Welcome to Part 2 of our Halloween Party. (See Part 1 here.) Today we’re focusing on the table decorations and children’s activities.

Sweet - not spooky - Halloween party by The Party Teacher

I always prefer fabric tablecloths: they are easier to make wrinkle free and they are resusable. They cost more, but I always feel like I get my money’s worth out of them.

On the activities table, I added an orange table runner and coordinating chair ties.

Even though we weren’t actually going to carve pumpkins, I took inspiration from pumpkin carving and used newspaper as my placemats. And at just 79 cents per pound, pumpkin decorating was a very affordable craft.

Down the center of the table, I placed ceramic jack-o-lantern luminaries that I made years and years ago. Since the girls would be reaching near the luminaries for the foam pumpkin decorations, I skipped the candles. No need to mix kids and flame.

We used foam decorations to beautify our pumpkins. Just peel off the backing and stick to the pumpkin.

After the pumpkin decorating, we made candy necklaces. This is such an easy project and you could do it for any holiday celebration. My sister-in-law Kathy taught me about these necklaces. You’ll need:

  • Wrapped candy (we used gumballs)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
Here’s what to do:
  1. Lay a 35″ section of plastic wrap in front of each child.
  2. Let them place candies in a straight line along the center of the plastic wrap.
  3. Fold the plastic wrap over the candies, then roll it up.
  4. Cut 5″ lengths of the curling ribbon.
  5. Have your guests tie a double knot in between each candy and at both ends.
  6. Have an adult use the scissors to curl each ribbon.
  7. Place the necklace around the child’s neck and tie the two ends together.

Happy Halloween!

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