When preparing your list of Halloween decorations for a Halloween party for kids, you’re obviously going to want to use fun, festive and kid-friendly decor. If your children are older and you want a little more frightful theme, you can get some of the ideas in our post “Halloween Party Ideas for Adults.” If you’re kids are younger, here are some fun ideas to make your Halloween party a hit!
If spider webs and cheesecloth are too scary for your guests, use black streamers around the house to create a Halloween atmosphere. You can use fluorescent paint and black lights to create fun Halloween displays and make sure to use flameless candles for the lighting.
Halloween Table Decorations
To decorate your tables, you can use hay or straw and lay it on top of your tablecloths. Drop fake plastic spiders or rubber snakes on the hay to give it a rustic feel. Fill your vases with dried flowers, brown leaves or dead branches. Add some creepy hands to your Halloween party decor by filling plastic gloves with a gelatin like substance and sitting them out on the table. Place a “Floating Candle” on the table and as it senses sound, it appears to magically float across the table while lighting up and playing music.
Place a fun Boo Halloween sign on a table and sit some crows, fakes spiders and a pumpkin next to it. This marquee Halloween sign is lit with battery-operated LED lights and has flat footing so you can even place it in your window to light up the house. If you want even more light, hang lighted Bats around the Boo sign – it has a built in timer so you won’t have to remember to turn it on when the party starts.
Decorate the Stairs & Mantel
Add some fake spider webs and big fake spiders onto your mantel, add drape a Halloween Party Banner across the front of your fireplace. If the kids are old enough, you can set a Skeleton by the fireplace and, if you need to make him look a little “nicer”, dress him up in a costume or a goofy hat. If skeletons are too scary, sit some lighted Halloween trees with fake bats next to the fireplace. Line pumpkins along the top of your mantel. You can either carve some Halloween Sayings or fun character faces into your pumpkin or you can just draw them on with a permanent marker. If you choose to carve your pumpkin, you’ll need to clean it out by removing all of the insides, including the seeds, which you can later cook and make toasted pumpkin seeds for your guests.
Drape cheesecloth, black lace or streamers up your stairs, on your banisters, along your mantles and over your lamp shades to give your house a more decrepit look. Mix in some small Halloween string lights to light up your decor. Go to your local craft store and you can find some Halloween wall clings to stick on your stairs and up your walls to complete your look. Hang some fun Halloween Paper Lanterns around the house – you can hang them individually or group them together to create a festive trio.
If your Halloween party has a “Witchy” theme, stand a 2-ft tall Witch Hat wrapped in sparkly purple tinsel fabric and covered in 35 mini lights on your table or on the floor. Hang bright Orange Witch Hats from the ceiling or down your bannister to add light and a little flare to your decor.
Create a Seance Area
If your Halloween guests are old enough, set up a side table and drape it with cheesecloth, a black lace Halloween table runner and sit a couple of empty dirty jars and bottles on top. Sit a misting cauldron on the ground, next to the table. Make sure the area is dark and only lit by a couple of waxy burned-down candles or an up-light on the floor. In the center of the table, place a Witch’s Spellbook that slowly creeks open as someone appears. Sit some realistic Halloween crows on the table to guard the book.
Add spooky mist to your Halloween party decorations with a mist machine that you can usually pick up at any local shop or Halloween online store. With your lights dimmed, a mist maker will turn any ordinary Halloween party decoration into a spooky masterpiece that is sure to make your guests shiver in fright.
Drape black tablecloths on your tables and set-up a strobe light to create a spooky dining area. If your guests are old enough, add some skulls on your food tables with a couple of bloody candles for lighting. To make the bloody candles, simply put white candles on the table, heat up a red candle and drip the red candle’s wax on the white candles, creating a blood trail. You can also paint mannequin heads and place them around the room.
Time to Eat
After your home is all set up for your party and your ghoulish snacks are on the table (see our Halloween Treats for Kids article for Halloween food ideas), you can really creep out your guests by adding some Blood Punch in a beverage dispenser. Instead of using regular ice around your condiments, add some dry ice, which will create a ghostly appearance around your table yet still keep your condiments chilled. If you choose, you can name the condiments after body parts like Olives=eyeballs, Tomatoes=intestines, etc. Or, if you use the condiment server for an ice cream bar – Crushed up chocolate wafers=dirt, Gummy Worms=worms, etc. For more ideas and to get some free printable Halloween guest card templates and jar labels, see our article on Halloween Table Decorations. Carve and clean out a pumpkin and drill small holes into it. Stick some Halloween suckers into the pumpkin – it makes a great Halloween party decoration as well as a fun display to hold your suckers.
Now that your indoor Halloween party decorations are ready, now it’s time to figure out what you’re little Halloween guests are going to do while at your party. We’ve put together some ideas for Kids Halloween party games and, if you have a creative bunch, step-by-step instructions for Halloween crafts for kids.
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