Tips for Hosting a Fun Filled Halloween Party with Young Children

Halloween parties are fun for all ages. If you are inviting preschool children, be prepared to be on the go all the time. Small children have an abundance of energy and once they are around children of their own age, they are prepared to play.

Tips for Hosting a Fun Filled Halloween Party Small children can be easily occupied if you have the right games, activities and food. Here’s how:

Creative Food Ideas Preschool children love food. They like to look at it, play with it and eventually eat it. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are easily made and are soft enough to be easily cut into shapes using a cookie cutter. Make bats, ghosts and pumpkins for fun finger foods. Slices of cake are a lot for a small child to handle.

Make cupcakes that are decorated with a Halloween theme. Search Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on how to make the perfect cupcake. Cupcakes come in a variety of sizes and are excellent for small children to maneuver without making too much of a mess.

Joy of Trick-or-treating You can hand over some of these favorite and delicious Halloween candies to the children in between games and activities:

  • Kit Kat A candy with a crispy wafer and smooth milk chocolate.

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup A mouthwatering gooey candy with nuts.

  • Snicker A tasty chocolate containing nougat, peanuts, milk chocolate, and caramel.

  • Sour Patch Kids A sour and sweet candy available in an assortment of colors and flavors.

  • M&Ms Another classic, candy-coated chocolate for trick-or-treaters.

Games and Play Time These kids are just beginning to understand the concept of winning. Choose games where everyone wins that way each child gets a prize and can share in the celebration. Foot races, balloon tosses and face painting are just a few things children can enjoy that burn off excess energy and keep them occupied for hours.

Young children love color. They love to laugh and they love to learn. Choose games that teach and splash color everywhere. Provide activities that intrigue the mind and allow the body to move freely.

Craft Activities Plan some simple craft activities for preschoolers to celebrate the true spirit of Halloween. Ask them to craft ghosts, Jack-o-Lanterns out of cardboard, paint or decorate the pumpkins, or simply dress up in their favorite Halloween characters. Don't plan anything that can be too complicated or boring for preschoolers. Halloween crafts should not be hard or time-consuming.

Halloween Fun Activities for Children Here some easy fun activities that you can get involved in with children to make Halloween a more fantastic experience for them:

  • Finger Puppets Make some weird finger puppets using felt, glue and paint.

  • Cardboard Monsters Create scary cardboard monsters with old cardboard tubes and scraps of felt, glue, scissors, and googly eyes.

  • Pumpkin Masks You can help the children to create pumpkin masks that from paper plates and paint them orange and also include cutouts for the eyes and nose in the mask.

  • Halloween T-Shit Designing Give old plain white t-shirts to the children and let them paint pumpkins, bats, etc. on them.

  • Hanging Ghost Cutouts Make a Halloween decoration using cardboard and stick felt cut-outs of bats, ghosts, Jack-o-Lanterns and hang it near your main door.

You can help the children get into the spooky spirit by planning some simple fun activities at your Halloween party. This will make your Halloween party a memorable and wonderful experience for the children. These are the elements of a successful Halloween party specifically for young children.


Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three Preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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