6 Kids Halloween Party Ideas
Goblins, ghouls and ghosts, oh, my! Halloween is the one holiday where kids get to dress up, and it's fun to watch them get excited about wearing the perfect costume -- whether they're donning a princess tiara or a superhero cape. You can make the most of this annual event by hosting a Halloween party. Getting the kids in costumes and feeding them treats is easy; the trick is giving them something to do when they aren't eating that doesn't involve books for kids. Here are 6 Halloween games and crafts to try out.
This is a mini mummy relay race so weather permitting, it's a perfect backyard Halloween game with a starting line and a finish line. First, pair off your partygoers. Each team of two will get two rolls of crepe paper. At the word "go," one person has to wrap his or her partner in crepe paper from head to toe (arms and legs should be wrapped individually so they can move around) to make them look like mummies. When the partners are mummified, they have to run to the finish line. The first one to cross wins!
Pin the Nose on the Jack-o'-Lantern
Pin the Nose on the Jack-o'-Lantern is the Halloween version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Hang a paper or cardboard cutout of a nose-less jack-o-lantern on the wall and mark an "X" where the nose should be. Have black triangles cut out for each player and apply double-sided tape on the back of each triangle — these are the noses. One at a time, blindfold each child equipped with a "nose," spin him or her around, and gently guide each one toward the jack-o'-lantern. Have them try to blindly put the nose on the pumpkin in the right spot. The one who sticks a triangle closest to the "X" wins.
Halloween Bingo is exactly like regular bingo except instead of numbers in each square on the bingo card, there are Halloween themed words or shapes. Each player has chips to cover the squares that match what the caller announces from randomly selected cards. The first person to cover all the squares in a row calls out, "Bingo," "Halloween," or "Boo!" You can make the cards yourself or you can get free Halloween printable cards.
DIY Ghost Buntings
DIY Ghost Buntings are adorable, easy to make and the perfect party craft for kids. All you need is white facial tissue, baker's twine, cotton balls, and black markers. The kids can do all the work and they'll leave you with darling, yet spooky decor to last you until October 31.
Paper Bag Fall
Paper Bag Fall is an easy and cute craft for celebrating autumn. All you need are brown paper lunch bags, scissors, glue, and tissue paper in fall colors. With a little cutting, twisting and gluing, your guests will leave with a cute little fall gift for their parents to put on the mantel until Thanksgiving rolls around.
Slime is the ultimate creepy craft for a Halloween party. It's easy to make and doesn't require many ingredients. What you need:
- 1 teaspoon Borax (from the laundry detergent aisle at the grocery store)
- 4oz (one regular bottle) white school glue
- Food coloring
- 1½ cups water
In a bowl, mix 1 cup water with the Borax. Set aside. In another bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup water with the glue and four or five drops of food coloring. Mix well. Add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and knead until a blob forms. There will be some excess water — pour it off and knead a little more until you have slime! The slime can be stored in a plastic bag. It's a fun take-home gift for your guests.