When you’re going to have a bunch of kids from their neighborhood or your child’s class over for a Halloween party, there’s usually a lot of planning involved. The good news, though, is that with a holiday this fun, there’s no shortage of ideas you can rely on to make your gathering simply spooktacular.
Whether you want to go all out or keep things a little more basic, you’ll be able to find something that makes sense. The following suggestions could get you moving in the right direction:
1) Have fun with the invitations
While it’s perfectly acceptable to just send out an email invite, you can really boost the excitement around your party if you and the kids work together to create hand-made invitations to be handed out or mailed, according to Better Homes and Gardens. A little construction paper and crayons or markers, plus a plastic spider in the envelope can help set the tone early.
2) Make sure you have the right music
When your guests start to arrive for the party, the mood has to be right – and what better way to set it than with the right soundtrack, Better Homes and Gardens noted. While you probably don’t want to be playing those “horror sound effects” like howling wolves and evil laughter all night, mixing in “The Monster Mash” or the Ghostbusters theme with some more popular music of the day can be a good idea.
3) Set up some games
Kids are almost certainly going to show up to a Halloween party with a lot of energy, only to be supplemented by the sugar in the candy or other treats on hand, according to the Yellow Pages. With that in mind, giving them an activity to concentrate on – and potentially burn off that energy – like musical chairs (with the aforementioned Halloween songs), “pin the teeth on the vampire,” hide and go seek or something else along those lines could help everyone have a better time.
4) Hold a costume contest
If kids are going to go to the trouble of getting dressed up, you might as well reward them for it, the Yellow Pages added. Giving out prizes near the end of the night for costumes in a number of categories (party favorite, most creative, most fun, etc.) is always a fun way to cap off the festivities.
5) Keep it classic
Kids today might seem very different from how they were when you were growing up, but the same old-fashioned Halloween party fun can still go over well, according to The Spruce. Classics activities like bobbing for apples, eating donuts on a string and more will still be fun for kids no matter what year it is.
6) Give them something to go home with
Especially if you’re holding the party itself on Halloween night, you should try to make sure the kids who show up have a take-home treat or prize, The Spruce advised. You certainly don’t have to break the bank in this regard, but some extra candy or a goodie bag will make sure kids end the night just as excited as they started it.