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Ideas for the perfect kids’ Halloween party

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By Jim

Jim Coulson is a Yorkshire content writer, video maker and radio presenter who blogs under the guise of Bewildered Dad.

Published on 27/10/2022

We all love a good party, right? And Halloween is as good an opportunity as any to get your family and friends together and let your hair down. So, we have put together some ideas for the perfect kids’ Halloween party to make sure you have a spooktacular time. And to make you seem like the perfect g-host. And impress all the MUMMIES and daddies.

Sorry. Even for a fatherhood website that was a lot of dad joke in a short space of time. The point is that this article has all the inspiration (you can tell it’s a dad website because I’d have written ‘inspo’ if it was a mum one) to lay on the best scary festivities ever.

What you need for a kids’ Halloween party


Firstly, you need to work out what to wear. You can all pick your favourite horrifying haute couture or you can decide on a family theme. In the UK, Halloween still seems to be usually about spooky stuff, but more and more the American concept of just dressing up in any costume is arriving on our shores. It certainly helps widen the available choices.

We wrote this article about ace dad and kid Halloween costumes, which might help you decide what to wear on the big night.

Ideas for the perfect kids' Halloween party

Face paint

Sometimes Halloween costumes require face paint, some kids might want to wear their normal clothes but with a spooky face and you might even get some guests for your kids’ Halloween party who turn up without any spookiness at all. This is why you need to become a dab hand at face painting in time for the event.

Grab yourself some face paints and a few brushes and watch this tutorial for easy but effective Halloween face paint:

Food for a Halloween party

You will want to go all out with the Halloween food if you want to make an impression. Whilst also keeping in mind how fussy kids can be. So essentially, you want normal kid food but with a bit of a makeover.

This video shows you how to create biscuits that look like fingers, jelly that looks like worms, scary faced potatoes and jalapeño poppers that look like mummies, but which might be a little spicy depending on your child. Have a look for ideas for food for a Halloween party:

Halloween party games

You have to have apple bobbing for your Halloween party because it is a tradition. It’s basically the law. Other games for a kids’ Halloween party include Eyeball Pong, which is like beer pong but without the booze and with table tennis balls decorated to look like eyeballs.

Another is Pin the Broomstick on the Witch (a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey), there is also the Ancient Egyptian Sack Race (a Health and Safety defying game where you bind people’s legs with bandages so they look like mummies and then bounce across the course to the winning line).

You could also give out prizes for the best decorated pumpkins. This may require tight parental supervision if you involve knives. But you could also choose to paint or stick craft materials to a pumpkin if you want to make it more safe.


A big element of your kids’ Halloween party is the music. Here are some spooky tunes to create just the right atmosphere:

  • Ghostbusters by Roy Parker Jr
  • Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
  • The Addams Family Theme
  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  • She Wolf by Shakira
  • Monster by The Automatic
  • Black Magic by Little Mix
  • Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper


Do you have any other tips for a perfect kids’ Halloween party? Leave them in the Comments below

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