Best Halloween Party Ideas for Kids (How to Throw Kids Halloween Party)

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it’s time for a party…we made it easy to plan with Halloween party ideas for kids!

Preparing costumes, stocking up on candy and decorating your porch are hard enough without having to plan a Halloween party. 

So…Let us help with your kids Halloween party! Check out our best ideas for your spooky season parties this year…

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Best Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

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#1 DIY Halloween Games & Activities 

DIY Halloween games are a great way to celebrate parties at school. Most of the time they are cheap and use items that you can find at home such as ghost bowling.

Items: bowling pins or empty water bottles, crepe or toilet paper, googly eyes or black paper and a small ball. The kids can even help prepare the activity.

#2 Halloween Treats for Party

Non-candy Halloween treats are a delicious and healthy idea for the classroom party.

Check out these 83 Halloween Candy Alternatives for the classroom for ideas. Or, looking for unique Halloween snack ideas for the classroom? Check out these 12 Halloween-themed treat ideas that kids love!

There are a lot of fun and healthy alternatives that can be made at home and sent in without giving every child a sugar buzz. Mini mummy pizzas, ghost bananas, and spider crackers are just a few ideas to get you started.

If you need inspiration for Halloween snack ideas, we’ve got you covered!

#3 Get Crafty 

Halloween crafts are usually a winner at school parties.

Kids love things that are hands-on and it’s also the best way to teach little kiddos new skills. You can find Halloween craft ideas that are simple to create and sure to be fun for the Halloween school party!

You could also bring in mini pumpkins to decorate using our 36 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas.

#4 Halloween Party Games & Activities

Make it an active Halloween by adding in some kids activities to get them moving. You can do a Halloween dance party, story yoga, spider parachute toss, zombie tag, or a variety of other exercises that will be fun to get them up and moving.

These activities are geared toward PE teachers but they would work well out on the playground too!

Or, if you are looking for funny Halloween activities, tie one end of a string around the hole in a doughnut and the other to a tree or use a shower curtain rod if you are inside….

See how fast your guests can eat the doughnut without using their hands—an updated version of bobbing for apples!

If you are looking for different Halloween games for kids, we’ve got your covered. 

#5 Every Good Ghoul and Goblin Loves to Read 

Get those kids reading with Halloween themed books and songs.

Fortunately, there are books out there for all ages at the school library or book fair. You can do buddy reading or a group story time. You can make it more fun with puppets, finger plays, or let kids act it out and tell the story to each other. The more participation that is included, the more fun it will be for everyone.

Find a full list of Halloween books online!


Throwing a Halloween party in 5 (somewhat) Easy Steps!

You want to throw a Halloween party, but it can’t just be a bowl of candy sitting on the table and a couple plastic spiders lying around. 

So, check out our quick steps for how to throw a Halloween party!

1. First, pick a theme.

Picking a Halloween theme can be tricky. Think scary, think kid-friendly, think what are my kids dressing up as this year—all idea starters.

Just make sure that you pull this theme throughout the whole party. And how big you go is all up to you…

I have thrown some parties that are simple—a kid friendly witch and warlock party and I know some of my neighbors have gone all out to build a crashed UFO in their front yard!

Some fun Halloween party theme ideas include:

  • Hocus Pocus Night
  • Fright Night
  • Halloween Drive-In Movie
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Coraline Night
  • Hotel Translyvania

There are honestly so many different themes to choose from. Start with what your kids love and go from there!

2. Next, it’s all about the invites.

This sets the party theme in the obvious ways!

Pinterest is our friend, repeat, Pinterest is my friend! Search for “your theme” invites and a ton will pop up. Pick a design you like and then recreate it; but do it on PowerPoint– much cheaper and easier!

Make sure you answer the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why). I like to take a screen shot of the slide and then copy it into email, again much cheaper and easier! If you are so inclined, or if you don’t have everyone’s email, feel free to post on Facebook as well.

3. Halloween Party Decorations

Pinterest is still our friend! It will give you plenty of ideas to take things from around the house to make into decorations.

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If you are going to show a Halloween themed movie, take ideas from that movie and work them into decorations.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has some great décor. Lots of pumpkins, a big moon, a polka dot sheet or yellow with black chevron stripes for the table cloth will really tie in the Charlie Brown theme.

Create a Pumpkin Patch

You can also make a pumpkin patch; this will tie into Halloween party games.

Place pumpkins on a green plastic table cloth and cover with fake (or real if you want a use for all those in the yard!) leaves to make your patch. If you are feeling really creative, cut a piece of cardboard or poster board to make a fence for the backdrop and a moon to hang above the patch.

It’s a great decoration, but also the source of some great crafts and games.

Use the pumpkins as blank canvases and have the kids or adults glue on decorations to make a spooky pumpkin smile. This will triple as a favor to take home as well!

Need a little more convincing to make the pumpkin patch? You can also use it as a photo op. Great memories and a favor to go home with your guests!

4. Finally — Halloween treats

Anyone who walks through the grocery store knows that every food now comes in a pumpkin spice flavor. That is an easy way to incorporate Fall & Halloween flavors into your party. 

If you are looking for unique Halloween treats, check out 12 yummy snack ideas, complete article with pictures!

Of course Halloween is nothing without candy and sweet. Play up the pumpkin themed cookies or cupcakes and don’t worry if they are store bought, take them out of the box or container and put them on a plate and no one will ever know!

If you find that all the pumpkin cupcakes are gone from the bakery at your local store, no worries just get some plain cupcakes (iced but no décor) and decorate them with candy corn in the shape of pumpkins and a half an Oreo cookie to represent the moon in your Great Pumpkin theme!

For drinks, apple cider is a must, have that simmering in another crock pot or on the stove at very low temp—it will double as that great fall scent that will greet your guests as they come in.


There you have it!

Planning a Halloween party in 5 somewhat easy steps! The most important thing is that you and your guests have a great time; share some laughs and enjoy the spooky season. 

We hope you find some of these ideas useful for this year’s Halloween party! Planning a classroom Halloween party will be fun for the kiddos and get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Happy Halloween!

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC

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