How to Plan a Spooky Halloween Birthday Party – On a Budget!

Last year, for my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday, she was having her first FULL class party, and we wanted to do it in style. But, in obsessive compulsive party fashion, we needed to do it ALL on budget. I had to prove it cost less than a Chuck E. Cheese pizza party — that was roughly $250.00, for the amount of kids we had coming.

Thumbing through my many subscriptions, I found EXACTLY the right event. And, as my big last day of thirties party was the night before, I needed easy. Simple. Fun. When I saw the Parent’s Magazine Backyard Halloween Party — I knew it was PERFECT for an enthusiastic Kinder Class…

I loved the idea of the Spider Walk…



Spider Walk - care of Parents Magazine

The ghoully mystery bowls

Ghouly Mystery Bowls, Care of Parents Magazine, 2010

The apple monsters… (which we transformed into cookie monsters!)

Apple Monsters!! Care of Parents Magazine, 2010

The creepy chili…


Creepy Chili w/ Spiders & Bats, care of Parents Magazine, 2010

The Halloween Veggies to look like candy corn, and dips in mini pumpkins…

Candy Corn Veggie Trays with Pumpkin Dip Service


A party at home should be less expensive than renting a space, and making a big pot of chili and a bunch of tidbits should cost less than ordering catered food (even boxed pizzas for the masses!).

Because of excellent friends and neighbors helping with food prep, pictures, and decorations, we had 28 kids over, entertained, and stuffed with good food and treats, for well under what we would have paid for a visit to Chuck E. Cheese. And, this year, we’re spooking it up Jack Skellington, Nightmare Before Christmas Style…

Here’s what we’re thinking as a tempting teaser!

Halloween Cakesicle Pops
Halloween Cakesicle Pops! LOVE these.

Happy haunting!

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