How to throw the ultimate kids’ Halloween party, from games to 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 door mat

Welcome 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

Ginger Ray Halloween Bat Design Paper Napkins, £4

John Lewis Halloween napkins

These orange-foiled bat paper napkins are perfect for a spectacular Halloween feast. Each pack contains 20 napkins.

Buy it now from John Lewis

Happy Halloween Paper Bunting Decoration, £2.50

Sass & Belle - Happy Halloween Paper Bunting DecorationPerfect for hanging at home for a party or above your front door, this classic black and orange Halloween bunting perfectly reflects this spooky time of year.

Buy it now from Sass & Belle

Halloween party recipes

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!

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


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

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.

Witch Hat Ring Toss, £16.99

Witch hat ring tossThis inflatable game comes with everything you need to play, including five hats with a game board, five hoops and an easy-to-use pump.

Buy it now from Amazon

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 (Haunted House Jumbo Halloween beaker, £1.99, Amazon).

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