Haunted houses and Halloween parties go hand in hand when it comes to kids. The preparations for throwing a haunted house party, are fairly simple and inexpensive. The kids will have a great time as long as they are surrounded with blood, guts and ghouls. Pick a room, the garage or basement that will be the designated party area and turn it into a haunted house by following these instructions.
Send out invitations that are in the shape of a haunted house. These can be made from black construction paper, a white marker and spider, ghosts or other Halloween shaped stickers. The invitation should include the date, time, place and instructions for the guests to dress in costume.
Cover furniture with white sheets, pieces of fabric or tablecloths, use dry ice or a fog machine (rented or inexpensive to purchase), carved jack-o-lanterns with scary faces, play a CD with eerie music or haunted sounds and use spider webbing in as many places as possible. Put plastic spiders in webs, on the floor and scattered throughout the room. For a great “mad scientist” effect, fill several mason jars half full, with green Jell-O and plastic eyes or cauliflower (brain) other body parts. Clear lights can be laid around the room on the floor and close to the wall for a dimmed light effect or use a strobe light. Hang bats low from the ceiling and put a few rats on the floor and on or near the food section. Place a sheet over a table, and scatter plastic bones with fake blood on top.
Serve the kids bat wings (chicken wings), cookies shaped like Halloween items, witches brew (green punch with sherbet and dry ice) and cut up body parts (mini pizza rolls with pizza sauce). Hand out goodie bags that have a small amount of spider webbing placed over the goodies inside. For more Halloween food recipes read my gooey, chewy and bloody Halloween food recipes.