Halloween is about having fun. But if the kids are too young to go trick-or-treating or if parents are just not comfortable about letting their kids roam the streets at night and knock on strangers’ doors, perhaps it’s best to have Halloween fun at home.
Here are some Halloween party ideas that parents may find useful.
Give Time to Plan Halloween Party
Parents should give themselves at least four weeks to plan the party so that there is enough time to order specially baked Halloween-themed cakes and cookies, party decorations and props as well as send out invitations. Think of what activities and games that will scare the wits out of the kids.
Read Spooky Halloween Stories
There are so many books written specially for children. Head for the local library and borrow several Halloween books for kids. Get the kids in the mood before the party starts with some spooky but fun tales. Good titles include The Night before Halloween by Natasha Wing [Grosset & Dunlap, 1999], Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White and Megan Lloyd [Holiday House, 1997], In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting and Susan Meddaugh [Sandpiper, 1994] and Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler [Puffin, 2003].
Watch Scary Movies
If there is enough time for the party, playing a scary movie is a good idea too. Again, there are lots of choices. Halloween movies for kids that parents can rent for the night include Elmo Says Boo (2002), Barney’s Halloween Party (2009), Witches in Stitches (2004), Spooky the Square Pumpkin (2005), Monsters, Inc (2002) and Monster House (2006).
Play Frightfully Fun Games
What’s a party without games? Organize a Halloween treasure hunt and get the kids to find spooky items such as a witch, a bat, a black cat, a skull, a tombstone, a Jack-O-Lantern, a cauldron, a coffin and a spider web. Play some eerie music while the hunt is on. That should get the kids screaming and laughing as they start their search.
A game of Old Granny Witch in which a grown-up dressed as a wicked witch trying to capture little children is frightfully fun as well. Just make sure there are no sharp objects around the play area to avoid accidents.
A Halloween parade is great idea too. In fact, it will be a terrible shame not to let the kids strut their stuff when they are already in their Halloween finery! Check out who the cheekiest ghoul or the funniest witch is!
Eat Edible Crawlies and Witch Food
The little ghouls will get hungry at some point. Serve them body parts (sandwiches cut in the shape of severed arms and legs), worms in poison (pasta or noodles with sauce), bat wings (corn chips with dip), spider web and bug salad (fruit salad with shredded carrots), eyeballs (grapes or any small rounded fruit) and cookies in the shape of bugs, ants and caterpillars.
Having a Halloween party at home for young children can be just as fun as trick-or-treating. With a little planning, parents can host a party filled with eerie but fun activities. Read some spooky tales, watch a monster movie, play some Halloween games and eat gory food. Young kids will definitely have a blast when they play host to other little ghouls.