Were you aware that the most popular birth months are July through October?
Babies who are born in October grow up feeling like their birth month is special since there are so many fall and Halloween decorations around. If you have a child who’s in love with Halloween, then they may even want to make their birthday party Halloween themed.
Combining these two holidays isn’t as difficult as it may seem! Read on for the ultimate Halloween birthday party ideas guide, which includes themes, games, and foods.
Halloween Birthday Party Themes
Are you wondering, “How do I plan a Halloween party checklist?” The first thing you should do to start the planning process is establish a theme. Once you know what your child wants the party to look like, it’ll be much easier to come up with decoration ideas and more. Here are some Halloween birthday party themes you should consider:
1. Haunted Bounce House
Haunted houses are a Halloween staple, but if you want to take things to the next level, you could rent a bounce house to create a one-of-a-kind haunted bounce house. With so many awesome bounce houses to choose from, you can decide how much decorating you’re up for. Some bounce houses are designed to be as spooky and thrilling as possible while others are more basic.
If you like the idea of having a blank canvas, then renting a traditional bounce house will allow you to get creative with the presentation. You can buy all kinds of Halloween birthday party decorations, such as bats and ghosts that you can hang from the ceiling, inflatable Halloween characters, and more. Your kid will have so much fun getting wild with their friends in their very own haunted bounce house.
Even though Halloween is a darker holiday, you can still light up the night by choosing a radioactive theme. With the help of black lights, glow sticks, and neon decorations, you can make the kids feel like they’ve walked into a crazy science experiment. These dazzling colors will ensure that your child’s party is an event they’ll never forget.
To make the party feel even more authentic, you can get a barrel and put a radioactive sticker on it to serve some delicious toxic waste punch. An activity that you could do is create colorful slime that the kids can bring home to play with. You could even buy white lab coats for everyone to wear so they can be mad scientists who glow in the dark.
3. Spider’s Lair
Even though lots of people are afraid of spiders, arachnid costumes are super popular during Halloween. Perhaps this holiday gives us an excuse to face our fears and become braver. If your child loves the idea of creepy crawlies, then you can use some simple Halloween birthday decor to transform your home into a spider’s lair for their party.
The key to pulling this theme off is to buy plenty of fake spider webs to hang and wrap around your home. You can test people’s courage by serving foods designed like spiders. Be sure to make everyone walk through webs when they go through each doorway. You could even get a giant spider to hang on the webbed wall so kids can get hilarious group photos in front of it.
4. Mystical Forest
For Halloween, it’s possible to focus on the magical side of things if your child isn’t a fan of scary things. One endearing theme that all of the guests are sure to enjoy is mystical forest. On your Halloween birthday invitations, you can ask everyone to arrive dressed up as their favorite forest creature. Be sure to have some extra animal headbands and face paint for kids who don’t arrive in a costume.
To turn your home into a mystical forest, you can buy real or fake plants to display everywhere, hang up a forest backdrop on your walls, and get some cute stuffed animal friends. You can make a beautiful wooden sign that points kids to all of the attractions at your party. For example, if they walk toward the enchanted lake, they’ll find an inflatable pool where they can play hook-a-duck.
5. Friendly Fall Festival
One of the best parts about fall is all of the charming festivals that you can attend. Since buying a bunch of tickets and having enough adult supervision isn’t always feasible, you should bring the fall festival to your home instead. Depending on your living space and the weather, you have the option to host this party indoors or outdoors.
Creating a fall festival ambiance is simple when you can set up some pumpkins, scarecrows, bales of hay, and carnival games. One game that will provide lots of entertainment for both kids and adult spectators involves hanging up doughnuts or apples on strings and challenging the kids to eat the treats without using their hands. You can also do other activities like bean bag toss, potato sack race, and bowling.
6. Vampire Dance Party
As kids get older, they’ll go to plenty of school dances. Some are lucky enough to have an amazing time, but usually they never live up to the hype. If you want to give your child and their friends the greatest dance party ever, then you could host a vampire dance party for their birthday.
Every kid should come dressed up as a vampire and get ready to dance the night away. In order to keep the party going, make sure you create a killer playlist and serve lots of snacks and drinks. Older kids will be content to dance and hang out with their friends while younger kids will love playing games like musical chairs. If your child doesn’t love the vampire theme, then feel free to switch it up with zombies, superheroes, or anything else they’re passionate about.
7. Outdoor Movie Night
With so many creepy and lighthearted Halloween movies for kids out there, your child will love picking out their favorite flick to share with their friends. You can make this movie night unforgettable by hosting it outdoors as long as the weather permits. If it gets a little chilly in the evening where you live, then you can set out tons of blankets and tell everyone to bring a sweatshirt along.
Playing a movie outside is easy once you buy a portable projector. You can stream the movie with ease and project it onto the side of your house or hang up an affordable screen for extra clarity. You’ll of course need to serve hot chocolate, popcorn, Halloween candy, and other snacks for the kids to munch on.
Halloween Birthday Party Games
What do kids do at Halloween parties exactly? The best festivities will have tons of games and activities to keep the guests occupied. All you have to do is set the mood with the top Halloween songs and play any of the following games:
1. Black Light Clue Game
Children love solving puzzles, so you can put their skills to the test by making a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt. The only things that you’ll need to turn this vision into a reality are a black light pen, a few black light flashlights, and some creativity. By writing your clues with secret ink that’s only visible when black light shines on it, you can send the guests off on a unique scavenger hunt.
You should give everyone the first clue and show them how to read it. From there, they’ll have to solve each clue until the final clue tells them where the treasure is. One option you have is to save this game for the end of the party. This can allow the treasure to be the goodie bags that everyone gets to take home.
2. Mini Pumpkin Hunt
No Halloween-themed birthday party would be complete without a mini pumpkin hunt. This is exactly like an Easter egg hunt, but with a fall twist. The game will be easiest if you use little plastic pumpkins, but feel free to use real pumpkins if you can find ones that aren’t too heavy for kids to carry around in a bucket.
The major difference here is that mini pumpkins don’t open up to reveal treasures like eggs do, so you’ll have to give out prizes later. An exciting way to reward the hunters is to set up a prize table that has items with different pumpkin values. Kids can save their pumpkins to get one big, awesome prize or a bunch of smaller prizes. The kids will appreciate being able to choose what they want as opposed to being stuck with whatever is inside of an Easter egg.
3. Rebuild Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein’s monster is a Halloween staple. If you’d like to whip up some friendly competition, then you can gather the kids into groups to rebuild Frankenstein’s monster. Whichever team can bring this spooky monster back to life first can win a nice prize.
Each team should have a kit that includes cutouts of various body parts that they have to figure out how to arrange. If your child has a different preference, this game can work for any other Halloween character as well. The kids are guaranteed to shriek in delight as they fight to finish before their opponents do.
4. Guess the Ghost
If you plan on throwing a larger Halloween birthday party, then you should consider playing a game where the kids have to guess who the ghost is. You can take five kids away from the group and cover them in a sheet so they’re a mysterious ghost. One at a time, each kid can stand in front of the group as the others try to figure out who the ghost is.
To prevent giving their identity away too soon, instruct the kids to change their voice so they can sound like scary ghosts. You could also tell the audience to ask yes or no questions so the ghosts can shake their heads or give a thumbs up or thumbs down as a response. After that group is identified, you can take another group of kids and transform them into ghosts until every guest has had a turn.
5. Skeleton Head Relay Race
You can always count on a relay race to provide lots of entertainment no matter how old the kids are. To keep this game on theme, you should tell the guests that the goal is to fill up a hollow skeleton head so it can have a brain again. The item that the kids will run with could be Smarties candies, which will make everyone laugh.
Have the kids break up into even teams and form lines. Each person will hold a spoon that they’ll use to scoop up Smarties from one container and transfer them to the skull that’s farther away. They’ll take turns cycling through the line until the skeleton’s head is full.
6. Blindfolded Candy Guessing Game
One of the best parts of Halloween is going trick or treating and coming home with a massive supply of candy. Kids may think that they’re candy connoisseurs, but they’d be surprised by how difficult it is to guess what candy they’re eating if they don’t see the wrapper first. You can find out who the candy champion is by putting their taste buds to the ultimate test.
Before you start, make sure that every kid has a blindfold on so they can’t peek and that all of the candies are unwrapped for easy eating. You can create a tally sheet that has every person’s name on it so you can mark down points whenever someone guesses the candy correctly. After the children have eaten one type of candy, you can ask for their guesses one at a time. Be sure to give the winner a neat prize.
7. Find the Candy Game
One simple activity that will have everyone giggling is the find the candy game. The goal sounds effortless, but the kids will soon discover how much work they’ll have to put in to find the candy. To set up, you can take a little piece of candy like an M&M or Starburst, put it on a plate, and cover everything with a tall layer of whipped cream.
Once everyone is seated and ready to play, you can count down and tell the children when to go. Silly mayhem will ensue when the kids shove their faces into the whipped cream to hunt for the candy. The first person to locate the candy wins. To keep cleanup simple, you can use paper plates and set down a disposable tablecloth. Don’t forget to snap a goofy picture of everyone after their faces are covered in whipped cream.
Halloween Birthday Food Ideas
How do you throw a kid-friendly Halloween party? You have to keep everyone’s bellies full so they have enough energy to enjoy the festivities. Instead of serving boring party snacks, there are all kinds of wacky Halloween dishes that are sure to please even the pickiest palates.
1. Oozing Cake
Out of all the Halloween birthday ideas out there, nothing is more important than the cake. This is where your child will get sung to and make their special birthday wish, so you need to ensure that the cake is going to wow everyone. A clever way that you can accomplish this is by making an oozing cake.
Even the most inexperienced home bakers can whip up a Bundt cake their child and friends will love. The beauty of Bundt cakes is that you can fill the center with a thick liquid that oozes out once you make the first cut. If you can cover the entire cake with frosting, then people will gasp at the cool surprise hidden inside. You should tell the guests that the liquid is slime, alien blood, snot, or any other ingredient that’s perfect for the Halloween birthday party theme.
2. Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
Whether you love it or hate it, candy corn is one of the most iconic types of Halloween candy. You can combine this sweet treat with some salty and buttery popcorn to delight your guests’ taste buds. If you want to ensure that people who aren’t a fan of candy corn can crunch on some popcorn balls, then feel free to make a few batches using different Halloween candies.
This recipe can teach you how to create the recipe from scratch. To save time and skip some steps, you can also buy some popcorn that’s already popped. Once you have your popcorn on hand, you can melt down some marshmallows and pour the sugary liquid on top of the popcorn and Halloween candy. Use your hands to form popcorn balls and let everything harden.
3. Halloween Burgers
Hamburgers are many kids’ favorite meal, so why not put a spooky twist on this classic dish? The good news is that you can fry up some traditional burgers and veggie burgers like you usually would, but you’ll have to be a little creative with your decorations. There are a few different approaches you could take.
If any kids want cheese on their burger, you should cut out little shapes to create a skull or jack o’ lantern. You can shop for buns that are unique colors like black to stay with the theme. Some topping ideas could include adding 8 fries to the side to look like spider legs, placing green olives on top to look like eyes, and sticking a sliced pickle or piece of bacon out like a tongue.
4. Halloween Sandwich Cutouts
Burgers may take the crown when it comes to sandwiches, but there are still many other kinds that kids can’t get enough of. From peanut butter and jelly to ham and cheese and oven-roasted turkey, you should serve a variety of sandwiches to ensure that every kid can choose something that they like. Instead of serving sandwiches the normal way, you should take things up a notch with the help of some Halloween cookie cutters.
You can use any cookie cutter you want to make festive sandwiches. Cats, bats, witches’ hats, pumpkins, and ghosts are a few of the many cutters you can find. Since these cookie cutters will also create a seal around the sandwich, eating will be less messy as well.
5. Graveyard Cups
Dirt and worms cups are a whimsical childhood treat that tends to get served during special occasions. Since your child deserves to be the star of their birthday party, you can impress their friends by making graveyard cups. To nail the presentation, be sure to use clear plastic or glass cups so people are able to see everything inside.
Assembling your cups involves scooping some chocolate pudding into the bottom, layering some crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies or chocolate cake on top to resemble dirt, and adding gummy worms in the soil. For a Halloween spin, you can top your graveyard cups with shortbread cookies decorated like a tombstone. You could even buy some tiny skeleton molds to fill with white chocolate and top as an additional garnish.
6. Monster Tacos
Tacos are another easy crowd pleaser because they’re so versatile and filling. You can stuff the tacos with all kinds of ingredients so the kids are able to choose whatever they’re in the mood for. Ground beef, shredded chicken, black beans, fajita veggies, corn, pico de gallo, guacamole, and refried beans are some great ideas.
What makes these tacos unlike any other ordinary taco is how you present them. Once you’ve got all of your tacos assembled, the final touch will be two small dollops of sour cream on top. Next, you can add two slices of black olives on top of the sour cream so that it looks like a pair of eyeballs on the tacos.
7. Halloween S’mores
If you have a spacious backyard where people can gather, then you should consider building a campfire to set an eerie mood. Kids of all ages love making their own s’mores, so your child’s party will be a guaranteed hit if there’s a spooky Halloween bonfire outside. You can still create s’mores indoors if you set up plenty of unscented tea candles so each child has their own little fire to roast with.
Every fall, Peeps comes out with cool Halloween sweets shaped like ghosts, Frankenstein’s monster, black cats, and jack o’ lanterns. You can choose one type of Peeps to set a theme or get every variety so the kids have options. These s’mores will no doubt taste better than traditional ones because they’ll have a dose of Halloween magic.
These Halloween Birthday Party Ideas Will Light Up Your Child’s World
Coming up with Halloween birthday party ideas shouldn’t be a frightening task. If you rely on this guide, then you can focus on enjoying the festivities just as much as your child’s guests. You can bet that the parents will want to stick around for the fun as well.
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