Get the kids really excited about their Halloween party by being creative with it! Start off with the food – you can make some easy treats that will spook the kids! Using mini hot dogs and crescent rolls, and two dots of mustard for eyeballs you can create mini mummies. Kids always love pretzel rods, especially dipped in chocolate! Put some green food dye in white chocolate, dip the pretzels in, and add a sliced almond to the tip to create witches fingers. Here’s one that may gross you out, but the kids will be all over it – stick two marshmallows to either end of a lollipop stick and drizzle with caramel to make earwax. Using black and white icing on top of sugar cookies you can make spiderwebs. Spook-up those water bottles by dipping them in white paint and then drawing little black ghost faces on them.
Now, the treats won’t keep the kids occupied all night, so here are some suggestions for games. Play a Halloween-version of “pin the tail on the donkey” by using a skeleton and calling it “pin the bow tie on Mr. Bones”. Tack balloons to the wall in the shape of candy corn, or a pumpkin. Let the kids pop the balloons, and whoever pops the one full of confetti wins a Halloween treat! They will love it, just for the fun of popping the balloons! And of course, we have the traditional bobbing for apples. But, make sure to find smaller sized apples so it’s easier for the kids to play.
As for decorations, streamers and pumpkins are always fun – but let’s get even more creative by putting vampire teeth in your smaller pumpkins to make funny faces! An easy decoration idea is to blow up orange balloons and draw jack-o-lantern faces on them! Why not break out those holiday lights early this year and use them to light up your walkway inside of milk jugs that look like little ghosts! And use your extra streamers and decoration items to make your front door into a monster, a mummy, or a spiderweb!
At the end of the night you can send the kids home with orange paper bags tied up to look like a pumpkin, and filled with fun Halloween treats!