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Calling All Kids! It's a Halloween Costume Crafternoon

You bring the arts and crafts. They bring their imaginations. At this party, kids can make their own costumes and have spooktacular fun doing it.

Set the Crafts Table

  • Greet Your Guests
    Greet Your Guests

    Spell it out in a bold banner. We used this Happy Halloween bunting strung on black ribbon. For extra spook, accentuate it with witch silhouettes, window clings and dangling spiders.

  • Take a Bite
    Take a Bite

    Kids will love to sink their teeth into this fresh, crisp Halloween snack — if they dare! You can get four "vampire lips" out of one apple, but be ready to make more —the kids are bound to gobble them up.

  • Have a Seat
    Have a Seat

    At the table, each child should have their own place setting including items like napkins, paint palettes, and paper plates (ours are from Meri Meri). A chalkboard place card scrawled in their name adds a personal touch.

  • Citrus Sweets
    Citrus Sweets

    Grouped together on a platter, peeled citrus fruits turn into an adorable edible pumpkin patch — a naturally sweet alternative to all that candy. Present a mix of navel and blood oranges, tangerines, and clementines. To make the stems, insert a piece of celery into each top.

  • Greet Your Guests
    Greet Your Guests

    Spell it out in a bold banner. We used this Happy Halloween bunting strung on black ribbon. For extra spook, accentuate it with witch silhouettes, window clings and dangling spiders.

  • Have a Seat
    Have a Seat

    At the table, each child should have their own place setting including items like napkins, paint palettes, and paper plates (ours are from Meri Meri). A chalkboard place card scrawled in their name adds a personal touch.

  • Take a Bite
    Take a Bite

    Kids will love to sink their teeth into this fresh, crisp Halloween snack — if they dare! You can get four "vampire lips" out of one apple, but be ready to make more —the kids are bound to gobble them up.

  • Citrus Sweets
    Citrus Sweets

    Grouped together on a platter, peeled citrus fruits turn into an adorable edible pumpkin patch — a naturally sweet alternative to all that candy. Present a mix of navel and blood oranges, tangerines, and clementines. To make the stems, insert a piece of celery into each top.

Offer Supplies

Keep everything in easy reach for little hands: paintbrushes and age-appropriate scissors in tin buckets, sponges, craft paint, sheets of felt and fabric, and other materials. There should be enough to pass and share around the table.

Consider the age range of your guests. For younger children, crafternoons are best in small groups where you have at least one adult helper for every two or three guests. Older kids may require less hands-on help. Consider a sizable table: Ideally, you should account for every mini-crafter to have enough room to comfortably spread out materials, make headpieces and masks, and (inevitably) make a mess too.

  • kids Halloween crafternoon party
  • kids Halloween crafternoon party
  • kids Halloween crafternoon party
  • kids Halloween crafternoon party

What Will You Be?

Now, the real fun begins! Choose your costume — we have six kid-friendly ideas here — and have fun. Remember that a Halloween costume can be creative and comfy. The first place to look? The closet. First, we used a base outfit of matching pajamas, zip-up hoodies, long-sleeve tees, and short-sleeve tunics. Then, we upcycled embellishments from household supplies. (For a jellyfish, we used an umbrella and bubblewrap. For a dinosaur, we used kitchen sponges and safety pins.) The rest is up to your — and your kid's — imagination.