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Fright Night: How To Plan A Halloween Party For Kids

Make Halloween 2020 one to remember with our spooktacular Halloween party planning guide for kids. From choosing a theme and decorating your home to selecting Halloween costumes and organising party games, our terrifying tips and tricks guarantee your little ones enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween.

1. Choose A Party Theme

Picking a theme for your Halloween party (besides scary, of course) is a brilliant way to personalise the occasion. Whether you host a murder mystery party or encourage kids to dress up as their favourite undead film, TV and book characters, there are plenty of imaginative ideas to choose from.

Depending on whether you’re planning a Halloween party for young children or older kids, you can always tailor your theme to make sure it’s age-appropriate.

2. Create A Spooky Atmosphere

Once you’ve decided on your theme, you can start accessorising your home with Halloween decorations. While fake spiders, skeletons and jack-O’-lanterns are all essential Halloween party decorations, you can also get creative with animated decorations, spooky music and special decorative lighting.

Little details go a long way when you’re planning a Halloween party for kids, so make sure you embellish your front door with haunted accessories as well.

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3. Host A Halloween
Costume Competition

For little ones, the most exciting part of planning a Halloween party is choosing a kids’ Halloween costume. From scary clown costumes and cute pumpkin costumes to traditional witch and wizard outfits, there’s no shortage of fancy dress inspiration.

Give each kid the opportunity to show off their Halloween outfits by organising a costume competition, making sure to create different categories so every monster takes home a prize!

However, Halloween costumes aren’t just for kids! Grown-ups can also join in the fun by wearing adults’ Halloween costumes or opting for subtle and stylish Halloween clothing.

4. Help Kids Carve Pumpkins

Although pumpkin carving can get a little messy, the finished results are more than worth it. Just remember that adults should always supervise this activity.

To carve the perfect pumpkin, begin by helping kids carefully cut off the top. Next, use a large spoon to scoop out all the seeds and pumpkin flesh. For an added tip, keep the leftover pumpkin safely stored in the fridge before using a blender to transform it into soup or pumpkin hummus.

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After hollowing out the pumpkin, kids can draw a scary or silly face with a marker pen. The more creative the design, the better! Adults should then safely cut out the pumpkin face before popping a tea light inside.

To inspire their imagination, put out paint, stickers and other arts and crafts for kids to decorate the outside of their pumpkin. There you have it – a striking pumpkin to embellish your Halloween party and welcome trick-or-treaters.

5. Prepare Party Food

No Halloween party is complete without spooky snacks for kids to tuck into. Preparing your party food in advance where possible will ensure you are free to supervise and socialise during the party.

As well as making carrot sticks, dips and other savoury options, you can also get little ones to help you with Halloween baking. From haunted iced biscuits and cupcakes to toffee apples, kids love getting involved in the kitchen.

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6. Organise Party Games

Keep little horrors entertained for longer with our spooktastic selection of party games. Guaranteed to get them giggling, create a pin the spider game or organise a ghost- themed potato sack race in white pillowcases to burn their energy in hilarious style.

When it’s time to sit down with snacks, keep little explorers calm and under control with Halloween bingo.

For trick-or-treating with a difference, move the activity indoors by encouraging little ones to go room-to-room discovering Halloween sweets.

7. Keep The Fun Going

If you have older kids, keep the fun going by turning your Halloween party into a spooky sleepover. From telling scary stories to watching Halloween films, they can still look the part by getting cosy in Halloween pyjamas and onesies.

Create a post-party relaxing space by decorating the room with twinkling fairy lights, super-soft throws and comfy cushions.

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For more Halloween inspiration, don’t miss our Halloween accessories, baby Halloween costumes and baby Halloween clothing.