Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

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Halloween Party Ideas for Kids from spooky costumes, ghoulish grub, ghostly games and of course lots of fun, fun fun!

Most kids love to be scared (a little) and they get a kick out of gory, messy fun so I'm going to give you my favorite ideas for a spooky, bone rattling kids Halloween party!

Don't fear if you aren't creative or imaginative as I have some great Halloween theme ideas to share with you including Halloween costumes, spooky decorations,  yucky food and bone crunching games.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids - Costumes

Halloween DIY Costumes

Halloween is the time when a costume of sorts is almost obligatory. Little ones are not so into scary costumes which is fine but older kids are sure to enjoy dressing up as skeletons, mummies, ghosts and so on.

Don't feel you have to go out and spend a fortune on costumes. In fact my kids and I made costumes when they were younger and it is amazing what you can do with bits of cloth and craft bits and bobs such as these no-sew Costumes or these real quick Costumes.

Top Tip: When my kids were younger, I learned that spooky masks on adults was just too scary for them so judge carefully what is appropriate for your party.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids - Decorations

A huge part of Halloween is the decorations - glowing pumpkins, garish ghosts and spooky spiders.

Below are some easy kids Halloween party decorations that won't cost much to make (if at all) and which are quick to do.

Floating Spirits
Fill white balloons with helium. Then take a small white sheet which needs to be large enough to cover the balloon and to hang down a bit. Hang it over the balloon and then stick some black circles for eyes to the cloth. Float the balloon up to the ceiling and let it waft about. It's best to do this indoors as otherwise your balloons will float off into the night sky!

Dracula's Hand
Stuff a skin colored latex glove with cotton wool so as to make the hand look solid. Paint on torn finger nails and dribble red nail varnish on it to resemble blood. Sit it on a plate surrounded by tasty treats and see who dares to be the first to take one.

Specimen Body Parts
Fill empty glass jars with colored liquid. You can use food coloring for this. Place a plastic body part in each jar such as an eyeball, ear or severed finger. Set the jars up on a long table to look like a specimen lab.

Old Lady Spirit
Using black paper, cut out a large silhouette of an old lady. You can just do it from the waist up and have her side view. Stick the silhouette to your window where passers by will see her. Have the room lights off but have just one small lamp shining behind the silhouette.

Buried man
Using thin plywood, cut out the shapes of 2 hands and a head. Draw a face on the man or if you prefer just make it a skeleton or ghost face. Paint the hands and head in glow in the dark paint. When dry half bury the head and hands in the ground so it looks like the man is half buried.

Using strong cardboard (an old box would be good), cut out a tomb stone shape. Paint it in dark grey paint and then write and inscription on it such as "I'll be back" or "I'm waiting for you". Attach it to a thin stake and place the stake in your lawn.

Make a scarecrow to put on your front lawn. Dress him/her all in black with a big black hat and black cloak.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids - Party Food

Make the Halloween food sound as ghoulish and ghastly as possible but obviously you want the kids to eat the food so make sure that it tastes good in spite of its name!

By each plate of food make a little card (in the shape of a tombstone and decorated with spooky stickers) with the name of the food.

Decorate the Halloween table with a black cloth and place lots of plastic/paper creepy crawlies amongst the food. As a centerpiece, place a large Jack-o-Lantern in the middle with a night light candle inside. Put plastic insects in each cup and give everyone green or black cups, plates and straws.

Here are some food suggestions with Halloween names:

  • Bloody Intestines with Gallstones - Spaghetti and meatballs.
  • Crusty Scabs - Toasted cheese on slices of baguette bread or cheese straws covered with cheese. Pop them under the grill until the cheese goes brown and crunchy.
  • Phantom Brains - Raw cauliflower florets with mayonnaise dip.
  • Cats Tongues - Long thin slices of cheese.
  • Tomb Stones - Yogurt covered muesli bars iced with R.I.P.
  • Poison Punch - Green colored fruit punch floating with colored gummy worms.
  • Bogie Slime - Green Jelly.
  • Dracula's Hand - Fill a disposable rubber hand with small candy/popcorn and tie the wrist with a black ribbon.
  • Maggot Mound - Make 2 rounds of a chocolate cake. Place a bunch of gummy worms on one cake. Place the other cake on top so that there are some gummy worms peeking out from round the edges. Then cover the top of the cake with swirls of butter cream to resemble maggots.
  • Sand Ghosts - Cut sandwiches into ghost shapes using a cookie cutter. Place some raisins for eyes.
  • Strained Eyeballs - Cut some hard boiled eggs in half. Remove the yolk and mash it up with some cream cheese or mayonnaise and the place the yolk back into the egg white halves. Thinly slice some pimento stuffed olives and lay a slice of olive on each egg.
  • Severed Fingers and Toes - Decorate one end of  'Ladies Finger' biscuits or 'Langue de Chat' biscuits with pink icing to resemble nails. Then dip the other end of the biscuit in some red icing  to resemble blood.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids - Party Games

For some of my favorite Halloween party games such as 'Bouncing Eyeballs', 'Mummy Wrap', 'Hunt Dem Bones' and more, Click Here.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids - Party Favors

For Halloween favors, these are my absolute favorites for this year :)

More Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

Halloween falls on the 31st October and if you want to know a bit more about its origins and meaning then Click Here.

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