Halloween is probably one my most favorite holidays out of the year. It is the only time of year that we can pretend to be whoever or whatever we want no matter how old we are. The candy and delicious treats are just icing on the cake with this fun holiday. Planning an adult party has usually been pretty easy (have enough alcoholic beverages and you are pretty good to go!) but planning a Halloween party with a bunch of kids in mind takes a bit of skill.
If you are planning your first kid’s Halloween party, don’t stress! With a little preparation and tips, you can make your spooky bash into the most amazing and awesome event that everyone (even those snotty parents) will remember!
Decide On The Guest List
Your child may want to invite their whole classroom to the party but sometimes it is best to stick with a smaller guest list. Too many kids running around your house can be overwhelming and in turn stress you out more because it becomes too difficult to control. Keep the party invite count manageable so you can focus a little extra time on everyone else!
Set The Tone With Awesome Invitations
When you send your invitations out in the mail you want your potential guest to get excited for your upcoming party. Lame invitations can sometimes mean an equally lame party. To make sure your kid’s party is one that his or her friends start talking about even before the party has begun, send out fun and exciting invitations.
Keep The Party Short And Sweet
With young kids its best to keep parties around three hours. This is just enough time for them to enjoy themselves without getting bored and potentially having a meltdown. If the children you are throwing the party for are really young, you should take into consideration nap schedules. Though everyone’s kids nap schedules are a bit different, most naps fall after lunch so either late morning or early evening is usually best.
Stand Out With A Theme
Really want your Halloween party to stand out against all the rest? Choose a spectacular theme! You can do a simple theme such as witches where all of the appetizers (example: witches brew for drinks) and decorations have a witch theme to it. You can also go one step over and do an awesome Halloween monsters bash. You can send out monster invitations and have hidden monsters peaking throughout your home décor.
It’s Not All About The Candy!
Though you want to make sure that you serve a good amount of those delicious treats – what is a Halloween party without any candy? – but when having a party with too much candy means too many kids on a sugar high and that is quite hard to handle. Another thing to consider is some parents are a bit strict with their child’s sugar intake. This being said, it is always best to make sure you have a few healthy treats options. You can use small oranges as little pumpkins to eat or turn bananas into fun little ghosts. Get creative! The best type of food to serve at a kids Halloween party is finger foods. You can never go wrong with small sandwiches and fruit.
A Simple Craft Or Two
Having craft to make helps break the ice sometimes with kids. Make sure you take into consideration what is age appropriate. If you have many kinds under the age of 4, try thinking of crafts that are a bit on the less messy side and less headache for you. Anything with stickers tends to be great so you don’t have messy glitter or glue to clean up. Another fun craft is pumpkin painting. Kids love painting their own pumpkin and it takes the mess out of pumpkin carving. You can use muffin tins to separate paint and keep spills to a minimum. This craft is one that I love to do outside. Having a craft to do is a great because kids have something they can take home like a souvenir of your party.
Fun Halloween Games
Halloween party is not complete until you have an awesome game to play. There are all sorts of wonderful and fun Halloween games to play that are easy to do and recreate. Like the classic party game pin the donkey? Try pin the bowtie on Mr. Skeleton. Halloween bingo is always a big hit as well. Remember to include some fun Halloween themed prizes for the winners.
Appoint A Photographer
Appointing a photographer is a great way for you to keep enjoying the party and making sure your mini guests are having a good time while still capturing every fun moment and all those kids in their adorable costumes. You can have your significant other take on this role or you can appoint another parent. Make sure it is a parent you know who will capture everyone. Sometimes you can get a parent who “accidentally” takes a multitude of photos that only includes their kids.
Want To Go A Step Above?
If you really want to wow your guests, one great thing to do after your party is done is send thank you cards that say how thankful you and your child are that they could make it to your Halloween party. Include a favorite picture of their child on that day or if you are able to wrangle a bunch of kids in a group photo, send that one! You can even put more of a “wow!” factor by sending it in a fun Halloween frame!
Follow all these steps and tips and your Halloween party will surely be one they will talk about for years to come. You will definitely be setting the bar high for anyone else who wants to do the Halloween party next year. That being said, beware of hosting an amazing, spectacular and awesome Halloween party – they may just ask you to host it every year!