How to Plan a Family Halloween Party This Year

Are you looking for a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween this year? Today I am sharing all of the details on how to throw an at home Halloween party for your family! Or as we like to call our Halloween celebration a “Boo Bash”.

Halloween Party at home #2020 #ideas #food #fun

 

Halloween Party Ideas

 

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN AN AT HOME HALLOWEEN PARTY

 

This year, we will all be looking for ways to celebrate Halloween in new ways. When planning an at home Halloween Party, you can decide to keep it simple or make it elaborate! There are no rules when it comes to Halloween fun!

However, there are a few things I suggest you include in your family Halloween bash:

  • Halloween Themed Food
  • Spooky (or not so scary) decorations
  • Fun Activities
  • Halloween Music
  • Costume or Halloween themed outfits
  • A family friendly Halloween Movie

 

PLAN A FUN MENU

First things first, you will want to come up with the Halloween party menu. This is the really fun part of the planning process!

My kids and I brainstormed food ideas together to come up with our Halloween party menu. As you can imagine, desserts were the priority! We kept it all fairly simple. As I talked in this post, I am all about taking a ‘semi-homemade’ approach. I like to mix in store bought and easy to make ideas with some fun, more elaborate recipes. 

Our menu for the party:

Mummy hotdogs

Halloween Chex Mix

Halloween shaped pasta

Scary apple teeth

Carrots (gotta throw in something healthy)

Iced Sugar Cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Orange Soda

One of our favorite traditions is to make these Mummy Hot Dogs every Halloween. These are so easy to assemble with hot dogs and refrigerated crescent rolls.

Halloween Hotdog Mummy Treats
Halloween Hot Dog Mummies

If you do not want to bake any Halloween specific treats, you can always bake your favorite dessert and add some Halloween treat toppers! Easy peasy!

 

Halloween Party Ideas

It is always nice to include a few healthy Halloween treats, since everyone will be eating so much candy. We like to make these spooky mouths with peanut butter, marshmallows and apple slices.

Halloween Healthy Treats
Halloween Scary Teeth Treats
Healthy Halloween Treats
Baby Carrot Pumpkin Appetizer

Halloween Dessert Ideas

These Halloween sprinkles and  edible monster eyes were a HUGE hit as cupcake toppings for the cupcakes!

Looking for more Halloween Recipe Ideas? Check out this Halloween themed Pinterest Board:

 

DECORATE YOUR HOUSE

I actually picked up some of the supplies before deciding to have a Boo Bash. As soon as the Halloween decorations start coming out, I look for things that I could use throughout the season for a fun night or event.

I sometimes get small gifts for the kids for the holiday. I ended up getting each of the kids a Beenie Boo and Halloween mints to give as favors at our bash.

You probably already have some Halloween decorations on hand, so hopefully you do not need to buy too much.


Keep it simple and buy some Halloween paper plates and cups. It is the little details of a party that go a long way.


HALLOWEEN PARTY DETAILS

Sometimes the build up to a party is just as exciting to the actual event. Create anticipation for your family Halloween party by setting a date and time. You could even let the kids create Halloween party invitations and pass them out to everyone in the family.

Pick a time that you can devote a few hours to putting it all together! It could be a lunch time party or a Friday evening. You will want to make sure you can devote a few hours to the Halloween fun!

 

Easy Halloween Party Ideas for Kids
Halloween Party Ideas

 

 

MAKE IT A FAMILY ACTIVITY

It's way more fun when you can collaborate together as a family.  Assign each of the kids a task for the party. Everyone loves to feel like they contributed to the fun. The excitement of the event really built as we were putting it all together.

Rice Krispie treat duty!

Happily working side by side! 

Family Activities for Halloween

He loved being in charge of sugar cookies! Thanks to a boxed recipe it was pretty easy!

Family Halloween Activities
Halloween Helpers

Easy Halloween Treat Ideas

My youngest was in charge of mixing the Chex Mix and M & M's. Can we say yuuuuuum?

Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas
Halloween Trail Mix

Don't buy these unless you are okay with eating a whole bag! So good!!

Family Halloween Ideas

Laughing here because every time I tried to take a picture of them, one of them was licking icing off their fingers!!

Family Activities for Halloween

Pouring drinks for everyone...

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

SET THE MOOD

Find some good Halloween tunes and get all of your Halloween decor on display! We listened to this station on Amazon!

 

Kid Friendly Halloween Party

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Now for the best party--PARTY! You've done all the work so now it's time to enjoy! The reactions on my kids faces was truly priceless. Kids truly enjoy the little things! They aren't looking for perfection. They just want to have a fun time with their parents and family. I think we made that happen that afternoon.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

Family Friendly Halloween Party Ideas

Not So Scary Halloween Ideas

Kid Friendly Halloween Ideas

 


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This year, it is all about making holidays specials at home! Your family will love an At-Home Halloween Party (I promise).

Hopefully this inspires you to make your own Halloween fun with your family. Find some fun things that work with your family and make it happen. I can guarantee you, that you are making memories for years to come!

For more Halloween Inspiration, check out these posts:

How to Style a Halloween Bar Cart

What to Do With Halloween Candy

 

 


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14 Comments

  1. October 16, 2017 / 7:58 am

    I love EVERYTHING about this post- what a cute idea! This year we are too crazy but I think I am going to make a point of doing a boo bash next year- thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      October 17, 2017 / 6:38 am

      Aww thank you! I get it-sometimes life gets too busy!

  2. Meredith
    October 16, 2017 / 7:59 am

    LOVE this! We throw a Halloween costumer party every year with our friends and plan to continue the tradition once we have kids. Great guide!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      October 17, 2017 / 6:38 am

      A costume party would be so fun! We haven’t ever organized one of those. Have fun!!!

  3. Katie
    October 17, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Aww, you’re such a fun mom. I told my kids earlier today that we’re going to have a Halloween dinner in the next week so I know they’ll be holding me to it. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      October 17, 2017 / 6:39 am

      Not always so fun but I try every now and then! I bet your party will be sooo creative!

  4. October 17, 2017 / 8:36 am

    What a fun idea! That’s great you enlisted the kid’s help – and got them some cute favors for the party. 🙂 I think my niece and nephew would love something like this.

    -lauren

    #tuesdaytalk

  5. October 17, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I love this idea!! So fun! I may have to try this with my kids and then tuck it away for the future too 🙂

  6. October 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Those scary apple teeth are EVERYTHING! How fun!

    Patty
    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

  7. October 18, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    What a fun night! I agree – keep things simple and semi-homemade. The kids will remember a fun time with family, not how long mom spent preparing elaborate dishes!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      October 20, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Exactly. My kids prefer simple, healthy meals anyway. It’s really about the quality time. Thanks for reading!

  8. October 20, 2017 / 11:42 am

    That’s it! I’m moving in with you! Lol. I’ll definitely be stealing some of your ideas! 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      October 20, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Ha ha-love it! Please do try some of these ideas!!

  9. September 25, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I’ve always wanted to throw a little Halloween Party and I think this year I will finally do it! Your tips make it seem like I should be able to pull it off successfully!

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