5 Easy Tips for a Spook-tacular Kids' Halloween Party

By Nicole Presley
October 22, 2014
Halloween party tabletop decorations

As fall tumbles into our lives and the wind starts to howl outside, these are sure signs that Halloween is in sight. I think of my own childhood Halloween festivities, and what a wonderful time it was spent with family and friends. My mom and aunt would scramble around getting the family costumes ready. We kids could always count on a fun Halloween party filled with activities and games to unleash the spirits.

My mom did such a fabulous job of decorating and really creating an atmosphere of scary whimsical fun mixed with a delightful array of sweet treats for us monsters. These are traditions I absolutely cherish and want to pass on to my son. For the past few years I have made it a point to celebrate Halloween with a small pack of children, because it is the ultimate kids' holiday. 

Here are 5 easy tips to creating a ghostly gathering.

1. Setting the stage: Find an open area in your house and dedicate it to the central station of the party. Place a table against the wall of the area and dress it in a spiderweb table cover along with an orange table cover. This creates a great base for the rest of the monster plans. Then lay out a display of Halloween plates and napkins as an inviting gesture to the ghouls that may be hungry.

2. Hanging from above: Dangle spiders and ghosts from the ceiling for a whimsical atmosphere with dizzy danglers. For a more dramatic look add a few Halloween printed lanterns and that should really set a spooky scene for your guests.

3. Goodies for the goblins:  Give your ghoulish guests something to shriek about by disguising a tray of cookies in Jack O-Lantern bags. Play the ultimate trick or treat with candy corn dressed in a cone of the same three shades. Enjoy these treats at the party or playfully packaged as a remembrance to take home.

4. Fun and games: Bite into a round of "Donuts on a string!" Hang donuts tied by a string or ribbon from the ceiling or from a bar positioned high above. Whoever can eat the entire donut the fastest (with no hands) wins. Another great activity of fun is to have a swing at the pumpkin piñata. Use the pumpkin piñata as a centerpiece for the serving table, and towards the end of the party, let the children break it open to revel the candy sweets inside.

5. Edibles: Scare the monsters with spooktacular boo brownies. These ghostly brownies will certainly leave your guests aghast and wanting more! Get the recipe at Walmart.com.

Happy Halloween!