Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party!
Here are some tips and ideas on how to throw a fun and spooky Halloween Party!
HALLOWEEN PARTY FOOD:
Spooky Shapes: cut your sandwiches, biscuits or fruit (like melon) with bone, cauldron, skull or witch shaped biscuit cutters.
Eerie Food: have a fruit salad of dark coloured fruit like blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes etc. Serve veg in similar colours like purple sprouting broccoli, purple carrots and yellow or green tomatoes.
Blood Smoothies: ghoulish strawberry smoothies.
Spooky Cupcakes: use K&C’s free printable cupcake toppers.
Slime Jelly: put spooky halloween sweets in mini pots of green jelly!
Orange fruit and veg: Serve mango, oranges, carrot or pumpkin to tie in with the colour theme
Nibbles: crisps and dip, biscuits and popcorn will fill them up. Try sprinkling on popping candy for a fun surprise!
Gingerbread Skeletons: Draw skeletons on gingerbread men with white writing icing.
Eyeballs: add black olives to mozzarella balls to make edible eyeballs.
Frozen Banana Ghosts: try this recipe from BBCgoodfood.
Googly Eyes: stick googly eyes on to bowls, glasses and serving dishes etc
Hubble Bubble: serve food in cauldrons
HALLOWEEN PARTY ACTIVITIES
Aim to have a mix of active and calmer games. Here are some ideas… you can do most of them using items you already have around the house.
Active Party Games:
Bobbing for Apples: Place apples in a large container of water and children can take turns to bob for apples with hands behind their backs!
Ghost Race: children line up in two teams and have a white balloon with ghost eyes drawn in a sharpie pen for each line. The children race to pass the ghost balloon down their line, keeping it in the air! (Make it harder for older kids by only allowing them to use their elbows!) If the ghost balloon goes on the floor it has to go back to the start. The team who finishes first wins.
Pumpkin Pop: Fill orange balloons with sweets and let the children sit or stamp on the balloons to pop them and retrieve their prize!
Ghost Piñata: Try this one we found on Oh happy day
Mummy Relay: The children race to wrap each other up in toilet paper and run a relay!
Spider Race: Lay out some small plastic spiders on a tray and get children to blow them across the finish line using straws!
Mountain of Flour: Fill a pudding bowl with flour and turn the bowl upside down on a plate so you have a mountain of flour. Place a jelly baby on top. Children take turns to spoon away flour without disturbing the jelly baby. The one who knocks it off has to eat the jelly baby without using their hands and gets a face full of flour!
The Doughnut Eating Game: string up some doughnuts and see who can be first to eat their doughnut with hands held behind backs!
Quieter Party Games:
Water Bead Slime: these are fun, little beads that expand in water to squishy balls that children love.
Pass the Ghost: Like hot potato but pass a ghost balloon around the circle and the one holding the ghost when the music stops is out! You cold draw eyes on a white balloon with a sharpie to create your ghost.
Pin the Spider on the Web: Draw a spider web on a large piece of paper and get blindfolded children to stick a small plastic spider with blue tack on it in the centre of the web
Pass the Pumpkin: sit in a circle and pass a mini pumpkin around under the chin or with the feet! There is a forfeit for the one that drops the pumpkin! Or an alternative way to play is have two teams and race to see who can get their pumpkin around the circle first!
Guess the Sweeties in the Jar: to win the jar of spooky sweeties!
Spider Slime: Try this spidery slime from Tiptoe Fairy!
Pass the Parcel: an old favourite! Kit & Caboodle have handmade themed and coloured pass the parcels to save you the hassle of wrapping your own.
HALLOWEEN PARTY DECORATIONS AND SET UP
Balloons in halloween colours like orange and black, filled with helium or scattered on the floor will create wow factor. Giant and tiny balloons are also a lot of fun. You can scatter confetti on the party table or why not use little plastic spiders or other spooky toys. Mini and larger pumpkins scattered around the party room would also look great! Why not have glow in the dark balloons, toys or glow sticks? Try drawing pumpkin faces on orange balloons and or ghosts on white balloons. All you need is a sharpie pen – even the kids could do it!
Make your life easy on Party day by doing as much set up as possible the day before. Sort any food that can be done in advance. Inflate your balloons the night before (unless you are using helium).
Have a ghoulishly fun party!