If you are planning a Halloween party for your child and would like to stray away from the traditional in home party, try having a block party that you child and the rest of the neighborhood children can enjoy. A block party can be a fun experience for both children and their parents. Planning does not have to be difficult and the expense can be shared with other parents who live near you. Your Halloween block party can be an exciting and memorable event. The following are some planning tips and other ideas you can use for your party.
Hold a Neighborhood Meeting
- Hold a meeting at your home. You can either send out invitations or give each of your neighbors a call. Have refreshments and snack on hand.
- Explain to the neighbors that you want to have a Halloween block party for the children that live on your street. Ask if any of them would like to help.
- Decide which houses and yards will be used during the party.
- Agree on a time and date for the party. Make sure the neighbors that aren’t participating agree on the time of the party, so the end time is fair for everyone and won’t interfere with any of the neighbors daily activities.
- Set up a time and date to meet and plan the rest of the party.
Hold a Party Planning Meeting
- Use this time to plan the Halloween block party. Make sure you have plenty of refreshments and snacks because this meeting can take a while.
- Decide how each house will be set up for the party. How will they be decorated? Will each house have a different scary theme? Where will food tables and activities be set up? Talk about what decorations you already have and what you will need to purchase. Make a master list of the decorations or other supplies you will need.
- Discuss which activities will be available for the children to participate in. Make a list of things you will need to pick up for these activities. Make sure you add prizes to your list. Decide who will be running each activity table.
- Talk about the food for the party. Is it going to be a catered event, a barbecue, or is everyone going to bring different foods and goodies to the party. Pick a caterer if the event will be catered. If you will be having a barbecue, make a master list of foods you will need to pick up, and decide who will be doing the cooking. If you decide to bring different dishes to the party, make a master list of foods everyone is going to bring.
- Pick the people who will be doing the shopping for the party. Have everyone split the expense.
- Decide what time you will start setting up for the party, who will be setting up and who will be doing cleanup after. Most of the houses will probably be decorated before the date of the party. Setup will probably be tables, activities, food, drinks and whatever extra things you decide you need.
The Day of the Party
- Meet at the designated time for set up. If the children aren’t at school allow them to help set up. It will make the job go faster.
- Set up all of the tables and activities.
- Set up any decorations that needed to be put up at the last minute.
- Make sure you have prize buckets beside each of the activities the children will be playing that will be rewarded.
- Make sure each person who is supervising an activity is at the designated table for the event. Some may have to help their children dress up and might not be there until the party starts.
- Save the food for last. Set the food out right before the party is going to begin.
- Enjoy the Halloween festivities. Join in a few of the events yourself. Remember Halloween is for adults too.
Possible Halloween Activities and Games
- Pin the nose on the pumpkin, the wart on the witch, or the tail on the cat
- Bobbing for apples
- Costume contests
- Pumpkin carving or painting
- Halloween crafts
- Scary stories
- Haunted house
- Haunted yard
- Face painting
- Costume parade
- Guess how much candy corn is in the jar
- Halloween caroling
Great Halloween Prizes
- Rubber skeletons or other themed toys
- Mini coloring books and crayons
- Bouncy balls
- Hacky sacks
- Pencils and pens
Even though a Halloween block party can take a lot of effort and planning, it is a fun event that the whole neighborhood can enjoy. The expense can be split between all of those that decide to participate. Some of the items needed you or other participants may already have, which cuts the cost of the party. If you were planning a traditional, in home party, try having a block party instead. It will be a wonderful experience for your family and your neighbors.