I have been the room mom lots of times. Over the years I have figured out a few ideas that have made planning the holiday parties so EASY! Today I am going to share some of those tips as well as what I have planned for my 1st graders classroom Halloween party this year.
Tips for Planning a Classroom Halloween Party
- It's ok to repeat activities from year to year- I used to think that I had to have completely new activities every year. Then I realized that the kids will have fun with activities that they have done before. It's smart to repeat a popular activity from a previous party.
- Have a variety of activities to appeal to all the different personalities. Not everyone is going to like all the stuff that you plan, but if you have enough variety the hope is that they will like something!
- Don't be afraid to have fun with the kids. They will enjoy it even more if you really get into the festivities and play along with them!
- Keep it simple. Kids don't care about all the little details that we worry ourselves over to make a Pinterest worthy party.
- Prepare more activities than you think you will need. You never know what the kids are going to like until you get there. The better prepared you are, the better you can cater to their interests.
- Skip the treat station and find more creative and healthy options for party snacks-especially Halloween when they are bombarded with candy.
- Always end with a fun related picture book for the younger kids. It's a great transition from party time to whatever else they are doing.
Classroom Halloween Party Games and Activities
At our school we have about an hour for the party. There are 30 kids so I will divide them into four groups and have rotations. Since they will be at each station for 15 minutes I am having them do two activities at each station.
Pumpkin Craft and Goody Bag
We are going to use these pipe cleaners to make a simple pumpkin shape with a green stem.
For this activity they get to choose some stickers and erasers to put in a little goody bag. They will also practice writing by putting their name on the bag. (I like to find sneaky ways to teach them while having fun at the same time).
Catch the Bat and Mummy Wrap
We are going to play a version of hot potato with this quirky bat. They can also use this to play the game where one kid is in the middle and tries to catch the bat. At this station we will also divide the kids into two teams and take turns trying to wrap a mummy the fastest.
Candy Corn Bowling and Dance Like Monsters
I am reusing this candy corn bowling set from the party last year. It's a great way for the kids to practice coordination as they set up the pins for the next bowler. The other game is a simple activity where we turn on some Halloween music and then shout out different monsters. Kids try to mimic dancing like that monster.
Healthy Snack and Halloween Games
Have you ever played Spot It? This is a Halloween version where the kids can look at the cards and find a picture that is on both cards. There are lots of variations to play with this set of cards.
This is a laminated eye spy game that the kids can look at while they are waiting for everyone to finish making their healthy "pumpkin" snack.
We will make jack o lanterns by using a cutie orange and a black sharpie. The kids can draw a face on their pumpkin and then put it in their goody bag for later.
Story to Read at the End
At the very end of the party we will gather the whole class together and finish off by reading this story about ghosts that live in a haunted house.
I love planning parties and the tips I mentioned in this post have made it even easier for me to confidently volunteer to run the classroom Halloween party, or any other class party. I keep all my supplies tucked away in my Halloween decoration box so they are out of the way the rest of the year.
Have you thrown a classroom Halloween party? What were your favorite activities? Please share in the comments below. I would also love to see a picture of your kids' classroom Halloween party hashtag #peachtreedr
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