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    Tips for Planning a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

    Treating Moms to a Few Tricks\nA full day of meetings at work, after school activities for the kids and an overflowing laundry basket that needs done. Mom life is busy. On top of it all, you’re expected to be the ghostess with the mostess by planning a spooktacular Halloween party for your child’s friends. Never fear—Shindigz is here! Keep these tips in your purse to jot down ideas and make checklists when you’re waiting to pick up Suzie from practice, or when Johnny is playing at the park. Just remember to keep calm and scare on! Pick a date, time and place\nThe date of your party can be any day in October, so pick what works best for you and your family. Take it easy on yourself and plan for a time that doesn’t require a full meal—snacks and treats are more fun anyway. And the place? If it’s too much trouble, guests don’t have to haunt your house! Try outside in the back yard or in the garage if you’re fortunate enough to live in a warm climate. For an alternative, consider a country club, local park facility or neighborhood clubhouse. Create a ghost list\nAsk your son or daughter whom they’d like to invite. Consider friends from school, neighbors and teammates. Be sensitive and sensible. Select a theme\nMost children aren’t crazy about the scary side of Halloween, so make it about dressing up or carving pumpkins. Here are some theme ideas: Not into themes? Make colors the theme for your Halloween party: Determine a budget\nWe know this one can be tricky. Here are some suggestions: Number one rule with your budget? Stick to it! Send invitations\nWe usually recommend doing this a month before the party. Whether you choose traditional paper invites or go electronic, make them boo-tiful! This is the perfect chance to get everyone hyped for Halloween! We make it easy with our wide selection of pre-made, themed invitations that you just need to fill out with the name, date and time. It’s also wise to include an RSVP deadline, just to make sure you have a good headcount for planning purposes. Rally a team\nYes, it’s very tempting to try to be Super Woman and impress all the other parents and kids. Our advice? Don’t. Get other moms and dads together to help! Each person can help with set-up or prepare a dish to share. Is there a craft queen in the crowd? Have her prepare a little something for the kiddos to do. This will alleviate so much stress, and it will give you some much-needed adult time. Determine tableware\nYou need fast, easy clean-up. Try using disposable paper cups, napkins, and plates, as well as plastic eating utensils. A tablecloth is also an essential staple in making the table look festive. For kiddos, you may want to stick with disposable plastic table covers. Plan décor\nThis can be the tough part, but with our help, you’ll look like the superhero—there’s a costume idea for you! Keep it simple or go all out. And never underestimate the traditional decorations like balloons, hanging decorations, lanterns, garlands and streamers. Consider which of these areas you’d like to embellish: Schedule activities\nThe kids may drive you batty if you don’t have enough activities planned. We’ve carved out some ideas for you: Determine a flow\nThe timetable for your boo bash will depend on time of day as well as the number and ages of the children. So, the moral of the story is to be flexible. Here is a suggested flow: Create a menu\nWe know you like Pinterest, but if there’s no time to cook, no one has to know your treats are store-bought! Have other parents help bring snacks, too, or buy all orange and black items. Keep in mind that kids can’t eat or drink as much as adults. Here are some staples to consider purchasing: Here are some easy ways to dress up food and drinks: Ok, so maybe you really are Betty Crocker. Then work some magic in the kitchen! Here are some wicked good ideas for you. Determine favors\nIt’s important to say fang you for coming when your ghosts are leaving. A great way to do this is to offer them a party favor. Here are some kid favorites: Want to give away more than one goody? Have the kids decorate their own favor bag as an activity, or give them a favor box full of treats. Shop for supplies, food and drinks\nHere are some other tips for making the shopping process as easy as possible: Decorate and set up activities\nDon’t get spooked! Here are some tricks: Prepare food and drinks\nWe recommend doing as much food prep the few days before the party as possible. For the fresh items, make sure you leave plenty of time for set-up. Have fun This is the part where you just relax and enjoy the time with your child and his or her friends. Congratulations! You survived this to-do list! Just for that, we’re giving you 10% off at Shindigz.com using promo code TIPZ.