Jul 29, 2017

DIY Cheap Halloween Party Ideas For Kids (When Your Budget is Scary Tight!)

A round-up of the best DIY spooky cheap Halloween party ideas for kids when your budget is scary tight. 

( And treat yourself to this list of 20 budget-friendly Christmas gifts that cost less than $30 for people on your gift list this year)

To start getting ready for your kid's Halloween party, plan on serving fun easy Halloween food for kids that you can make at home. Because really, that's all kids want. Easy yummy party snacks they can grab and munch. So relax, and do not worry about having a full-on laid out buffet for the little party-goers.

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Second, try to use whatever items around your house as you can to make homemade Halloween games for kids to play as well as spooky fun DIY decorations. Homemade slime is easy and cheap to make, and kids will play with it for hours. You can also use the slime as party favors for kids to take home.

If you do need to buy party supplies or decorations, check out dollar stores near you for fun Halloween decorations and games.

Fun Halloween Party Game Ideas For Kids

Pin The Boo! Halloween Themed Game Idea

DIY Halloween Pin the Boo Game For Kids

Turn a classic party game for kids into a Halloween themed game instead. All you need for this Halloween version of Pin the Tail are paper and tape and you are pretty much ready to play! Thanks to Simple Play Ideas for this idea!

Halloween Pumpkin Golf

Easy Pumpkin Golf Game

For this game, all you need is a large pumpkin (Amazon has carvable foam pumpkins if you would rather skip carving and cleaning out a real pumpkin) and a plastic toy golf club set for toddlers ( big kids will love using these too). 

You can also use items around your house like a broom for the golf club, and a small plastic ball or tennis ball.

Get the directions for Halloween Pumpkin Golf.

Amazon Carvable Foam Pumpkin - $8. 79

Pumpkin Ring Toss 

Games to play at Halloween Kids Party

Set up a game of good old fashioned ring toss using a pumpkin and plastic rings 

A budget-friendly Halloween kids game that is cheap and requires no set up at all!

Get directions from Melissa at Kid-Friendly Things To Do.

Amazon set of plastic toss rings - $7.49

Classic 'Guess How Many' Halloween Party Game

Halloween Games For Kids
(Picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.)

Nothing beats simple classic Halloween games for kids that are super easy and fun. Fill a bowl with candy corn and kids guess how many pieces are in there.  And you do not need to buy a separate prize for the winner. Just use that bowlful of candy as the prize.

Play Musical Chairs

Play a classic game of musical chairs but be sure to use spooky Halloween music as the kids play the game.

Spooky Eggs and Spoon Race

Have the kids decorate hard-boiled eggs using Halloween stickers, crayons, etc. Then set up a good old fashioned egg and spoon race with teams.

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Flying Egg Carton Bats

Use egg cartons to make hanging bats. Then hang them everywhere and anywhere you like!
Use things around the house to make the flying bats. If you can't buy (or have on hand) Googly Eyes for example, make the bat eyes using white construction paper. 

No black paint handy? Use a black crayon or marker to color the bat wings.

Get the Easy instructions at Crafts By Courtney.

DIY Ghost Table

Halloween Party DIY Ghost Table Decoration

Decorate a small table with a white sheet. Add some black eyes made out of construction paper or felt. And instantly you have the cutest ever Ghost Party Table ever.

DIY Spooky Eyeballs Halloween Decoration

spooky Halloween Eyeballs decoration

Make spooky googly eyes using ping pong balls. You can put the googly eyes in a bowl with cooked noodles and let the kids wear blindfolds as they explore the ingredients in the bowl.

Or just use spooky eyeballs as decorations all around the house.

Ping Pong balls - Amazon

Set of Googly Eyes with Self-Adhesive - Amazon

Get the directions at number-2-pencil.com.

Easy Way to Decorate Your Front Door For Halloween 

DIY Halloween Front Door Mummy
Photo Credit: Honey and Fitz.com

To make this fun cheap Front Door Halloween Mummy decoration you need a roll of white paper streamers and black and white construction paper for the eyes. 

And if you do not have white paper streamers handy, try using a white sheet, white construction paper. Even toilet paper could work.

Fun Halloween Party Food Ideas For Kids 

Make Halloween Witches Brooms With Pretzels

Cheap Halloween Treats Witches Broom
The Kitchen Magpie

This super cute Halloween dessert idea is easy to make. All you need to make these cute witches brooms are pretzel sticks and peanut butter cup candies.

Thanks to The Kitchen Magpie for sharing this recipe .

Halloween Chex Mix Party Snacks

cheap Halloween party snacks

Make a quick batch of simple Chex Mix and toss in candy corns to the recipe for a splash of Halloween colors. 

Grab the recipe for this quick fun party snack for Halloween at One Little Project.

Individual Mac and Cheese Party Cups

Halloween Party Ideas Mac and Cheese Cups

I know, I know.  I said not to worry about serving dinner at your budget-friendly Halloween party for kids. But these macaroni and cheese cups are such an easy fun party food idea for kids .

If you decide you want to serve something more than just snacks and candy.

Buy plastic cups at a dollar store, draw pumpkin faces with a marker on each cup. 

Make mac and cheese, and spoon some into each plastic cup.

Yummy Mummy Candy Holders

Halloween Mummy Candy Holders

These cute Halloween Mummy Candy Holders make perfect party favors for kids. 

You can also turn this into a Halloween craft activity for kids and have kids make their own. 

Fill them these DIY candy holders with popcorn or candy at the party, or hand them out as party favors for kids to take home.

DIY Coffee Filter Ghost Halloween Lolli-Pops

coffee filter ghost pops

Use coffee filters to wrap lollipops instead of tissue paper! Just a fun twist on this popular easy kids' party treat. 

Either works great, but I think the wrapping part is easier using a coffee filter.

Thanks to Happiness Is Homemade for this cute idea!

Mini Doughnut Spiders

Let the party guests make these easy Halloween treats themselves, or have them ready ahead of time and put them on that Ghost Table you set up.

Get directions at It's Always Autumn.