Having a Halloween Party? Well, it doesn’t have to break your bank. I offer some tips for throwing a budget-friendly Halloween party for kids.
The first step to any party is planning. If you feel that the party would be to big of an expensive for one person, get another family involved and help split the costs. You could turn it into a neighborhood block party or a family reunion type of party.
The next step is invitations. This can be more expensive than you realize; if careful consideration is not given. Most people have e-mail these days so you could try to e-mail all the guests using festive backgrounds and animations. A search around the web can net some big results that cost nothing except time. If you would prefer to send out paper invitations then you could buy some construction paper and cut out your own festive shapes. For example, bats from the black paper, a pumpkin from the orange paper, or a Frankenstein from the green paper.
The decorations can also be another big expensive if you let it. Using some recycled materials can be a great use of money and help the environment as well. Search local thrift stores for Halloween decorations and don’t forget to use your imagination with everyday household items. Rummage through the closet and pull out that long forgotten pair of overalls, flannel shirt, and cowboy hat. Then rummage around for some gardening or work gloves. Rake up the leaves in the backyard and you are well on your way to stuffing a scarecrow that will greet your guests. Cardboard can easily be shaped into Halloween creatures and then hung from the ceiling. Make a paper chain from orange and black construction paper. Let your children help you create decorations as they love to be involved.
Food can be another burden but not if you have a potluck dinner. This will also encourage parents to stay at the party to help supervise. Ask that each family bring their most disgusting dish and watch the blue ribbon recipes start arriving.
Wondering what to play? Well, bob for apples, play monster mash, pin the wing on the bat, have a costume contest, or any other creepy thing you can think of.
When the party is over hand out little treat bags of candy as the ghosts and goblins of the evening head for home.