Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ideas: How to throw a festive Halloween party for the kids on a tight budget.

**Updated October 2020**

This year has been a little different and difficult for everyone.  People rescheduled or cancelled graduations, birthday parties, weddings, and just about every celebration that you can think of.  Newborn babies are growing up without extended families or friends.  The sick and elderly have been locked inside facilities for months without visitors.  Schools have been closed, delayed, and switched to virtual learning leaving many parents without childcare or a job or a means to support their family.  People are sick, starving, and may soon become homeless.  It's more than a pandemic.  It's a crisis.

That being said, I hope that this post finds you WELL.  If you are well and in the mood to celebrate Halloween in an inexpensive and joyful way, then I have some ideas for you, just keep on scrolling.

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How to have a kid's Halloween party on a budget.

My daughter met her BFF & boyfriend at 3 months old.  This trio have been absolutely inseparable ever since.  Since they don't get to see each other as often, when we do get together, we try to make it epic.  Well, more like epic on a budget.

Halloween was my turn to host.  I decided to be festive and fun all while remaining on the set budget.  The end result was lots of laughs, smiles, and five very happy children that seemed to miss each other just a little bit less.

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The first step is to lay out a plan with what activities you'll be offering.  In our instance, we opted for pumpkin painting with pumpkin stamped sugar cookies to start.  Once done, we decided to go simple and cheap with a cheese pizza for dinner followed by a mummy race and making s'mores over the fire pit while telling the spookiest stories we can think of.  All of these activities will be enjoyed while dressed up in Halloween costumes.

Idea:  Have a costume contest where everyone has to vote for their favorite one without selecting their own.  Winner of the contest gets a creepy crown like this one.  Put it on the winner's head and let them be the King or Queen of the party for the rest of the night.

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The second step is to gather all the things you need.  You're going to want to do this ahead of time and as early as possible.  Why?  Well, for starters, to ensure that what you want is still in stock and able to be delivered to your home in time for the party.  The second reason is you want to get the best deal.  Don't wait until the last minute and get stuck paying the inflated holiday pricing.

Supply List:

1.  Cookies - You can opt for Pilsbury Ready to Bake options like this one or be crafty and make your own.  Check out this book for super cute and festive Halloween baking recipes.

2.  Paint brushes - If you're having multiple kiddies over for fun, I recommend having at least 2 brushes available for each kid.  If you don't have them on hand, this set has the perfect variety and is priced right.

3.  Paint - Since I have young kids, I opted for this standard, washable paint set from Crayola.  While they enjoyed painting, they were a little disappointed when the rain eventually washed off their design.  I had no regrets because my son licked a nice glob of blue paint.  For more serious decorators, I recommend this acrylic paint set from Crayola because it's permanent and water resistant.

4.  Stickers & Stencils You'll want to do a little research with this part.  I consider this a Halloween investment.  If purchased wisely, you should never have to purchase them again.  Opt for a sticker set like this one.  It's priced reasonably and has enough designs to last years.  I also like this stencil set for similar reasons.

Idea:  If this is a one time thing because corona then you could surprise the kiddies with pumpkin decorating sets of their own.  Popular brands make inexpensive and super cute sets like this classic one or this unicorn one that's a little extra.

5.  S'mores - Be prepared with all the fixings to make a good S'mores.  That means you'll need chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers, and some sort of long stick to toast them on.

Idea:  Be a little extra, and make a colorful fire with this packet of Magical Flames.

6.  Cheap Toilet Paper - Be prepared with at least 3 rolls of cheap toilet paper per kid.

7.  Wine - While the kids are partying, the parents can enjoy too.  Try sipping on a glass of deep red wine.

Idea:  Freak out the kiddies by throwing in one of these fake eye balls into your glass of wine or their juice.  I remember the first time that we did this.  My daughter's face was priceless, but she won in the end.  I stared in horror for 10 minutes as she would dunk the eye ball in her drink, lick off the drink, and declare "It's good!".

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The third step is to put it all together.  Start by prepping the pumpkin painting area with heavy duty garbage bags to protect whatever is under it.  Continue the prep by keeping all of the activity stuff together.  For example, I used these inexpensive pumpkin buckets to house different things in an organized yet festive way.  Bake the cookies.  Prep the fire pit.  Dress up your kids and yourselves.  Play a spooky play list.  Be prepared with a spooky book or two just in case your spooky story time doesn't go as well as planned.

The final step is to have fun.  You're never too old to paint a pumpkin, eat s'mores, have a pizza party,  or wrap your husband up in toilet paper.

What are your Halloween plans?


  1. How positively fun! I don't think I could stand a house full of kids in any number :)

    1. It was very cute. Could you take it if it meant s’mores? Yum!

  2. Great the kiddos had fun indeed. The bat wings are a nice touch. I think he's safe with the carbs on the crayola paint lol blah.

  3. What a fun time! You're such a great mom (and host!).

    Yes, creepy that your phone was like, "Hey, how about some oven s'mores instead?" :)


    1. ugh yesssss... it listens to everything! I remember when I first started blogging back in 2011, I didn't even have internet on my phone. I actually refused to have it. Now it's a necessity!

  4. It sounds like you had a great day planned out, even with the rain. We usually pop s'mores in the microwave when it's icky out. This is the first year that I haven't planned out anything for fall. I'm still debating on if I want to host Friendsgiving this year. It's been a rough year and I'm just tired, I'd rather just take it easy through the holidays.

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