Halloween Party Safety

If you don't like to send your kids out for trick or treating a good substitute is a home Halloween party. Setting up a Halloween party for your kids can be just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids. This is also a great adult holiday and throwing a Halloween party for adults can be very fun!  You can hold a costume contest, have a theme party, the possibilities are endless and work for both kids and adult parties!

If you run short on ideas, there are many Halloween party idea books available at your local book or craft store. Also, remember that the Internet is a well-spring of information and by checking out our links page here, you'll find sites that have party ideas, games, food, music and costume ideas.

Here are a few Halloween party ideas to get you started:

For a kid's party, plan some good games to keep your child's Halloween party running smoothly. Kids can have short attention spans so you want to keep the party exciting and flowing smoothly!

For an adult Halloween party, keep it jumping with some rockin' Halloween music! Kids might like sound effects better and you can find all kinds of Halloween music and sound effects CDs for kids and adults at this time of year.

If you are serving food or treats at the party, make your table setting a spooky one using fake spider web, mini pumpkins, and other Halloween items. Adults like to have as much fun during Halloween as the kids do and adult Halloween parties tend to be much wilder than a kids parties with dancing, alcohol and a full lay out of food. Make sure that your serving area looks like Halloween!

When deciding on a menu, check and see if anyone attending the party has food allergies that might be a problem. Common food allergies to dairy products, peanuts and shellfish can really put a damper on the festivities. Planning ahead for problems can make all the difference for your Halloween party!

Using common sense can make a party a great one and avoid anything that may ruin it. For adult parties, keep an eye on the drinking and don't let it get out of hand. Take the keys away from anyone that may be driving.

Have one person stay sober and offer to drive those people home who may be too intoxicated to drive.

Having a Halloween party, either one for adult or for children, is definitely great fun! In order to have things run smoothly and with no accidents, here are some tips that can be used to make your party more enjoyable. With a little planning and time to prepare, you can throw a fun, safe Halloween party!

If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that you use a large punch bowl and a smaller one that fits inside. The smaller one is for the punch, the larger one is to put the dry ice and hot water in. Keep them separate, dry ice is not for ingestion and can cause serious damage to internal organs if swallowed.  

If you are holding your party in your house, make sure that you move any breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to another room where they can't get broken. A forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor could ruin the night for you.  

To keep things moving for either an adult party or child's party, make sure that you have some games, like a scavenger hunt or a murder mystery planned in advance.  

If you are planning a party for your kids and their friends, see if you can get some of the other parents to help out with the planning, baking and what ever else needs to be done. Many of them will be willing to help out to make it a successful party for all their kids to attend.  

Any treats or party food that can be made in advance is always a big help! If you have other parents helping out, make sure that everyone gets assigned a food item to bring that will take the load off the main hostess. Make sure that someone is brining drinks, food, snacks, treats or whatever you are serving.  

Having a pumpkin carving party on the night before Halloween can be a great way to start off the festivities. Either adults, kids or both, can have a wonderful time and get all your pumpkins carved before the big night!  

Set up a table with treats, punch and goodies in your front yard if you live in a small neighborhood. Invite the children and their parents to stop by for refreshments; you'll start a small party right in your front yard! Just make sure you set up a nice yard haunt, too!  

If you live in a friendly neighborhood, discuss having a Halloween block party with the neighbors. Set it up outside, in the street and yards and get everyone involved. Have carnival type games, a few yard haunts, food, music and dancing.



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