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Top Fall Party Ideas


Autumn is an exciting time of year. The changing leaves, the chill in the air and the ushering in of the holiday season all create a bustle of energy that is distinctive to the season. Whether they add to it, feed off of it or a combination of the two, one thing is for sure; most kids are in a flurry of excitement throughout the season. What better way to focus all of that energy than with a party?

Scarecrow Party Theme

The best thing about scarecrows is that they are always in style during the fall season. Throw a scarecrow party to welcome autumn, dress them in spooky attire in honor of Halloween or invite them to your Thanksgiving celebration. You could even choose a scarecrow theme for an autumn birthday party. Whatever you’re celebrating, scarecrow-themed invitations, games and even a scarecrow cake are among the ideas for this party theme.

Scarecrow Crafts

You don’t have to throw a scarecrow-themed party to enjoy these crafts. These cute ideas from the Family Crafts guide can be used for any autumn party, an afternoon at home with the kids or even a classroom activity.

Hayride Party

Fall is a fine time for a hayride – whether on a farm, over the river and through the woods, or right in your own backyard. Ideas for a hayride party include hot cocoa and a sing along, a bonfire with marshmallow roasting (don’t forget the smores!) and outdoor party games for kids. And if it’s close to Halloween, you can haunt your hayride party with a few decorations and a little help from some costumed characters.

Pumpkin Party Theme

Throw a party that takes advantage of autumn’s bountiful orange gourd. Leave them plain or carve them into jack-o-lanterns – either way, pumpkins make a bright and festive party theme for any fall occasion. Guests at the pumpkin-themed party can make pumpkin crafts, play pumpkin-themed games and enjoy a menu made up of pumpkin inspired recipes.

Pumpkin Tealight Candleholder Craft

This painted jar craft is an easy kids’ activity or favor for any fall party. They’re safe for kids when lit with battery-operated tealight candles.

Witch-Themed Party

No autumn party list would be complete without some spooky way to honor Halloween. So, if you’re looking for a crafty Halloween party theme, a witch party is a wicked cool way to celebrate. This witch-themed party is brewing with ideas for witch-inspired foods, witch-themed games, and of course, witch crafts.

Family Halloween Celebrations

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Mom, Dad, grandparents and relatives of all ages can join in these activities that are all about celebrating the holiday as a family.

Halloween Party Games

The costumes, the candy and the air of excitement – it must be Halloween. Channel some of that holiday energy – and burn off some of the sugar – with these Halloween games for kids.

Halloween Cake Ideas

See Halloween cakes that have been submitted by readers. Then submit your creepy creation to share. From cakes to cupcakes and cookies, we’d love to see your Halloween desserts.

Thanksgiving for Kids

Thanksgiving boasts many traditions. There’s the parade, the turkey and the trimmings, the football and, well, the bored kids. Get inspired to turn that last one around with these ideas for involving the kids in a special Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving Party Games

Get the kids up from that children’s table and engaged in some fun activities. This collection of Thanksgiving-themed games for kids includes a cornucopia-filling scavenger hunt and a seat switching game that puts a turkey day twist on the classic game of musical chairs.
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