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Halloween is one of the biggest festivities in October. 

And with all the skeleton costumes and decorations that are sure to grace shopping malls and houses, it’s also a great time to think about bone health.

As an Ambassador for Healthy Bones Australia, I think a Halloween party is not only a great way for your kids to have fun, but also to introduce healthy, calcium rich foods and drinks in an interesting way.

Here is my checklist for planning a memorable Halloween bash for kids:

1. PLANNING

When it comes to planning the party, try to start at least a month out. This will allow plenty of time to get the invites out and receive RSVP’s, and get all the supplies you need in order.

I’d also stick to snail mail when sending, you’ll be able to get creative with the invites and include all the important information other parents need to know about the party!

2. FOOD

There are plenty of Halloween themes that lend themselves well to food: blood, eyeballs, severed fingers, graveyards…the list is endless, so why not take things up a notch from the usual party food and transform the menu into a real Halloween spread?

My favourite recipe is a mango smoothie with ‘dirt’ (milo), which you can jazz up further by using a biscuit to double as a gravestone.

3. DECORATIONS

This is your chance to think outside the box and not just resort to orange and black streamers around the house.

Flex your creativity and think of your house as a haunted mansion to really grab guests from the moment they arrive.

Switch your regular fluorescent light bulbs to coloured bulbs. Cover your front-yard with cardboard tombstones or weave thin white thread throughout the house as ‘spiderwebs’. The best part is that these decorations can also double as props for any activities that you plan.

4. ON THE NIGHT

It’s crucial to plan ahead and make sure you have all the items and resources you’ll need so that the night goes smoothly.

Things like extra napkins to combat spills, extra buckets or bowls to trick or treat with, and making sure there is plenty of space to sit down and enjoy the food are musts.

Oh, and be sure to check in with neighbours to make sure they are happy for your little skeletons and ghosts to go knocking at their door trick o’treating.

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  • Why so much Halloween in Australia these days?! It’s not an Aussie thing, leave it to the Americans

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  • Great tips for those who celebrate it !

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  • I love halloween. I thin it is important to make sure to tell people not to do too scary or realistic costumes for kids’ parties

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  • I like the sound of the mango smoothie with milo.

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  • All great tips for Halloween,thanks!

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  • We’re past the age of Halloween parties and it’s only when you see everything in the shops now that I remember it’s happening.

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  • Great planning tips, thanks so much.

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  • Don’t change your globes to red ones. People may get the wrong impression
    (in SA they are the symbol of a brothel) (in NSW according to what I have been told it means there is a Dr. there). I don’t know where they were bought but I saw tables decorated with black and orange minature people and pumpkins.
    From memory they came out of clear cellophane or plastic bags. They would have come from Spotlight or a Discount Shop.

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  • How spooky!

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  • It is so easy these days now to host a Halloween-themed party. The ideas are just brimming – from the food, to the decorations, to the costumes. I love this. And it’s fantastic now how many ideas are shared for you to host a great party.

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  • They are very useful for me.

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  • A very useful checklist for any type of party.

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  • kids haloween so fun

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  • It’s almost Halloween again! My daughter loves this time of the year! And she’s invited to a Halloween birthday party this year. Exciting!

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  • We don’t do Halloween. We avoid the Americanisms that try and creep their way into our lifestyle. Just not interested

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