Simple Halloween Party Ideas

Throw a frighteningly fun (and easy) Halloween party for your little monsters with these simple ideas for activities, decor, and food.

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The Kids Are All Fright!

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The Kids Are All Fright!

Invite the neighborhood kids over for a pre-trick-or-treating Halloween bash! Encourage them to come dressed in their costumes so they can head out to go collect their candy together.

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Frankenstein Noisemakers

Scott Little

Frankenstein Noisemakers

The funny face on this noisemaker are sure to scare away everything that goes bump in the night -- not to mention add some extra pizzazz to your Halloween party. Adults can prep the plates by punching the holes around the edges and cutting a hole in the bottom for the dowel. Kids will have a blast putting noisemaker filler inside and decorating the outside with dimensional paint and cutout facial features. See the download for detailed instructions.

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Mini Witch Hat Pinatas

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Halloween Game: Mystery Bowls

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Halloween Game: Mystery Bowls

Fill separate bowls with baggies of pudding, cold pasta, and peeled grapes, then cover each bowl with black felt and place bowls on a table. Have kids take turns closing their eyes and sticking their hands into the bowls to feel the different "body parts" in each one.

Tip: Take pictures of kids' expressions as they reach into the bowls; send them as party favors after the night is over!

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Pin the Bow Tie on the Skeleton Game

Scott Little

Pin the Bow Tie on the Skeleton Game

This take on the classic party game uses a skeleton and bows rather than a donkey and tails for a Halloween twist. To make it, download the template and enlarge as desired. Tape the pattern to a window or glass door, cover it with the canvas, and transfer the pattern onto the canvas with a pencil. Paint the skeleton and background, referring to the photo for color placement; let dry. Sew a rod pocket across the top to accommodate a dowel. Paint the dowel with black and white acrylic paint; let dry. Insert the dowel into the pocket and tie a ribbon onto the dowel ends for hanging. Make a ribbon bow tie for each guest. Place repositionable adhesive on the backs of the ties so they can be stuck and restuck onto the canvas.

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Halloween Game: Bone-a-fied Scavenger Hunt

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Halloween Game: Bone-a-fied Scavenger Hunt

Paint a bunch of large dog bones white and one orange, then hide them around the backyard. Start a timer and send kids out to find the bones. The child who finds the orange doggy treat wins a special prize, but be sure to give the rest of the kids a Halloween treat for looking!

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Jack-o'-Lantern Bag Toss

Greg Scheidemann

Jack-o'-Lantern Bag Toss

Put a Halloween spin on the classic bean-bag game by creating a jack-o'-lantern themed board out of wood or foam core. If you have enough time, make two so your guests can play a side-by-side timed match.

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Pumpkin Painting

Helen Norman

Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkin carving can get messy, plus it's difficult to accomplish in larger groups. Instead, give guests a chance to paint a jack-o'-lantern with the face of their choosing. Use muffin tins to separate paint colors and keep spills at bay.

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Sparkly Squash

Tara Donne

Sparkly Squash

To create these bejeweled decorations, glue sequin trim to pumpkins in stripes or spirals -- no carving required! Sequin trim, $2 per roll; Michaels stores.

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Halloween Decor: A Spooky Street Sign

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Halloween Decor: A Spooky Street Sign

Use black paint to write Halloween-theme street names such as Witch Way, Goblin's Gorge, and Pumpkin Place on pieces of scrap wood, then nail the pieces at various angles to a 5-foot-tall garden stake. Stick the stake in the ground or into a large planter.

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Halloween Treat: House on Witch Cupcake

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Apple Monsters

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Apple Monsters

Dress up your apples using various candies to look silly or frightful for Halloween. Cut a wedge from each apple as the mouth, then give fall's favorite fruit a Halloween makeover!

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Spinning Spirits

Alexandra Grablewski

Spinning Spirits

Hung from the ceiling, these friendly paper ghosts will swirl, sway, and spook all night long.
1. Draw a ghost shape on a sheet of white poster board, and cut it out.
2.Cut eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and attach them with glue.
3.To hang the ghost, poke a small hole in the top, thread a string through it, and knot it.

Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Creepy Eyes

Alison Miksch

Creepy Eyes

With a few simple DIY touches, you can transform your home into a haunted house. Start with orange and black colors and go from there. Cut out felt or paper "eyes" to peer out at partygoers from mirrors, doorways, or trees. Line windows with black paper silhouettes in spooky shapes or decorate the food table with creepy decorations like a mini-pumpkin spider placed among the treats.

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