School Halloween and Fall-Themed Parties

How to throw a classroom party or recognize Halloween in other ways at school

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Are you In charge of throwing the Halloween party at school this year? Whether you're looking for ways to enjoy this holiday or opting for a fall-themed celebration instead, these resources offer a variety of ways to celebrate the season at the school with students and their families. 

  • 01 of 08

    Organize a Halloween Carnival

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    Halloween carnivals have grown in popularity in recent years and are sometimes a solution for schools who don't want to take time away from academics for a classroom party. It's not too hard to throw one of these events. There are lots of ideas for organizing a carnival including games kids can play and advice on getting a good turnout.

  • 02 of 08

    Celebrate the Season with a Fall Festival at School

    If your school's policy is to honor autumn instead of Halloween, there are lots of educational activities, snacks, songs and other ways to learn about the season during a fun, fall festival. These can take place outdoors or indoors. Fall is a fun time to learn about the weather, harvesting, and other autumn related changes.

  • 03 of 08

    Pumpkin Decorating Party Ideas

    Weather permitting, the schoolyard is a great place to host a pumpkin decorating party for students. The cafeteria is a great indoor alternative since the available space and tables make for lots of room (and easy clean up). That's not to say this event can't be celebrated in the classroom. With enough parent helpers on hand, this party really can be modified to suit any space your school provides. Best of all, these decorating ideas require no carving, which is more practical and easy to clean when you are in a school setting. 

  • 04 of 08

    Harvest Party Games

    Think of this as a field day held in autumn. Gather students to play some of these fun, outdoor party games as part of a fun, fall-themed school celebration. If outdoor space is not available or the weather isn't cooperating, you can modify some of these games to be played indoors. If you plan to have the harvest party outside, plan a rain date or indoor option as well.

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  • 05 of 08

    School Scarecrow Contest

    This can be a really fun school-wide event. Challenge each class to make a scarecrow to place outside of their classroom door. Hold a season-long contest where students, faculty, administration, and visitors get to vote for their favorite one. Reward the winning class with a pizza party or something fun like a "wear pajamas to school" day. 

    You can even use a theme for your scarecrow contest. Some ideas are a literary theme where the scarecrows are made to look like storybook characters from favorite books or where every class has to make their own scarecrow-version of the school's principal. 

  • 06 of 08

    Classroom Door Decorating for Halloween

    Get inspired by home decor Halloween front doors and have students help come up with a fun idea for decorating your classroom's door. Like the scarecrow contest, you can even make this a school-wide decorating event with prizes. Another option could encourage kids to decorate their desks or certain tables in the classroom.

  • 07 of 08

    Haunted Hallways

    Many schools host a "haunted hallways" event where parents, faculty, and students come together after school to decorate the hallways in Halloween fashion. Divide your volunteers up into teams, assign each a hallways, and have them come up with a theme with which to deck their halls. Once all of the halls have been completed, invite guests to walk through and enjoy the scenery. 

    You can have kids trick-or-treat as they pass through the hallways, or even host a snack party, school dance, or kid-friendly Halloween movie night once the hallways tours are complete. 

    Want to host a similar event without the Halloween theme? Just make it an autumn theme where decorations stick to things like pumpkins, autumn leaves, and scarecrows. 

  • 08 of 08

    Hayride Party for Kids

    Host a hayride that travels around the schoolyard or parking lot for Halloween. You can turn this into a school fundraiser by charging a small fee per passenger. Incorporate some of the ideas for a hayride party to make your fall event a seasonal success.