Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

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Last week, my boys threw a cousin Halloween party.

They only have one cousin that lives close to us and she is 3 months old, but that didn’t stop them. Naturally, they hired me (for a cut of the trick or treating loot) as their chief party planner.

With less than a week’s planning and notice, we kept things simple.



I sent out a digital invite via text. I made the image using BubbleFrame and Rhonna Designs on my iPhone.

Quick and easy! Since we only invited family members, I just did a group text and was able to know within a few minutes who was planning on attending.


Fall Menu

I always like to feed my guests a meal when they come over. I threw turkey chili ingredients into two crock pots in the morning and was done with it. I wanted to spend my energy making pumpkin treats–we had way too many pumpkin chocochip cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin mini muffins and chocolate peanut butter cookies. (Thanks to my SILs for their help!)


To top it all off, I planned on having hot apple cider in our electric percolator and drinking them from my handled mason jars.

Funny story about that: My husband walks in the door from work to help with the last minute party prep. I charge him with the cider. He plugs in the percolator not knowing that there were plastic accessories inside as well as the paper instructions. We look over and it is smoking like a chimney. It’s ruined and the house now has that lovely burnt plastic aroma that every party planner loves so much. (Sarcasm font!)

He says he’ll take care of it and starts heating the cider on the stove in a large pot …until we notice smoke coming from the stove top as well. I look over to see him laughing hysterically and taking a smoldering oven mitt with 4 perfect coil circles glowing with flames. Two fires in 20 minutes. Winning!

Despite the smoke and mishaps before the guests arrived, the food was delicious and Jackson thoroughly enjoyed his first pumpkin chocochip cookie. Maybe a little too much!


Mummy Race Halloween Game

Mummy races are so fun! My kids are still talking about this game–which we adapted for the younger crowd since the guests of honor were all under 6 years old. Each team had a child they had to wrap as a mummy using toilet paper.

Mummy Relay Race

The goal is to cover as much of their wiggly bodies as possible with toilet paper.

Halloween Games for Kids

When your little mummies are looking fully wrapped, the person in charge calls time and sets them up for a race.

Halloween Relay Games for Kids

It’s hysterical to see them move like mummies (some unintentionally!) as they race across the finish line leaving a trail of tp behind them.

Mummy Halloween Games

My kids are still talking about this ridiculous game.

To make it work for older kids, you can have a set number of rolls of toilet paper that each team needs to use to wrap their mummy in. After the wrapping is complete, have them race or work through an obstacle course as part of the relay race. We have also done this in teams where couples stand back to back and are wrapped like a 2-sided mummy and then they have to work together to race across the finish line. (Make sure you get this on video. It is so funny to watch!)

Cottonelle Coupon from Target

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To round out the Halloween fun, we carved and decorated pumpkins with the kids. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Love those slimy guts! Such a fun night with very little pre-planning and lots of memories!

The First Annual Cousin Halloween party is in the books! {Chili. Pumpkin treats. Cider. Costumes. Mummy racing. Pumpkin carving. Darlingness.} Happy First Halloween, RJ!
Thanks to all our family for coming and for coming in costume! (Aren’t they amazing?)