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How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family

Heya, Kansas City! Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, can you believe it? Well, if you’ve been insanely busy and haven’t had a chance to plan that Halloween party you’ve been dying to throw — our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great tips to help you throw it together. Take a look!

How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family

How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


I don’t know about you, but October has been crazy busy for us! Halloween will be here before you know it. My daughter has been planning a Halloween get-together for her friends. She is four- so not all ideas are realistic, and I know I won’t be able to work on this until the day before. Here are some ideas to help a time-challenged family whip up a party.

Have guests make their own treats

This works especially well for children, but adults can get in on the fun too. Not only does this save you time, it doubles as a fun activity! Examples include popcorn witch hands, spider Oreos, caramel apples, monster cookies and of course s’mores.


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Classic games are classic for a reason

There are a lot of low-cost last minute games that are a ton of fun. Think of generations past for some inspiration. Bobbing for apples, toilet paper mummies, flashlight tag and even good old ghost stories. My kids LOVE bingo. You can find some free Halloween themed bingo cards to print off and use candy corn for markers. Nearly any age can play along.


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Let someone else cook

I love cooking. There are so many themed food options on Pinterest, you could spend days digging through them all. It can get easy to get overwhelmed though and you may not have time to buy candy eyes, or pull apart 30 string cheeses. However, there are lots of spooky options out there to just pick up! Papa Murphy has an adorable “Frightfully Fun Jack-O-Lantern” and lets be honest, even if you get the sour cream spider web exactly right- most kids will turn up their noses anyway.


Swap Costumes

Costumes are a lot of fun. But if you’re tight on time, thrift store searching may not be an option. And if you are tight on money, costume stores may not be one either. Ask a friend if you can borrow or trade theirs from last year. This goes for kids too. There’s even a National Costume Swap Day (the second Saturday of October) and your fellow mom or friend may be just as relieved as you to not have to figure something new out.


Decorate using things you have


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Usually, I love to decorate for Halloween. In fact I have totes upon totes dedicated to Halloween décor. This year though, we just moved and we are in the middle of a lot of renovations. Putting anymore clutter out seems like utter madness to me. Luckily, there are a few easy alternatives. First- pumpkins. A few on the porch are good enough for me. My kids were bored- so I sent them to pick up sticks in the yard. We used some twine to tie some little ones to the end of a big one. Voilà! A witch’s broom! All that themed art work your kids bring home- hang it up! They will be happy to contribute. And lastly, free pintables. There are food labels, spooky sayings, book covers and fun pictures galore online all to print for free. Tape on the food labels to things you already have and swap out some of your framed photos (sorry last year’s school picture) for a spooky saying.


I hope these ideas help you have a howling good time at your Halloween festivities! If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please comment below.


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