Happy Halloween! My daughter is three and a half and for the first time really excited about Halloween so I decided to throw a little party for a few of our friends. It was a nice opportunity to catch up with some mums I first met at a baby group when Sophie was only about six months old, and of course their children – who had a great time playing together. In fact they were having so much fun we didn’t do many of the games and activities I had planned but I thought I’d share them all with you anyway – so for anyone planning a Halloween party for toddlers or pre-schoolers, here are some craft ideas, food ideas, and ideas for Halloween party games for younger children!
I didn’t send out invitations as it was a fairly informal party at our house but this can be a fun activity to do with your child in advance. You can get free printable templates or make cards and decorate them with stickers.
Halloween Party Food for toddlers and pre-schoolers
I didn’t want anything too scary or gory as the children were only three, so friendly ghosts and so on were more appropriate. Also, I didn’t want too many sweet treats so they wouldn’t get totally hyped up on sugar – but the fruit largely got ignored in favour of the cupcakes!
Mummy hot dogs
A packet of frankfurters with strips of ready made puff pastry wound around them to look like mummies – these actually tasted really nice and were very popular!
Clementine pumpkins – peel some clementines or satsumas, insert a piece of celery or cucumber to make them look like pumpkins
I was going to do sandwiches cut out in spooky shapes like bats using large cookie cutters but didn’t get hold of the cookie cutters in time in the end
Ghost bananas – cut pieces of bananas and add edible eyes (mine were by Cake Decor from the supermarket or you can use chocolate chips)
Monster kiwis – Cut a kiwi fruit in half using a jagged line and add edible eyes
Cheese ball crisps as they are round and orange a bit like pumpkins
Mini meringues as they look a bit like ghosts
I was also trying to do something clever with Oreos to make bats which involved separating the two parts of an Oreo cookie then breaking them neatly in half to make two wings… several broken biscuits later I gave up!
Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
I used this recipe for chocolate cupcakes, and made a buttercream icing which I split into two batches and coloured one orange and one green. I piped a swirl on each cupcake and added a ‘stem’ made of green icing on top of the orange cupcakes to make them look like pumpkins. I used edible eyes from Cake Décor onto the green cupcakes to make them into monsters and then finished them off with spider and pumpkin cupcake picks.
Halloween crafts for toddlers and pre-schoolers
Baker Ross is great for Halloween crafts particularly ones that you can get in multipacks; at our party we made trick or treat gift bags which I then filled with treats at the end of the party (a few small sweets and chocolates and stickers). The bags came in a pack of four and didn’t take very long to make – you get a small paper bag (it is pretty small) and four sets of stickers to add a face to the bag – a pumpkin, vampire, Frankenstein’s monster and a witch.
We also made witch’s cat magnets also from Baker Ross. These came in a pack of eight so the children were able to make two each and they were quite popular – they also take a bit longer to make so it’s a decent activity. There are pre-cut stickers where the backing is very easy to pull off so the children can do it on their own; you add all sorts of detail and decoration and then there is a small flat magnet to stick on the back. The magnet kept falling off though but otherwise I thought these were good.
There are plenty of craft ideas for young children where you don’t need kits; I had planned the following, though we didn’t end up doing them:
Halloween paper bat: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-ball-bat-craft/?
Halloween colouring, using free printable pictures from Baker Ross
Other easy ideas that aren’t too messy that are good Halloween crafts for toddlers are decorating a pumpkin shape – where you provide an outline – with cut up scraps of orange coloured paper or making a ghost by gluing cotton wool balls onto an outline. I found plenty of other craft ideas that involved using paint and handprints or footprints but I thought that would be a bit too messy for a party with multiple children in my living room!
Halloween party games for toddlers and pre-schoolers
Children of all ages love to play games and here are some that you can try with younger ones.
Draw some ghost faces onto white paper cups with a black marker. Stack in a pyramid shape and each child takes it in turn to throw a soft ball to try to knock them down.
Pin the tail on the cat/ stick the hat on the witch/ pin the face on the pumpkin etc – for toddlers rather than pin you can use a piece of sellotape stuck to a shape, or an actual sticker. You can make your own quite easily but I bought this one from Amazon for only a couple of quid: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08J25ZTP3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
Halloween hot pumpkin
This is like hot potato but using a pumpkin – either a real one (a small one) or fake. The children sit or stand in a circle and pass it around while music plays; but don’t hold on to it for too long as it is hot! (Not really). When you stop the music you can either have the child who is holding the pumpkin win a small prize, or be out and you carry on, or you just congratulate the child and carry on.
Witch’s hat hoopla
This was another game I bought online but you could make your own – it’s a little tricky for toddlers unless you let them stand really close but still fun! https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B094YMH28L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
What’s the time Mrs. Witch?
Simply What’s the time Mr. Wolf but with a Halloween twist!
We had a lot of fun at our party and decorating the living room and in making and eating the food – and we still have plenty of Halloween events to go to!