Halloween is has come and gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t get planning…or use this for inspiration or help planning children’s parties.
I love a good spooky soirée, however this year I decided to do a Not-So-Scary get together for my son and his little friends! With each attended under 3 years old, I had to customize each traditional Halloween activity to be toddler-friendly and enjoyable for the parents as well.
From decorating your house to keeping the kids entertained with fun party games, I’ve got Halloween party planning covered!
Most everything in this post comes from the range of party decor from Postbox Party so if there’s anything you’d like for your own Halloween party, pick it up at postboxparty.com
Let’s get started!
Planning a Halloween party for kids
Send out invitations
I personally used Canva.com to create my Halloween invites and send them via text to all the attendees. I love all the different options for creation and it’s completely free to use (Your I’ll have to purchase some special features if you wish).
Parents normally will need plenty of notice when they’re planning their kids’ schedules (and Halloween is a popular night for parties) so I’d recommend sending out your invites at the beginning of October.
Stock up on party essentials
Next, stock up on party essentials for your kids’ Halloween party. We’d recommend choosing party supplies that are bright, colourful and fun. After all, you don’t want young kids to get scared by anything too spooky…but I think fun elements or interactive elements outside the home is fine but I wouldn’t put anything scary in the party room.
I put together a couple of different stations for activities including a photo booth with an instant camera for families to use to have a little gift to take away after capturing fun pictures of their crew in their costumes. I’ve added a lowered coffee table with waterproof table cloths to use a kiddy table and candy apple station. Finally, I decorated our dining table with Halloween tableware to create a centre for all the treats to be featured.
Plan your party food
The next thing to plan in advance is party food.
Party food is best prepared in advance or the morning of the party to keep the food fresh.
We decided on
PB&J Spider Sandwiches
Vegan Mummy sausage rolls
Orange Jack O Lanterns and Boo-nanas
Spider Web Taco Dip
Pumpkin Pie Chex Mix
Monster Claw Popcorn Bags
Hot Apple Cider
Fruit Punch Witches Brew
Kiddy Candy Apple Station
Fabulous Cupcakes from Kat_a_Cakes
PostBox Party also made each child a customised name Halloween bag to take away from the party and use for trick or treating! I filled each bag with candy, a few small toys and tied it off with a lack of lantern balloon!
Next, get into costume!
On the day of your children’s Halloween party, costumes are a must!
The possibilities are endless!
I ended up making our costumes out of materials that can be used or worn after Halloween.
We went as the characters from Wizard of Oz this year. I crocheted my son’s Lion Hat and bought him a mustard plaid shirt and matching trousers. I found a blue gingham dress on Depot, Ruby (actual slippers) from Amazon and slapped on a brown wig. My husband was the easiest to dress in a grey sweater and jogging trousers, painted with grey face paint and a funnel with aluminium foil wrapped around it.
Plan some good party games
A kids’ Halloween party is all about fun so make sure you have some fun games up your sleeve to keep your guests entertained and out of mischief. Here are our favourite Halloween party game ideas for kids:
This game is super fun when you put a bunch of wiggly toddlers in a room. Simply hand each parent a roll of toilet paper. Next, tell them that they must wrap their child like a mummy and the first to finish yells “Happy Halloween”. It’s up to you if you’d like to hand out prizes!
And when you’re done…if your brave let them play with the paper and throw it about!
Apple bobbing..or Fishin’
This Halloween party game is fun for any age! All you need is a large bucket filled with water and apples. Then let each child take it in turns to lift an apple out of the bucket using only their mouth. Alternatively, you can use a little fishing net and let the younger ones fish for their apples. Take it to the next level and set up a candy apple bar and let the little ones decorate their own apples with candy!
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