Throwing a Great Boo Bash for Children
Scare up some fun for kids around town this Halloween with a spooktacular party full of hauntingly good times!
The Right Invite
Set the tone for a fun Halloween party by sending creative invitations. With three twigs and a few bags of spider webbing, you can make spider web invites. Use invisible craft glue and make a triangle with the three sticks. Print a square invite with the party info written in creepy letters and wrap the edges of the invite, securing to the twigs. Stretch a piece of webbing across the twigs so that the invitation shows through the webbing. One cool thing to do would be to hang the invite by a piece of fishing line in front of the front doors of the party guests. Don’t forget to dangle a spider from the web! Or, try gravestone invitations. Cut grave-shaped pieces from styrofoam, spray paint them gray, and add invite info below “R.I.P.”
Party Games & Activities
The last thing you want is a bunch of costumed, sugared-up kids running around your house aimlessly. Be sure to organize a party schedule- as the kids arrive, they could sit and decorate small pumpkins with markers. One fun activity is a hay treasure hunt- pick a spot in the yard and untie a hay bale, spreading it around. Tuck small treasures- some candy, Halloween party favors, Halloween stickers and other goodies under the hay. Give each child a brown paper bag (these can be decorated with their names and some stickers as well) and tell them to find 10 treasures each. The bag could also then be used for a fun Halloween pinata. Pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin is another easy, fun game- simply create a large pumpkin on a piece of poster board and make some black eyes, noses and mouths. Tie a bandana on the kids and let them make a funny pumpkin face!
Party food should be fun and easy. You could always do bobbing for apples (if you’re brave!)- but kids also love making caramel apples. Yes, it’s messy, but it’s lots of fun, especially if you set up bowls of candy corn, sprinkles, or other small candies for kids to decorate their caramel apples! It’s easy to make a graveyard cake- simply make a cake in a flat pan, add icing, then use Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies (the perfect grave shape) and Peeps ghosts, cats and pumpkins to decorate. You can also make ‘Worms in Dirt’ with clear plastic cups, pudding topped with Oreo crumbles, and gummy worms draped over the cup and stuck in the ‘dirt.’ Or make a fun Halloween snack mix out of Halloween-shaped cereal (remember Count Chocula and Frankenberry?!), raisins, marshmallows, small pretzels, chocolate chips and other goodies. Kids and adults will snack on this all night!
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures at your kids’ Halloween party. If you have a Polaroid or digital camera printer, kids could make magnetic frames to take home as a party favor. One more neat idea for the party would be to have trick or treating in different rooms of the house, with grown-ups giving out different treats at each place.
Scare up some fun this Halloween!