Halloween parties are a fun time to let kids dress up and have fun. Throwing a party can be relatively cheap if things are planned in advance; create a scary atmosphere by decorating your home with cheap gothic finds, homemade accessories and vintage furniture. Read on for ideas to make this a cheap and cheerful Halloween.
Kids Halloween Party Ideas
One of the best ways to throw a unique party is to have a theme. Here a some ideas that are suitable for a kids Halloween party:
- Harry Potter – The decor and games can be based on magic and wizardry.
- Monsters – Make it easy for parents by having a fairly versatile theme that can be as spooky as they choose.
- Goblins or Ghosts – A traditional but fun take on Halloween that will appeal to young kids.
- Creepy Crawlies – Decorations can consist of spiders, snakes and other slimy creatures.
- Haunted House – Kids are usually inquisitive so a haunted house can be a good theme and means they can dress up as anything spooky.
Halloween Party Invitations
It is a good idea to have invitations that match the theme of the party. For example if you are having a Harry Potter Halloween party then the invitation could be made from tea-stained paper and then rolled into a scroll and tied with ribbon. You can even melt some red wax to seal an envelope shut and add an “H” to the soft wax.
Halloween party invitations can be as simple or outlandish as you choose, the only limit is your imagination! If you have the time to make your own invitations – here are some creative, homemade Halloween party invitation ideas:
- Witch Hat Invitation – Create a unique pop-up invitation with a hat. Write something along the lines of: “Grotesque eatables, wicked wizardry, and magical delights beckon! Come dressed in your supernatural hats, capes and costumes to 45 Ghost Street on 31st October 2018 at 5pm”
- Ghost Invitation – A simple invitation can be fashioned out of a white piece of paper cut into a ghost shape. Write the party details on the back and decorate with a little glitter.
- Tombstone Invitation – Cut a tombstone shape out of card and write R.I.P in large letters with the party details underneath.
In order to keep the costs of the party to a minimum try to get a commitment from your guests in advance so there is no food wastage.
Halloween Party Food
There is no need to buy expensive ready made Halloween food and often the way a certain food is presented makes more of a difference. Try making tombstone name place cards and give a festive twist to everyday food by using the below methods:
- Serving food in black cauldron pots.
- Add a floating ice hand to the bowl of fruit punch. Simply fill a plastic glove with water or cranberry juice and freeze it. Remove the glove and you have an edible hand.
- Use medium to large sized Halloween themed cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into ghosts, bats, and pumpkins.
- Create edible spiders by using breadsticks and crackers.
- Use props such as plastic spiders and bats around the food.
Halloween Party Games for Kids
A kids Halloween party is incomplete without games and activities. Create a fun ambiance by having many areas of games for the kids to explore. Use these simple ideas for inspiration:
- Halloween Bingo – An easy game of can be set up and cheap prizes could be miniature candy bars or homemade “award” badges. An ideal inexpensive prize would be a miniature Halloween trophy that could be made in advance.
- Scary Musical Statues – Have a selection of Halloween inspired music ready to put a twist in the traditional favorite musical statues game.
- Ghoulish Crafts – Use some Halloween themed printable activities and crayons to keep young kids entertained.
- Feed the Monster – Make a monster from a cardboard box and paint it in advance. Get kids to try to toss bean bags into a monster’s mouth.
- Witch Hunt – Get kids out on a scavenger hunt to find as many witch hats as they can (can be played inside or out in the garden).
- Spooky Photo Spot – Create a spooky backdrop for the kids to get their photo taken. A digital camera means that no printing or developing is needed. Alternatively borrow or use a Polaroid camera to get pictures instantly.
- Scary Movies – If planning a Halloween sleepover then it is a good idea to rent some Goosebumps videos or kid-friendly monster movies for later in the evening.
An inexpensive party can be thrown with homemade party invitations and food. A cheap Halloween party need not mean that kids can’t have fun, in fact it may mean you exercise more creativity resulting in a unique event that will be remembered by all.
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