The first order of business if your teen wants to have a successful party is to set the rules. Who will be responsible for what? Write all of this down so that it is clear what your teen will be expected to do and what your teen expects from you. Go through the planner below once dividing the jobs as you go. You should also discuss any other rules you will have for your teen and his/her party guests at this time. Open communication between you and your teen will make this time a memorable event instead of a huge headache.
4-6 Weeks Before the Halloween PartyMake the basic decisions. How large will the party be? Can you have it at home or do you need a bigger space? Secure the location. What day and time will the party be? What does your teen want? What are the rules? These questions need answered before you plan anything else.
Plan the budget. How much will your teen be allowed to spend totally? Do this job together. Take that figure and split it between the expenses for decorations, food and activities - plus the location if the party is not at home. You can save money by using one thing for two different jobs which is easier to do than you may think. For instance, Halloween punch with a floating frozen hand makes a great Halloween table decoration and glow in the dark bat decorations can be a 'count the bats' party game too. Here is a handy Halloween party budget planner you can print out.
Choose a Halloween theme. Is your party going to be spooky or based on celebrities? While a theme isn't always needed, it can help you and your guests choose what to wear and sets the tone for your party. A party theme can be as simple as 'Ghoulish Gathering' or as specific as 'Dead Rock Stars'. Whatever your teen picks for their Halloween party theme is okay, as long as it is fun for everyone.
Invite the guests. After you set the date and time for the party, your teen will need to get invitations ready. Be sure to make a list of all those invited complete with phone number and column that can be checked off if they are attending or not. If you do not want the guest list to multiply, write on the invitation whether or not guest is allowed to bring a guest. Send out the invitations at least two weeks before the party, but four weeks is best. You can use one of our Free Printable Halloween Party Invitations.
Have the invitation list readily available at your home phone so that anyone can check it off when someone calls. Parents should be ready to answer questions that other parents may ask.
2-4 Weeks Before the Halloween PartyPick a Halloween costume. This should be done as soon as the theme is chosen. Otherwise your teen may find that what he/she wanted to wear is no longer available. Parents and other chaperones should dress up and get into the spirit of things. It is also good for chaperones to have something that distinguishes them from the guests, in case a guests needs to find an adult. Pumpkin flashlights work well for this. Here are a few ideas on how to make your own Halloween costume, for teens or chaperones:
Decide on a menu. Will your party include a meal or just finger foods? Either way there are so many fun Halloween recipes you can use:
Decide on activities and decorations. Having games and activities that teens can do when each finds time during the party works best. Things like sign in boards and don’t-say-these-words games free up those who just want to chat and entertain those who need it. Decorations should go with the theme, if you have one. They can be made or purchases. More: Halloween Party Games
Note: If you are ordering supplies through a catalog or online, do so now. You'll want to be sure you have the order in plenty of time. Make a list of everything you've ordered and who you ordered it from complete with phone number. Keep this handy in case you need to call the company.
The Week of the Halloween PartyTie up any loose strings.Call the guests who haven't responded yet to get an accurate account of who will be attending. Do the outdoor and out-of-the-way decorating. Did your teen order something and it hasn't come in yet? Call the company and be sure it's on its way.
Purchase supplies. Make the lists by store(party store, grocery store, etc.) and write it all down - it's easier than forgetting and having to go back to the store for a much needed recipe ingredient.
Take the time to get ready right and delegate jobs.Be sure there is enough time and help the big day to get the party area ready and yourself ready. Enlist friends who will be attending, older siblings and other chaperones. Anything that can be readied beforehand, should be - like outdoor decorations. This is also the time to set up a clean up crew.