Simple Halloween Party Ideas
Before we had our little guy, we really weren’t into doing much for holidays. We’d make ourselves a nice meal, sometimes have a get-together with family, but we just weren’t into doing much except for laying around on our day off.
As I’m sure most of you know, things change when you have a little one. You may feel more obligated to do things and participate in things that you didn’t before. Not saying that we feel obligated to do more things, but ever since Farmer Boy came into our lives, I feel like I WANT to do more things, more fun for him. But of course, at the same time I want to keep it simple, since simple living is the only lifestyle we will ever know.
Ok so second….we don’t do Halloween. I just don’t get into the holiday with scaring people and creepiness. Could just be me, and I’m not saying there isn’t anything wrong with it, it’s just not for us. But I do love fall and I figured a fall party would be fun, or a “Un-Halloween” party, at home, simple living style. So here are some of the simple Halloween party ideas that we came up with and plan on doing.
In the spirit of keeping it simple (and not wanting much to clean up afterwards) we will decorate with a few small gourds and mini pumpkins from the family garden. No need to spend money on decor that is just going to get tossed anyways, we will use what we have and that will be good enough!
No need for junk food in our house, but fun fall flavored goodies will be perfect. I’m planning on making Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce to go with sliced apples and some yummy Easy Pumpkin Bread. (Although I’ll make the bread gluten and dairy free for our little guy to enjoy) Both of those items are easy to make and should provide us with plenty to munch on for the evening. For a drink we will simply heat up some apple juice on the stove and make some Mulled Apple Cider.
Keeping our party simple means no crazy activities and since we are having fun for un-Halloween, it means no creepy games. I’m thinking we will take a nice walk together as a family and see who can find the prettiest fall leaf. Each of us can collect at least 1 leaf that we deem as the prettiest and once we get them home, I’m going to take and put them in between 2 layers of contact paper and put them in our scrapbook. (I’m NOT a scrapbooker, that’s as fancy as it gets! 🙂 )
Another activity that would be fun to do if you guy was a little older would be to take some of my yarn scraps and wrap them around pinecones, then hang them outside for the birds to build nests from. Maybe we will do that next year.
And since our guy is young, he will enjoy these free Fall coloring pages that I will print off and he can have fun with. Then mommy will have all new “fall decor” to hang up on her fridge!
Any of these ideas would work great, especially if you are on a budget since they cost little to nothing.
My little guy is too young to know it yet but once he realizes that other kids are getting candy and other treats on this “holiday” he may feel left out. So we will stick with a non-food fun item that we can actually use like these Little Dover Sticker Activity Books. They are less than $1.50 each and he can have them to play with until the stickiness wears out. Plus they contain no sugar! We’ve also decided in the future that if he gets candy gifts from family or friends for any holiday, we will take him to donate them to the local food bank. (He can’t eat them anyway because of his allergies but we think it will be a great way to teach him young how to give back! 🙂 )
So that will be our “party”! I’m excited for a theme night and I think it will be a fun break from the norm for us. I’ve often wondered how parties can fit well into the simple living lifestyle (since they tend to be complicated and require money and all kinds of stress!) but a “party” like this is much more up my alley!
Do you have any kind of fall party? What are some simple Halloween party ideas that you would add to this list?