The Best Halloween Party Ideas
LYFETYMES Best Halloween Party Ideas for 2019
Halloween is right around the corner!
We welcome the fall and festive time of year with cooler weather and kick-off to the Holiday Season. There are so many reasons outside of just October 31st (FYI Parents. It is on Thursday this year!) to get together and get some extra mileage out of those costumes for trick-or-treating time.
Here are some suggested themes and activities for bringing everyone together, extending your fall season and making great memories. We will be in full swing sharing everything Holiday every week so make sure you sign up for our blog, follow us on our social media channels using the icons above and sign up for LYFETYMES below.
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Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals
Pumpkin patches are what fall is all about. Nothing is more fun than arranging a meetup with family and friend for the little kids to pick out their pumpkins. Usually, it’s a great place to snap some fantastic pictures, take the kids on a hayride and run their energy out in a corn maze. Once they pick their perfect pumpkin, proceed to the Pumpkin-Carving Party!
Invite several friends and families to your house, and ask them to bring their pumpkins or if you are extra kind, pick them up, and parents can pay you. Set up some tables either outside, and get some cheap paper or plastic to cover the table and floor. You can have paint, brushes, markers, stickers, glue, glitter, and carving tools (watch those little ones!).
As they scoop out the pulp, place on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for an end-of-party treat. You could put toasted seeds into small bags and send them home as favors. See our DIY recipe and instructions here.
Once the pumpkins are carved, display them together, make it extra fun bu having a contest for originality, spookiest or the most fun.
When it comes to decorations, stick with a harvest theme. Make a scarecrow, circle up some hay bales on the lawn for seating, and you can add blankets on top of the hay bales makes them more comfortable, especially as the sun goes down.
Have each parent team bring their favorite savory appetizer and set up a Hot Coco stand and smores station for treats. Not only can you use the same ingredients for both but heck, if you’re going to carve pumpkins and have a mess you might as well have gooey marshmallows. The best memories are messy.
Trick or Treat Bag Activity
The bags could be as simple as making hand-print ghosts on a cheap or old pillowcase or decorating bucket or as fancy as sewing up scrappy owl sacks (that won't be me).
To help organize the chaos, have the supplies well organized ahead of time. It is fun to see children stretch themselves creatively and they'll carry them with pride on Halloween night since they made them themselves. Also, the parents will have a keepsake of their little ones’ handy work for years to come.
For decorations, stick with the sack theme by lining the walkway to your front door with paper-bag luminaries like below and hanging ghosts made out of white trash bags or sheets from a tree.
You can go several ways here; we will highlight some of our favorite ideas. Remember that it should be age-appropriate, and children should not be scared. Most parents go pretty early with the kids and then attend a party after.
Halloween Block Party or Get-together
If you have an excellent neighborhood group, having a neighborhood decorating contest of best decor or even best Fall Porch (for less scary and use past Halloween). Some Parents also all chip in for a bouncy house to blow all that sugar energy off.
Halloween Movie Party
Show a favorite Halloween movie indoors or under the stars, such as It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (compare prices) or another kid-friendly Halloween flick. Set up an outdoor cinema complete with hay-bale seating and propane space heaters.
However, you choose to celebrate Halloween, be safe, and have fun. Tag us in your pictures @lyfetymes on Instagram to get featured in our feed.