Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Cheap Halloween Party Decorations for Kids

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on Halloween accessories to create a spooky mood for Halloween parties, whether it is a Halloween celebration for adults or for children. And if you are anything like me, you will want to find everything in one place and aim to get the room ready for Halloween in the time it takes to make a cup of tea (or perhaps a little longer).

Great Halloween Decorations

Zombie Hand Peel 'N Place Toilet Topper 12in. x 17in. Pkg/1
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Halloween party garlands are a cheap and easy way of decorating a large room without leaving any nook and cranny untouched. Better still, there are a wide variety of Halloween themes to choose from to provide a mix. From simple bat mobiles, ghosts, monsters and spiders to illuminated skulls and pumpkins. My personal favourite is the zombie hand in the toilet effect. Extras such as fake spider’s webs, Halloween balloons and spooky wall stickers can be placed in unexpected locations such as on the coat hanger or toilet wall to surprise the guests.

How to Create Spooky Lighting

Ambient lighting in the form of ghostly tea lights can be used for Halloween garden parties. Pumpkin candles, glowing skulls or hooded heads never fail to create a spooky atmosphere, casting long and sinister shadows across the room, which would otherwise look ordinary.

Homemade Halloween Decorations

And if you are feeling especially lazy, why not let the kids make the Halloween decorations themselves? Simple Halloween shapes are easy to draw, colour in, cut out and stick on garlands or mobiles. Ideas for Halloween crafts for kids can be found in many crafty books, but I simply let the kids design and draw the pictures themselves. Ideas include ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein’s, witches, cats and skulls are fun for kids to draw and give the room a personal touch when hung on the walls. Kids will admire and take pride in their artwork.

More adventurous kids may like to have a go at making homemade Halloween crackers. All that is required are toilet roll tubes, crepe paper, glue, a small gift and kid’s illustrations. Ideas for the gifts might be Halloween sweets, spooky hair accessories, jewellery or fake body parts.

Spooky Halloween Ornaments

Spooky centrepieces provide a focal point for the party, and for this reason, it is a good idea to set a little money aside for something special; it can be used next year and the year after. Ideas for memorable Halloween special effects might be:
  • A sinister skull holding a lantern.
  • A fibre optic black cat.
  • A Halloween witch punch bowl.
  • An inflatable ghost.
Inexpensive Halloween Decorations for Parties

Lots of costly special effects are not necessary to make a room look really spooky for Halloween. Garlands, balloons and homemade mobiles can really transform a room. Furthermore, a room that is dimly lit can really set the scene and create anticipation in kids. Providing a few unexpected surprises in the form of weird centrepieces or a glowing monster in a dark hallway is likely to create a memorable Halloween party for kids.

Halloween Decoration Supplies

Halloween party accessories
Halloween gifts
Halloween fancy dress and makeup

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