Ideas for Planning a School Halloween Party
Are you in charge of the school Halloween party? Classroom parties are a group effort that can be organized by the room parent, a volunteer parent or the teacher. First find out how much time you’ll have for the party. Many classroom parties are 1 to 1 ½ hours, so decide how many snacks and games you can comfortably fit in that time frame. You can also rotate kids through stations (snack station, 1 or 2 game stations, craft station, etc.) to keep the madness organized.
Halloween theme ideas for the classroom
The classic School Halloween party is fun, but for a theme that inspires more creativity, consider these ideas:
- Harry Potter Halloween
- Aliens & UFOs Halloween
- Wizard of Oz Halloween
- Superheroes Halloween
- Disney Halloween
- Arachnophobia or Creepy Spider Halloween
Don’t forget the “ick” factor!
A good Halloween party should have a high degree of “ick” for creepy fun. The older the class age, the higher the ick. Yucky-looking snacks like zombie eyeballs, chopped finger food and gross pizza will have them laughing and “ewwwing,” but eating too. Find more Halloween recipes here! Don’t forget a slimy treat or Halloween game or two as well.
Even preschools can paint pumpkins. Painting Halloween Pumpkins is a fun craft that serves as an activity, classroom decoration, and a take home project. Depending upon the age of your students, use paints, felt cutouts, markers and other craft supplies to help your students create unique pumpkin art!
For more Halloween Craft ideas be sure to also checkout our section on Halloween Craft Kits.
Halloween Party Games
- Freeze Dance with Halloween party music
- Pin the Mole on the Witch
- Mummy Wrap – Small groups of kids race to wrap a member of their group with a full roll of toilet paper
- Ghost, Ghost, Goblin – Halloween version of duck, duck, goose
- Graveyard Scavenger Hunt – Kids hunt for bones, cemetery stones and more
Find more Halloween party games.
Order all your Halloween party supplies at once. Many of our merchants offer special discounts or free shipping for larger orders. So make a list of everything you need, get a count and order your decorations, candy, favors and games all at one time.
Don’t forget to keep it simple. That means not too many games and a limited number of snacks (especially with young children) or they’ll load up and throw a lot of food away. Also, if you’re making crafts, keep them simple in terms of cutting or gluing so they can be done by the end of the party. Most important of all, make it fun!