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Halloween is Fun for All Ages; Plan a Halloween Party for Your Teenager and Friends with the Help of Windy City Novelties!

Younger kids love Halloween, when they can run from house to house collecting buckets full of sugary treats and adults spend their Halloween carting those kids through the neighborhood supervising the trick-or-treating fun or heading to the bars to scare up some adult fun of their own.  But for teens, finding a fun way to celebrate the holiday, when they're too old for trick-or-treating, too young for a night on the town, can be difficult, leaving them longing for the good old days when they were the ones dressing up in cute little Halloween costumes  and filling their pumpkin buckets with more candy than they could ever eat.  But this Halloween, why not plan a teen Halloween party that will give them something fun to do?

Teens don't need fancy invitations and elaborate sit-down meals. All you'll need for your teen Halloween party are some fun Halloween party supplies and a few activities to keep them busy and you'll have a surefire hit on your hands!   The first thing you'll need to do is decide if you want to have a theme for your teen Halloween party.  If your daughter is the ultimate girly-girl, transform your home into a fairytale castle and encourage her friends to dress up as their favorite fairytale character.    Or, have everyone channel their inner superhero, cartoon character, or pirate with superhero costumes, pirate costumes, or cartoon character outfits!  For a scary twist, transform your home into a haunted house, complete with skulls, animated skeletons, and other creepy creatures and have the kids dress up as their favorite horror creatures! 

If the kids aren't into a theme party, have no fear, you can still create a killer party space without resorting to cutesy decorations that will embarrass your teen!  Hang some Halloween chandeliers from the ceiling to set the scene for your spooky soiree and use some black gauze drapery on the railings, mantel, and lamps.  To keep the kids corralled in one area and prevent them from wandering around the house, block off areas you want to keep them out of, like bedrooms, offices, and basements or garages with Halloween caution tape across the doors.  This will let everyone know those areas are off limits but won't clash with the rest of your party decorations! 

Plan a party menu that will allow the kids to mingle and keep them full through the event.  Since teens are known for their voracious appetites, you'll need plenty of treats to feed the hungry horde!  Finger foods that can be prepared ahead of time and easily replenished are the best choices, as well as simple crowd pleasers like pizza and sub sandwiches.  Meatballs, chicken fingers, egg rolls, and crescent wrapped hotdogs are always a hit when you're looking for hot foods to serve.  For quick treats that are easy to refill and snack on throughout the night, the requisite chips and dip are a given for any party menu and popcorn, fresh veggies with dip, chocolate covered pretzels, cookies, brownies, and, of course, Halloween candy, will keep all the kids happy as well.  And for an extra special treat, set up a make-your-own cupcake bar where the kids can top their own cupcakes-have both chocolate and vanilla to choose from-with various flavors of frosting as well as a variety of toppings like sprinkles, candy, crumbled cookies, and sanding sugars. 

While teens might be too old for Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Hot Potato, have a few games planned for your party.  If you have a gaming system, popular dance games are a fun way to get the crowd up and moving.  Or, plan a scavenger hunt through the neighborhood where they have to find Halloween themed objects.  Set out the clues beforehand and coordinate the neighbors if needed.  Other fun games the teens might enjoy include Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, or Guess the Monster, which has the kids tape the name of a monster to their forehead and then their friends give them clues to help them guess what monster they are.  You can also have a costume contest with prizes for the Best, Funniest, Scariest, and Most Creative costumes at the party. 

When you give your teens a fun way to celebrate Halloween this year, they won't feel short-changed when they decide they're too old for trick-or-treating and instead, they'll be looking forward to the chance to celebrate with their friends and have some Halloween hijinks at you teen Halloween party! 

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