Published October 24, 2009
When I think of Halloween, images of ghosts and goblins immediately come to mind. Although my 7 year old son loves the goulish side of Halloween, my soon-to-be 3 year old gets spooked pretty easily. So this year our Halloween decorations focus more on non-scary images, and I thought I would share some tips for an un-scary Halloween Party - perfect for younger crowds.
- Celebrate the Season: Take advantage of the fall harvest and have partygoers bob for apples. Make sure to have plenty of towels on hand!
- Have a Pumpkin Toss: Choose some small pumpkins and mark off a place in the yard where it's OK to make a mess. Have participants choose their pumpkin, mark it with their name and see how far they can throw it from the starting line. I recommend separate pumpkins for each guest just in case they go "splat!"
- Decorate in Black and Orange: Hang crepe paper in the doorway, light the path to your house with friendly jack-o-lanterns, and utilize balloons for decorations. If you don't have helium balloons, hang some balloons down from the ceiling and let others float around on the floor.
- Create a "Friendly" Witch's Brew: Using a large black cauldron, flavored drink mixes and dry ice (if available), give each child an ingredient to pour into the brew while you stir it together using a large ladle.
- Don't Forget the Candy: Have a large bowl of candy or a Halloween Treat Basket on your table for the kids to nibble on. Bake sugar cookies in advance, and have colored frosting on hand. Give each child a cookie, some frosting and a bunch of candies (red hots, candy corn, M&M's, etc) so they can come up with a unique Halloween cookie creation!
With this simple tips, you can host a fun Halloween party with no need for scary parts!