Posted on October 11, 2019
It’s the season of witches, black cats and goblins, oh my! If you’re preparing to host a scary — but kid-friendly — Halloween party, we’ve got the inside scoop to make it a spooktacular celebration. Get ready for food, crafts, and games!
Every party needs delicious treats. Before you head to the store for supplies, review your guest list. Do any of the kids have special dietary restrictions? Do you have snacks planned for both adults and kids?
We like the idea of serving a buffet of savory and sweet treats to satisfy all palates. A slow cooker filled with warm spaghetti and red sauce reminiscent of zombie brains is a messy, fun food for little ones. Don’t forget the meatballs decorated with sliced olives for eyes and garlic toast cut into bone shapes using a cookie cutter.
Pair the pasta with a veggie tray arranged in the shape of a pumpkin. Use baby carrots for the orange areas, celery sticks for the stem and cauliflower florets to create eyes and a mouth. Around the pumpkin, cover the serving platter with creepy black hummus made from — black beans — for easy dipping!
For dessert, offer a make-your-own milkshake bar. Start with this Easy Vanilla Milkshake recipe, then allow the kids to embellish their glasses with drips of blood-red strawberry sauce, or sweet maraschino cherries.
Finally, don’t forget the drinks. Fill Halloween party cups with chilled a2 Milk® and silly straws or green-tinted apple juice with bat-shaped ice cubes. If it’s a chilly day, have several warm options ready to drink too. Rich Hot Chocolate is welcomed by all ages!
After the kids fill their bellies, let them get creative. The projects double as party favors and will add a spooky Halloween vibe to their bedroom at home.
Save up your a2 Milk® cartons (ask your friends for theirs too!) between now and the party day. Then, have the kids turn them into scary-faced Jack-O-Lanterns with ragged-tooth grins and angry slanted eyes using black markers, orange paint, and craft paper. Urge parent chaperones to get in on the crafting fun too!
You can also combine craft time with snacking. Make a batch of cut-out sugar cookies in the shapes of witches’ hats, pumpkins, and ghosts ahead of time. At the party, let the kids use colorful frosting, sprinkles, and dried fruits to decorate the cookies. Take a picture of each child with their cookie masterpiece before they take a bite to preserve the fun memories of the party.
If you’re short on time, keep the activity simple. Offer coloring sheets, craft kits from the local hobby store, or enlist a neighbor to help guide a quick session on making tissue paper ghosts. The crafts don’t have to be elaborate, but they do need to be fun!
Help the kids burn off energy by keeping them active during the gathering! First up is Wrap the Mummy. Split the kids into two or three teams and designate one child in each group as the mummy. The other children have to wrap their friend from ankles to chin in toilet paper. The first team to turn their buddy into a mummy wins!
Second is bobbing for apples. This classic game never goes out of style and is so much harder than it looks. You can do this outdoors or stay inside. Just be sure to plan for splashed water around the bucket filled with water and apples. Offer a small prize of stickers or a Halloween toy to each person who successfully retrieves the fruit.
Finally, let the kids get outside and play. Whether they do the limbo under a witches broomstick, play flashlight tag or put together a talent show of what their Halloween costume characters can do, there are sure to be laughs all around.
Now, get to it! You have a party to plan for and children to entertain. We wish you, your family, and their friends a safe and Happy Halloween!