October 10, 2013 02:00 PM

Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays. Not only is it frightfully-fun, but it’s the one time of the year where we can let it all hang out … literally. But as a full-time event marketing executive and busy mom of three kids aged 10, 6 and almost 4, I’m always on the lookout for cool, easy-to-create holiday ideas.

In the weeks leading up to the spooky day, the kids and I like to decorate the house with pumpkins, cobwebs, tombstones and skeletons, buy tons of candy to give away and scour sites for the perfect costume (we typically get ours from buycostumes.com). But this year, I’ve decided to throw a boo-tastic bash that my children and their friends can enjoy. Below are my fave kid-friendly ideas. Check them out.

Candace Montgomery, chicbusymom.com

Courtesy Lacquer and Linen


The kids and I love clusters of pumpkins and gourds around the house throughout the fall season. For Halloween however, they love getting in on the decorating action so I’m always on the hunt for safe, no-carve options so everybody can take part. My daughter would definitely love this blinged out version from Lacquer and Linen, while my boys would enjoy something more colorful like these ombré pumpkins from Funkytime.

Courtesy Glorious Treats


When putting together your spook-tacular menu you want to have a few light bites that little ones can easily carry around. I’m loving these Mummy Dogs from Weelicious. I also found a lot of bewitching appetizers at Clean & Scentsible, including Cheese & Pretzel Witches’s Brooms and Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups.

But we know the holiday is all about the sweets and who doesn’t love Rice Krispie Treats. These candy corn versions from Glorious Treats are amazing. I can’t wait to make these with my 3-year-old. Want something scary, but a little more chic? Try these ‘The Birds’ (thanks Hitchcock!) cookies from Camille Styles.

Courtesy Homes.com


You can’t have a Halloween party without serving some fancy potions to drink. But it isn’t just what’s inside the cup, it’s how you present it that really puts the finishing touch on your buffet table.

As soon as I saw these pumpkin drinking jars full of an orange sherbert concoction from Homes.com, I immediately added them to the menu. And the Swamp Juice from Spoonful and Mummy Juice Boxes from Thrifty Fun are to die for. Don’t have a lot of time? Just add these Halloween Paper Straws from MyLittleOtter for a festive touch.

Courtesy A Pretty Life in the Suburbs


My oldest son is really into scaring the pants off all our visitors so we’ve decided on this eyeball wreath from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. We also plan to add the other items around the house (inside and out) to make our house truly fright night worthy including these light-up Milk Jug Ghosts from iSaveA2Z.com and these D.I.Y. Spider Lanterns from The Sweetest Occasion.

Courtesy Etsy


When the party is over, we plan to send our guests home with candy or snacks in these simple yet devilishly elegant brown bags from JacquelynVaccaro.  I’m also considering these bright orange Boo Bags from FathersWorkshop.

But if I really had time, the kids and I would try our hands at these Glow in the Dark Treat Bags from The Sweetest Occasion. They’re really cool!

Courtesy Chicbusymom

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