Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

Halloween is the perfect time to connect with your kids, no matter their age, but tweens can definitely be a tough bunch. They’re way too young for blood and gore and a bit too old for cute and cuddly party themes.

So what’s the compromise? Here are four Halloween party ideas that will help your tweens — and their friends — have a not-too-scary good time.

Hocus, Pocus, Toil, and Trouble

Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

Halloween is the perfect time for a little magic with friends. Turn your living room into a witch’s lair for a mini spell demonstration, taught by you! Tweens can dress up in black clothing and tall hats — don’t forget the brooms! — and invite their friends over for a bubbly cauldron good time.

Every group of little witches need a good spell book or two so why not create your own? Before the day of the party, you and your tween(s) can embark on a do-it-yourself project to create a unique spell book to keep for years to come. Buy binded notebooks to start and then use craft foam, tissue paper, 3D letters and craft paint to turn them into something special. After your books are dry, go wild adding in “spells” that can serve as your recipes to create yummy potions (a.k.a. fun drinks) that your crowd will enjoy.

Since it’s Halloween, there are a ton of fun ways to make the party drinks you make even more creepy. Have fun with straws by adding Surf Sweets candy to them. You can even bug out and freeze Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms into ice cubes beforehand for an extra crawly treat.

For a classic Halloween favorite that never gets old, add in Disney’s Hocus Pocus for a spellbinding good time.

“Who Done It?” Mystery Game Night

Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

 

It’s no secret that mystery TV shows like Pretty Little Liars are extremely popular among tweens. Tie in the fun that comes with trying to solve a mystery by having a “Who Done It?” Game Night, in which everyone has a part to play.

Watch Clue to get your tweens excited for the detective fun, and then play the Clue game or use printables to create your own version.

For your accompanying munchies, keep the theme going and decorate cupcakes with images such as question marks and police crime tape with natural food dyes — a perfect pre-game activity that the whole family can help out with before guests arrive.

Cake Up the Makeup

Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

 

Halloween is a time where it’s actually okay for your tweens and their friends to pile on the makeup. So, why not make a night of it?

Take a trip to the dollar store for mirrors, eyeshadow palettes, lipstick, blushes, and traditional Halloween costume makeup.

After makeup is all applied, it’s time to hit the “selfie station.” Collect various costume pieces from family and friends. Lay accessories like crowns, masks, and jewelry out on a table and hand up clothing on a nearby stand. Print out fun photo booth signs and glue them on sticks. Create a background for photos by hanging fabric, table cloth, or curtain on a nearby wall.

You can always take photos of them on a digital camera or camera phone, but for an added touch, grab a camera that prints photos instantly in the old school, Polaroid-style way of printing, like Fujifilm’s Instax cameras. The dress up and photo-taking process will of course be fun, but the printed photos will serve as cool take-home gifts.

Allow tweens to play dress up and take photos as needed throughout the night until movie time. Classic movies such as Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer will help keep the mood light-hearted.

Study Like Harry Potter

Halloween Party Ideas for Tweens

 

Harry Potter parties are always a good idea, but for Halloween, the magical fun is perfect for a creative way to celebrate.

Your tweens will all become students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Before guests come, your family can make wands for everyone out of paper and glue and print out report cards listing all of classes (activities) for the night.

One class can be a potions class. Buy enough mini cauldrons for each of the students, and using baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap, show them how to do a simple experiment that will “magically” bubble up over the cauldrons.

Snacks can be equally as fun. Add edible “school books” to the mix as a special treat. Wrap homemade fruit leather around squares of white chocolate to create little snacks that look like leather-bound school books — perfect to get “students” in the Harry Potter mood.

Wrap up the night by watching the real Harry Potter and his friends in action. Any movie in the series will do!

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Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Break out the camping gear and throw a birthday party where you don’t have to worry about cleaning the house! (Now that’s something to celebrate!)

This outdoor themed party will bring out the camp kid in all of us. Complete with fishing poles, s’mores and a cozy tent, read on to see how to replicate our version of Camp Surf Sweets that will transform your next birthday party!

DIY Play Tent

Surf Sweets Backyard Camp

What would camping be without a tent? You don’t have to get an expensive glamping unit that’ll you’ll rarely use. An easy, DIY play tent is the perfect addition to a camping themed birthday party (and fun to reuse in years to come!)

This DIY play tent is fun and easy to put together.  You can make it as simple or complicated as you want by coloring, decorating, or sewing different parts. For us, we went with natural colors so it felt more authentic. Sweet tip: you can fold it right up when you finally get the kids out of it at the end of the festivities and reuse for play time again and again.

How to Make Your Own

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Cost: $50 for (2) two Tents or $35 for (1) one

What you’ll need:

  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Hammer
  • (4) 1”x2” x 6ft boards per tent (available at any hardware store)
  • (3) ¾ “ x 48” dowels per tent (available at any hardware store)
  • ¾” drill spade bit(available at any hardware store)
  • (1) 9’ x 12’ canvas drop cloth (you can get 2 tents out of one of these)

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step One:  Measure & Drill Holes

Measure, mark and drill a hole (using the ¾” spade bit) 2” from the bottom of each board.  Repeat 12” from the top of each board.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step Two: Assemble Poles

  • Stack two boards on top of one another, aligning the 12” holes.
  • Hammer the ¾” dowel through both holes
  • Flip and repeat on the other side of the pole.
  • Open the boards on each side to create the tent frame
  • Lay the frame on its side and continue to hammer the remaining two dowels into the bottom holes

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step Three: Cover with Drop Cloth.

If you are making two tents, cut the drop cloth down the center so you have two 4.5’ x 12’ pieces.

Drape the canvas over your frame and secure the fabric to the tent. Depending on how permanent you want the tent to be, you can sew it, staple it or use safety pins to hold it together.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Party Activity & Favor Two for One

Stone Painting Art

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Activities can be hard to organize when the party is outside, but this sweet painting game is flexible and doubles as a great take-home favor for all of your guests.

Create some beautiful original art work with found objects from your yard! If you are lucky enough to be near a beach, park, or trail use your party planning as an opportunity to take the kids on a walk to collect as many flat stones as you can find.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

At the party, provide children with water based paint pens and let them choose their rocks to decorate. Let their imaginations run wild with this great, creative, outdoor (and screen free!) art activity.

Snacks & Sustenance

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Trail Mix Station

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

What better way to keep the energy level up than to fuel everyone with a little trail mix? A trail mix station is a great way to let your guests put together their own dream trail mix. Plus, when you let guests make their own trail mix, you are giving guests with dietary restrictions the opportunity to eat a trail mix that they can eat without worry.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Sweet tip: If you have guests with food restrictions or allergies, be sure to clearly label your ingredients and make sure they aren’t touching or mixed together. Also be ready to provide ingredients for prepackaged foods for concerned guests. We did this by keeping our products’ bags handy for our guests to read if they need.

 S’more Mason Jar

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Camping wouldn’t be complete without some s’mores. Unfortunately, having an open flame at a kid’s birthday party is not the safest idea. Our solution keeps that gooey, chocolatey, goodness from getting out of hand and safer for little ones.

How to Make Your Own

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes

What you’ll need:

Small Mason Jars

Graham Crackers

Chocolate Chips

Marshmallows

1. Grease sides of the mason jar (cooking spray, coconut oil, or butter work well)

2. Crumble graham crackers in a plastic baggy

3. Pour a layer of crumbled graham crackers into the jars

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

4. Top with a layer of chocolate chips, then mini marshmallows

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

5. Pop into the oven on broil for 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows are browned to your taste and the chocolate has melted.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

6. Decorate with a graham cracker top

7. Cool until the glass has cooled. Serve and enjoy!

Sweet Tip: To clean, soak or boil mason jars in hot water to remove chocolate and marshmallow residue

Gone Fishin’

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Another two-for-one activity, guests can take home a tackle box full of Surf Sweets “bait”! Put out your favorite better-for-you candies and give each kid a tackle box of their own. Let the kids fill their tackle box with their favorites (and be sure to safe some for Mom & Dad as well!) 

What else would you add to a camp-themed birthday party idea? Share your favorite Surf Sweets-infused party pics by tagging us or using the #SurfSweets hashtag on Facebook or Instagram!