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Halloween will be here before we know it. If you have littles at home, you’ve probably been asked about throwing a kid friendly Halloween party at one point or another.
I find Halloween celebrations can be a little tricky for the preschool and early elementary school bunch. It’s hard to keep them a little less scary and more focused on the happy elements of the holiday.
Here are 10 tips for hosting a kid friendly Halloween party. Hopefully, they will help you find the perfect spooky balance that’s right for your kids.
Set the Tone
To announce your kid friendly Halloween party, send guests a cute Halloween invitation. Something with pumpkins, cute witches, black cats, happy ghosts or other friendly Halloween images. This is sure to set a less spooky tone for your celebration.
Since the kids will be getting an overload of treats for Halloween, add some healthy snacks onto the food table. Our favorite Halloween treat is our Halloween Ghost Kabobs. The strawberries are healthy – promise.
You could also made a candy corn vegetable tray or this delicious sweet and salty fall snack mix. When planning the menu, try to include at least one healthier snack. Other parents will be thankful and you’ll avoid potential kid breakdowns from too much sugar.
Stick with Familiar Halloween Images
To keep the party more kid friendly, select party decorations with familiar Halloween images. For toddlers and young kids, choose designs with pumpkins, witches, black cats and friendly ghosts.
If you are hosting a celebration for kids over 5, you can add spiders, cobwebs, monsters and maybe even mummies.
Play Classic Games
Choose games that your kids already know how to play and put a Halloween twist on them. This will make the games more fun during the celebration.
Some ideas include Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, Halloween Freeze Dance and Mummy Limbo. You could also make this Halloween Ghost Bingo Game for a really fun variety of the classic version.
If you have some older, artistic kids in the house, you could also set up a face painting station. Purchase some a Face Paint Kit for Kids (affiliate) and make a simple menu of Halloween themed designs to choose from. And if you don’t have a great eye for design, many face painting kits also include stencils to make the painting process easier. This is sure to be a entertainment win!
Create a Photo Booth
Capture the memories of the season by setting up a photo booth. Although you could add Halloween themed photo booth props (affiliate), you could also ask your guests to dress up in their costumes for the party.
Simply set up a photo booth area and snap away. If you use an Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera (affiliate), you can send each guest a photo as a thank you for coming. This is a great way to skip the favors.
Instead of buying decorations at the store, work together as a family to make some special décor for the party. Check out our Halloween Fun for Kids Ideas board for lots of inspiration to get you started.
Kid drawn art makes wonderful decorations that is budget friendly and not too scary. They could even cut out ghosts and pumpkins to hang up for some Halloween fun. Even some flying bats can be fun. Check out this easy bat decoration to add to your dessert table or even your front door.
Keep It Disposable
Although we love to help the environment and try to use real dinnerware and utensils at a party when we can, when celebrating with kids paper plates, plastic/wooden utensils and disposable cups are easier and more kid friendly.
Instead of buying the expensive Halloween themed servingware, choose items that are solid colors. (Party planning trick… go to your local dollar store for all your party paper goods. They always have solid colors and each pack is only $1.)
For your kid friendly Halloween party, you can mix and match orange, black, purple and lime green to make a fun assortment of items.
And if your little one is insisting on Halloween themed items, agree to the napkins. They are the one item that is easy to store and use next year (or can be added to some Halloween themed dinners after the party).
Favors One Can Use
Since the kids will already be overloaded with sweets on Halloween night, choose a favor that they can use.
Send the kids home with personalized treat buckets (affiliate) or bags that they can use for trick or treating, mini glow sticks (affiliate) or Goldfish cracker pumpkin.
Or make your own Halloween party favor and put together these Halloween beading kits. A fun craft kids can create after trick or treating is over.
Craft It Up
If games aren’t your kids thing, set up a Halloween crafts table for them to enjoy. Paint pumpkins, make paper plate bats or decorate a witches hat.
Or you could just set up a Halloween crafting table. Put out Halloween paper cut outs, decorating items and glue – then let see what your guests create.
Set the tone of your Halloween party with some Halloween themed kids music. Check your local library for some spooky selections or this Halloween Sing-Along (affiliate) that our family adores.
We hope these ideas help with planning your kid friendly Halloween party this year. And remember, it doesn’t really matter how detailed you make your party. It’s the fact that you’re coming together and celebrating. Your kids will remember any Halloween get together that you throw.