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Monday, October 8, 2012

Throwing A Halloween Kids Party To Remember (guest post)

The best Halloween kids parties are ones that find a good balance between making some light scares, and bringing together the best elements of other parties, from food to activities and decoration. Throwing a halloween kids party can be something of a challenge, though,especially if the thought of hosting one in your own home makes you wonder how much mess you’ll be cleaning up the day after. However, a Halloween kids party held at home can be an excellent option if you want to create a safe, but still exciting atmosphere for your children and their friends, and especially if you want to avoid hours of trick or treating outside. When putting together a Halloween party, it’s important to think about some of the following areas.

 Perhaps the most important starting point for a party is setting up a basic Halloween theme. This can be anything from a general spooky theme, involving hanging bats, pumpkins, and other decorations, through to a more specific vampires or Gothic theme. Alternatively, you can mix in traditional Halloween items with a costume theme like superheroes or sports. Being clear about what to expect in an invitation will also make it easier for other parents to put together their children’s costumes. Encouraging parents to get involved with their own costumes can also make a theme work much better if everyone gets involved.

One way of making your Halloween party more memorable is to set up a haunted house theme that leads partygoers through different rooms of the house. Set up different rooms with sound effects, streamers, and hanging skeletons for when people arrive, and focus on having most of the party in one large room if possible. Decorating through the house, but organising people in one large space like the living room means that you can keep track of where people are for games and food.

In terms of keeping kids entertained, there are many Halloween games that can be tried out. Traditional favourites include bobbing for apples, and variations on other kids party games. These might include freeze dancing, a variation on moving statues, or a scavenger hunt involving Halloween candies and toys. Part of an afternoon or early evening party might also be given over to an hour of supervised tricked or treating, before coming back to enjoy an age appropriate horror film with parents. Don’t go on too late, though, with the party if hosting younger children, as they can get tired out.

For food, focus on making Halloween versions of finger foods, and pick up Halloween sweets and candies. Having a few chips and dips, pizza slices, and other foods will also help you to avoid relying too much on sweets during the party (and will more than likely reduce the risk of kids getting ill). Coloured juice, and party gift bags with Halloween themed sweets are also worth investing in. 

Any Halloween party should also be planned to be as safe as possible, bearing in mind the age of children. Avoid any sharp objects or hanging decorations that can be easily pulled down. Work out trip hazards around decorations, and suggest that children remove any trailing capes and parts of costumes that might cause problems. Having plenty of helpers around for the party will also mean that children can stay supervised throughout the party.

Supervisors can also help to take children out for trick or treating along your street.

About The Author: DNA Kids are a UK based children’s entertainment company specialising in disco and party games for 4 to 11 year olds! With a range of themed parties available including the Spook-Tacular Monster Halloween Party!


Elizabeth FrugalMomEh said...

These are really great ideas for Halloween! One of my favourite activities to play at a Halloween party though is the one setup with bowls of things like spaghetti and grapes and being led around with a blindfold on and being told what they are. (Eyes, worms... etc..)

Ashley said...

Great ideas!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely ideas thank you for sharing

Journeys of The Zoo said...

This post is chalk full of great and original ideas that will work for all ages. I'll have to try some out, hope I don't scare myself!

Besos, Sarah
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

Sober Julie said...

What a good bunch of ideas here, I'm bookmarking it and using it

ashley picco said...

definitely some cool ideas here! thanks for posting