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Top Halloween Party Ideas for Kids: How to Throw a Spooktacular Event!

Halloween is almost here – and what better way to celebrate than by throwing the ultimate monster bash for your little gremlins?

But if the idea of pulling off a successful scare-fest gives you the heebie jeebies, don’t fret. Our top Halloween party ideas for kids will take all the stress out of planning. Read this handy guide for advice on everything from ghoulish games to scarily delicious party food!

Haunting Halloween decoration ideas

No Halloween party is complete without some super-spooky decorations to get your kids in the spirit!

Decorating your house for Halloween is great fun for all the family, and it’s an opportunity to get the kids involved too.

There are loads of ways to transform your home into a house of horrors, including pumpkin carving, outdoor Halloween décor and indoor decorations.

How to carve a pumpkin

It simply isn’t Halloween without a pumpkin! The kiddies will be mega excited to get involved with this spooky Halloween activity, but keep those little fingers safe; make sure you handle all the knife work and let your little one do all the creative stuff, like designing the scary pumpkin face!

  1. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut around the top of the pumpkin to remove the ‘lid’.
  2. This is the icky part! Grab a big serving spoon and scoop out the pumpkin’s innards (seeds and fibres). Your little one can help with this part.
  3. Get your little ghoul to draw the outline of a spooky face on the pumpkin. Then, use a smaller serrated knife to cut out the shapes, making sure you cut away from you as pumpkins can be slippery to carve.
  4. Put a tea light candle inside the pumpkin, light it and pop the lid back on. When it goes dark, your party will have an eerie glow!

Frightful outdoor décor

Your ghoulish guests will feel super excited when they arrive at your house and see a spooky exterior enticing them into the party! Think pumpkins on the porch, hanging spiders, and cobwebs and DIY gravestones in the garden. Get your little ones involved by challenging them to come up with some grisly decorations to make for a memorable party.

Eerie indoor Halloween decorations

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your house, too! There are plenty of ways to spook up your house to create the perfect Halloween ambience. Our favourite ideas include:

  • Magnetic spiders - what better way to create a Halloween vibe than by having an army of spiders invading your magnetic surfaces? To create this look, get some shop-bought spider decorations and hot-glue them to magnets. The kids will take great pleasure in arranging them across your fridge and radiators!
  • Cardboard bats – this one is super easy. All you need to do is create a little bat template and cut around it onto black cardboard or construction paper. You and the little ones can then arrange the bats around your home for a simple but spooky Halloween effect.
  • Balloon spiders – to create a balloon spider, all you need is a black balloon and some black crepe paper. Arrange these into a spider shape and place them in the corners of a room for a creepy decoration that will spook your guests.
  • Hanging witch hats – suspending a few witch hats from the ceiling will add a pop of gothic mystique to your home. An instant Halloween party hit!
  • Spooky silhouettes – to make these, simply get some creepy cardboard cut-out templates of your little ones’ favourite Halloween characters (or make your own) and attach them to a candleholder. Once the candle is lit, your walls will burst into life with pumpkins, cats, ghosts or whatever creepy critters you choose!

Creative Halloween costume ideas

When someone says the word ‘Halloween’, usually one of the first things that comes to mind is dressing up. Kids love fancy dress and a Halloween party is the perfect excuse for them to get their scare on!

But Halloween costumes don’t have to be scary. Your little one is free to dress up as whatever they want to be, so let their imaginations run wild.

Vertbaudet recommends:


This enchanting princess costume, complete with sparkling tiara fit
for little royals!


This ferocious lion outfit that your little wildling will simply adore


This dashing knight costume for kids with a flair for medieval history

If you’re on a budget or are a little pushed for time, you can still put together a fab DIY Halloween costume that your child will love and look great in.

For example, you can take a pretty black dress like this one – simply add a witch’s hat and broom, and voila! Your little one will be transformed into a glamourous, party-ready witch! Alternatively, add a pair of glitzy wings for a spooky Halloween fairy.

You could also take a trendy pair of camouflage trousers like these as a comfortable base for your little one’s zombie look, or a pair of dark leggings to create a Halloween bat or cat.
All you’ll need is a bit of face paint and some cute accessories!

Scarily tasty Halloween party food ideas

Keep rumbling tummies at bay by laying out a delicious Halloween feast at your party.

If the thought of cooking reams and reams of food on the day of the soiree sends a shiver down your spine, don’t worry.

We’ve got a few low-effort party food ideas that are easy to make and that kids will adore!


  • Halloween Trail Mix – this is a great snack because you can chuck in whatever you and your little ones like best. We recommend Bugles to act as witches’ hats, Halloween-themed sweets, pretzels and dried fruit, but you can use anything you like. Simply throw everything into a bowl, mix and serve.
  • Deadly dentures – these scary snacks look brilliant and are super easy to make. The first step is to mix a tub of vanilla frosting or buttercream with some red food colouring. Then, chop some chocolate chip cookies in half and spread the red mixture onto one side of each half. Sandwich a few mini marshmallows between the cookie halves (to make teeth) and you’ve got yourself a set of deadly dentures!
  • Ghostly cheese on crackers – for this, you’ll just need some spooky Halloween cookie cutters. Use them to cut out cheese shapes and place them on crackers for a healthy and delicious snack that’s a real favourite with the kiddies.
  • Devilled spider eggs – another healthy option for little ones that takes very little time to put together. All you need to do is hard boil some eggs and decorate them with olives, so they look like creepily delicious spiders!
  • Ghostly fruit kebabs – for this, you’ll need skewers, fruit (we like to use melon and strawberries, but you can choose whatever you and the kids like best) and some marshmallows. Simply slide the fruit and marshmallows onto the skewers, then dip a cocktail stick into some black food colouring to draw spooky faces on the marshmallows, transforming them into little ghosts.

Halloween games and activities for your party

The final thing to think about when planning your party is Halloween activities and games for the kids to enjoy.

There are plenty to choose from, including traditional favourites like apple bobbing and pass the pumpkin to more modern games, such as pin the bow tie on the skeleton, Halloween bingo, witch’s hat ring toss and guess how many sweets are in the jar.

Prizes can include anything from Halloween sweets and treats to book tokens and even toys

Now that you’ve got your Halloween party in the bag, why not get some more inspiration for your little ones’ Halloween outfits? They’ll be the envy of all their friends! Check out our fabulous range of costumes today.