Everyone loves to be scared by ghouls and goblins on Halloween. What they don’t like to scare them is party prep. Heres some easy stress-free Halloween party ideas. For those with kids or young nieces and nephews, here are some ideas for livening up the night’s activities without adding the burden of stress and you know that it will also save you from all those times they ask when are we are going trick or treating?
Scary But Not Really
Halloween is a great time for kids and adults alike. You get to play dress up and go out and have a good time. And, then there is the candy. I mean seriously who can forget about the candy. I think this is probably the only time of time that I can’t control myself. What many parents don’t look forward to is getting their kids in their costumes to go out. Usually, there is a mad dash to the party store or the costume shop, because you know at the last minute you know your kids are going to change their minds.
This year, try something a little different. When you see the advertisements go up for those seasonal Halloween stores, that’ll be your cue to plan for October thirty-first and get your Halloween party ideas together. I mean seriously it pays to plan ahead. Just don’t use the candy that was leftover from last year. 😉
If you have friends with kids, a Halloween party combines the best of both worlds for kids and adults. Both can dress up in their best costume and have a good time. Invite the parents so that you are not left on your own with a dozen kids while they go out elsewhere because, seriously ain’t nobody has got time for that. Have entertainment for kids and adults to enjoy. One of my friends cooks up a big pot of chili on Halloween night and serves it to her friends and family. She asks that people either bring a side, dessert, or a drink.
Sometimes the weather doesn’t permit for trick-or-treating unless you wear a warm coat over your costume, and that’s no fun. (But here in North Carolina, that never happens.) So you can stay indoors and keep it simple but effective. Start with the food. Instead of crafting new treats that take hours, use existing party foods and give them a Halloween twist. For example, make mini pizzas on bagels or English muffins. Use olives for eyes and craft scary faces with the cheese or other additions. This would be a great kid activity.
Solve the issue of sweet treats with a piñata. Kids get to whack away at it for fun and then eat the candy treats inside. And, if you provide candy during the game, omit it from the treat bag. Instead, include scary party favors like spider rings, glow sticks, and googly glasses.
Decorations don’t have to be complicated either. Let your kids make them. Cut out black bats, orange pumpkins, cats, and witches from construction paper. Decorate the walls and windows with them. Laminating them keeps them durable for use over and over again. Games don’t have to be complicated. Give common kids’ party games a scary twist: Pin the tail on the cat, face painting, making glow-in-the-dark masks, and even costume contests are good ideas. Have a few of their favorite movies on hand to keep the kids occupied while the
Games don’t have to be complicated. Give common kids’ party games a scary twist: Pin the tail on the cat, face painting, making glow-in-the-dark masks, and even costume contests are good ideas. Have a few of their favorite movies on hand to keep the kids occupied while the adults party.
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What about you? What are some stress-free Halloween party ideas you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!