How to Throw a Halloween Party for Kids of All Ages

Halloween party for kids

When it comes to holidays, Halloween is definitely one of the most beloved by kids (except Christmas or Hanukkah, of course!). Who doesn’t love putting on a costume and going door-to-door for candy? Other than trick o’treating, one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween with kids is to throw a party! We love a good party and Halloween is no exception.

Halloween parties are not just for little kids- you can throw them for your pre-teens and teenagers too! Just adjust the activities to reflect the age group. We’ve put together a guide with some of our favorite ideas for a Halloween party for kids.

Halloween Party for Little Kids

We’ve put together some ideas for toddlers and elementary school age kids. Activities should be easy but fun and decorations should lean more toward cute than terrifying.  


Invitations

Kids love crafts! Cut invitations out of construction paper in the shape of pumpkins, bats, ghosts and candy corn. Write out the details of the party and let your kid pass out the fun invitations to friends at school. Make sure everyone knows to come in costume! We love these crafty invitation ideas from Better Homes & Gardens.

Halloween party for kids

Halloween party for kids

Decorations

For younger kids, decorations should be fun without being too scary. Skip the spooky sound effects and go for a more cartoonish take. Spiders with googly eyes, smiling jack-o-lanterns (real or cut-outs), ghosts made out of cotton balls and a monster mobile you can easily make out of toilet paper rolls. Parents.com has plenty of cute and easy decoration ideas!

Food & Treats

Party treats for the little ones can be festively spooky without going overboard- after all there’s a good chance decorated cookies and marshmallows will be devoured too quickly to be appreciated. Craft-O-Maniac has a sweet and simple recipe for Frankenstein marshmallow pops that are easy to assemble and sure to please. Make pumpkins out of peeled clementines using celery as the stalk. Draw ghost faces on the outside wrapper of string cheese and assemble in a bowl for an easy snack!

 Halloween party for kids

Halloween party for kids

Games & Activities

This pumpkin decorating idea from Toddler Approved is simple- no carving required! Simply glue googly eyes and other facial elements to a mini pumpkin. The kids can take them home as party favors!

What else do kids love doing on Halloween? Showing off their costumes! When parents come to pick up their kids, have everyone march in a parade through the house or yard so they can show off their looks. You can even offer prizes!


Halloween Party for Pre-Teens

So the kids are young enough to still want to dress up and trick-or-treat but a little too old for easy crafts and marshmallow pops. Not worry! We’ve gathered some ideas for a Halloween party for your middle-school-aged kids.


Decorations

Start spooky décor at the front door! This decorated door from Woman’s Day is perfect for setting the tone when guests arrive. All you need for this menacing entry are cobwebs, cardboard, paint and fake chains. A spooky door also makes a great backdrop for photos!

Halloween party for kids

Halloween party for kids

Food & Treats

Pre-teens can appreciate a little more creativity in your party treats, so why not go all out? Princess Pinky Girl has a clever take on Rice Krispie treats by turning them into graves with little gummy monsters popping out. This no-bake treat is all about assembly and is sure to impress!

Games & Activities

Pre-teens like to play games too! Play the classic doughnut eating game by hanging a doughnut from a string and competing to see who can eat it fastest with their hands behind their backs. Play the ‘Monster Mash’ freeze game by playing the song for everyone to dance to, pausing it periodically and having the dancers strike their best monster poses. A classic party activity? Piñata! Grab a Halloween one from your local party store.

Halloween party for kids


Halloween Party for Teenagers

Teenagers love a good party! You can be just as creative for a Halloween party for teenagers as for little kids and pre-teens. You can up your scare game with spookier decorations and games!


Halloween party for kids

Decorations

Take your decorations to spook-tacular level! Older kids can handle all the special effects you can throw at them. Turn on the spooky noises soundtrack and go crazy with the haunted house decorations. Transform your home into a creepy, ghost-infested place. Cover the furniture with sheets and hang cobwebs from the ceiling. Martha Stewart has tons of crafty ideas for turning your home into the scariest haunted house on the block.

Food & Treats

The best Halloween parties dish up treats that look suspiciously like body parts…Fool your guests with the best fake brains (Jell-O), eyeballs (grapes) and intestines (pasta). Serve cupcakes with ominous messages iced on them (‘Help me!’ ‘Get out’). Put poison labels like ‘Arsenic’ and ‘Cyanide’ on bottles of soda and juice. Country Living’s recipe for eyeball punch is creative and tasty- an extra eyeball for you?

Halloween party for kids

Halloween party for kids

Games & Activities

Play a classic Halloween game- bobbing for apples. Divide the party into boys versus girls and see which team can collect more apples. Teenagers are the perfect group to play a murder mystery game with. You can purchase pre-arranged games with character lists, lines and plots or make up your own and let the guests go to town on creating a spooky story!


Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun?

You don’t want to miss Homemakers’ annual Trick o’ Treat event! We’ll be setting up a trick-or-treat route through the store and it’s sure to be a blast! Join us on Thursday, 10/25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wear your best costume!

Halloween party for kids

For more Halloween party ideas, fall decor inspiration and seasonal trends, head to the Fall @ Hm page. You’ll find our top blog posts to help you celebrate the season!

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