Halloween Party Fun
By Jolanda Garcia
Have you noticed that Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore? It can
be a great night for the whole family and particularly if you want an alternative
to trick-or-treating. Throwing a Halloween Party is a sure fire way to get
both adults and kids excited about Halloween.
Halloween party invitations are
very important. They are the best way to get your guests excited about the
party. Send out some great hand made Halloween party invitations, it will get
the kids involved, and you can be sure your party will stick in people’s
minds. Two weeks in advance is the best time to send them. Let them know there
will be prizes for the best costume or scariest pumpkin (more about this later
- Create a cute ghost card using your kid’s footprint. Use some black
construction paper and fold it in half. Have your child dip his/her foot
into white paint and stamp the card with the footprint. Let your cards try.
With a black marker a face to your ghost. Write a message with a gold pen
inside your card.
- Use some of our printable Halloween invitations and write your message
with a shaky hand, then wrap it in a little cob webbing and enclose little
black plastic spiders for extra creepiness.
Create the spooky ambiance Halloween is famous for. Hairy spiders in webs
in ceilings and corners is the classic but here are some other decorating tips:
- Cover tables with black table cloths and decorate with pumpkin cutouts
and pumpkin garlands (you can get a pattern to make it yourself) Cover sofas
and chairs with white sheets.
- Light essential passageways to the toilets or the bar with inexpensive
rope lights but try to keep general lighting to a minimum, substituting black
or red light bulbs.
- Have a pumpkin contest (announcing it in your invitation). * Ask your guests
to bring their carved pumpkins to the party and you will have some of the
best decorations delivered to your door.
- Make a pumpkin patch. Put some boxes on a table to get different heights
for display, draping dark fabric over them. Add some real vines of leaves
or green ribbons for contrast and of course use tea lights to illuminate.
This could also be a good place for your snacks.
- Roll up orange napkins with black cutlery inside placing it inside a bat
- Place rows of tombstones with the names of your guests leading up to your
door. Use decorated cardboard or cereal boxes.
- You can also hang Halloween lights around your front door and use a fog
machine to welcome your guests (available at party rental stores)
Games and Activities can really make all the difference and they encourage
people to mix. Don’t forget to have lots of prizes on hand.
- Create a Halloween photo backdrop for everyone to get a picture taken.
- Have an area where kids can create their own frame for their photo.
- Have a dance contest to the Monster Mash song.
- Have a Halloween Lotto giving out prizes of miniature candy bars or party
- Rent Halloween videos for later in the evening.
When it comes to food and refreshments, it’s hard to know where to start.
Serving chips and dips in black plastic cauldrons or floating a rubber hand
in the punch bowl are just the beginning. Visit HalloweenPartyBox.com for more
great Halloween resources. Halloween isn't just ghosts, witches and monsters
or about candy or costumes. Halloween is a perfect time for spending time with
family and friends. Having a Halloween party offers plenty of easy and interesting
decorating projects and activities for kids as well as for adults. •
© 2006 Jolanda Garcia
About the Author
Jolanda Garcia is a former teacher and educational content designer and runs
several websites. Her goal is to give parents and teachers great resources
to increase their children’s development and creativity through crafts
and activities. Visit her websites at: KidsSoup.com and HalloweenPartyBox.com.