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Helpful Tips for Having a Kids Costume Party this Halloween Season!

Everyone knows the best thing about Halloween, aside from the pounds of candy that’s collected while trick-or-treating, is getting the chance to dress up in a fabulous costume.  But when the night is over and your kids are forced to retire their costumes to the dress-up bin after only a couple hours, they’re bound to be disappointed they couldn’t wear that costume just one more time.  So why not give them the chance to show off their Halloween costumes and have a little Halloween holiday fun with their friends by throwing a kids’ costume party? 

Give your guests plenty of notice for your Halloween costume party by sending out your Halloween invitations at least 4 weeks in advance so everyone has plenty of time to plan their costume!   Be sure you let everyone know that it’s a costume party and that you’re expecting everyone to show up in their Halloween costume for the event!  Or, you can have them stretch their creative muscles and give your costume party a theme.  Let your little girls fulfill their dreams of dressing up as a pretty little princess or fairy tale character and have the boys get ready to sail the seven seas in pirate costumes that will have them channeling their inner Captain Jack Sparrow!  Whether you want to do a pirates and princess theme, a Wild West theme, a zoo theme, or party where they dress up as their favorite cartoon character, they’ll be jumping at the chance to show off their costume design skills for the evening! 

Since the highlight of any costume party is a costume contest or costume parade, you’ll want to be ready for the big event!   Set up a stage at one end of your party space where the kids can show off their costumes.  Hand out index cards and Halloween theme pencils and let the kids write out a brief description of their costume.  You can act as the Master of Ceremonies and read their descriptions as they have their chance to walk the catwalk and show off their fabulous costumes!  Have some skeleton shaped Best Costume trophies on hand to award the child with the most creative, funniest, craziest, and scariest costumes of the evening.  Or, so no one goes home empty handed, pass one out to everyone who participates in your costume party! 

Have some other activities planned for your kids’ costume party as well.  While bobbing for apples has been a traditional favorite at Halloween parties in years past, it’s also a great way to spread germs, so it’s probably a good idea to skip that old favorite.  Instead, let the kids decorate their own caramel apples.  Before the party starts, get the apples ready by sticking the wooden skewers through the centers, line up various toppings, including nuts, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, crushed cookies and candy bars, and chocolate chips, and have the caramels ready for melting.  Once you’re ready to start, and you’ve melted the caramel on the stove or in the microwave, have an adult handle dipping the apples in caramel and let the kids decorate their apples with whatever goodies they want!  Place the decorated apples on waxed paper to dry and once they’re ready to go, wrap them in cellophane for the kids to take home.  Instant party favor and tasty treat for later!   You can also play musical chairs, pin the nose on the pumpkin, or, if your party is happening at night, flashlight tag or Ghost in the Graveyard.  Whatever events you plan, just be sure the kids can participate without being hampered by their costumes. 

Whether you’re planning your kids’ costume party for a couple weeks before Halloween or a few days after, the kids will love having an extra reason to show off their Halloween finery and dressing up for an extra evening of fun!  And be sure to pull out your costume so you can wow the kids with your own creativity and show them that even adults like to play dress up from time to time! 

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