Halloween Party for Toddlers

A few weeks ago, in my wisdom, I decided to invite O’s friends for a Halloween party.  The night before, I was frantically cleaning and spreading cobwebs and spiders all over the conservatory and putting up Halloween bunting and tinsel around the rest of the house.  We even had a “Keep Out” sign over the living room door with strips of black net dangling down to be walked through…  Fast forward to Saturday and the day has arrived…

Halloween Party for Toddlers

Halloween Party for Toddlers

Halloween Party for Toddlers

I’d bought some prizes of Halloween Play Dough, colouring book and pencils, glow in the dark bubbles and fancy sweets from the local sweetie shop.  But what games can you play with a room full of 3-5 year olds?!

Halloween Party for Toddlers

I’d been brainstorming and thought that the easiest thing would be to go with Pass the Parcel.  Every kid loves Pass the Parcel.  I wrapped one of the prizes in gift wrap (or Happy Birthday paper as I had nothing else) and between each layer, I’d add a couple of chocolate skeletons or a lollipop for the unlucky ones!  This went down a storm and the kids sat quietly, patient but eager for the music to stop so that they could try their luck.

Halloween Party for Toddlers

Next, we played Musical Statues.  A was in charge of the music and was quoted afterwards saying “That’s the most stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life!”!!  When the music stopped and as each child moved, they were out of the game.  O made everyone howl with laughter by stopping still when the music paused, but by then shouting “STATUES!” with a funny little bum wiggle and arm gesture!  Everyone creased up, but we had to keep it fair and disqualify him from the rest of the game.  Little did we know, O’s friend L was the Master of Musical Statues and won the first game and was in the final for the second!  We had to cheat a little so he didn’t win the second game, although looking back, he probably should have sat out…

Halloween Party for Toddlers

A friend of mine had found this idea for a kids party game and we decided to go with it, last minute.  I’d bought a load of chocolate eyeballs and was just going to use them in the party bags.  But…  Cook 3 packets of cheap value spaghetti and put it into a big bowl, bucket or improvise with a plastic waste bin from O’s bedroom…  Tip all the spaghetti in and mix in a load of the chocolate eyeballs; the spaghetti looks like worms and it feels so yucky!  We had planned for the kids to be able to win a prize for the most eyeballs collected, but there was too many of them so we just let them find one at a time amongst the spaghetti.  Some of the kids loved getting in amongst the goo, but others hated touching the sticky, cold spaghetti!

Halloween Party for Toddlers

A popular game, traditional to Halloween would be Apple Bobbing.  As all the kids were quite young, we decided to give this one a miss (partly because I didn’t want water all over my tiles or carpet!) and went with Doughnuts on a String instead.  The aim of the game is to grab the doughnut in your mouth with your hands tied behind your back.  The kids did really well with this one – I was pleasantly surprised!  Even A had a go, which led to some innuendos from our friends!!  All in the name of fun!

Halloween Party for Toddlers

Earlier in the day, I had prepared (with the help of my amazing Sister-in-Law) a pile of sandwiches, pizzas, and cakes and put out some other savoury snacks.  I had also prepared some Fruit Salad Jack O’ Lanterns using Oranges as the pumpkin, removing the orange from the inside and filling it with a  mixture of apple, strawberries and grapes.  My lovely Sister-in-Law is talented in the arty department and used a permanent marker to draw pumpkin faces onto the orange skins.  I was really impressed with them.

Halloween Party for Toddlers

And I even had a go at dressing up along with some of the other adults…

Halloween Party for Toddlers

And this was our Halloween party!  The kids had a fab time, all the adults had a laugh too which helps, and off they tottered home with a party bag full of sweeties and flumps and ready for bed.  I would definitely do it again, but give myself less food to prepare from scratch I think!

7 thoughts on “Halloween Party for Toddlers

  1. What a lovely thing to do! 🙂 My babies are 19 months old now and I said to my husband on Friday that next year we would do a little party for them and their little friends! This year they are just too young to understand what’s going on, but I think 2 and a 1/2 would be a great age for them to have their first Halloween party!

    Will ‘borrow’ some of your games and tips!! 🙂 So exciting — am looking forward to it already!! X

  2. Oh looks like you all had alot of fun the spagetti idea looks amazing we did that not over halloween but as something too do at home the kiddios loved it. lovely next thing is Christmas huzzah. Thanks for joining in with Sunday round up xx

  3. Umm book me in for next year ! I did a kids party too so noisy but well worth it ! I’ll be pinching the doughnut game for all future parties..;-) looks fab well done all ! X #sundayroundup

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