Want to know something? I threw a fun little Halloween party for Charlee and her buddies yesterday for less than $20. Yup – feeling pretty proud of myself right now!
Want to know how I did it? By getting every single supply needed at the Dollar Tree! I’ve always loved the Dollar Tree and I’ve come to love it even more as I’ve gotten older and had a kiddo. I mean, where else can you go for extremely cheap greeting cards, craft supplies, party decor, candy, gift bags, holiday/seasonal items…the list goes on. Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Just throwing that out there 😉
A few weeks ago, after a baby appointment, Justin and I popped into our local Dollar Tree and stocked our cart with all the goods I would need to throw a fun little get-together for Charlee and her friends. I knew I wanted to incorporate some sweet treats (I mean it IS a Halloween party for goodness sakes!) and a few fun crafts to keep them busy.
I had to keep my husband from just throwing ridiculous amounts of stuff in the cart but overall, we didn’t do too bad. Our purchase included:
- A bag of candy corn mix
- Brain Jello mold
- Box of Jello
- 3 craft kits (each had 6 crafts in it – win!)
- 5 styrofoam pumpkins
- Pumpkin decorating kit
- Cupcake wrappers & toppers
- Cake mix
- Plastic eyeballs
- Spider serving tray
Grand Total: $19!
My friend has 4 children (and a little boy on the way!) so they popped over yesterday afternoon to partake in our festivities. I had our Echo playing “Kid’s Halloween Classics” to set the tone and I prepped and setup everything necessary for a good time. The kiddos started off with some playtime and once things started to get a little chaotic, we moved onto craft time!
I know that you know by now but Charlee loves crafts. She was absolutely thrilled that each child got their very own set of crafts to do AND their very own little pumpkin to decorate. The kids seemed to really enjoy making the little witches, pumpkins and bats – even the 10 year old.
Once the crafts were complete, we moved onto the treats! Charlee and I made cupcakes using white cake mix and a tub of vanilla frosting dyed orange. We made the cupcakes in cute candy corn wrappers with candy corn toppers and I piped the frosting on using a piping bag to make it fancy 😉 We also (attempted) to make Jello using the brain mold we purchased but that turned out quite horribly – total fail. I ended up putting the mushy Jello into a bowl and placed little candy eyeballs, that I just happened to have on hand, all over and called it “monster goo”. The kids actually LOVED it, thank goodness!
Oh! I almost forgot about one of the activities! It was so super simple, didn’t cost much and the kiddos thought it was hysterical. I made Halloween themed blind sensory bags for the kids to put their hands in and guess what they were touching.
- Rat poop = raisins
- Eyeballs = plastic toy eyes
- Zombie teeth = honey roasted peanuts
At first, everyone was a little timid to put their hands in the bags but they quickly found their nerve and did it! It was so funny to see their faces as they pulled their hands out quickly after touching what they thought was rat droppings, teeth and eyeballs! Totally hysterical!
Overall, I think the party was a success, the kids had a great time and I was super pleased that it all came in under $20! No need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on frivolous things; stick to the basics and I guarantee your party-goers will have a blast!