Halloween is rapidly approaching and the kids are getting super excited about trick-or-treating and dressing up! If your kids are like mine, this is the time of year when they can use their imagination to transform themselves into their favorite characters. Because the weather is typically mild this time of year, planning a backyard Halloween party is a great way to get all of your little ghouls and goblins together for a spooky Halloween bash and burn off some of “candy high” after they raid their bag of loot!

Since most school classrooms are becoming festive with parties and Halloween parades,  why not join the excitement and invite your child’s friends over to have a pre-Halloween party in your own backyard?

With all of the excitement, where do you start? Well, take a look at my helpful tips on planning your perfect outdoor kids Halloween party!

Costume Creativity

It wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes and we know how much kids love to show them off! Plan on inviting your party guests to arrive in their costume and let the fun begin. Your kids will love showing off their costume creations and playing make-believe.  Head on over to my Halloween Costume Pinterest board for some creative Halloween costume ideas.

Festive Music

A Halloween party wouldn’t be complete without a spooky soundtrack.  With so many to choose from, be sure to pick one that won’t scare the jeepers out of your little ones.

SheKnows compiled a list of some classic favorites which can be accessed here.
You can also try doing a YouTube search since you can find just about anything on YouTube!

Games

No kid’s party is complete without games. Keep your kids happy and parents sane by planning a few game stations in the backyard. Here are a few examples of game stations for your backyard Halloween party!

Bobbing for Apples

 Bobbing for apples is a Halloween classic that never goes out of style. To get your bobbing station set up you’ll need:

A large, round plastic container filled with fresh, clean water

Red and green apples (amount determined on number of guests)

A roll of paper towels or disposable holiday hand towels

To get the party started, after filling your container with water, Add in the apples and line the kids up to let the bobbing begin! Be sure to leave out the paper towels or napkins so they can clean up before moving on to the next game.

Mystery Touch

Eewy Gooey …What is it? An eyeball, intestines a ball of slimy buggers? Set your guests imagination on fire with this fun game of mystery. To get a list of ideas, visit our blog on creating an awesome mystery touch game.   

Spider-web Walk

Nothing says spooky like spiders! Find trees and bushes in your backyard and web fake spider webs between them. Scatter varied sizes of plastic spiders throughout the webs and get ready to creep through the webbs. Place a blindfold over your guests’ eyes and walk on through. Be prepared to be creeped out!

Carry the Ghost

Have your kids saying Boo with this Carry the Ghost challenge. To prepare, blow up several white balloons and paint ghost faces on one side. Then give each child a spoon and a ghost and have them walk on a path without dropping their ghost. This Halloween (and mess-free) spin on the traditional egg-and-spoon race, will leave the kids giggling making the task of carrying the ghost even harder! Ready, set, go!

Build a Haunted Mansion

We’ve all got old boxes lying around, so instead of throwing them away, up-cycle them to create a haunted castle! To prepare before the party, cover the boxes yourself or if your children are older, they can help you cover them in black or dark blue paper.  Then you will need to cut out squares and rectangles of yellow paper for the windows and arrange them accordingly on the boxes.  You will be surprised how quickly and effortlessly they transform into pieces of a mansion. Once your partygoers arrive, stand back and let the kids arrange the boxes to create their own spooky mansion! I find kids are amazing at coming up with crazy creative ways to use boxes….
For more backyard Halloween party ideas, check out our Halloween Parties Pinterest board! 

Food

Magically transform ordinary food into spooky snacks using a little imagination and creativity!  Who wouldn’t want to eat pretzels/peanut butter spiders or pumpkin shaped pizza? And no party would be complete without “finger foods”….

Check out our Halloween Parties Pinterest board for tons of yummy recipes!

Planning a party can be stressful but Halloween is a great time to go all out and spook things up. Take your backyard Halloween party to the next level and be sure to share with us how it went! 

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