Halloween is just two days away, so it’s time to check your list to make sure you have all you need to ensure your family will have a safe and fun Halloween. This is the seventh in a series of articles about how to do just that.
Some families prefer to have a home Halloween party rather than send their children out for trick or treating. Adults often enjoy these parties as much as the children. If you have a costume party or a theme party, the possibilities are endless and will work for both adults and kids.
If you find yourself short of ideas with time running out, there are a plethora of ideas on the internet that have ideas about themes, games, food, music and costumes which should solve most all your problems. Your local library or book store should also have some Halloween party idea books from which you can find ideas.
You want to ensure everyone who attends your party will have fun and free from accidents. Here are some tips, paraphrased from The Halloween Safety website, to help you throw a fun, safe Halloween party. If you’re not planning a party for this year, save these tips for future years.
- When planning your menu, check to determine if any of your guests have food allergies that could cause a trick everyone would like to avoid. The most common food allergies are to dairy products, peanuts and seafood.
- If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure you insert a smaller punch bowl inside a larger one. The punch will go into the smaller bowl while the larger one will hold the dry ice and hot water. It is essential to keep them separate as the ingestion of dry ice can cause serious damage to internal organs.
- If your party is going to be inside your house, make sure you move all breakable items (knick knacks and furniture) where they can’t get broken. Shattered heirlooms will most definitely ruin your party.
- Be sure to have some games planned in advance to keep the party moving. Scavenger hunts and murder mysteries are normally big hits.
- If the party is strictly for your children and their friends, determine whether some of the other parents are willing to help out with the planning, baking and handling of the games. This will not only give you some adult company but will also give everyone a feeling of success when all is done.
- Have a pumpkin carving party on Halloween eve as a way to start the festivities. Adults and kids can have a wonderful time while providing you a variety of jack-o-lanterns for your party the next night.
- Consider having a Halloween block party with your neighbors next year. Set it up outside and spread it across numerous yards. Get as many of your neighbors involved as you plan and provide carnival type games, a few yard haunts, food, music and dancing (don’t forget The Monster Mash).