Throwing a First Birthday Halloween Theme Party

Tips for Making the Most of Baby's Special Day

A first birthday Halloween theme is a great way to celebrate your baby's special day if he has a birthday during the month of October. Halloween birthday parties also give little ones an extra chance to dress up in their favorite costumes!

Invitations for Halloween Birthday Parties

Halloween party invitations are widely available, but finding an invitation with a first birthday theme is likely to be difficult.

Luckily, DLTK Kids has an interactive tool that lets you design party invitations for a variety of themes, including a Halloween birthday.

Halloween Theme Decorations

When decorating for a first birthday Halloween theme party, the key is to accent the cutest aspects of a traditional Halloween celebration. Smiling jack-o'-lanterns, friendly ghosts, and cuddly monsters are all good choices. You can pick up some balloons and streamers in the traditional orange and black, but feel free to add in purple, green, or yellow as an accent color. This will help give your party a festive look while keeping the atmosphere from being too "spooky" for the little ones.

Halloween Birthday Party Activities

For a first birthday, it's best to keep your party plans fairly simple. If you have too many activities, you may end up with a guest of honor who is fussy from all of the excitement.

One easy and seasonally appropriate Halloween birthday party activity is pumpkin decorating.

Purchase several small pumpkins and have parents help their children paint faces on each pumpkin using acrylic craft paint. Alternatively, you could decorate the pumpkins by drawing a design with washable markers or by pushing Mr. Potato Head pieces into the pumpkins to make a silly face.

Handprint crafts are another fun party activity for a first birthday.

For Halloween, you can make pumpkins by covering baby's palm with orange paint then adding a face and stem when finished. To make ghosts, stamp a handprint with the fingers facing the bottom of the page and draw a face on the palm.

If you're comfortable reading to a group of children, consider a Halloween story time featuring an age-appropriate book such as Happy Halloween, Biscuit! or Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

Many parents like to have cupcakes for a child's birthday instead of serving one large cake. If you opt for this approach, consider having guests decorate their cupcakes as part of the festivities. Set out an assortment of colored frostings, sprinkles, and candy decorations for everyone to use. Take pictures of the creations when you're finished and award a small prize for the most creatively decorated treat!

First Birthday Party Favors

Goody bags are the most controversial aspect of throwing a birthday party for a child. Some parents consider them a fun way to thank young guests for coming, while others view them as an unnecessary hassle. If you do decide to have goody bags at your party, it's best to keep them fairly simple. A small snack and a simple toy is sufficient.

Most traditional Halloween candy is inappropriate for a one-year-old, but good snack choices for toddlers include:

  • Teddy Grahams
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Individual size containers of applesauce
  • Miniature boxes of raisins

Inexpensive, yet fun, toy ideas include:

  • Bubbles
  • Crayons and small coloring books
  • Play-Doh
  • Stickers
  • Temporary tattoos with non-scary Halloween images
  • Small Halloween-themed board books

Don't Forget to Take Lots of Pictures!

Baby's first birthday is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so don't forget to snap plenty of pictures during the festivities. When you're done, you'll want to make a special scrapbook page for your first-year baby book.

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