It’s time for our annual Halloween party! This year the oldest was in charge of the theme (each year one child chooses what the theme will be). Her party theme of choice? Sugar skulls! She loves the colors and story behind sugar skulls. While we are using sugar skulls as part of our Halloween party theme these party decoration and activity ideas are perfect for a Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos celebration.
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Halloween Party/Dia de los Muertos Decor
We debated having a photo booth this year but just couldn’t resist after finding this mariachi band backdrop! A great addition to Day of the Dead and Halloween party decorations, this vivid Dia de Los Muertos backdrop is sure to set the scene for a spooky, skeleton-filled party.
Our guests are greeted at the front door with these beautiful and colorful these bright hanging decorations! These Day of the Dead ladies beautifully dressed, come in a pack of three so I was able to disperse them throughout the entry way creating a colorful “walkway” to other areas of the house. Hanging from the chandelier made for a more “ghostly” experience.
With the mild weather here in Houston, it’s easy to take the party outdoors. This year instead of renting a game truck we are going to warm up the pool, and have some crafts, games, prizes and movies for the girls and their friends. Up first were these beautiful, Day of the Dead Swirls are so much fun to watch twisting in the wind. Each black swirl ends in a strikingly decorative skull or colorful rosette design. Since then come in a pack of 12 it was easy to place them all around the covered patio and then at each side of the back doors.
Our family sand art takes center stage on the mantelpiece as we start decorating indoor for the Halloween party. The Day of the Dead String of Lights were so easy to hang there and brighten up our party space.
The dining room table features this beautifully bright and colorful Day of the Day Tablecloth. Have started working on our Pull A LolliPop game which will be our centerpiece. Just use a magic marker to place a dot on the bottom of the sticks. If you pull a pop that has a dot you win one of the prizes listed below. If not, at least you got a lollipop.
Halloween Party/Dia de los Muertos Crafts
Aren’t these Day of the Dead Sand Art Skull Crafts adorable? My oldest said it reminded her of doing sand art crafts with me when she was younger and everyone at the table enjoyed putting their own special touch. With different colored sand packets and designs it was easy to create your own sand art skull. We are using some of them to form a “banner” of sorts at the fireplace mantel, bordering walls, and then the remainder will be for our young guests to enjoy as one of our many fun party activities.
Halloween Party/Dia de los Muertos Games
Even with the pool heated we wanted to have some other games outside for the children to enjoy. Since we do have a few little ones in attendance we went for the Jack O Lantern Bean Bag Toss game. Rack up points by tossing the bean bags into the netted holes. I can also then send it to school for the fall festival as a contribution. The Jack-O’-Lantern Bean Bag Toss Game includes five 3″ candy corn bean bags, one 19″ x 15 3/4″ wooden board and a 20″ pole for standing. Yes, it’s a little off topic but little siblings may be here and they get some fun too.
Another game we have added this year is the A fun twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey, the blindfolded player tries to place the skull where it should be on top of the body. The Pin the Skull on the Skeleton kit includes 9 skulls, 1 blindfold and 1 jointed body.
I’m using the stock image photo for this one. I honestly was afraid if we opened it too far in advance that we may lose some of the small cards. The girls are so excited about this Halloween Bingo Game complete with jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, bats and more classic Halloween symbols. This Halloween bingo set includes 16 bingo game cards, 4 sheets of markers and 3 sheets of calling cards.
Halloween Party/Dia de los Muertos Prizes
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Earlier this month we showed you our Pinata Party Poppers which were also part of our party planning! They were among the many prizes to be won during the games and activities. Good thing it didn’t rain until the next day! We used bright pinkish, purple goodie bags to fill with the candies from pinata poppers, as well as the prizes from the games. Our prizes included these fun Light-Up Skull Puffer Ball Yo-Yos! I actually had fun watching the lights flash on and off and the color effects change with the up and down action which makes these squishy skulls flash! The “rubic” cube is back with these Mini Halloween Magic Cubes How many moves will it take you to match the pictures on each side? Since my children have so much fun with the Sand Art Skulls we wanted to make sure that other families could to so kits went home with the kids in their goodie bag.
The girls ended the party with movie time and treats (stay tuned for those recipes!) Lights out at 1:30 am, well at least for me. I thought the girls would try to stay up much later at their slumber party but instead they decided to torture me with a 6:30 am wake up call as they tried to “quietly” play Halloween Minecraft.