and voilà! You’ve got a number of delicious treats in a matter of seconds!

 

 

2. Graveyard Pudding Cups

Whip up this spooky snack when you’re looking to make a truly adorable, quick, and sweet treat! With milky chocolate and a friendly ghost, it’s perfect for a kid’s party!

 

Ingredients:

Oreo Cookies

Chocolate Pudding Cups

Ghost Peeps

Pumpkin shaped candy

 

Directions:

Place the Oreos in a zip lock bag and, pressing out the air, seal it tightly. Using a rolling pin, finely smash Oreos. Next, open up the pudding cups and sprinkle an even amount of the crushed Oreos on top. Place a Peep ghost and candy pumpkin in each cup to top it off.

 

 

3. Oreo Eyeballs

If you’re trying to be extra clever this Halloween, create some Oreo Eyeballs for your guests! They require an imaginative eye but what happens if some don’t turn out perfect? Looks like you’re going to have to eat the evidence!

 

Ingredients:

Oreo Cookies

Blue & green gel icing

Red food coloring

A small paintbrush

Brown M&Ms

 

Directions:

Remove half of the Oreo cookie and discard (eat!) Keep the side that holds the frosting. Add a decent sized glob of either blue or green icing in the middle of the frosting – alternate the colors to have an even amount of each! Place 1 M&M in the center of the icing. Lastly, put a small drop of red food coloring in a bowl or plate. Using the paintbrush, paint red vein on the white frosting, around the colored gel.

 

4. Frozen Banana Ghosts

Boo – nana! These banana ghosts are a dream come true when looking for a healthy treat the kids actually want to eat! Who knew Halloween treats could be something other than candy?!

 

Ingredients: (Makes 4 Ghosts)

1 Banana

4 Popsicle Sticks

8 mini chocolate chips

1 cup of white chocolate

 

Directions:

Cutting lengthwise, slice the banana in half from end to end. Next, cut slices in half to make 4 quarters. Insert Popsicle sticks into the bottom of each piece and freeze on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Once banana pieces are frozen, fill a mug or small bowl with the white chocolate and microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until it is melted and soft. Next, working one at a time, dip the bananas into the white chocolate and reset them on the cookie sheet and wax paper. Working quickly, place the chocolate chips into the bananas as eyes before the chocolate hardens. Return to the freezer until they are hardened. Finally – enjoy a delicious and healthy Halloween treat!

 

Frightfully delightful, these Halloween treats are sure to cast a spell on your guests! Quick, easy, and adorably spooky, they will be the talk of the party! Who ever said hosting was a chore? With recipes like these, it’ll be a treat!