Halloween School Party Ideas
Are you going "batty" trying to plan the perfect Halloween classroom party? We can help! We've compiled a variety of fun decorating ideas, treats, and activities for a range of ages and class sizes so that you can choose the perfect combination for your group and allotted party time. (If you are throwing a Halloween party for your own children at home, check out our Home Halloween Party Ideas.)
Halloween Games & Activities
When planning your classroom party, make sure to consider the following:
- Number of Children in the Class. If you have a group of 12 or more, consider setting up activity stations at which you can do a craft or activity with a manageable number of children (6-8 depending on the age).
- Age of the Children. Obviously, some activities may be more appropriate than others depending on the age of the children and their abilities. This consideration is most important when selecting crafts. Preschool children should be given crafts that are not too intricate for little hands or that use objects that might be choking hazards.
- Length of the Party. For a two-hour party, you might plan one active group game and a couple of craft and game stations. You might also want to allow 30 minutes for food and, if applicable, a costume parade.
- Size of the Party Area. Before selecting activities for the party, consider how much space each one requires relative to how much space is available in the party area.
Once you have considered these points and selected an appropriate mix of activities, it's time to let the students and their parents know about the party. You or the classroom teacher should plan to send a flyer or invitation home with each child at least two weeks in advance, especially if you will need parents to provide:
- monetary donations to offset the cost of the party;
- donations of food, activity ingredients/supplies, or decorations; and/or,
- assistance at the party.
Next, decide on the order of the activities, and make sure to have at least one easy backup game or activity in case you end up with extra time to fill. This can be something as simple as a Scary Face Contest in which children take turns going to the front of the classroom and making their scariest faces or most ghoulish ghost noises.
To complete preparations for the party, read through your list of chosen activities, determine what supplies you'll need for each one, and gather all of the necessary items.
Decorations and Games
Classroom Halloween Party Decoration Ideas
Classroom Halloween Party Games and Activities
- Use our Bat Template to cut bats from black construction paper. Suspend them throughout the party area using clear nylon thread. Hanging the bats at various heights and in groups will give the illusion that they're flying. Also, consider giving special attention to areas where the bats will sway in the air, such as by windows, doors and air vents.
- If you wish to block access to certain areas of the party room or stairs, use a yarn spider web to seal off the doorways. Secure the web in six places around the opening using push pins or tape. You can create your own web or work from our diagram below. To use our diagram, start with 1, stretch your yarn to 2, and so on, finishing back at point 1. For added effect, place plastic spiders on the web.
- Use glow sticks instead of candles in carved pumpkins to create a kid-safe eerie green glow.
- Twist together orange and black or purple, green and orange streamers, and hang them along the walls and doorway(s) in the party area. For a fun touch, hang long strips of streamers in a row across the main entryway to the party area, creating a curtain for your guests to pass through as they come and go.
- Serve treats in plastic trick-or-treat buckets shaped like pumpkins or witches' cauldrons. Consider placing small, plastic spiders in the treat bowls for an extra spooky surprise.
- Purchase synthetic spider webs (available at most grocery stores, specialty stores, and pharmacies around Halloween) to add to table covers, windows, outside bushes, and nearly every nook and cranny of the party area.
- Use a marker to draw ghost faces on white balloons and pumpkin faces on orange balloons.
Child-Friendly Halloween Movies:
- Ask your student to dress up on the day of the party and have a Halloween costume contest. Award prizes for scariest, silliest, and most creative!
- Fill a glass jar with candy corn and let the students guess how many are inside. The closest guess wins the jar full of candy.
- Have a candy scavenger hunt in the classroom.
- Pass out orange lifesavers and black licorice string. Let each child create an edible Halloween bracelet.
If you have downtime during your Halloween party, considering showing one of the following movies to your class.
- Escape to Witch Mountain (G)
- It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (G)
- Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (G)
- Winnie the Pooh - Boo to You Too (G)
- Monster House (PG)
- Monsters, Inc. (G)
- Casper (PG)
For more Halloween games, recipes, crafts and activities see the section below. Remember to choose activities that are appropriate for the age of your students.
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Games and Activities
A classic Halloween favorite!
Your guests will love decorating our Printable Halloween Coloring Page.
Test your guests' speed and creativity with this timed contest.
Have your guests use their creativity to create masks of silly or spooky characters.
Watch as your little monsters turn a guest into a mummy!
These adorable ghosts look good enough to eat.
Your guest will love this spooky cake!
Make spooky fudge spiders with this recipe.
Make gooey space slime with this galactic recipe!
Match 5 in a row to win school bingo!
This recipes makes the perfect Halloween treat.
Students will decorate their own yummy cupcakes during this classroom activity.