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Plan a Halloween Pumpkin Party for some Pre-Halloween Excitement!

Plan an afternoon of Halloween fun for the kids in the neighborhood with a Pumpkin Party!  The perfect activity for the preschool- and grade school-aged crowd, a Pumpkin Party is a fun excuse to get the kids and the parents together for some daytime Halloween festivities in the days before Halloween where the kids can expend some pre-Halloween excitement and energy and the parents can get together for a little adult interaction!

Before the little ones descend demanding their pumpkin goodies, you'll need to do a little prep work.  Stock up on mini pumpkins for the kids to decorate from the local farmers market.  Depending how many you need, you may be able to get a discount for buying in bulk.  It's up to you if you want to take on the challenge--and mess--associated with carving pumpkins or just let the kids decorate their pumpkins with paints and markers.  For the easy road, set up some folding tables covered with pumpkin themed plastic tablecloths to make clean up simple.  Have your markers, paints, paint brushes, and other supplies ready before the kids arrive.  If you're brave enough to let the kids carve their pumpkins, you'll need to enlist the help of some other adults to supervise.  Stock the tables with pumpkin carving kits that will reduce the risk of lost limbs and make it a little easier for the kids to create fun designs on their pumpkins!  Be sure everyone carves or paints their initials into the back of their pumpkins so there is no confusion when it's time to go home!  When you're ready to light the Jack-O-Lanterns up, instead of using traditional candles, use flameless LED tea lights so there's no risk of fire or burns. 

Set the scene for your Pumpkin Party with festive fall pumpkin lanterns hanging from the ceiling, or, if you're having the party outdoors, from the trees in the yard.  Blow up a few latex pumpkin balloons and some light up pumpkin lanterns and your pumpkin party space will be ready for guests of all ages! 

If you're expecting more than 5-7 kids at your Pumpkin Party, you'll probably have to do your decorating in shifts so have some other activities planned to keep the other kids occupied.   You could plan simple activities like coloring Halloween-themed pages you print out from the Internet or turning plain white paper plates into pumpkins or get a little more ambitions and have the kids decorate cookies, try their hand at face painting, or make their own witches hats out of construction paper. 

Serve up some Halloween themed treats for your little goblins with Playful Pumpkin paper plates and matching napkins to complement your theme.  Candy corn, peanut butter kisses (check with the parents for anyone with peanut allergies!) pumpkin muffins, cookies decorated to look like bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and other Halloween icons, apple cider donuts, and caramel corn are all surefire kid pleasers that will keep the kids happy! 
Once the kids are done decorating their pumpkins and eating your delicious Halloween treats, top off your Pumpkin Party fun by sending them home with a ghoulish goody bag!  Fill your loot bags with festive treats like skull and crossbone pencils, Halloween glow sticks to keep them safe when they head out for trick-or-treating, some tasty Halloween candy, and the ever popular spider rings that no Halloween would be complete without! 

With the pumpkins perfectly decorated and adorning the porch thanks to your festive Pumpkin Party, you'll have nothing left to do to prepare for Halloween but wait for the sun to go down and the ghouls and goblins to come out looking for treats on Halloween night! 

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