Throw a fun and funky bash with a monster party theme! Kids will have a stompin’ good time with our monster decorating ideas, silly monster food suggestions, and fun monster games. Read on for tips and tricks that will turn you into a real party monster!
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Planning & Invitations
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Monster party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Monster party theme:
- Kid-friend monster movies such as Monsters Inc. (G), Monster House (PG), The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG), Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (G), and Labyrinth (PG)
- Monster costumes
- Black lights and glow stickers
- Halloween music and sound effects
- Book about monsters such as Where the Wild Things Are, Tickle Monster, There’s a Monster Under My Bed, The Monster at the End of This Book, and When a Monster is Born
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s monster party. If you have time to make your own monster invitations, be sure to involve your child in choosing the design and filling in the details. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Use fill-in-the-blank invitations with a monster design, and tie each one to a monster paw before delivering them to your guests. Make the monster paw by using a clear plastic glove with one gumdrop in the tip of each finger as fingernails, and fill with popped popcorn. Tie the glove closed with a piece of green ribbon or a pipe cleaner.
- For a special touch, let us print personalized monster invitations for you! We’ll include your child’s name and all the party details with a background design that complements your monster party theme.
- Cut a monster foot from green construction paper (like Godzilla’s foot) and use a black marker to color the toenails. Then print the words “You’re Invited to a Stompin’ Monster Party!” on the front. Turn the foot over and write the following poem with the party details.
They’re in your closet and under your bed.They’re covered in scales with horns on their heads.
Monsters aren’t scary; that’s just cliche.
They just want to celebrate Max’s birthday!
Choose from our list of decorating ideas to create a monster atmosphere for your party. Some monster decorations may frighten younger children, so decide which ideas will be the most fun for your guests. Try just a few decorations, or go all out!
- Draw monster footprints leading up to your door using sidewalk chalk.
- Cut fat monster feet from green poster board and attach them to the floor leading from the door to the main party room.
- Create a dramatic look in the main party room by replacing the light bulbs with green or blue bulbs. Hand out neon glow necklaces to each guest as they arrive.
- Hang a sign on your front door that says “Warning, monsters inside! Enter at your own risk!”
- For older kids, rent or borrow a fog machine to create a spooky monster atmosphere.
- Make monster hands from clear plastic gloves. Stuff the gloves with tissue paper and tie them closed with black ribbon. Decorate by drawing a scar across the back of each hand with green craft paint, add fake fingernails, a ring, or attach a plastic insect. Place the monster hands on various tables, and save a few to perch on the edge of food platters!
- Make a few monster heads from empty plastic milk jugs. Turn the jugs upside down and use acrylic craft paint to design a variety of monster heads. You can paint one jug green with brown scars on the face and head; paint another one purple with a goofy smile and lots of teeth; leave one jug white and use black paint to draw a face and lots of stitches across the head; and paint one jug blue with one big eye in the center. If you wish, add a Frankenstein look by attaching metal nuts to the neck or head using hot glue. To display the monster heads, fill a drink tub with a crumpled plastic tablecloth and arrange your monster heads in the tub as desired. To make the heads stand up on their own, set them inside a round plastic food storage container and attach with duct tape before painting.
- Make a kid-sized monster body to greet your guests as they arrive. Trace around your child’s body on poster paper and then paint the shape to look like Frankenstein or Godzilla. Cut out the monster body and attach it to sturdy cardboard using spray adhesive. Next, cut a hole the size of a child’s face where the monster’s face should be. Lean your monster against the back side of a chair, and take photos on party day of each guest looking through the monster face.
Your little monsters will love party food with a spooky theme! Here are a few ideas to turn normal food items into a yummy monster meal!
- Serve food the children like, but give it a yucky monster name to make it more fun! Make little signs to put on the table in front of each food item so the kids can laugh as they eat. For example, mini pigs in a blanket can be called monster toes; grapes and melon balls can be called monster eyes, and apple slices cut with a pointed end can be called monster teeth.
- Monster Fingers: Make a plate of monster fingers by using a tiny dab of cream cheese (or peanut butter) to attach an almond slice “fingernail” to one end of a baby carrot.
- Monster Head Dip: Serve your child’s favorite dip in a “monster head”. To make the head, cut one slice from the top of a round loaf of bread. Pull out the soft bread inside to create a hollow shell. (Discard the soft bread or save it for another use.) Decorate the front of the bread bowl to create a monster face, using slices of vegetables to create eyes, a nose, a mouth, and ears. Hold them in place with toothpicks. If you want the face to look more creepy, add a tongue cut from a piece of fruit leather or bologna.
- Monster Snack Treats: Use individual slices of crispy rice cereal treats or brownies cut into rectangles about 2″ x 4″. Add green food coloring to a can of white frosting and then microwave briefly to soften. The frosting should be thin enough to pour, but not syrupy. Gently pour the green frosting over each treat. Next, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave in a sturdy plastic bag. Snip off one corner of the bag and pipe a monster face onto each treat. For example, you can give some of the treats hair and a squiggly mouth; give others a triangle nose and a scar for a mouth, and for others create two fangs and shaggy looking hair. Be creative and design your own monster faces!
- Monster Toe Cookies: Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or a roll of ready-made cookie dough from the grocery store. Add a small amount of green food coloring to the dough, and then shape into 1 1/2 inch ovals. Roll the ovals in plain sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Press an oval shaped candy such as a black jelly bean or a peanut M&M onto one end of each cookie as the toenail. Bake as directed.
Monster Party Cake Idea
Create a cake that looks like a monster head using the following instructions.
- Fill one round layer cake pan with your favorite cake mix and pour the remaining batter into an oven-safe bowl. (For an 8″ round cake pan, choose a bowl that is 8″ wide.)
- Bake both cakes, allow them to cool, and remove from the pan and bowl.
- Place the layer cake on a cake plate and then lay the bowl cake upside down on top of the layer cake. This creates the shape of a monster head.
- Cover the entire cake with green frosting, and use a variety of items to decorate a face. For example, if your child likes coconut, sprinkle some on top as hair. Or use gummy worms on top to create curly hair. Then try large red gumdrops as eyes, and small black gum drops to create teeth. Or cut a piece of string licorice to create a friendly smile.
- Add chocolate sandwich cookies on both sides as ears. You can also cut a tongue from a piece of fruit leather and let it hang out of the mouth and onto the cake plate! To make it really gross, place a plastic bug on the end of the tongue.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with monstrous party favors! To find a large variety of Monster party favors, visit our Monster party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Monster coin purses
- Monster squirts
- Fun-shaped candy and lollipops
- Stuffed monsters
- Tattoos and stickers
- Sticky bug flings
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
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Games and Activities
Turn ping pong balls into eyeballs for a hilarious relay race!
Send the guests out to hunt for missing monster eggs.
Your guests try to toss bean bags into the monster’s mouth in this popular game.
Get your little monsters stomping in this variation of Musical Chairs.
A game where children are encouraged to stomp around!
Watch as your little monsters turn a guest into a mummy!
Let the children make their scariest monster faces while you take photos.
Pass around a selection of slimy monster foods for the guests to touch!
Your guests will love decorating our printable Monster coloring page.
Use this yummy recipe to make pudding treats with gummy worms!