Costume Party for kids
Instead of Trick-or-Treating I decided to have a costume party for my children. I put together some fun age appropriate things for children under 10 yrs. old and invited a few of my friends that have children in the same age range to join us. After all, things are changing now days and it's not as safe to be out with young children on Halloween. The party was simple but just enough for everyone to have fun.
What I needed
- Halloween decorations - I put up decorations around my living room, dining room, bathroom and kitchen area where children would be.
- Candy - I purchased a few bags and also asked parents to bring 1 bag per child they brought
- Food - sugar cookies, vanilla icing, food coloring, sprinkles, Halloween punch, apples, chips and pretzels in bowls so the children had something to snack on
- Decorative plates, napkins, and cups
- Cooperative parents - The parents chipped in to help with different activities.
- An open area for a Candy Hunt - I bought some cute Halloween caution tape to rope off the section to be used.
- Coloring pictures and crayons - I found good pictures online to print or buy you can buy coloring books with Halloween pictures
Dance time - Play music as kids arrive. They dance and have fun so it doesn't seem like they are just waiting around to start the party.
Cookie decorating - In separate bowls, mix vanilla icing with different colors of food coloring. Use colored icing and sprinkles to decorate plain sugar cookies. Let the children decorate their cookies how ever they want.
Bobbing for apples - I used a large aluminum baking pan and added just enough water for the apples to float. The children that wanted to try were gently blind folded with a scarf and closely watched as they bobbed for apple.
Pin the bone on the skeleton - Use a paper skeleton to put on the wall and let children take turns placing bones where ever they want on the skeleton.
Art - Halloween pictures for children to color and take home.
Carving a pumpkin - Open up a large pumpkin and let the children see what's inside and help remove the contents. Then have an adult carve a face for your pumpkin. Fortunately one of the parents was really good at this type of thing.
What's in your punch - Make punch. I used ginger ale, grape juice, and lime sherbet. Add fake spiders, plastic eyes balls, gummy worms and anything else creepy that you can think of.
Candy Hunt - This is sort of like an Easter egg hunt. Find a clean open area outside to hide candy. Set a starting point for children. If you have small children mixed with bigger children you may have to do a separate hunt or let the smaller children get a head start on finding candy. Tell them to grab their buckets and find as much candy as they can.
Tell us about your costume - Let the children tell everyone what they are wearing and something else special they want to share.