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.

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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.

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Trick or Treating Essentials

Scootaheadz, £14.99

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


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.

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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