Organizing a party, especially, kids Halloween party is somewhat like organizing a military manoeuvre! The better prepared you are ahead of time, the better the chances are that it will all run smoothly.
update for 2020
How To Organize A Safe Kids Halloween Party In Pandemic.
With the event of #2020 and COVID-19, you might not be able to do the usual party, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. You could:
- Take it online, have a zoom party instead.
- If it is just your family, you could try your hand at the 193mysteries Ghostnapper game (an interactive game to play as a family).
- You could even do Trick or Treat to each room in your house if you are not able to go out and do it!
If you are having any kind of event, take the following into consideration so that it is spooktacular! and to help you through the minefield to a successful day.
1. Decide the time and place
Time is an important issue for kids and one that is often overlooked when organizing a party. Generally, kids are happy unless they are tired or hungry or both! So, when you decide on your time, consider the ages of the children you are inviting and plan the time to eat to coincide with their usual lunch or dinner time. Also, take a keen eye that everything is going according to your budget. If you need help, see how you can make kids party planning a piece of cake
2. Be Prepared
Plan Ahead! – make sure you know exactly what you are going to be doing, estimate how long each game or activity will take. Write it all down as a schedule and make sure that all the adults attending know what is happening and when. Having a couple of friends help out will take the pressure off you and help things run more smoothly.
3. Alternate Activities
This is a teacher’s trick for organizing a party! Have some BIG, loud, lots of movement type activities and some quieter ones so that the kids can get their wiggles out but at the same time don’t make themselves sick! By alternating the activities the kids can exert themselves and then calm themselves down. We all know what happens when kids get too excited!
There are some great fun activities that come with the Fast and Fun Ghoulish Recipe eBook…
4. Don’t try to Organize A Party alone
Get some adults or older children to help at party organizing, assign them jobs, let them know before the day what they need to do and when. You can assign an ‘official’ photographer, put someone in charge of food, etc. One way we have done it at parties before is that each family attending brings a game, the host is in charge of decorations and food.
5. Having A Back-Up Plan Is A Big Part Of Organizing A Party.
Inevitably something will go wrong, think of the possibilities, and have a backup plan in place to cover it. It is also a good idea to have an extra game or activity planned – just in case…
6. Always Lay Down The Rules…
Especially, if you are hosting a kid’s party.
Once everyone has arrived, make your welcome speech, set out the rules, and make all your introductions. If the party is at your home and you don’t want food upstairs, make that clear from the offset. People are less likely to get upset if the rules are laid out before you all start.
7. Be inclusive
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without ‘Trick or Treat’ it is a good idea to ask your guests if they have any allergies. If the allergy is something you are unfamiliar with then ask the parents of the child to provide some suitable treats for their child – it is better to be safe than sorry.
Also, if you have guests that suffer from anxiety or are not neurotypical, ask the parents what you can do to make the party more inclusive for them. Each child is different so it might be something as simple as not forcing the child to say ‘trick or treat’.
8. Remember to have fun – it is a party after all!
Obviously, these tips work for any party, with a Halloween party in Japan or another country where Halloween is not celebrated usually, not all your guests might be familiar with the Halloween traditions. So, why not send out a fun Halloween fact sheet introducing them to the tradition?
Decide how scary your kid’s Halloween party will be.
When you are in the planning stage decide how scary you want to make it, a party with very small kids should be more cute than scary, older kids and teenagers tend to revel in the revolting so decide what you are aiming for and of course, let your guests know too.
In case you missed it and you need something quick and easy but frightful ghoulish then grab a copy of The Fast and Easy Halloween Cookbook and get the Halloween activities book for free!
If you want even more fun, why not try your hand at the free 193mysteries game. Crack the clues, solve the puzzles and see if you can catch The Collector as you tour around one of the worlds most beautiful cities…