How to Celebrate Halloween at Home with Kids in 2021
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Fun, Kid-Friendly “Halloween at Home” Party Ideas
Wondering how to celebrate Halloween at home with your kids this year? I have no doubt that this Halloween will be a little different than usual. But the good news is that, with a little planning, you can still have a fun time at home!
It doesn’t take much to please younger children, and even the bigger kids will enjoy dressing up, playing some fun games, and eating yummy treats.
This article is going to cover all the best “Halloween at Home” ideas so you and your family can have a fa-boo-lous time (without leaving the house!).
How to Celebrate Halloween at Home with the Family
There are a few essential elements of any party, and they are: food, games, and decor. And for a Halloween party, you’ll want to add in some costumes, of course!
Let’s get started.
“Halloween at Home” Party Treats
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that candy is probably the most exciting part of Halloween. So you definitely don’t want to miss this one!
Grab a Halloween candy bowl like this one and fill it with an assortment of Halloween candy. Some kid-friendly favorites include:
- Gummi Bears
- Swedish Fish
- Sour Patch Kids
(Or just grab this convenient bag of bulk assorted candy from Amazon.)
Another idea is to hide the Halloween candy around the house and have a “Halloween candy hunt” (similar to an Easter egg hunt).
Of course, you’ll want to provide some spook-tacular snacks that aren’t candy, or your kiddos might end up with upset tummies!
A few ideas:
- Ghost cheese. Draw a spooky face on individually wrapped sticks of mozzarella string cheese.
- Tangerine pumpkins. Peel tangerines or mandarin oranges and poke a small piece of celery into the center.
- Apple dentures. Sandwich some marshmallows between two apple slices, adhered with a smear of peanut butter.
“Halloween at Home” Games
There are lots of fun games that the kids will love to play at a Halloween party, from the traditional apple bobbing contest to a tricky treasure hunt.
Or, let them compete for the best jack-o-lantern (or a decorated pumpkin for a safer alternative).
Of course, you can’t forget the prizes! It might be a good idea to make sure there’s enough so each kid gets a grab bag of goodies.
Here are some Halloween inspired trinkets that they’ll love:
The dollar store is a good place to hit up. However, because we’re not leaving the house as much these days, it might be preferable to order them online.
You can also get Halloween goody bag stuffers in bulk, like these fun little trinkets I found on Amazon.
“Halloween at Home” Decorations
I’m guessing you’ll want to decorate with items that are not too scary for little kids. (But if your kiddos are older and love being spooked, by all means!)
Balloons and streamers are always a good choice, particularly in black and orange, if you want to keep it simple.
Decorative pumpkins make great Halloween decor that you can use all autumn, and a banner like this one is just plain cute — not at all spooky!
“Halloween at Home” Costumes
I saved the most important thing — the costumes — for last.
If your children are old enough, encourage them to put their own costumes together. Or, consider coming up with a family “theme” for this year’s costumes:
Take it up a notch, and hold a costume contest. Take pictures, post them on social media, and let everyone vote on their favorite costume!
And there you have it! Some fun, kid-friendly “Halloween at Home” party ideas for the whole family. How do you plan to celebrate Halloween at home with your kids?
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