How to Throw the Ultimate Kids’ Halloween Party: Games, Food and Decorations

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From recipes to games and decorations, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate kids’ Halloween party.

Halloween party decorations

If you’re hosting a kids’ Halloween party, go easy on the fake blood and try using playful decorations instead, such as bunting, balloons, pumpkins, lights and fake cobwebs.

There are hundreds of decorations you can purchase, or even make at home yourself – here are just a few ideas to get you started…

Pumpkin Lantern Light, £5

Halloween pumpkin lanternAdd a creepy atmosphere to your home this Halloween with this spectacular lantern. It also comes with its own LED lights, so there’s no need for candles either.

Buy now from Sainsbury’s


Personalised Outdoor Mat, £26.99

Personalised Halloween matWelcome guests to your haunted house on Halloween with this specially designed doormat – simply add your own surname to personalise.

READ MORE: Best kids’ Halloween costumes for 2018

Buy it now from Getting Personal


LED Paper House Hanging Decoration, £5

John Lewis Halloween lantern

This super lightweight paper lantern makes a cute and simple decoration for any Halloween party – hang it up in a porch or doorway for your guests to admire as they walk in.

Buy it now from John Lewis


Monsters of the World Party Straws, £1.95

Rex London Monster Straws

Made from recyclable paper, these colourful straws are the perfect accompaniment to your spooky Halloween-themed mocktails.

Buy it now from Rex London


Halloween White Cobweb, £3

Sainsburys cobweb

This white cobweb can be used to decorate tables, windows and more. There’s a few plastic spiders included too to really give your guests chills!

Buy now from Sainsbury’s


Skeleton Glitter Garland, £2

Skull decoration

Available in both a skull and pumpkin design, this glittery garland can be hung around your home ready for a brilliantly scary Halloween bash.

Buy now from Wilko


Happy Ghost Trick or Treat decoration, £2.50

Sass & Belle - Happy Ghost Trick or Treat Halloween Decoration, £2.50

Let trick or treaters know exactly what’s in store when they arrive at your door, with this reversible ghost-themed decoration.

Buy it now from Sass & Belle


Halloween Bunting Decoration Set, £5.99

Halloween-Bunting-DecorationsPerfect for hanging at home for a party or above your front door, this classic set of Halloween bunting perfectly from MIAHART is the perfect spooky party accessory.

But it now from Amazon


Trick or Treating Essentials

Scootaheadz, £14.99

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Danny Dino Scootaheadz.

Is it just us, or has trick or treating become somewhat of an extreme sport. The race is on to get to all the houses on your straight before all the good sweets go and your kids are left scrapping over the Bounty’s and the Werther’s Originals. A scooter could help your little ones to whizz around from house to house. But let’s face it, a scooter could totally ruin their terrifying (totally-not-scary-in-any-way-but-oh-so-cute) fancy dress costume.  Enter Scootaheadz. 

Conveniently fitting all scooter brands and a selection of bikes and trikes, little ones can collect their seasonal treats with their favourite scary buddy along for the ride. The perfect accessory to match little ones scary costumes this Halloween.

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Halloween party food

Once you’ve decked the halls with the deadliest of décor, it’s time to take to the kitchen and whip up the spookiest spread possible!

GAIL’s Bakery has also launched a delicious selection of freakish treats this October, which will be available across its London stores until 31 October.

Monster fingers, £1.30

These soft, chewy almond macaroons are designed to look like creepy fingers.

Gail's Bakery Monster Fingers

Speculoos skeletons, £1.30

These flavoursome biscuits are made with cinnamon and mixed spice, topped with icing.

Iced chocolate biscuits, £4.50 for four

Made with dark cocoa powder, these tasty treats are iced with a Halloween stencil.

Gail's Bakery Iced Biscuits

There’ll also be a range of family biscuit-decorating workshops held across the capital over half term, including Richmond on 24 October, Camden on 29 October, and Balham on 30 October. Find out more here.

You can also get your little horrors to assist you with these delicious creations from family food expert and bestselling author Annabel Karmel – you can also find more Halloween-themed recipes here.

Gingerbread skeletons

Gingerbread-biscuits

These crunchy delights are most definitely the ‘treat’ within ‘trick of treat’ – get your spook on with these gingerbread skeletons.

Get the recipe for gingerbread skeletons


Spooky stuffed peppers

Spooky Stuffed Peppers

Halloween isn’t just about pumpkins! Get creative and have fun carving out spooky faces into orange peppers, then pack them with all kinds of delicious fillings.

Get the recipe for spooky stuffed peppers


Ghoulish ghost pizza

Ghoulish Ghost Pizza

Fuel up for a night of trick or treating with this flavoursome dinnertime snack – cut mozzarella into ghostly shapes or invent your own Halloween-themed toppings!

Get the recipe for ghoulish ghost pizza


Bat cookies

Bat Cookies

These tasty biscuits are so easy to make, and are the perfect companion to a warm glass of chocolate milk on a cold night.

Get the recipe for bat cookies


Top Tips for Halloween When Kids With Allergies

A recent survey, carried out by Marty’s – a new kids’ allergy-free brand – in partnership with Emma Amoscato, author of Living With Allergies: Practical Tips For All The Family, found that 8 out of 10 allergy-impacted children felt left out at parties – particularly at Halloween.

To combat this Emma (who has two allergy-prone children herself) has come up with some top tips for parents to help make Halloween as inclusive as possible.

1. Provide non-food treats 


Allergy or not, when kids already have a bag full of chocolate, it’s extra special to find a treat like a glow stick or a colouring book. Fun things like Halloween-themed pencils, erasers, stickers or bouncy balls can be bulk bought easily for parties and will keep kids entertained throughout the Halloween period.

2. Have a new response to ‘trick or treat’ 


Communication is key for allergy-impacted children and parents, so why not ask if anyone has food allergies every time a trick-or-treater comes to your door? If the answer is yes, you can give the group your non-food treats, or ask the parent to choose what might be safe out of your assortment.

3. Look out for allergy-friendly brands


Allergy-friendly brands can make it much easier to cater for Halloween, especially if you can find something fun and full of flavour that kids will love! Once you have checked what allergy a child has, you can cross reference the product packaging to identify whether the treat is suitable. This means everyone can get involved and no one needs to be left out.

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4. Show that you are allergy-aware


Use a picture or poster in the window of your home to show that you are allergy-aware. This will help to make it super clear for passers-by and trick or treaters that your household has non-food treats as well.

5. Host an allergy-friendly party 


Hosting an allergy-friendly party is a great way to be in control of the food you serve and it also demonstrates just how easy it can be to other parents. Why not round everyone up and throw a party your children will not forget, by playing musical statues or having a fancy dress competition? You can also provide a non-food orientated party bag at the end for all children to enjoy post-celebration which will provide endless hours of entertainment.

6. Don’t snack on the go 


Remind all kids who are trick-or-treating not to gobble up their goodies until they get home. This way parents of kids with food allergies can check the labels before their kids eat anything, and this allows kids who are normally careful with their allergy to check things in their own time and not let their guard down when getting caught up in the excitement with their friends. If a child is on their own, and they’re not quite sure about their allergies then a non-food treat is always the safest option.


Halloween party games

No party is complete without an activity or two, and with Halloween all it takes is a little imagination. Go traditional with a spot of apple bobbing, or why not get inventive and create your own game from scratch? There’s plenty of options out there to buy, too.


Pumpkin decorating

Pumpkin decorating
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Encourage your guests to get artistic with a spot of pumpkin painting. You could even reward a prize for the most impressive-looking creation!

What you’ll need: An acrylic painting set with brushes (Acrylic paint 24 set, £11.99, Amazon).


Halloween bingo, £3.99

Halloween bingoMuch like the traditional game, this fun activity replaces numbers with Halloween-related items, such as ‘witch’, ‘haunted house’ and ‘potions’.

Buy it now from Amazon


Apple bobbing

Apple bobbing
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Apple bobbing is simple – all you need is a big bucket or bowl full of water, a few crunchy apples, and some willing participants! Be sure to put some towels on the floor to prevent your floors from getting damp.


Knock-it-down game

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This easy-to-play activity invites your guests to knock down as many cups or cans as possible, by throwing a small ball.

What you’ll need: A pack of white plastic cups (Disposable white plastic cups, £3.41, Amazon).

READ MORE: You can now get plastic-free kids’ party bags

Decorate white plastic cups with black marker pens to turn them into ghosts, or purchase spooky Halloween-themed beakers to give your game a ghoulish twist.


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