Halloween is undeniably one of the most fun celebrations in the year. It’s a time for dressing up in crazy costumes, getting creative with decorations and throwing a spooky-kooky Halloween party that all your family can enjoy. Although this all sounds like a lot of fun, it doesn’t happen by magic, and you might need a helping hand with some entertaining yet creepy activities to make your event go off without a hitch. I hope you find these Halloween party tips helpful.
Halloween Party Tips
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Plan Some Halloween Activities
The secret to a good children’s party is planning. Apple bobbing is a great hands-on activity, but it can be messy inside your house. Create a lucky dip game by filling an opaque container with treats and tricks of all shapes and sizes – just be sure to have some extra treats at hand in case there are any tears!
Pumpkin carving is also a fantastic way of getting kids feeling creative, but it’s not something they can do at a young age. To make them feel more involved, ask everyone to draw a picture of how they would carve their pumpkin. You can then bring their ideas to life in a safe way without any (real life) severed fingers!
Have A Halloween Costume Competition
Halloween outfits are lots of fun to think up and even more fun to wear, so a Halloween costume competition is an ideal way to make sure that everybody makes an effort for your party. A great Halloween party tip is to split your costume competition into categories like “Scariest Outfit” and “Most Imaginative Outfit” – this way, you can think up a special award for every child at the party and make everybody feel like a worthy winner.
Tasty Halloween Treats
Use your imaginative side with some gory recipes that kids will adore. Chow down on some tasty biscuits shaped like witches fingers, and wash them down with devilishly delicious non-alcoholic “blood punch” made from fruit juice. Transform your dinner on Halloween to match the spooky feel – spaghetti Bolognese could easily become “brains and pasta”, as long as you aren’t too squeamish!
Not only will these snacks go down a storm on the night, you’ll have fun cooking and baking with your children before the party even begins. Don’t forget to have some trick or treat surprises in the cupboards as well for any creatures who dare to knock on your front door!
Pull Your Own Halloween Tricks
One fatal way to ruin a Halloween party is to focus too much on treats and neglect your tricks. Do something simple like hiding plastic spiders around the house in places that they will definitely get discovered. Wind-up chattering teeth are guaranteed to get a few screams, and try to make it atmospheric with eerie lighting and shadows.
Alternatively, if you’re really into pranks you can ask a friend to hide elsewhere in your house and make mysterious creaking or banging noises. Your guests will hear these suspicious sounds and think there’s a spectre genuinely haunting your party – and your “ghost” can jump out when least expected. This is sure to provide an authentic Halloween experience and get everyone in the mood for celebrating all things spooky! You can even create your own mini haunted house.
Halloween is definitely one of the best days of the year to celebrate with children as there are so many things you can do to get their imaginations going. Even simple games like spooky word searches or pin the eyeball on the monster are terrific for keeping them engaged.
You may also want to check this Halloween Pinterest Board for more fun Halloween Party ideas!
What hair-raising Halloween party tips do you have for planning a Halloween party? Let us know in the comments below.