Planning a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

Here’s a great guest post with lots of tips on how to plan a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party. I just love Iris’s tips & photos for inspiration! I’ll be using some of these ideas for Kenzie’s 6th birthday party this Saturday – a costume Halloween birthday party all in one!

The month of October is flying by. I have been enjoying the slightly cooler weather and all of the wonderful fall and Halloween decorations that are popping up everywhere. If you are planning a Halloween party, you are probably already finishing up some last-minute details. Or maybe you have selected a location and date, and just haven’t had the time to start any planning! Here are some tips that might help you put together a Halloween party that will please even the littlest guests, and will be easy on the budget:

  • Select a color scheme to help tie everything together. Whether you pick traditional Halloween colors like orange and black or other fun colors like green and purple, try to stick to 2-3 colors. Not only will it make the party more cohesive, but it makes party planning easier since it will be easier to select tableware like plates and napkins when you focus on just a few colors.
  • If most of your guests will be children, think of drinks and snacks that are easily accessible and easy to consume. Not only do you want the kids to be able to reach the food and drinks, but you also want items that they can easily eat by themselves and not require a lot of utensils. You can use little snack bags to hold food like chips or crackers, or provide paper sacks that can hold several items. Juice boxes and water bottles are also good options for beverages so kids don’t have to worry about pouring liquid into cups.


  • Don’t scare the guests! Even though there are tons of spooky decorations like skeletons, shaking ghosts, monsters that make noise, and bloody eyeballs that would be perfect for a Halloween party, you might want to save your scary decorations for an adult party. If you know that there will be little ones at your party, find kid-friendly décor that will make them smile and not cry.


  • Think outside the box when it comes to decorating. Use wrapping paper as a table liner, use a bedsheet as a tablecloth, flip an urn upside down to use as a plate pedestal, use cupcake liners to make a banner, and so forth. Thinking unconventionally can help transform items around the house that you have no use for into items that would work perfectly for your party.


  • Think quality, not quantity. You might be tempted to fill your tables with tons of candy and sweet treats to wow your guests. Instead, you can “dress up” one or two treats by using various tutorials online that will have your guests wondering how you made it or where you got it. Or you can personalize treats with guests’ names or a “thank you” tag that will make your guests feel special.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Good luck planning your party and have a safe and fun Halloween!


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