The tradition of Halloween has almost completely been adopted by Australia now and has shown our kids just how much fun you can have
when scary meets party.
Halloween 100's and More
Is there anything more scary than the undead that want to eat your brains? Well, maybe my kids after they have eaten 160b - but that's another story.
Even though Zombies are pretty scary, they are also super fun - green skin, red eyes, missing limbs and that creepy walk they have.
Here is some great Zombie Party inspiration;
Invitation - Nothing says Zombie quite like a severed hand reaching out to get you. Grab a free printable Zomibe inviation here.
Decoration - No need for subtlety when decorating for your Zombie party theme. Get your blood splatter on and when you think you have enough - just keep going. Go for splattered table cloths, bloodied hand prints on windows, blood drips down paper cups and blood trails leading to closed doors.
Food - We all know that zombies really like to eat brains, a severed limb or two will do but brains are the their delicacy. Unfortunately, I don't think serving your little party guests brains will go down all that well so here are a couple of options they may like;
If you don't have any guests with nut allergies, walnuts naturally look like little brains.
for the skilled sculptor, you can mould a cream cheese based dip into a brain shape
create severed finger hot dogs by sculpting fingernails and knuckles into frankfurters. Add tomato sauce for a truly gruesome snack.
and you can print your own zombie hand cupcake toppers to match your party invitations here
Party Game - Zombies are best known for their appetites and their unique method for getting around, both of which go perfectly with the classic minute-to-win-it game of hanging food. Kids look allot like zombies with their hands behind their backs and mouths open chasing food on a string.
There are plenty of healthy foods you can use for this game but for a Zombie party, I recommend using rice cakes as they almost already look like brains, it is easy to make a hole in them for hanging and you can add any spread style topping that your guests like.
Best Party Favour - Finish off your party guests creepy look with a pair of our holographic glasses. They are made with sturdy metal frames and the lenses are real glass
Thanks to Sesame Street, Monster's Inc and the like, most kids see monsters more as lovable than scary so why wouldn't your child love to have their very own Monster Party? It's a great theme for the little ones who will delight in the colours, shapes and textures that only monsters can provide.
Here are some inspiring ideas on how to create your own Monster Theme party;
Invitation - Cover the back of your party invitations in faux fur or felt and allow your birthday child to add googly eyes and paper teeth. It will be a fun craft exercise to share and will leave your guests in no doubt what your party them is about.
Decoration - Pretty much anything can be a monster if it has big eyes and teeth. One of my favourite ways to make a monster decoration is to tie together four or more brightly coloured balloons and at least one white balloon. Add an eye ball to the white balloon/s and a mouth or teeth to one of the coloured balloons with permanent marker and you will have a pretty funky balloon monster decoration. Just remember to use balloon clips instead of tying off your balloons so they can be reused.
Food - Although they are almost all sugar, white marshmallows and licorice are both generally colouring and additive free and when they are together, make excellent monster eyeballs. You can place them on top of fruit jelly cups, put them on toothpicks and stick them to pieces of fruit or throw them into a colourful bowl as a monster treat on their own.
Party Game - Turn your party guests into three legged monsters with a three legged race. This game is easy to suit to any age group and always fun.
Best Party Favour - We have a cute Ogre style wooden photo frame perfect for your monster party theme. let your guests decorate theirs as a craft activity during the party and print up photos during the party so you can send them home with their own personalised monster memento.
Witches and Wizards
Well let’s face it the most exciting thing about witches and wizards is their magic. Grab a wand and a pointy hat and you can change the world. Every child probably already has their own idea of what kind of witch or wizard they would like to be so this theme is an easy one to get enthusiastic guest participation – especially if your party is around Halloween.
Here are some fun ways to bring your witch and wizard party to life;
Invitation – How magical would it be to receive a party invitation written in invisible ink? You can write the whole thing in invisible ink or just one or two important (or secret) parts such as the location and theme or you can make the whole lot visible and add a secret invisible note or picture. OK, so I guess you think I have lost the plot? How will your guests read their invitation if it is invisible and how can you write an invisible invitation? It is easier than you think!
Firstly, the easiest part - any liquid laundry detergent can be used as invisible ink – try to purchase one that is white or very pale in colour so the writing is definitely not visible when it has dried. Dip a paint brush or cotton bud into your detergent and get writing or, you can purchase an invisible ink pen.
Secondly, how can your guests read their invitation? Both your home made invisible ink or the store bought type will be visible under UV light. You can simply attach a note that the invitation requires a UV light to view or you can supply a UV light with each invitation – luckily for you, our laser pointers also have a torch light and a UV light and you can buy them here right now.
Imagine how excited your party guests will be after receiving an invitation written in invisible ink and a magical laser pointer before the party has even started!
Decorations – Lots of black for your Witch Theme party. Black balloons, pointy black party hats and plenty of black streamers will do nicely. Top it off with your own A4 sized printable witchy silhouettes here.
Food – Broomsticks are a popular witch themed food. You can make them out of cheese and pretzels, cookie dough or even pasty but the cutest ones I found are the bagged pretzels with pencil broomstick.
Just place a handful of short pretzel sticks and one normal length pencil into a small clear bag (approximately 5cm wide),
Arrange them so the pencil is in the middle
Tie off the bag at the top of the pretzels with a ribbon or piece of string.
Party Game – If you are looking to get your little witches and wizards active while using their amazing magical powers, go for a game of Stuck in the Mud. To bring the fantasy to life, tell your “IT” player they have the magical power to render their opponents “stuck in the mud” with just a touch, you could also give them some kind of wand to achieve this with – just make sure your wand won’t hurt anyone. Use something like a large feather, magical fluffy ball etc. The remaining players have the ability to break the spell by crawling under the legs of the stuck person.
Best party favour – All witches know the power of charms, our beautiful charm bracelets are the perfect favour for your little girl party guests. For your wizards, pick up a Crystal Blossom Tree that magically grows coloured crystals before your eyes.