I am a big fan of a kids Halloween Party. Not to replace trick or treating, but to supplement it.
Because they really don’t get NEARLY enough candy at trick or treating, do they?
I’m a big fan because I want Halloween to last as long as possible. I hate that it’s a one night a year type of deal because it’s SO much fun. The costumes. The decorating. The weird games like bobbing for apples.
A Halloween Party is perfect for extending the holiday joy.
24 Halloween Party Ideas for Kids
Plan the Party
My goal for you here is to plan a party that everyone will love without losing your ever loving mind. I want you to have a plan and I want it to be simple. And amazing.
Every party has four elements.
- Party Favors
That’s it. When it’s broken down like that, it’s a lot less overwhelming, isn’t it?
I’ve chosen a select list of ideas for each of those four categories. The idea is you pick a few, I say two or three from each category, and you’re going to achieve that simply amazing party.
Halloween Party Food
We’re going over the top with the food here. It’s just too much fun to play it safe here. Make it as gross, slimy, scary as possible.
If the kids are daring each other to eat it, then you’ve achieved the appropriate outcome for you Halloween Party Food.
If they are doing that on a regular Tuesday night, you might want to look into some recipes sites after you’re done here.
Let’s jump right in with an absolutely disgusting take on the good old American hot dog.
Hot dogs are gross enough (although I love them, I do) to begin with. You already have to not allow yourself to think about what you’re eating as you’re eating them.
These bloody finger hot dogs from Salty Canary, though. Well, actually, they do stop you from thinking about what it is hot dogs are in fact made from, don’t they?
I guess that makes them grossly perfect for your Halloween Party food. These would even work for a Pirate Birthday Party. If you’re looking for other times you can make Bloody Finger Hot Dogs.
Ok, if you want something a little less realistic than those bloody fingers, try these tortilla bats from Sainsbury’s.
They are actually quite adorable, aren’t they?
And the salsa recipe that’s included sounds amazing. I think the kids would be happy with store bought or even some Ranch dressing, but maybe whip up some of that salsa for the adults!
My kids love deviled eggs. I remember loving them as a kid, too, so I assume that most kids do.
If you’re kids don’t, maybe they will if you serve them as Spiders like Creative Homemaking did.
What I really love about this idea is that I can totally understand those flavors working together. The deviled egg and the black olive.
Plus they are so cute.
Not quite as gross as the bloody finger, but perfectly gross for your Halloween party is this Jack-O-Lantern Chip and Dip from Tasty.
This is incredibly simple to pull off. Even the pumpkin is decorated very simply. Those eyes are perfect for expressing “I’M VOMITING”.
Even kids that say they don’t like guac will be tempted to try this just so they don’t miss out on the fun of eating pumpkin vomit.
Ok, on to the sweets. There’s obviously going to be candy around. It’s Halloween, after all, but something that’s a little more “dessert” like is good to have on hand, too.
These Mummy Brownies from Suburban Simplicity are one of my favorites because they are very Halloween-y and they are very simple.
You can make brownies, but you could also just buy brownie bites and decorate them. The magic is all in the decoration here.
Here’s a totally un-gross dessert for your Halloween party that everyone will love. (this is to make up for the bloody finger hot dogs that I am still grossed out by)
These ghostly Cheesecake Bites from Eats Amazing look adorable and delicious.
Plus they are cheesecake. Can’t go wrong there, can you?
Halloween Party Decor
There’s no reason Halloween can’t be like Christmas and you decorate your house starting on October 1.
No good reason that I can think of.
If you’re planning your Halloween party for the end of the month, don’t be shy about getting the party decor up early in the month. I swear the Halloween decorations are as exciting to me as the Christmas ones.
Lighting for a Halloween party is going to be very important. You want there to be enough light that no one stubs their toe, but you want it to also be sort of dark and gloomy.
The Entertaining Diva gets that effect with colored light bulbs.
And a bunch of other ideas you might want to try, too.
I love decorating from the ceiling for a party. It’s a little unexpected.
These Witch Lanterns from Party Delights are the perfect for that .
They are light weight, so they are easy to hang. And the witch motif is perfect for Halloween.
This Halloween banner from Duck Brand is a must for a kids Halloween Party.
I love the graphic characters. Everyone is covered here. Frankenstein’s here. Ghost is here. Pumpkin. Black cat.
I bet you could figure out a witch out of duct tape if you tried, too.
Balloons are my go to for any party.
They are awesome because they take up a lot of space and they are fun and bouncy. They are also super easy to customize.
These Jack-O-Lantern Balloons from Bird’s Party are too easy to not make!
I love when you can make something from something that used to be trash. Let me set the scene:
Oh, those spirit jugs are so cute! – says your nosy neighbor.
Thanks, they’re old milk jugs! – says you.
Oh… – says nosy neighbor while blinking at you.
She’s blinking because she’s astonished by your ingenuity. Make the spirit jugs from 18 Twenty Five, ok?
Halloween party or not, this Boo Sign from Fashionable Hostess is a great DIY for Halloween.
I love seeing ordinary things used in extraordinary ways.
You could do that sign with ping pong balls and plastic Easter eggs.
Halloween Party Games
Did you think the costumes would provide enough entertainment value for your Halloween party?
Well think again! This is going to be an epic Halloween Party which means we need epic games.
My 15 year old daughter says Epic is so Gen Z. I don’t know what that means, but these Halloween party games will be epic.
If you can do some games outdoors for Halloween, you should. Burn off some that Halloween candy sugar whenever possible.
This Eyeball Halloween Hunt from Get Your Holiday On will get the kids outside running around as they search for eyeballs.
That was a weird sentence I never thought I would write.
If you can’t get outside, you can still get the kids moving indoors with this Spider Web Game from Chicken Babies.
The kids will love trying to not get stuck in the web.
Except that one kid who will ruin it for everyone when he purposely gets stuck in the web and begins to thrash around in it and tears the whole thing down.
There’s always one kid like that, isn’t there?
This one is going to need some power tools and I know what you’re thinking. I’m NOT pulling out my circular saw (or whatever, I don’t use power tools) to make a game for Halloween.
But check this out. You make this bean bag toss game from a Kailo Chic Life once and you decorate it differently for every party you have. Repaint it or add some different decoration for every party and you will use this thing over and over.
You might even just use it whenever the kids are bored, party or not.
Go get your big saw, ok?
Here’s a good indoor game for your Halloween Party. Witch Pitch is like regular pitch, just witchified.
Chica & Jo used adorable little cauldrons, but I could see this made with used K Cups painted black. I always hate throwing those things away.
Bonus points for Witch Pitch because when the kids go home you can totally use it as a drinking game.
I love the creative use of a pumpkin in this Golf game from a Girl and a Glue Gun.
Games like this give your party a carnival feel and who doesn’t love a carnival?
It even makes golf, the most boring game in the world, a little fun.
You knew we were going to decorate some pumpkins, right?
I had two choices here. Pumpkin Carving or Pumpkin Painting.
I chose the mess of pumpkin painting over the potential for an emergency room visit that comes with pumpkin carving. It was a pretty easy choice, especially when these glow in the dark pumpkins from Color Made Happy are that pretty.
Halloween Party Favors
We could send these kids home with a bag of candy. That is what Halloween is about, right?
Or, we could continue with being epic and over the top and do something a little more special for Halloween party favors.
Something memorable and useful. And awesome.
Here’s an awesome, easy and inexpensive party favor for your Halloween Party.
Make Your Own Monster Kits from the Simply Crafted Life are great because the kids bring the party home. The fun continues while they are making their own monster at home.
It’s a win for everyone.
Everybody loves smores, right? It’s all the best flavors.
These Halloween Smores from Party Wowzy are right on theme with those ghost marshmallows.
Add a cute tag and you’ve got yourself a top notch party favor.
Ghosts are the least scary of all of the Halloween characters. That’s weird, because ghosts are scary, but when you’re choices are Dracula, Frankenstein and Witch, I’m going with Ghost.
That makes these Boo Treats from the Keeper of the Cheerios the best choice for a party favor for the younger kid crowd.
This one take practically no skill to put together, too. Fill the bag, draw the face, tie with ribbon. Boom. Done.
Party poppers are a super fun and easy and inexpensive way to wrap up some candy for a party favor.
These Halloween theme Party Poppers from Onion Rings and Things are perfect for a Halloween party.
You’re just going to have to get over the fact that you’re putting food inside a toilet paper roll, ok?
Sometimes the party favor is all about the way you package it.
That’s true with this little pencil and eraser set from Honey & Lime.
You could chuck a couple of pencils and an eraser into a party favor bag.
But if you take the time to assemble them like this, they look a lot more special, don’t they? A little ribbon goes a long way.
Here’s another super cute Halloween Party favor option that doesn’t include candy.
These Ghost Bubbles from Condo Blues are an adorable way to send your guests home with a smile.
Bubbles are always a hit.
Party With A Plan
You’re all excited for a Halloween party, aren’t you?
Pick a few of your favorites and start planning.