Host a Haunted Barn Party for Halloween
My family loves hosting Halloween parties for family and friends. Although in the past we have gotten snow on Halloween, it’s great when the weather happens to be decent and we can host a haunted barn party. It’s a great way to entertain guests with a variety of outdoor activities.
Step 1: Select your theme. Obviously our main theme is Halloween but we opted for a pirate theme in our haunted barn. I like to take a notebook and jot down different ideas. It’s always great to take a few days to brainstorm.
Step 2: Create a budget. My mom is a Halloween and holiday decor hoarder so we get pretty lucky when decorating for our parties. We normally do not have to purchase many new decorations. If you do, it’s always a good idea to stick to a budget. Set a budget for the decor, food, etc. We selected a pirate theme because we already had so many of the decorations that would work. Check online for tons of free printables to plan your party. Try these Free Halloween Invitations That You Can Print From Home.
Step 3: Sketch your ideas. Sketch an outline of how you will layout your party. Make sure to have sections for food and games. This is a great way to visualize where everything will go and so you don’t forget anything for the party.
Step 4: Decorate. The fun part is finally here! We used plastic black sheeting (found at Walmart) to cover any windows or doors that let in any light source. Don’t forget the talking pirate
as he stood guard over his treasure along with talking parrots.
We hung skeletons from the ceiling too.
Get your kids involved. Our son had a fun time painting signs.
Don’t forget to decorate your yard for fall too! It makes such an inviting entrance for guests when they pull up to your home.
Step 5: Games. If you have kids at your party it is always a good idea to have a few games. We built a maze out of hay bales for the kids. They had to crawl through it to enter the haunted barn. It was a huge hit! The kids went through it several times and had a lot of fun. We used scrap pieces of boards to make a roof. We also added battery opted lighting throughout so the kids could see as they crawled through the maze.
Step 6: Food. The weather was perfect for an outdoor bonfire. We made a simple one with wood in part of our driveway near a table we set up for food. Make it fun for the kids. We had sticks so the kids could cook their own hot dogs or s’mores. They had a great time! We also made food we placed in crock pots to stay warm. Don’t forget the candy and treat bags for the kids! We used loot bags, gold chocolate coins and other pirate themed candy.
What’s your favorite Halloween themed party to host? Comment and share with us below!