Halloween can be tons of fun and very scary all at the same time. Some kids love it while others are a little scared of it. Which side are you on- do you love knocking on people’s doors for candy, or do you love just seeing everyone in costumes? Have you thought of throwing your own spooky party? If you are planning to skip trick or treating in favor of staying home and hosting your own kids’ Halloween party you may want to look at our list of things to keep in mind to make planning easier.
Who is coming?
Have you decided yet how many kids will you invite? How old are they? When you think of your guest list you may want to consider that smaller kids will usually come with an adult, whereas older ones may come by themselves. Either way, knowing who is coming will help you decide what kind of venue to look for, what food to serve and even what kinds of games (if any) you will play. Some people recommend you to invite as many friends as your child’s age ( a seven-year old will invite seven friends), but if this is hard to do, just make sure you have enough grown-ups to help you watch different age groups.
Creating the invitation for your Halloween party can be a lot of fun! Make sure to involve your children if you can, they often have very creative ideas and love being a part of the planning. You can always search on sites such as pinterest to get some inspiration adequate to your skill level. If you don’t have time to craft a handmade invitation you can always print yours easily and quickly through online retailers or office supply stores, or you can use an electronic template and send it out via email to your friends. Make sure to send it out in advance, as Halloween week can be a busy social week for your little ones.
One of the loveliest things about Halloween is that it allows for quite an array of spooky-themed foods. Everything orange and black is great, and candy is always a winner. Think about decorated cupcakes, a candy buffet, Halloween cookies and many other sweets to adorn your tables. You can focus on cute food offerings, or have some gross options if your guests will appreciate it. Remember that if you have little guests, they want to have fun, not get scared or grossed out. If you are entertaining adults, there are many alcoholic recipes you can consult to make a Halloween cocktail they will enjoy.
Without a doubt, games at a Halloween party can be a lot of fun. You can pin a tail on a pumpkin, wrap the kids in bathroom paper to “mummify” them or play pumpkin bowling. You could also organize a parade for everyone to show off their costumes and have competitions among your guests for best costume, grossest, tackiest, etc. Just make sure you have prizes for the winners and they all are age-appropriate.
Depending on your budget you can have very elaborate or very simple decorations. Regardless of which way to go, be sure to visit your dollar stores and craft stores for inspiration and products. Fake spiders and spiderwebs, fog, motion-activated spooky toys and many other decorations are available at most of these stores. Check online for inspiration and some easy to do crafts that can help “haunt” your party venue.
Hosting your own Halloween party can be a lot of fun and can easily become a yearly tradition that your friends and family will look forward to. Make sure you keep a budget and your number of guests within what is reasonable for you so it doesn’t get out of hand. Enlist your teenagers to help you out with it and let them take responsibility in pulling it together. For sure you will all have a lot of fun planning it.
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