Scary cool and scary beautiful – that’s what many kids think of vampires and that’s why they want a vampire party for their birthday, carnival or Halloween. Here we have 7 tips for you on how to create a great spooky vampire party for kids!
Kids love to be creeped out and they love to dress up. Especially the nocturnal bloodsuckers have it in for many kids and that’s more than understandable: vampires have style after all! They live in castles, wear black capes and can also transform into bats and fly through the night. It’s clear that quite a few children dream of slipping into their role for a day. (And so do adults…)
A vampire party for kids is especially popular for Halloween because of the spooky theme, but some kids also want it as a kid’s birthday party.
A great advantage of the theme vampires is that it stimulates the imagination and that there are numerous design options for this, which have already been tested and reliably ensure a successful children’s party. From spooky toys to age-appropriate vampire decorations, to vampire games for kids and snacks for little vampires….
However, there are a few things to consider when throwing a vampire party for kids. First of all, depending on the age of the children, care should be taken to ensure that the eerie party is not too scary, so that none of the children get nightmares afterwards. In this regard, you can take a little inspiration from children’s books and movies that are about vampires and give a child-friendly image of vampires.
A classic in this respect is the book series “The Little Vampire “* by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, which is also internationally known and served as a model for television series, films and several radio plays. Further recommendations are the novel series “The Vampire Sisters” by Franziska Grehm (also filmed), the animated series and comics about the vegetarian duck vampire “Count Duckula” and the film series “Hotel Transylvania”.
For children of kindergarten age there is a nice picture book: “One Two Three Vampire” by Nadja Budde:
For slightly older children and teenagers, the classic movie “Dance of the Vampires” is recommended, and for teens, the famous “Twilight” series (books and movies).
The most important questions you should ask yourself when planning a vampire party for kids are:
While the first two questions are of course important for every children’s party, the other questions are also about how you can best implement the vampire theme in a child-friendly way.
Let the following ideas inspire you 😉
Where vampires live – every child knows that! In castles, in cemeteries, in crypts and dungeons. If you are lucky enough to have a party cellar, you can now cheer loudly and immediately start painting a sign for the front door. With bats, cobwebs, fangs dripping blood and the old-fashioned squiggly lettering “Family vault of the vampires of Schleckenstein” (or something like that).
But of course, this will look just as good on the door to the living room or wherever your vampire party for kids is. Any room can be transformed into an eerie old masonry with the appropriate decorations and the children’s imagination. Those who own a garden or celebrate outside on a meadow can also declare an area a cemetery where the vampires dwell and decorate it with one or more cardboard tombstones, for example.
Vampire decorations of all kinds are available just en masse in stores: artificial cobwebs, spiders and bats made of plastic, table napkins and paper plates with bat motif and much more.
Also posters of vampire series and vampire movies for children, such as those mentioned above are eye-catchers that provide atmosphere.
Send out the invitation to the vampire party for children as early as possible, because the other parents also need preparation time to get their children suitable costumes or, if necessary, also prepare food and choose suitable gifts.
Ideally, the invitation should not only name the motto, but also embody it in style. If you have a creative streak, you can let off steam here: whether drawn or painted by hand or created on the computer with software: Invitation cards with self-designed vampire motifs look great and motivate the little guests (or their parents) to make an effort to implement the motto in style.
Here at Abenteuer Freundschaft, you can also find instructions on how to make a bat invitation card.
The text of the invitation should also embody the theme. For example, you could write the children as a count or countess. As inspiration may also serve our invitation texts for Halloween.
If your child has wished for the vampire party for kids, he or she will one hundred percent also want a really great vampire costume. Especially since he or she, as the host, should also set a good example.
Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to dress up as a vampire: the most essential feature are the pointed fangs.
For this purpose, there are also vampire teeth suitable for children to buy in stores. However, the disadvantage is that it is quite difficult to talk, eat or drink with them.
A possible alternative is to make up the canines with children’s make-up. This will probably be smudged when you eat, but you can quickly paint it back on afterwards.
If you have a knack for it, it could also be one of the (announced) program points of your vampire party for children to make up all the children who want to be vampires: with pale complexion, blood-red lips and just the iconic canines.
As for the clothes themselves, a flowing cape is the unmistakable classic among vampiric garments, regardless of gender. Otherwise, suits and flowing skirts or dresses are typically associated with vampires*, with black and crimson colors often dominating.
But of course, there are no limits to the imagination and in books, movies and television have long been seen vampires in all styles of history. Ultimately, it depends here on the wishes of the children (as long as they can be realistically implemented).
Of course, there are also ready-made vampire costumes for children in stores, for example, at amazon:
But red juices like strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb or currant juice also make good “blood substitutes” and are very popular with kids – whether straight or as a spritzer.
As for the food, red Jell-O always goes down well. And for further inspiration, you can find numerous recipes for vampiric creepy snacks on the web, e.g. for Vampire Burgers, Saltstick Gravestones or Vampire Donuts.
What would a kid’s birthday party, or a kid’s party in general, be without games? Hide and seek, tag, sack race, pot banging or catch the hat – such classics always go down well.
But if it’s already a vampire party for kids, why not play games matching the theme?
We’ve already published a post at Abenteuer Freundschaft on this very topic:
Here you can find our top 5 vampire games for kids! (TODO: WRITE!)
Nothing sets the mood and atmosphere quite like music. Especially for a spooky theme like vampires, the background sound can add that special creepy factor. At a vampire party for kids, however, you should be careful that it doesn’t backfire. After all, the kids should have fun and not be afraid.
It is therefore important to consider the age group of the children and to make the selection accordingly. Especially good are songs that fit thematically, but still provide a good mood and even invite you to sing along, such as these Halloween songs for kids:
Or this groovy “Vampire Wedding Song”:
Good luck planning and have fun hosting your vampire party for kids!!!
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