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How to Host a Kid Friendly Halloween Party
Some kids love the gory monsters and blood-stained vampires of Halloween... others, not so much! Halloween can be a sensitivity for younger kids as it can be a little too scary. Here are a few tips and suggestions for making a Halloween party appropriate for younger children or those less enthralled with all things spooky.
1. Keep the Lights On!
Darkness is definitely an important part of creating a spooky atmosphere; it is also a sure fire way to freak out a lot of kids! It is probably best to keep the room bright and fun, rather than dark and spooky.
2. Involve the Kids!
Instead of just putting up traditional decorations, why not make them yourself and include pictures of the kids. This way the characters of Halloween are friendly and relatable. If you have older children, you could even involve them in the drawing, coloring and cutting process.
3. Make Tasty Treats (Not Just Candy)!
Food is crucial at all parties! Make sure you set up the table with some fun themed plates, cups and snack labels.
There are so many easy ways to turn everyday kid snacks into Halloween themed treats. Check out our favorite ideas below.
4. Don't Expect Too Much!
Parties can be overwhelming for kids (and adults!). Try not to expect too much from the younger attendees. It can be fun to have some simple activities planned, but keep these relatively unstructured. Introducing some fun new Halloween themed toys can be all the entertainment they need.
5. Read a Story!
There are some great Halloween themed story books available. After sugar and hyperactivity, sometimes a quiet story is just what is needed. Why not set up a fun skeleton story time?
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween themed children's books:
Funny bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi and John Manders.
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Hosting parties is a lot of work. Try to make it as unstructured as possible as little kids really are rather unpredictable! Make the decorations bright, relatable and fun... nothing too scary! Also try to provide a good range of snacks, not just sugar-loaded candy. Most of all, just enjoy the ridiculous levels of excitement!
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