Tips to create a fun Halloween party
Why not invite some mum and tot friends all round for some Halloween fun. Party experts at Party Pieces offer some tips for toddler Halloween party fun
Decorate your house for the occasion. Brightly coloured Halloween themed decorations will captivate toddlers. We love these hanging glow pumpkins. If you want to choose a theme for your party then stick to friendly ghosts and smiling pumpkins, anything more sinister may be too scary for preschoolers. The Mickey and Minnie party range is a good choice, featuring familiar faces with a spooky twist.
Have plenty of activities up your sleeve
We all know toddlers won't stay interested in one thing for a long time, so it's good to have lots of ideas up your sleeve when it comes to activities. Some hands on Halloween craft is a great idea. However do make sure that mums know their little ones might be getting mucky! Set up the craft table before everyone arrives. Fun activities include using white paint to make hand prints on black paper then adding some googly eyes to make a ghost. Black paint, polystyrene balls and black pipe cleaners are great for making spiders. A tablecover is essential to protect the table underneath, so why not choose one in keeping with Halloween like a spider web table cloth. You could also paint or collage paper plates orange and then (with the help of a grown up) use scissors to cut a pumpkin face into them, and finally add a stalk using green card. A less messy activity is colouring in a Monster Halloween box, which can then be filled with treats for home time!
Some game ideas
Little ones love to play games so make sure you've got a couple planned. Pumpkin Pop is great fun for tots. Fill your Haunted Halloween Party room full of pumpkin and colourful latex balloons until you can't see the floor! Before blowing the balloons up, fill with spooky confetti and a small filler. Then let your spooktacular guests pop each balloon by jumping on them to create an explosion of confetti and a fun Halloween filler to play with! You could also play a variation of the classic Duck Duck Goose renamed as Witch Witch Ghost. If things get a bit manic then 'Sleeping Monsters' is a good alternative to 'Sleeping Lions' to calm everyone (including the grown ups!) down.
Option to dress up
Give the children that are coming to the party the option to dress up if they would like to. Pumpkins, cats and bats are nice ideas for little ones, or dressing in orange or another Halloween colour will do just fine. If you've got an artistic hand then you could have a face paint kit handy and the little ones could all have a Halloween transformation at the party.
Fun party food
Once they're covered in paint, the balloons have been popped and the monsters have slept, it's time for some party food. Don't over complicate Halloween party food for toddlers, but do have some fun with it. Cut sandwiches into fun shapes – witches or ghosts, adding details with chopped vegetables. You could also bake some cheese straws shaped like bones. For desert, make mini carved pumpkins from hollowed out oranges and fill with fruit salad. Encasing bug shaped sweets in pots of jelly is bound to make the little ones giggle. Serve your food on bright coloured tableware so that it still feels Halloweeny.
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