Guest Author - Christine Wong
In the past Halloween was primarily celebrated by children. However over the years itís become the most popular holiday among adults. So why not celebrate together? Here are some ways to plan a kid-friendly Halloween party.
Halloween celebrations are unique in that themes range from happy to horror. Select a party theme thatís appropriate for young children. While some think it's fun to see bloody faces and monsters rising from the dead, the little ones may find it terrifying. Play it safe by picking a light-hearted cartoony theme with jack-o-lanterns or a benign spooky theme with black cats instead. Save the blood curdling screams for an all adult party.
In most cases, Halloween falls on a school night with school again the next day. Therefore, select a start time thatís early enough to enjoy the festivities so that children can head home at a reasonable hour.
Itís almost a sure bet that all children will dress up in for Halloween. To add to the fun, encourage adults to dress up in costume too. When parents dress up and get into the spirit, everyone has more fun, especially the kids.
Not all parents allow their children to go trick-or-treating. This is a personal choice and can be a sensitive subject for some. To avoid a sticky situation, let the parents know ahead of time if you plan to go trick-or-treating and where you intend to go. In addition to residential areas, consider the local shopping malls where candy is sometimes passed out. If you have very young children, condo complexes may be a good choice because units are physically close together and may be less intimidating for first timers.
For safety reasons, be sure to have enough adults to supervise this activity. Children are especially excited and distracted. A close watch on each child is necessary. At the end of the evening check candy to make sure they havenít been tampered with and be cautious of homemade treats from unknown sources.
Most kids will be very excited upon arrival at the party and getting them to sit down to eat will be a real challenge. Therefore, serve foods that are easy to eat and easy to serve. Consider foods that can be eaten by hand such as a veggie platter and pizza. Meatballs are easily picked up with toothpicks and can be kept warm in a crockpot. Cut food into child-size portions.
You can choose to serve limited alcohol at your discretion or eliminate it all together. The risk of broken glass is also a consideration.
Halloween parties have changed over the years to include both adults and children. Keep it kid-friendly and create a tradition by celebrating together.