Kids' Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween party invitations, decorations, food and more!

halloween kids party ideas

Between the costumes and the candy, it's not surprising that Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for children. Luckily, throwing a kid-friendly Halloween party is easier than you might expect.

Creating DIY Halloween Party Invitations

Every party starts with the perfect invitation. The Printable Holiday has several kid-friendly designs for you to personalize from the comfort of your own home. For example:

customizable bats and purple background invitation
When you're personalizing your invitations, remember to be very clear in regards to how parents should dress children for the event.  If you're having a costume contest, specify that everyone should come in costume. If your party is outside, state that everyone should bring a jacket. If you'll be doing a messy craft project, request that parents dress their children in old clothes.

Even if you don't want to request that guests RSVP to your event, it's a good idea to provide your email and/or phone number so parents can call if they have any questions or concerns. Halloween can often be problematic for kids who scare easily or those who have food allergies and other dietary restrictions.

If you're going to send the invitations to school with your child, check with his or her teacher first. Many schools won't allow children to pass out party invitations unless the entire class is being invited to the event.

Setting the Mood with Your Halloween Party Decorations

Party decorations play a key part in setting the mood for your event, regardless of the age of your guest. Here are some ideas for easy kid-friendly decorations:

  • Halloween Balloon Bouquets: Use a black marker to draw jack-o'-lantern faces on orange balloons or ghost eyes on white balloons.
  • Oversized Spider Webs: Cut large spider webs from black trash bags and hang them up on the walls.
  • Paper Bats:
    halloween bat cut out idea
    Suspend cut out construction paper bats from your ceiling at different heights.
  • Paper Plate Eyeballs: Make eyeballs from white paper plates. Stick the eyes to chairs, walls, doors, and tables to make it seem like your whole house has come alive.
  • Black Cat and Witch: Add black cat and witch silhouettes to your windows.
  • Candy Centerpieces: Fill large glass jars with colorful candy corn for edible party decor kids will love. Alternately, use creepy candy such as gummy eyeballs for your jar fillers.

Another approach to celebrating Halloween is to choose a theme for your party, such as jack-o’-lanterns, monsters, black cats, mad scientists, vampires, or witches. Themes make it easy to create a cohesive look for your party décor. Ask your child what part of Halloween is his or her favorite, then plan your party around this specific motif.

Planning Your Party Menu

Kids are often too excited by playing with their friends to eat a full meal, but you'll still want to provide an assortment of snacks. Here are some spooky treats you can easily make:

  • Ice Hands Punch: Fill clear plastic gloves ¾ full of water. Freeze until solid. Cut the gloves away with scissors and place your frozen ice hands in your favorite punch recipe for a little Halloween flair.
  • Monster Cupcakes: Use candy eyes, a black icing pen, and a rainbow of colorful frosting to make silly monster cupcakes. Make sure every monster is a one-of-kind creation by varying the number of eyes and the facial expression.
  • Spider Cookies:
    halloween bat cut out idea
    Create a spider on top of your favorite cookie using a miniature peanut butter cup, chocolate or black icing and some candy eyes. Pipe the icing onto the cookie to make legs. Place the peanut butter cup upside down over the legs and then stick the eyes to the peanut butter cup with your icing.
  • Donut Ghosts: Add chocolate chip eyes to mini powdered donuts to turn them into ghost snacks.
  • Mummy Pretzels: Drizzle white chocolate over large pretzel rods and add small candy eyes to make edible mummy snacks.
  • Halloween Fruit Kabobs: Make black and orange fruit kabobs by alternating blackberries and cantaloupe squares on wooden skewers.
  • Pumpkin Veggie Platter: Arrange baby carrots and olives on a large circular platter to make a smiling jack-o’-lantern. Use a cut section of green pepper to make a stem.
  • Trail Mix Hands: Fill clear plastic gloves with your favorite trail mix assortment of dried fruit and nuts. Use a twist tie to close the glove and add a plastic spider ring to the ring finger.

Selecting Kid-Friendly Party Entertainment

Keep your young guests busy with a few fun party activities. A costume contest is sure to be a hit, but other craft projects and games suitable for a kid-friendly Halloween party include:

  • Cookie Decorating: Make several large pumpkin sugar cookies. Let kids decorate their pumpkins with orange frosting and black gel icing before eating.
  • Pumpkin Apple Stamps: Cut apples in half and use each half as a pumpkin stamp for a quick and easy craft project. Let kids stamp pumpkins with craft paint, then add stems and faces with a paintbrush.
  • Monster Building Activity: Young children who love play dough will enjoy having the chance to make their own monster. Provide dough in lots of different colors, as well as an assortment of pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes. Don't forget to take lots of pictures of what the kids create!
  • Jack-o’-lantern Memory: Draw several different styles of jack-o’-lantern faces on orange paper plates, making one pair of each face design. Use the plates to play an oversized memory game with your guests.
  • Pin the Eye on the Monster: Play a Halloween themed version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey by drawing a monster on a sheet of poster board and challenging kids to put the monster's oversized eye in the correct location.
  • Ghost Bowling: Paint six large tin cans white and add ghost faces with black paint. Stack the cans on a table in a pyramid formation. Give each child a beanbag and challenge them to see how many tries it takes them to knock the cans down.

Making Special Memories

The best part about throwing a Halloween party for children is that kids won't care if the faces on your DIY balloon bouquet aren't perfect or if your cupcakes aren't iced like those from a gourmet bakery. Use this opportunity to silence your inner critic and focus on making special memories with your child!

Written by: The Printable Holiday Team