10 Tips for Hosting a Halloween Block Party
Fall & Halloween Event Ideas
It’s almost Halloween! Ghosts and ghouls are coming out to play, so why shouldn’t your neighborhood? Make planning your neighborhood block party easy with this helpful list.
1. Safety First: Clean any area with trip-ables like hoses, garden debris, and extension cords. Bring out extra lights or string Christmas lights so neighbors can see where they are going. Enlist plenty of adult chaperones to keep an eye on the kiddos.
2. Better Safe Than Sorry: Do you need a permit? Check with your municipality.
3. Spread the Word Early: Make event flyers to hand out and/or share on social media, your website, and other digital channels to build hype weeks before the event – check out Adobe's free event flyer maker here!
4. Get Everyone Involved: Encourage neighbors to decorate their homes, and use SignUp to enlist helpers to pitch in with potluck finger foods, as well as to recruit chaperones and game hosts – get phantom-enol Halloween finger food and drink ideas here!
5. Games & Activities for All Ages: Provide guests with tons of Halloween fun to ensure they have a hauntingly good time – 25+ game and activity ideas here!
6. Scare Them Silly: Gather older tweens and teens to make a Haunted House. For more Haunted House ideas, check out our Pinterest Board.
7. Light Up the Night: Purchase glow sticks in bulk and share with kids to wear as bracelets and necklaces. Round up extra flashlights for kids who need them, but don’t forget to add your address with masking tape so they can be returned!
8. Crown a Winner: Hold a Halloween contest with ribbons and prizes for the scariest, funniest, and all-around best costumes. Add a magical and memorable touch to your costume contest with a unique theme or activity addition – get ghoulishly fun ideas here!
9. Grab a Seat: People will stop by the party house throughout the spooky evening to refuel and share stories. Make sure you have plenty of lawn chairs.
10. Involve Local Businesses: Ask local businesses for sponsorship or donations, or reach out to local food trucks about setting up to sell their yummy goodies at your event.