It Was A Dark And Strormy Night: Throwing A Kid-Friendly Haunted House Sleepover

One way to make sure your kids have a fun and safe Halloween night is to throw a haunted house-themed sleepover. There are lots of great ideas you can use to make this theme a success, and you might even have a little fun yourself. Here are just some of the many options you can use for your haunted house sleepover.

Haunted Theater

Use one room in your house as a theater room to screen scary movies. Choose age-appropriate films, such as Halloween-themed cartoons for young children, and classic horror movies for those a bit older. Rent a fog machine from a local party supply store, and place the machine at the front of the room to bring a creepy vibe to the space. Decorate the walls with scary movie posters, and switch out the light bulbs in your lamps with black lights to make the posters glow. You can even use glow-in-the-dark paint to create spooky designs on the ceilings and walls for an added touch.

Spooky Buffet

Whether the kids want a spooky midnight snack or you will be serving them all dinner, they are sure to love a spooky buffet. You an create themed foods for the party that range from cute to a little bit scary. You can make fruit salad and serve it in hollowed-out oranges designed to look like jack-o-lanterns, or place green grapes on skewers and use small dots of frosting to create eyes for worm-like fruit treats. For the main course, you can make mini pizzas that look like mummies by using black olives as the eyes and placing the cheese in rows across the crust to create the look of bandages. For desserts, you can get even more creative by decorating cupcakes and cookies with spiders or ghosts using frosting and food coloring.

Abandoned Basement

The basement can serve as both the area the kids will sleep in and the centerpiece of the haunted house theme. Ask parents of the kids to volunteer and have them dress up as ghouls and goblins. They can hide in the basement as you take the kids on a "tour" of your haunted, abandoned basement. Add plenty of creepy decorations, and consider adding a fog machine to the basement as well. Keep the lights off and arm each of the kids with a flashlight so they can explore the space. You may even want to have one person handy with a camera to take pictures of the kids as they walk through the basement. When the lights come up after the tour is over, show everyone to their sleeping area. You can have pieces of foam decorated to look like headstones with each child's name on them. Give them markers and craft supplies so they can decorate the headstones, and let them take each one home as a souvenir.

There are so many exciting things you can do for your haunted house sleepover. Get creative and plan ahead to make this party one the kids will be talking about in school for weeks to come.