Throwing a party for preschoolers is really quite simple. The key is to keep it short. I would suggest no more than 2 hours. Keep them involved. Preschoolers are anxious to help out and to do things by themselves. Finally, make sure every child walks out the door with some sort of trinket. No one likes to go home empty handed.
I like to start with lunch first. Have each child sit at a long table. Give each one 2 pieces of bread, a piece of cheese and a selection of 3, Halloween, cookie cutters to choose from. I would suggest a witch, pumpkin, and black cat. Have them lay the cheese between the 2 slices of bread, and punch out their sandwich with the cookie cutter. Provide chips, and juice boxes to go along with their sandwiches.
After lunch, it’s time to start the games. My favorite, is “pass the pumpkin.” Get a small pumpkin that is easily passable from your local, pumpkin patch. Have the children sit in a circle and have them pass the pumpkin to one another to a funny Halloween song, like ” Monster Mash.” When the music stops, the child who is holding the pumpkin leaves the circle, but is given a piece of candy on his way out. That will help with the disappointment of being “out.” The last child sitting gets a small trinket, like a bottle of bubbles, a spider ring, or sidewalk chalk.
The second game is “pin the skull” on the skeleton. Blindfold one child at a time, spin them around, and have them attempt to put the paper skull in the right spot. Each child gets a piece of candy after their turn is complete. The child who comes closest to pinning the skull at the top of the body of bones wins another, small prize, perhaps a box of crayons, or a Halloween themed coloring book.
The third game is “freeze dance.” Have all the children dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” When the music stops, the children have to remain still. Let them all win! Give every child a small trinket when the song has ended. I like to hand out Halloween pencils.
Now, it’s time for dessert. Have the children decorate premade, Halloween, sugar cookies. Provide colored icing and candies. I like to have m&m’s, gum balls, candy corn, licorice, red hots, and skittles on hand. I put them in the middle of the table in little bowls. Give each child 3 cookies, and let them decorate until their hearts content. Once the decorating is complete, they may eat their cookies.
Lastly, send each child out the door with a Halloween, goody bag. Fun trinkets and candy can be bought through www.orientaltraders.com. They have a wide selection and assortment of Halloween goodies at low prices.