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!

What were some of your favorite ways to celebrate Halloween as a preteen? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Halloween Healthy Treats for Kids and Parents

From classroom parties to trick-or-treating adventures, Halloween can be a time filled with sweets, but not always the better-for-you versions. But this Halloween, you can provide treats that won’t break your family’s health goals or compromise fun for their dietary restrictions.

Here are seven Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents that are festive and fun!

Witches’ Broomsticks

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

 

These broomsticks pack a punch and are great to munch on in a flash.

You’ll only need three ingredients: string cheese, pretzel sticks, and fresh chives. Cut each cheese stick into thirds, then slice the ends four to five times at the end. Push a pretzel stick into the uncut end and tie a chive around the top of the cheese.

Bonus: They’ll be a good source of protein to balance out all of the sweet stuff.

“Boo”nana Pops

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Bananas can go from normal to spooky with just a few added ingredients. Better yet, this recipe is so simple that even the youngest of your bunch can help make them!

Cutting bananas in half lengthwise and then widthwise, you’ll end up with four pops per banana. Freeze the banana pieces before spreading melted coconut butter over the top of the pieces. Add raisins for eyes and slide in a popsicle stick for a sugar-free treat.

Bonus: You can always swap coconut butter for white chocolate or raisins for chocolate chips when you can afford a little more sweetness.

Caterpillar Kabobs

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

These buggy treats are quick to make and are ready to share in no time.

Slide 12 clean green grapes along kabob skewers, not puncturing through the last grape and leaving it on the end of the stick to serve as the caterpillar’s head. Making sure that the grapes are dry, add small dots of vanilla icing on the last grape and then add mini chocolate chips on each icing dot to create eyes.

Bonus: These store well in the fridge so they can be made the night before, saving you time the day of your party or event.

Wiggle Worms & Spooky Spiders Dirt Pudding

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Who says candy concoctions can’t be a little healthier? Dirt pudding filled with wiggle worms and spooky spiders may sound a little wild, but it’s actually good for you. This treat is made using only items that are from health-conscious companies .

To make the “dirt,” take Dr. Oetker Organic Chocolate Pudding, which has only four simple ingredients and is GMO-free, and then layer the pudding with crushed gluten-free KinniToos Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies from Kinnikinnick Foods. Top it all off with Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms for yummy, gooey success.

Bonus: You can use any leftover gummy worms or spiders and freeze them into ice cubes to make drinks fun and even more tasty.

Silly Apple Bites

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

 

Turn regular green apples into something extraordinary and fun for the whole family.

Cut green apples into quarters, slicing a gap in the middle. Fill the gap with sunflower butter, placing sunflower seeds into the top of the gap to form teeth, and strawberry slices at the bottom to create tongues. Add one or two vegan googly eyes to the top, which are made by adding chocolate chips to a non-dairy sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, and almond milk paste.

Bonus: After you make the googly eyes, you can use the extra eyes on tons of other treats. Just store them in an airtight container for later use.

Frankenguac
Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Yikes! Frankenstein never looked as good as he does in this guacamole snack.

After making a batch of your favorite guacamole from fresh avocados, spread it onto a platter using a spatula to get it into a rectangular shape. Add some blue tortilla chips to the top to form Frankenguac’s hair and spoon two dollops of sour cream onto the top for eyes. Use sliced olives for both the center of the eyes and the mouth, and voila! He’s alive!

Bonus: This recipe looks harder than it is and will not only be easy to make, but also impressive! Your kids will be super proud.

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

 

Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents

Take a break from all the dessert with some festive sweet potato fries.

Slice up sweet potatoes, and then cut out fun jack-o-lantern designs in the slices. You can even use cookie cutters to make your designs! Drizzle either olive or avocado oil over the slices and sprinkle them with a layer of your favorite seasonings.

Pop them into the oven at 400 degrees and 15 to 20 minutes later, you’ll have soft, sweet fries.

Bonus: You can throw on cinnamon for an extra kick.

What are some of your favorite spooky snacks? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

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This Halloween, Say YES to SWEET, NO to SCARY

Enjoy Healthy Halloween Party Recipes and Naturally Sweet Swaps

Artificial Colors, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Trans Fats, oh my! Halloween can be scary and not just the costumes and decorations, but the treats too. After Halloween parties and a night of trick-or-treating, little ghouls and goblins can be haunted by the ill effects of consuming lots of Halloween junk. This Halloween, say YES to Sweet and NO to Scary (ingredients that is), with Healthy Halloween Recipes.

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banana ghosts

Banana Ghosts: Pop mini chocolate chips into cut banana pieces for a spooky fruity treat

Pumpkin Rings: Transform Surf Sweets Organic Peach Rings into pumpkins by adding pieces of cut lime rind. 

Spider skewers and pumpkin cup

Slide Surf Sweets’s gummy Spooky Spiders onto cake pop or bamboo sticks for a creepy crawly fun snack.

Dirt Pudding

Wiggle Worms and Spooky Spiders Dirt Pudding

Layer Organic Chocolate Pudding with gluten-free KinniToss Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies and top with Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms for a squirmy surprise.

Mummy Dogs

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Wrap hot dogs in strips of tortilla or biscuit dough to create a ghoulish treat kids will love. We like Applegate Farms Natural Pork and Beef hot dogs – antibiotic and nitrate free!

Spooky Cupcakes

spooky spiders and cupcakes

Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders give the perfect creepy-crawly touch to any Halloween cupcake. 

Bug Juice

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Freeze Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms into ice cubes and drop into any juice for a crawling cocktail