It's that time of year again! Britney has some great Halloween party themes that you should try with your kids to really connect and have fun as a family!
Hi Freebs! It’s Britney from Color My Happy. It’s October, which means it’s almost Halloween! I love Halloween, so today I’m sharing how to connect with your kids through Halloween party themes. Throwing a simple Halloween party with your kids is an easy way to have fun, bond, and celebrate the holiday. Each of these Halloween party themes can be celebrated small, with just your kids or a few cousins and neighbors, or turn them into a HUGE Halloween bash and invite tons of friends!
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Kids love themes, and so do I! It makes planning and preparation a lot easier and gets kids excited for what’s to come. Each of these Halloween party themes includes a food idea, an activity, books to read, and movies to watch. Plus, all of them are pretty simple to throw together! Seriously, we’re talking a half hour max—but most take way less than that to prepare.
So let’s dive in! Here are 5 Halloween party themes for kids…
PUMPKIN HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME
When you think of Halloween, you probably automatically think of pumpkins! Here's a fun and easy way to turn them into a Halloween party theme.
PUMPKIN PATCH DIRT CUP SNACK
Layer some chocolate pudding in a cup, sprinkle crushed up Oreos on top for soil, then place candy corn pumpkins onto the soil.
Take it a step further by “planting” pumpkin seeds (regular candy corn) the night before, then watch your kids’ faces light up when they see a pumpkin grew overnight!
DECORATE A PUMPKIN
I don't know about your kids, but mine go crazy when they get to decorate a pumpkin! There are a few different ways you can do this, depending on how intense you want to get and how old your kids are:
- Decorate with face stickers designed for pumpkins.
- Carve them.
- Use paint.
- Pull out glue, markers, and random craft supplies and let the kids go to town.
No matter what method you choose, kids will love this activity and love getting to spend time with you while they do it!
PUMPKIN BOOK IDEAS
- Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
- The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry (great for toddlers!)
- How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? By Margaret McNamara
- Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
- The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
For more Halloween picture book ideas, check out this post.
PUMPKIN MOVIE IDEAS
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a classic all kids will love! Alternately, you could watch The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin—especially if you read that book!
GHOSTS HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME
Ghosts may be spooky for some, but for us, they're fun! Try out these ideas to see just how fun they can be.
GHOST TOOTSIE POPS
I remember making these as a kid in elementary school. It was such a fun experience that I still think about it to this day! They're simple to make, fun to eat, and keep kids quiet and busy for a while afterward while you read or put on a movie!
Simply take a tissue and wrap it around a Tootsie Pop, securing it with a mini clear elastic. Then use a black marker to draw on eyes and a mouth. Ta-da! That’s it! Seriously, it’s the simplest thing ever!
Cut several ghost shapes out of plain paper, then hide them around the house and see how many your kids can find! You could also use the Tootsie Pop ghosts for this game, hiding one per kid and letting them keep the one they find.
GHOST BOOK IDEAS
- Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
- The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
- How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
- How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan
- No Such Thing by Ella Bailey
GHOST MOVIE IDEAS
Casper! It might be too scary for really little ones, but it’s mostly funny and light. My four-year-old loves it, and she doesn’t like scary things. Or watch one of its many spin-offs, like Casper Meets Wendy (for all you Hilary Duff fans!). The Canterville Ghost and Mostly Ghostly are also other great options.
WITCH HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME
You really can't go wrong throwing a witch-themed Halloween party! Add in an extra fun element by dressing up as them.
WITCH'S BREW DRINK
Get a spoonful of rainbow sherbet and place in the bottom of a cup. Fill the glass with equal parts Sprite and Green Apple Gatorade. Finally, top with some gummy worms and maybe a fake eyeball (just make sure that they don't eat them if they're a toy). Serve!
It's such a simple drink to make, but I can promise you that your kids will have so. much. fun. drinking them! And it tastes good for adults, too. 😉
WITCH'S KITCHEN ACTIVITY
This feel-and-guess game is so gross and so fun! Put each item in a labeled brown paper bag so kids can’t see what’s inside. Tell them what “potion ingredient” it is, then have them reach in and feel it.
Once they’ve all felt the item, you can ask for guesses about what they think it really is. Be sure to have a camera ready because this game will produce some unforgettable Kodak moments!
Here are some witchy ingredient ideas:
- Zombie Eyeballs (olives)
- Cat Intestines (cooked fettuccine)
- Werewolf Tongue (chunks of banana peels)
- Vampire Teeth (candy corn)
- Witch fingers (carrots)
- Ghost Poop (cotton balls)
- Wizard Ears (dried apricots)
- Mummy Skin (gauze)
- Ogre Heart (pear halves)
- Bat Brains (raisins)
WITCH BOOK IDEAS
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
- Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker
- It’s Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby
WITCH MOVIE IDEAS
Hocus Pocus is my top pick. It may be too scary for really little kids, so you could alternately watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks. If you’ve got really brave kids, watch The Witches!
HAUNTED HOUSES HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME
What's more creepy than a haunted house on Halloween? I've got some fun ways to take them from creepy to fun in this Halloween party theme idea!
BUILD YOUR OWN HAUNTED HOUSE
Some haunted house decorations include:
Get creative! Kids will have a blast doing this activity in October rather than the traditional December. Don’t forget to eat your house when you’re done!
SPOOKY DANCE PARTY
Put on costumes, turn off the lights, get some glow sticks and have a dance party. You can even dance to a fun Halloween playlist! There are lots of great kids’ Halloween songs out there. Visit your favorite music streamer (Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music are some of the best) and search “Halloween Kids”. Or ask your Echo to play “Halloween Disney Music.” That one has been on repeat at our house for a couple of weeks, now!
- At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman
- Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween by Mike Petrik
- In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
- Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
MONSTERS HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME
They did the mash, they did the monster mash. The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash… Now that you're in the mood, let's talk all things monster for your Halloween party theme!
Decorate sugar cookies with monster faces! You can use homemade or store-bought cookies and frosting, whichever you prefer!
Simply dye frosting bright monster colors, then grab some items to decorate with.
- Edible eyeballs
- Twizzlers Pull-N-Peel
- Mini M&Ms
- Edible gel
Use Play-Doh and random craft supplies to create your own monster! Pull out googly eyes, pom poms, colorful pipe cleaners (cut to various sizes), jewels, beads, or any other fun craft supplies, then let your kids stick items into the dough to create their perfect monster.
This activity is a blast and keeps kids occupied for a long time! It doesn't take much time to set up, either, so I'd call that a win-win in my book.
MONSTER BOOK IDEAS
- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
- My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
- There’s A Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
- The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
- Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
MONSTER MOVIE IDEAS
KIDS' HALLOWEEN PARTY THEMES
Themed days make the holidays extra fun. So pick a theme (or do them all) and celebrate with your kids! You’ll love the fun, laughter, and memories it creates.
Which of these Halloween party themes do you want to try first? Let me know in the comments below! If you want more ideas on how to better connect with your kids and create a happy motherhood, hop over to my blog or find me on Instagram. I’d love to see you there!
Looking for some more great Halloween ideas?
- Get some GREAT ideas for throwing your own adult Halloween party!
- Make fun DIY Little Mermaid costumes for the whole family!
- Find some new ways to use up leftover Halloween candy.
- Here are some cute and easy DIY Frozen costumes.
Hi, I’m Britney and I’m passionate about helping moms find joy in motherhood through self-love—recognizing the good we do as moms, productivity—learning how to get more done in less time, and relationships—finding the best ways connect with those we love. Motherhood is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding, things in the world, so I love connecting with other moms and sharing our stories, struggles, and tips & tricks. I’d love to see you over on my website Color My Happy!