This is my second year of being the Room Mom for Colton’s preschool class. My main responsibility is party planning, which I know can be daunting. As we approach Halloween this year, I wanted to share my preschool Halloween party plans for those of you embarking on this same room parent journey!
Preschool Halloween Party Plans
For the preschool Halloween party, I plan 2 crafts and 1-2 games/activities. The parties are 45 minutes long, so we may not get to everything. But I’d rather have more to do than not enough.
First, you’ll want to touch base with your teacher to find out if they have any specific wishes for the party or if there are any special needs you should be aware of. (I’ve always been given free reign but it’s polite to ask. Plus, they may have some helpful info to share from years past.)
Try to communicate with parents about 2 weeks before the party. Any sooner than that, and people forget! SignUpGenius is a great resource to coordinate everyone’s contributions. Make sure to send out a reminder e-mail 1-2 days before the party.
Preschool Halloween Party Timeline
We always start our party by eating snacks! I generally ask other parents to bring snacks so we end up with a nice variety, plus it’s easy to send some snacks with your child if you aren’t able to attend the party in person.
After snacks, I generally move onto crafts, then games. (Sometimes this all blends together for preschoolers and that’s OK!)
Preschool Halloween Party Crafts
Our crafts last year were these cotton ball ghosts and Halloween straw necklaces. (You can see the necklace supplies to the right of the glue in the photo above.)
The necklaces were super easy. I just took a shoelace and tied a couple knots at the end, then cut Halloween straws in short lengths. Put it all together in a snack size baggie. Then, each kid had his own individual bag and could string the straws onto the necklace. (This is a good backup craft, because you can just send the bags home with the kids if you don’t have time to do the craft at the party.)
For the cotton ball ghosts, I cut ghost shapes out of white cardstock ahead of time. I also gave each kid a small baggie with eyes + mouth and a small amount of yarn (for hanging). I put a couple bags of cotton balls at each table and let the kids get to gluing. You’ll want to have them glue the eyes and mouth on before the cotton balls.
Preschool Halloween Party Activities
Our activity was this Ghost Balloon Experiment, which I wrote about in detail here. A chemical reaction makes the ghosts inflate on their own! This was a huge hit with the kids and teachers alike. The teachers were very impressed that we integrated science into the party (yay for STEM!).
Preschool Halloween Party
And that’s it! Really, you’ll be surprised how quickly the party goes by. I stressed so much about planning Colton’s first preschool Halloween party, then when it was over, I was like… OK, that wasn’t so bad. I can do this. I even signed up for another year! Ha.
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