Have a happy Halloween with all the ghosts at home with these Halloween party ideas. Halloween parties are among the most fun, and informal to host. A good Halloween party will live on in legends for years to come. If these are not compelling enough reasons to induce you into going through all the expense and bother of hosting an All Hallows Eve event think of this: you will know where and with whom your children are.
Now lets get down to business, no matter the motivation keeping your children safe or entertained, the party still needs to be fun. One of the best ways to ensure this is to pick the proper theme.
Picking the theme is not as difficult as it may seem if you know what your target audience is. For example, there is a vast difference in the kind of theme party that will delight 5 year olds and those that will please the teen or pre-teen set.
Group Halloween Party Ideas by Age
Lets start with the most challenging group, a party theme for all ages. It is tricky to choose a theme that pleases teens, entertains younger children and doesn't drive parents batty. For this to work it might be best if you make your guest list before you choose a theme. Once you know who will be invited, what their interests are and the exact age spread you are aiming to please then the theme is narrowed.
A sure fire family pleasing theme is Cowboys and Indians, but broaden it to an old west theme. Take it one step farther and narrow it to classic western television shows or movies. What kid didn't go through a cowboy or horse loving phase? Make it a family affair, and ask your guests to come ready for a regular hoe down.
With the Wild West as your theme games, décor and food is easy. Have your guests try lassoing a make-shift steer, pin the tail on the donkey and square dancing are all fun. To get creative try an old time western showdown. For the décor use checkered table clothes and corn stalks in abundance. If you can get a hold of a few hay bales, they make great seats and are tre western. For the eats apple pie, BBQ beef sandwiches and lemonade fit the bill just fine.
Other family centered themes are: The Monster Mash: Have guests dress up as their favorite monsters and get ready for a hauntingly good time. Play a family wide game of clue based on the classic game or watch the movie. A Peanuts Halloween party is sure to please your youngest party goers as well bring back fond memories for older siblings and parents.
If you can't seem to settle on a theme that is sure to please each member of your multi-generational guest list then you can choose a theme that you know is most likely to please the bulk of your guests and just add a few games or activities not totally related, but that will appease the age group your chosen theme might leave hanging out to dry.
A Party for Mummy's Little Darlings
A party geared for the younger set, ages 3-8, is a lot of fun but also requires a lot of planning to make sure that your pint sized guests don't declare boredom after five minutes and begin to ransack the house. Halloween parties are the one possible exception to this rule. Most of the entertainment needs are met for you in the form of trick or treating, and after your party goers return home with a sack of loot most of them will want to do little else other than worship their newly attained treasures.
To pick a party theme aimed at youngsters begin by taking a look at your child's interests. A cartoon character or movie character themed party is sure to be a hit as well as easily managed entertainment. Once you meet and trick or treat simply pass out pillows and blankets then punch play on the DVD. Instant entertainment.
Other themes that can be frightfully fun for a teeny Halloween party are: a night at the museum: for this party set up a few displays to entertain and included them in your games; a haunted mansion is always a classic. Turn each room in your house into a different creepy experience. Be careful not to over do it, these are young kids. Super heroes are fantastic fun, and not at all creepy if you are worried about the chill factor. They are just fun and the games you can play based on super hero powers are sure to be a hit!
One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how carefully you pick your theme you are bound to have at least one guest show up who is not dressed up according to your party's theme. Don't sweat it; the point is to have fun, and have you ever tried to get a four year old to change his mind?