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, £13.99

pumpkin-lantern-halloween-decorationsAdd a creepy atmosphere to your home this Halloween with a spooky pumpkin Jack O’lantern. It also comes with its own LED lights, so there’s no need for candles either.

Buy now from Sainsbury’s

Black Foliage Doorscaping Kit, £69.99

halloween-partyWhether you are looking to decorate a fright night party or focusing on creating a spine-tingling front entrance, this is an excellent addition to your ghoulish display.

Buy now from Ginger Ray

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: The Best Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Buy it now from Getting Personal

Boot, Hat and Cat Hanging Decoration Set, £10

Ideal for hanging from a spooky twig decoration to create an eerie atmosphere in an instant, or adorn a porch or doorway for your guests to admire as they walk in.

Buy it now from John Lewis

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

Tinsel Spider Decoration, £5

tinsel-spider-decorationMake it a fright night to remember with this Giant Tinsel Spider decoration. Hang up in your home ready for a brilliantly scary Halloween bash.

Buy now from Wilko

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.

Buy it now from Amazon

Sculpd Halloween Candle

halloween-candlePerfect for a special Halloween centrepiece or a crafty autumnal activity, simply sculpt your pumpkin from clay, paint it with autumnal colours, then hand pour the candle with a fragrance of your choice.

Everything required to make the pumpkin candle is included in the bundle. From Sculpd’s premium air-dry clay and eight acrylic paint colours, to the eco soy candle wax and a choice of four gorgeous fragrances. The seasonal fragrances include delicate floral Peony Rose, uplifting Ginger & Orange, refreshing Basil Citrus and a new winter scent of Bergamot.

Buy it now from Sculpd

Halloween Party Food

Make a start on that spook-tacular spread and get your little ones to help out in the kitchen with some fool-proof Halloween recipes.  

The Hummingbird Bakery Halloween Cupcake Decorating Kit

halloween-candleThe Hummingbird Bakery’s launched ‘Halloween Cupcake Decorating Kits’ are available nationwide, so you can try out ‘The Hummingbird Swirl’ at home.

Mixed freshly baked sponges come with orange and green icing, fun Halloween decorations, an icing palette knife and a how to guide – everything you’ll need to decorate like a pro!

Buy it now from The Hummingbird Bakery

Pumpkin Soup

Annabel Karmel Halloween Pumpkin Soup with Cheese Straw Snakes

Warm up tums with a bubbling bowl of pumpkin soup served with creepy cheese snake straws.

Gingerbread Skeletons


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 Have 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, £14.97, 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.

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.

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

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