What better way to celebrate Halloween than to throw a Halloween party for your child and his or her friends? Tweens will especially enjoy the chance to spend time with their friends while showing off their costumes. Add a scary movie, a game or two, and a few healthy snacks, and you'll have a party to remember. The ideas below will the party planning heading in the right direction.
Activity Ideas for a Kids Halloween Party
Set the Theme
Pick a theme for your party, such as a haunted house theme, a vampire theme, or another Halloween-related theme. The theme will help you pull the party together, help with decoration ideas and will make planning the details super easy. Be creative when picking your theme, you could even choose a theme centered around Halloween food, Halloween music, or silly Halloween costumes.
Get the kids up and moving with some fun Halloween music. A dance off will give the kids the opportunity get a little exercise while having fun and working up an appetite for a few healthy snacks.
Watch a Halloween Movie
Tweens love a good movie, and a Halloween movie can make your kids Halloween party a hit. There are numerous Halloween movies that are appropriate for the tween age group. If you're worried that a scary movie might be too much for a few of your guests, run a few movie choices past their parents before choosing your final selection.
Of course, movies just aren't the same without popcorn and treats, so make sure you have plenty of bowls of popcorn, candy corn and other treats available. Or, consider a healthier option by providing snacks such as veggie pizza, fruit salad, and air-popped popcorn with just a little seasoning.
Tis the season for pumpkin decorating. Guests can either bring their own pumpkin to decorate (you supply the carving tools, templates, markers, etc.) or you can provide the pumpkins for all. If you're not comfortable with the idea of tweens using pumpkin carving tools, provide plenty of craft materials such as felt, yarn, glitter, fun foam, markers and paint for your guests to use to decorate their pumpkins.
When the children have finished their masterpieces, take a picture of each guest with their Jack-O-Lanterns. Give the children their pictures as a keepsake of the Kids Halloween Party.
Play A Game
Tweens aren't so old that they don't appreciate a good game. Try these Halloween games at your Kids Halloween Party.
The Halloween Memory Game: This is a variation of a popular birthday party game. Fill a tray with objects you would associate with Halloween, such as a flashlight; a small pumpkin; a candy bar; a plastic spider ring; a picture of a black cat; a small, plastic skeleton, etc. Try to find 15- 20 Halloween items.
Cover the tray with a cloth so the children can't see the objects. Give each child a scrap of paper and a pencil, and place the tray before them. Remove the cloth. Allow the children to look at the items on the tray for about 30 seconds, then cover the tray. The children have 20 seconds to write down as many items as they can remember. The one who remembers the most wins.
The Ghost and The Witch: One child is a witch and must leave the room. The other children sit on the floor in a circle. Give one of the children a paper ghost, and have them hide the ghost somewhere in their costume, such as in a pocket, under a hat, etc. The witch must try to figure out where the ghost is. The closer the witch gets to the ghost, the louder the children moan like ghosts. Have the children take turns being the witch and the ghost.
Make a Halloween Snack
Tweens need their food, and while it's always fun to munch, it's just as much fun to make something yourself. Create a Halloween Trail Mix snacking station, with bowls of pretzels, popcorn, candy and other ingredients. Give the tweens a plastic stadium cup to fill with the ingredients of their choice.
Or, bake a few dozen cupcakes and let the children turn them into Halloween Jack-O-Lantern cupcakes. Use orange and green frosting for the pumpkin and its top, and black licorice and black jelly beans for the face. Once the cupcakes are decorated, let the children feast.
Conduct a Costume Contest
Costumes are what makes Halloween so much fun, and it wouldn't be a Kids Halloween party without a costume contest. Make sure guests arrive wearing their best Halloween costumes and then conduct a judging contest. Offer prizes for the most colorful costume, the funniest costume, the silliest, etc. You can even offer prizes to the winners.