Thanks to Bounty for sponsoring this kid-friendly Halloween party ideas post (so be on the lookout for a few tips!)
Friday night at our house is always family night. This past Friday night we decided we would celebrate Halloween together with a fun kid-friendly party full of great Halloween food, Halloween treats, and Halloween movies! This party was so much fun to put together that I thought I’d share with you some of the kids Halloween party hacks that made our party a huge success!
Kid-Friendly Halloween Foods
We kicked our night off with an edible craft — making Monster Donuts! These were so easy to make and the kids thought they were awesome!
Monster Donuts Supplies
- Donuts (we purchased glazed pre-made donuts to keep things simple)
- Icing (we used white but you could use any color or even use food coloring to dye it)
- Candy Eyes
- Vampire Teeth
- Bounty paper towels
How to Make Monster Donuts
First things first! Prep your workstation by giving each child a Bounty paper towel. This makes cleanup a breeze, because you can almost expect to drip icing or spill sprinkles. Next, spread a layer of icing over the donut. Then sprinkle the desired color of sprinkles on the icing (BONUS! Check out a super fun icing hack below you can use for upcoming holidays). Cut the vampire teeth into two pieces and place on the top and bottom of the hole. Finish by putting the eyes in place, adding eyelashes or eyebrows if desired.
** Holiday Baking Tip — Something I found super helpful when using icing (and I’ve learned that not many people know) is that Bounty serves as a great tool for evening out icing to give treats like cookies, cakes and donuts that “next level”, fondant-like look. After icing your baked goods, place them in the fridge for about 10 minutes. When that’s done, you simply dampen a Bounty sheet with water before laying it over the baked goods and lightly press down on the paper towel to smooth out the icing. You then peel the sheet back to reveal a perfectly iced donut, cake, or cookie – Voila! Bounty is my go-to for this, since you don’t have to worry about any paper towel lint being left behind. **
The kids had such a great time making these donuts and I have to admit, my husband and I had fun with them too! They turned out so adorable!
Once the donuts were decorated we brought all of the other yummy food that my husband and I had prepared for them out to the table and had a delicious, festive dinner!
Here’s our menu and how we made them.
Jack-O-Lantern Mini Pizzas
This twist on a classic kid favorite is so simple!
- English Muffins
- Marinara sauce
- Cheddar Cheese
- Bounty Paper Towels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly toast English muffins
- Spead a layer of sauce followed by cheese
- Top with pepperonis, sliced in half to resemble eyes and a mouth
- Bake for 7-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Quicker Picker Upper Tip: Like any pizza you make with pepperoni, a little bit of excess grease is left on top after cooking, so before serving to the kids I blot each pepperoni with a sheet of Bounty to absorb it.
Candy Corn Veggie Pizzas
This was such a fun, easy twist on the popular veggie pizza. It only requires a few ingredients too!
- 1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls
- your favorite ranch dressing
- finely chopped cauliflower
- shredded carrots
- diced yellow pepper
- Bounty Paper Towels
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Prepare baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper
- Unroll crescent rolls flat onto baking sheet
- Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown
- Allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes
- Quicker Picker Upper tip: Place cooled crescent rolls on top of a few Bounty sheets for 10 minutes or so. I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed this, but sometimes grease from the bottoms of the rolls can pool after cooking – this is where Bounty steps in to help soak that up.
- Separate into triangles
- Spread ranch dressing over crescent rolls
- Starting at the widest part of the crescent roll, spread yellow pepper on 1/3 of the triangle, followed by shredded carrots on the next 1/3 of the triangle, followed by the chopped cauliflower at the smallest 1/3 of the triangle
- Serve immediately and refrigerate any uneaten “pizzas”
These were super easy! Just grab some Halloween shaped silicone ice cube trays. Spray them with nonstick spray (don’t forget to do this step!) and then use 1 1/4 cups of boiling water for each 6oz box of flavored gelatin. One 6oz box goes a long way! Refrigerate until set, about 2-5 hours depending on the size of your molds.
Like the jigglers, these were also super easy! It’s just peeled clementines with small pieces of celery stuck inside the top for stems.
Gideon’s face was hilarious when he picked his up and realized what he thought was a mini pumpkin was actually an orange! We managed to snap a photo at the perfect time, ha ha!
These were such a crowd pleaser and so easy too!
- 10 hot dogs
- 1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls
- Candy eye (you could also use two dots of mustard or ketchup if you’d like)
- 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (2.5 oz)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Spray the baking sheet with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper
- Unroll crescent rolls, pat them together to form a large rectangle, then slice the rectangle until about 40 pieces.
- Take a quartered slice of cheese and place under a hot dog, then wrap 4 crescent strips around the hot dog and cheese. Make sure you leave a small section open for the eyes.
- Place the hotdogs on the baking sheet with the cheese on the bottom.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown and the hot dogs are fully cooked.
- Place 2 small dabs of ketchup or mustard on the hotdog for the eyes and then place the candy eyes onto the mustard/ketchup.
- Serve warm.
After we ate, it was time to watch a movie. There are lots of great kid-friendly Halloween movies. Because we have some very young kids, we always look for ones that aren’t scary at all. Here are some of our favorites:
- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
- Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
- Spooky Dogs
- Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
- Toy Story of Terror
- Halloween is Grinch Night
We watched Halloween is Grinch Night this time around. It was our first time watching this movie and they all seemed to enjoy it.
Trick OR Treat Surprise Tubes
After we enjoyed all of the yummy food and our Halloween movie, the final event of our night was to open the “Trick OR Treat Surprise Tubes” I’d made for them earlier that day.
These were SO easy to make and the kids were ever so eager to open them and find out what was inside! Here’s how you make them:
- Empty Bounty paper towel rolls – with 5 kids, we go through paper towels, so I was able to stockpile quite a few over the course of a couple of weeks
- Orange and black tissue paper
- String, ribbon, or yarn
- Cotton balls
- Items for the tricks. You can use whatever you’d like but here are some ideas
- shredded paper
- plastic bugs
- Items for the treats. Again, you can use whatever you’d like but here are some ideas
- Little toys your children love
Making these surprise tubes is so easy!
- You’ll want to get a sheet of orange tissue paper and black tissue paper. Pair them together and then lay them down flat.
- Grab your Bounty paper towel tube and stuff 3 cotton balls into one side of the tube. Doing this helps prevent things from sliding out of the tube while you fill it.
- Fill the tube with either trick or treat items. I tried to make an equal amount of trick and treat tubes.
- Once filled, stuff 3 more cotton balls in the opposite end of the tube so it is closed on both ends.
- Lay the tube on its side and roll the tissue paper around it. Use a small piece of tape to hold it in place.
- Tie off each end next to the tube.
- If desired, you can use scissors to cut the tissue paper into strips to look like tassels.
- You can also make mini Trick OR Treat Surprise Tubes by cutting each paper towel roll into 2-4 sections, depending on the size you want. If you’d like to give these out to Trick or Treaters on Halloween night, this would keep it a little more affordable since you’d likely need to make quite a few.
The kids knew from the beginning of the party that these Trick OR Treat Surprise Tubes were waiting for them and they could not contain their excitement! They were so eager to find out what the tricks and treats were and see who would get what.
They each opened a tube and all received treats (candy!) except for Zellene. She got a trick tube! I wasn’t sure how she would react to receiving a tube filled with glitter and bugs, especially when everyone else had gotten candy, but she LOVED it! My girl with a serious sweet tooth seemed more excited that she was the “lucky” one to receive a trick tube! There were so many giggles and smiles, it was a great time! I have a few Trick OR Treat Surprise Tubes left over and I’m going to let the kids open those tubes on Halloween. They are eager to see who else will get tricked!