When my soon-to-be 7 year old asked for a kitty cat themed birthday party, I was a little stumped. Kitty cat party decorations are generally more girly than a 7 year old boy would like. So after searching online for a while, I came up with the black kitty cat Halloween brunch idea. With his birthday in October, throwing Halloween into the mix just seemed natural.
Most of our birthday parties have some form of entertainment for the kids (bounce houses, water slides, backyard movies on the big screen), and I didn’t want this one to be any different. But I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money to make it happen. I searched Pinterest for some Halloween party games and came up with a list I figured I could DIY fairly easily, without spending much money.
We started with brunch inside and then we set the kids loose in the backyard to play games and paint pumpkins at their own pace. There were plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained without leaving anyone waiting in line for too long.
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- Monster Strike Out– I painted empty cans with cute (not scary) Halloween monsters.
- Pin the Bow Tie on Mr. Skeleton– I found Mr. Skeleton at the Dollar Tree, glued him to black craft paper, added a twine rope, and stapled wood to the top and bottom for stability.
- Pumpkin Darts– I used a tri-fold presentation board, poked holes and pulled the balloon ties through the back, and taped them down. This game required darts, which meant adult supervision.
- Halloween Putt-Putt– I found the tall pumpkin (already cut) at Michael’s, and added felt “grass” and paper eyes. The black cat was made from black Dollar Tree foam board, and an empty Amazon box.
- Witch Hat Ring Toss– I painted an old door we had in the garage with orange craft paint, filled the witch hats with newspaper to make them stand upright, and stapled them in place.
- Pumpkin Painting– I bought small white pumpkins and felt pumpkins I found on clearance at Target. I bought craft paint, stickers, gems, pompoms, glitter, and glue to be used for decorating.
- Mystery Boxes (not pictured)- I bought large party bowls (Dollar Tree) and filled each one with something different. I had Orbeez, spider webs, peanuts, Jell-O, and cooked spaghetti. I also added small prizes (eyeball bouncy balls, witch fingers, spider rings, skull erasers) for the kids to find while reaching into each bowl. Wet wipes were provided to clean sticky hands when they finished.
- Costume Contest– I found small skeletons at Micheal’s, glued them to circles cut from foam board, and spray painted them gold so they looked like trophies.
To save even more, I kept the party decorations super simple. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make them with supplies I already had on hand.
I also chose to keep the food super simple. We had waffles and pancakes (which I made ahead of time, froze, and then heated in batches right before party time) with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips for topping. There was also fresh fruit and a Hostess Donettes tower. We had orange and cranberry juice to drink, with champagne for the moms. And of course a black kitty cat cake. (cake inspiration here.)
All the kiddos had a great time at the Black Kitty Cat Halloween Brunch. I liked keeping the food and decorations simple, which kept the focus on the games and fun in the backyard. I also loved that I didn’t have much of a mess to clean up when the party was over. That might have been my favorite part of the whole party! 😉
Would your kiddos be interested in a black kitty cat Halloween brunch or do you throw spooky and scary Halloween parties? Let me know in the comments!