Halloween Party Ideas for Kids – Ideas for Toddlers to Teens
Plan your Halloween party based on the age of the guests. For kids ages seven and under you will want a happy Halloween theme, with friendly faces on the jack-o-lanterns and ghosts. Choose decorations like ghosts and witches that are smiling so the kids won’t be frightened. Nothing scary for this age group, and be ready with lots of games and activities to keep the party moving. Kids this age need supervision and planned activities. Look through our list of Halloween games below and choose some that will work for your party.
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Ages 8 and Up – Halloween Party Ideas
Kids start wanting gross costumes and spooky activities somewhere around age eight. This seems to be when they start to enjoy the scary side of Halloween. Children ages 8 to 12 will enjoy a Halloween themed scavenger hunt, creepy party food and decorations like fake spider webs and coffins. This age group is likely to enjoy scary looking party supplies and decorations.
- Happy Halloween invitationsn – Cut a circle from orange card stock and let your child draw a jack-o-lantern face on the front. Turn it over and print the invitation details on the back.
- Scary Halloween invitation – Cut a bat or a coffin shape from black card stock, and use a silver marker to draw the details like bat’s eyes or the lid of the coffin. Print the invitation details on the back side using the silver marker.
- Or choose one of these Personalized Halloween Invitations for your party.
Halloween Party Decorations
- Use lots of black and orange balloons. Cover the food table with a black tablecloth and use several pumpkins as a centerpiece. For older kids, decorate the table with fake skulls, snakes and plastic spiders.
- For the younger set choose a mix of songs like Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Ghostbusters, Thriller, Werewolves of London, The Time Warp, and Witch Doctor.
- Play eerie music for older kids and songs like Welcome to my Nightmare (and other Alice Cooper songs), Somebody’s Watching Me, I Want Candy, Don’t Fear the Reaper, many of the songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Superstition, Bad Moon Rising and Night of the Living Dead.
- Hang fake spider webs from door frames and add a few plastic black spiders.
- Create spooky mist using dry ice and water. Always wear gloves when handling dry ice and don’t let it touch your skin. Place the dry ice in a black bucket and add just enough water to cover. Use cold water to help the dry ice last longer. Place the bucket on a table or in a corner to add atmosphere. Make sure the children do not reach in to touch the dry ice.
- Set out a few extra witches hats. Placing them over a tall candlestick will help them stand up.
- Wrap the wire feet of stuffed black crows (from a craft store) onto the arms of a chandelier. The black crows also work well on furniture and windowsills.
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- Pumpkin Hula Hoop Toss – Place three pumpkins on the ground in different places and have kids throw a hula hoop over them. Award points for each pumpkin, like one point for the closest, two points for the middle pumpkin, and three points for the one farthest away.
- Pumpkin Decorating – Supply small pumpkins and paint, ribbon, googly eyes, etc and let each child decorate a pumpkin to take home. Notice this activity does not use knives to carve the pumpkins, which makes it safer and certainly easier for adults and children.
- Mummy Wrapping Contest – Divide the children into teams of three and give each team a roll of toilet paper. Two of the children will work together to wrap the third team member as a mummy. Play some fun Halloween music and give them about ten or fifteen minutes. When everyone is finished, let the mummies parade around the room so everyone can see them. You can even let the kids vote for the best mummy.
- A Halloween piñata is always a hit with the kids!
- Halloween Coloring Pages – Check out this list of free Halloween coloring pages. Just print out enough copies for your guests, and provide crayons and markers.
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Add a fun Halloween Craft to your party! Look here for our list of easy Halloween craft ideas.
Halloween Party Food
- Monster Toes – Mini pigs-in-a-blanket
- Monster Eyes – Grapes and melon balls
- Slime Balls – Caramel apples
- Monster Munch – Chex party mix snack
- Baby carrots and dip. Add a few drops of green food coloring to ranch dressing to make green dip.
- Spider Cracker Snacks
- Cookies made with ghost, bat and pumpkin cookie cutters.
- Spider Cookies made with sandwich cookies and licorice string.
- Spider Cupcakes – Frost in orange or green icing, then place one gumdrop in the center and add eight legs cut from black licorice string.
- Floating Monster Hand –Fill a plastic glove with a colored drink and freeze overnight. Carefully cut off the glove just before the party and let the hand float in a punchbowl of juice or orange soda.
- Make a spooky cake with this Black Cat Cake recipe.
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Halloween Party Favors
Fill Halloween favor bags with glow necklaces, sticky flings, skull pencils, temporary tattoos and plastic spider rings. Oh yeah, a few pieces of candy, too. Even though kids get more than enough candy this time of year, most kids want to find some candy in their goody bag!
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