Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids of all ages. When it comes to
dressing up in goofy costumes, converting your house into a spooky
haunted mansion, serving bizarre party treats like black jello and
peeled grape "eyeballs"... What is not to love?
When it comes to Halloween party ideas, the older and more tattered the better - this makes it one of the easiest holidays to celebrate frugally.
Lots of good Halloween ideas for costumes that you can make yourself!
Halloween Decorating Ideas:
Halloween Food Ideas:
Halloween Party Games
Guess How Many
Fill a jar with candy corn, counting the pieces as you go. Put the jar on a table near the door, and have guests guess how many pieces are in the jar. Give each guest a 3x5 card to put their name and their guess. Award a prize to the one with the closest guess.
Who's Got the Pumpkin
Place everyone is a circle. Start a song (Halloween themed songs like Monster Mash are fun to use) and toss a mini pumpkin to one person, they throw it to the next, and so on until the music stops. The person who is caught holding the pumpkin has to leave the circle. The last one left is the winner and keeps the pumpkin!
Using the same idea as an Easter Egg Hunt hide little bags of candy corn, or other fun candy around the back yard. Set the kids loose and let them find the candy. Be sure to keep back several extra in case someone does poorly. You can give them a few more!
Mummy May I
This is a variation of "Mother May I". To play, choose one child, or an adult, to be the "mummy". The other children stand in a straight line, with the mummy standing several yards in front of them (enough distance for them to move forward towards him or her).
The children take turns asking the mummy for permission to take steps. For example, a child could ask, "Mummy May I take ten steps forward?" The mummy can be creative as to the type of steps they ask to take, such as giant monster steps, pixie steps, as well as ogre, howling dog etc.
Mummy answers, "Yes, you may" or "No, you may not," and the child must follow the instructions. If the child moves when he or she has not been given permission, they must go back to the starting line. The first child to touch mummy becomes mummy in the next game.