** See the food and décor: Halloween Trick or Treat Party. **
In my house, the minutes creep by until it’s time to trick or treat. So, I planned several trick or treat-themed activities to keep the kids busy at our party. I held this party in our basement playroom and displayed our party activities and favors in the cubbies under the buffet area.
I think it’s a good idea to have a mix of activities: some “filler” that kids can manage on their own, some “really active” games to get the wiggles out, and some “crafts” that may require adult supervision.
Activity: Wood Masks
I lined each cubbie with plastic table covers. Orange under the orange side of the dessert table and black under the black side. (More plastic table covers hid the other cubbies and bookshelves.)
These wood masks were a good filler activity. I like using crayons at parties, because you don’t have to worry about magic marker stains. I wrapped my crayon boxes in scrapbooking paper in Halloween colors.
The masks are displayed in Dollar Tree bowls filled with dried black beans.
Activity: Mapping Out Your Route
I printed out maps of our neighborhood from Google so the kids could plan their trick or treating route. It’s always hard to know if we should head straight for the next-door neighbors for quick hits of candy, or make a beeline for Mr. Fred’s house because he gives out the full-size candy bars… Now, we have a plan.
For each child’s map, I rolled it like the treasure map that it is, tied it with a ribbon and displayed it in a witch’s caldron.
Activity: Pin the Face on the Pumpkin
I combined “pin the tail on the donkey” and pumpkin carving to create a no-mess pumpkin decorating activity. Before the party, I cut out jack-o-lantern face pieces from sticky-back foam sheets. We blindfolded the kids, then handed them a foam piece, twirled them around, and let them “pin” their face piece until each child had a decorated pumpkin. This was a blast!
Activity: Sack Race
Colored pillowcases lend themselves to Halloween faces – Frankenstein’s monster, ghost, jack-o-lantern, you name it. I used more sticky-back foam to create these faces. You could use fabric paint for a more permanent solution, but I wanted to be able to reuse the pillowcases.
I rolled up each pillow case, tied it with ribbon and added a spider ring, then displayed them in another witch’s caldron.
Squared Party Printables’ Halloween collection includes a really cute favor box, but my favors were top-heavy, so I chose these cardboard boxes. I gave each guest a glow stick that could attach to their candy pails, a toothbrush, and a glitter notebook in a Halloween shape. They were surprisingly excited about the toothbrush.
- Party Styling: The Party Teacher
- Photography: Viridian Images Photography
- Printables: Squared Party Printables
- Felt Garland: A Felt Affair
- Mummy Spoons: Titi’s Tutus
- Napkins and Table Runners: Custom Creations
- Ghost Cookies: Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery
- Candy Pail Cookies: Sweet Goosie Girl
- Burlap Stockings: Designs by Nancy