Did you know that Halloween is often regarded as the second favorite holiday for kids? They love to dress up. Next to Christmas, and opening presents, the chance to dress up and get free candy is every kid’s dream!
I was aware that my son Alex just loved Halloween. So, last year, we gave in and hosted a Halloween party for him and his friends. I had never done this before, and I prepped for about 2 weeks before to get everything ready. Due to the fact that we knew it was going to be messy, (boys!) we decide to have it outside in the backyard near the swing set. We even decorated it, and made it look spooky with lights, streamers and spiders. It was alot of fun.
Since it was a costume party, everyone came dressed up. We had Ninja warriors, Princesses, Chefs, Ballerinas, Firemen and Policemen in full costume. The kids started screaming when Dracula showed up, but the policeman and fireman quickly took care of him. (They took his plastic teeth out, and then he wasn’t scary anymore.) We later found his plastic fangs in the sandbox, about a month later.
Lots of people came. We had more people show up than we invited! The kid’s brothers and sisters came too, and then some of the parents stayed the whole time. If we had chosen to have the party inside, we wouldn’t have all fit! I am sure we had over 50 people, so I was glad I had extra food and balloons.
We made ghostly cupcakes, spider-web cookies (with pretzels) and red punch with gummy worms in it. The kids had a blast! The thing that was the most fun was being able to let them play outdoors on our new Playnation playset we had built in the backyard. With the kids in costume, they had a blast.
The ninja warriors had foam sword fights on the bouncy bridge. The little princess and ballerina went to the covered tower to be “rescued” from Dracula. The fireman was sliding down the slide and the “fireman’s pole” coming to save them, and the policeman took out his handcuffs to arrest someone. All of these little kids were busy having fun, all of them doing something different on this backyard swingset.
At the end of the party, there wer no major messes to clean up, since it was outside (you gotta love that!) Plus, after it was over, all the kids were officially tired and ready to go to bed. (A special bonus)
When little Dracula was leaving, he turned to me and said, “Lady, that was the best party I’ve ever been to! Can you invite me over tomorrow?” I laughed at that notion, but I was flattered. You still have time to give your kids a great Halloween memory!
To check out the latest playsets by playnation: http://www.playnation.com/ Playsets are on sale now, since it’s off season.