Your kids really want to have a Halloween party, but it sure seems like a lot of work on top of everything else you do. How can you throw a fun party your kids will love while still keeping your sanity? Below we share some easy and sustainable Halloween party ideas. Now you can have your pumpkin and eat it too!
Here are some fun, easy, and eco-friendly party games that are sure to please even the most discerning ghost, ghoul, or goblin.
What’s in the Bowl?
A must-do for any Halloween party. Party goers get to plunge their hands in bowls of guts, brains and eyeballs. What could be better? Fill separate bowls with peeled grapes, boiled pasta noodles, and pudding. Cover each bowl, then participants must guess the contents. Be sure to have water, soap and towels handy!
Doughnuts on a String
Find your local craft doughnut shop (make sure to get nut free for potentially allergic party goers) and bring home a box. To play, tie doughnuts to tree branches with varying lengths of string slightly above mouth level. Have participants stand directly under each doughnut, and with hands held behind backs race to see who can finish their doughnut first. After eating all those doughnuts, offer a non-food item such as stickers as a prize.
Pin the Face on the Pumpkin
Using recycled paper create different jack-o-lantern faces, including eyes, noses, mouths, and any other part you may want to include. Attach reusable adhesive to the back of each piece. Just like ”Pin the Tail on the Donkey” blindfold participants and have them stand several feet in front of a large, blank pumpkin. Spin them around three times and send them forth to pin the face on the pumpkin!
Bobbing for Apples
No Halloween party is complete without this classic favorite. Fill a tub with water and local, organic apples. Remember not to fill the tub completely full, to avoid water splashing mania. Each player takes a turn at the tub, with hands planted firmly behind their back. Give each player a 20 second turn to grab an apple with their teeth. Whichever player gets their apple the fastest is the winner!
An easy way to decorate for Halloween and save on waste is to cut out the paper and plastic decorations and use pumpkins and gourds. Head to your local farmers market, co-op or organic food store and stock up on these seasonal squash. Not only can you get your house looking party ready, you can hand out small pumpkins as party prizes or favors or use them for cooking when Halloween is done. You can also compost the left-overs, or save the seeds and grow your own for next year!
Reduce and Re-Use
Want decorations that are little less fall and a little more frightening? Head to your local thrift store or check on ebay for used Halloween decorations. You can find every sort of item imaginable, and will also be helping to reduce and reuse by buying an unwanted item. Scary and sustainable!
There are countless Halloween themed recipes out there to be found, plenty of ideas to keep your guests happy for this year and years to come. So how do you choose what to serve?
Apples are a popular Halloween tradition. Pair up your ”Bobbing for Apples” game with some homemade caramel apples. Don’t have time to make them? Pick some up from a local organic candy shop! Devil’s Food is another popular seasonal treat, which has a rich history in American culture. Be sure to consider gluten free and nut free bakeries for guests who may have food allergies!
Spooky and Simple
Remember this party is for you and your kids to have a great time and enjoy Halloween, without the unnecessary stress. Keeping things simple will save you major headaches. Some simple games, treats and decorations will be plenty to wow your guests. Remember they are there for the company, everything else is secondary! So plan ahead, make it easy on yourself, and make time for the party planner (you!) to relax along with the kids.
Do you have any easy Halloween party ideas? Please share with us!