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Friday, 10 May 2019

Tips for Planning a Child Halloween Party


Now that fall is here, Halloween is right around the corner! So it’s time to get those Halloween decorations out and start planning the best Halloween party your child has ever seen. But how do you plan a spooky, yet fun, budget-conscious fiesta without losing your mind? Here are some tips and tricks to throwing a child-friendly Halloween party that will be remembered for years to come.

1. Budget properly

While this may be one of the least fun aspects of party planning, it is certainly the most important. Setting the right budget will be pivotal in determining exactly what you can do at the party, where you can host it, and who you can invite. A budget also prevents you from going overboard on food, decor, or costumes. It is usually best to set your budget as soon as you decide to have the party so that you can set aside money each week to cover the costs for decorations, food, costumes, activities, and of course, candy! By taking a bit of your paycheck out and putting it into savings week by week, it will ease the stress of spending money on your festivities.


2. Go crazy with the invites

Your invites will give out the first impression of your party, so you’ll want to make them pop. Once you choose your theme, make sure it is shown all over the invite. Feel free to get creative. Use pictures, alliteration, poems, or even song lyrics to describe the festivities, and neon orange or muted purple and black for the theme. As a rule of thumb, send out the invites at least four to six weeks before the party, and always ask guests to RSVP.

3. Splurge on one item

A Halloween party is a great way to have fun and get silly with your kids and their friends. While DIY fun is a great idea, if you splurge on just one item, it will leave a lasting impression with the children and their parents. This can be whatever you’d like it to be; from fun, spooky food to a cool activity such as an inflatable haunted house.

4. Get resourceful

Even if you have a large budget, it is always a good idea to be as resourceful with what you already have when it comes to finding supplies for the party. Take a look within your existing holiday decorations — do you have some Christmas lights white you can use to decorate the doorways, or some tinsel and glitter to create fun table centerpieces? It’s easy to be resourceful when you think outside the box. After all, you don’t have to go into debt to throw the best Halloween party on the block.


5. Plan on numerous activities

You’ll want to have plenty of activities during your Halloween party, simply because children have very short attention spans. Luckily, there is plenty of fun Halloween-themed activities to do for kids of all ages. Some examples are:

  1. Bobbing for apples in large buckets of water
  2. Bobbing for donuts, which entails hanging donuts on a string from a clothesline and having the kids see if they can eat the whole donut with their arms tied behind their backs
  3. Painting mini pumpkins and/or gourds
  4. A spooky themed scavenger hunt in your backyard or wherever you are hosting your party.
  5. An ice cream sundae station, with Halloween-themed toppings.
  6. A pumpkin hunt, which is like an Easter egg hunt, but with mini pumpkins hidden all around the party area.
  7. A costume contest, complete with enough prizes for everyone who attends

With these ideas in mind, your Halloween party will be one for the ages! Just be sure to set a budget and send your invitations well in advance. By doing so, you’ll throw a spook-filled celebration that is sure to be enjoyed by everyone.

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