10 Ideas for Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties

Add More Fun Than Fright to Your Children's Halloween Parties

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Severed limbs and the living dead may be fine for adult Halloween parties but young kids (and their parents) usually prefer age-appropriate fun over a horrifying fright night.

Whether you are planning a Halloween party before children go door-to-door in the neighborhood or as an alternative to trick or treating altogether, host a budget-friendly Halloween party for a howling good time. This guide for kid-friendly Halloween party ideas offers options that are not scary and are exciting for young guests.

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    Invitations for Halloween Parties

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    Show parents you are hosting a fun, family-friendly Halloween party. Great non-scary Halloween parties start with the invitations that send the right impression. Choose friendly Halloween images that show your party isn't going to be a night of blood and gore.

    Your kids can help create beautiful rubber-stamped invitations or use ready-to-go themed invitations that you can find online or through electronic invite sites like Evite, Punchbowl, or Paperless Post. Get creative and design your own party invitations on your computer with Halloween clip art and festive fonts.

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    Decorations

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    Decorating for Halloween parties is half the fun of throwing them. Use a jack-o-lantern with dry ice fog as your centerpiece to wow kids of all ages. Instead of using creepy plastic spiders, make some cute crochet spiders that you can place in webs around your house. Bring some of your Halloween yard decorations inside to complete your party scene. Remember when planning out your decorations, think about your youngest guests who may find some seemingly innocent Halloween decor too frightening.

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    Fun Foods for Halloween Parties

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    Devilish dishes are a must but do not overdo it. Older kids may enjoy the gross-out factor with bloody eyeballs and brains on the half skull, but younger children will need the menu toned down. Consider offering witch hats candy and freaky fudge. Oh, the horror of trying to narrow down your Halloween food choices.

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    Party Drinks

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    Soda from a plastic bottle? Not at your party. Turn orange soda, gelatin, and ice cream into Igor-Ade. Brew a batch of Alienade out of lemonade and a couple of drops of food coloring. Offer a slippery sip of slime juice made with lime sherbert or give kids the chills with a Halloween milkshake drizzled with weblike chocolate syrup. While a Halloween monster punch recipe sounds scary, kids will likely cackle with delight when they see these funny concoctions.

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    Costumes

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    What's the fun of a Halloween party without costumes? Even non-crafty moms can shop around the house to make easy Halloween costumes on a budget.

    If you're handy with a needle and thread, look through some homemade costume patterns you can sew yourself. Prefer to buy a costume? Hit the stores or look online for the must-have costumes of the year.

    As a non-scary Halloween party reminder, include a note in your party invitation that requests non-scary costumes. You don't want to go to the trouble of planning the perfect kid-friendly Halloween party only to have a dozen kids show up as bloodied zombies with bulging eyeballs.

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    Music

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    The party atmosphere won't be complete without a touch of spooky music. While older kids may enjoy the spine-tingling screams from scary movie music, lighten up the playlist for everyone with Halloween songs for younger children. Even the tiniest ghost or goblin at your party won't be afraid of songs like "Five Little Pumpkins" or "No Costume, No Candy." Many songs and sound effects for your Halloween party can be downloaded for free.

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    Games

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    Keep everybody on their feet with Halloween games that get your guests moving. Set up some homemade carnival games. Burn off some energy in a mummy race or play a party-long game of Halloween jinx to earn the most candy. Games for younger children include "Who's the Ghost?" and "Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin."

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    Halloween Crafts

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    Bring an eerie silence to your party with Halloween crafts kids can keep as mementos. A ghost and pumpkin tree can be scaled down to a tabletop decoration kids can display each year. Tiny scarecrows can be made with popsicle sticks and glue. Try ghoul garland, cat crafts, or have everyone make mini haunted houses out of recycled materials.

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    Treat Bags

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    Give children a treat bag for coming to the party. Make a felt treat bag they can use every Halloween or print a party favor bag from a template. It does not have to be expensive, you can decorate a paper bag with stamps or stickers, paper, and ribbon.

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    Halloween Treats

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    Once you have made your treat bags, fill them with Halloween treats for the road. Homemade gummy worms, Halloween rice crispy treats, cobweb cookies, and Halloween candy sushi will hold up well when carried to and from the car in the treat bag.