Growing up I always thought Halloween was about scary demons and gory decorations. Goblins, zombies, brain eating mutants…you know, everything you see and experience in a haunted house. My family really liked the horror in Halloween I guess.
Once I turned 13 I was no longer allowed to go trick-or-treating though, so Halloween ended up being just another day at that point. I enjoyed giving out candy to those dressed up and I am sure my parents enjoyed that too…sitting in the cold on Halloween handing out candy for hours. Yeah, they enjoyed that I enjoyed it, no question!
I remember one year at college I went to a Halloween party. I wasn’t planning on attending but last minute decided to go. Reflecting back on my memories of Halloween, I reverted to the horror side of it and put together a dead zombie costume, featuring blood dripping from my lips, thrashed blood covered clothing, and a long white wig.
Upon entering the party embarrassment set in. NOT ONE PERSON was dressed up as a dead goblin or ghost…in fact, no one had any signs of blood on them AT ALL! Everyone there was dressed up in a fun and festive costume. You know, like pippy long stalking, Cinderella, Spiderman, the Hulk, cows, etc. You see why I was so embarrassed?
Oh how foolish I felt.
I was the only one in there reflecting horror. From that moment on I realized Halloween was more than horror, it was for adults and kids alike. There is actually fun and creativity that go into Halloween, not just blood dripping zombie creativity.
As years past, I got married and became a mom. Now Halloween is full of all the elements I grew up learning, and that I missed growing up. I love to let my kids have fun and explore creativity when it comes to making Halloween enjoyable for everyone.
One of the things I love to do the most is to host a kid-friendly Halloween Party. Remember how I mentioned my parents were into the horror side of Halloween? Well, they NEVER disappointed when it came to decorating. My dad had some of the most creative designs and turned our front yard into a grave-site each and every year. Having the excitement of decorating really makes hosting this event fun!
At times, planning parties can be so overwhelming, especially if it is just to celebrate a day on the calendar. It doesn’t take much to have a good time, but getting started can be a struggle. I have put together a basic Halloween Party plan for you. You can do this for just your family, add a few friends to the mix, or make it an all-out block party!
Halloween Party Plan
These three crafts are easy for most kids and give a good variety of options that wont break the bank to pull together.
Make eating festive as well in a fun and healthy way. These treat ideas are also good for themed lunches for the kids.
What is a party without fun games? These three are easy to put together and allow for creativity as well. Every game can have candy prizes to them for the winners. Keep it simple and have fun!
Decorating on a dime is my favorite thing to do. There three ideas can really bring a room to life, with very little effort.
This is just a foundation for a fun event…from here you can add whatever you want! I would love to see and hear how this Halloween Party plan worked for you this year. Leave a comment and share images on our FB page for your chance to be a featured viewer on our Facebook, Instagram, and twitter accounts!
To see more ideas to add to your Halloween Party, visit my Pinterest Page.