My son Sawyer has a birthday that always conflicts with Halloween and over the years I have learned a few dos and donts about hosting a birthday party that gives a special nod to the festivities and his birthday without letting either one overshadow the other.
10 Tips to Celebrate a Halloween Birthday
Keep costume requirements simple.
Expecting and or requesting complex costumes always sends parents in to a panic. Instead, opt for a simple theme that guests can embrace or dabble in without looking out of place.
Make the birthday aspect clear.
Avoid confusion over the party by making sure your invitation clearly states that the party is a birthday party, and then make the birthday cake a central focus of the party to ensure that everyone is focused on the birthday boy/girl.
Send out invitations well in advance.
Halloween is a busy party time for children; ensure that you send your birthday party invitations out at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure that your guests can plan around your event.
Create a theme that is both relevant and festive.
Choosing a Halloween theme for a birthday party does not mean going for the spooky classics like ghosts, zombies and jack-o-lanterns. Instead look for interesting alternatives like a purple and black color theme, or the popular costume theme like pirates or princesses which all children can get involved with.
Sneak in a few healthy food alternatives.
Candy is everywhere this time of the year, making parents extra mindful of healthy alternatives. Where possible, substitute junk foods for healthier options and do your best to make these special treats in theme with your birthday theme versus Halloween.
Build a memory.
Creating a memory and sending a keepsake home with your party guests is a great way to remember the celebration. Including photo frames, disposable cameras, or quick home movie DVDs is a great way to keep the celebration focused on the birthday, not Halloween, and your guests will love taking home a piece of the party.
Be time sensitive.
Plan the party at a time that won’t conflict with trick or treating times unless your party will include a trick or treating outing.
Include a few Halloween aspects.
Incorporating 1 or 2 Halloween traditions like costume contests, “trick or treat” décor or traditional Halloween crafts to keep the birthday party consistent with the holiday surrounding it, but without allowing it to overshadow the birthday celebration.
Give the birthday boy/girl a moment to shine.
Including their name in the décor and theme subtlety illuminates that the party is for them, giving every one involved a reminder that while there are many Halloween reasons to celebrate, the main focus is the guest of honor.
Invest in a separate Halloween costume.
If the party does not include a “trick or treating” activity, and you hosted a costume birthday party, give your birthday boy/girl a separate Halloween costume from the one they wore for their birthday party. It's a special treat they can enjoy being a Halloween-baby since they have to contend with other issues other kids might not have.
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