Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2017

Halloween is becoming increasingly popular within Australia. If your child is in need of a costume and they just cannot decide on what to wear, we have you covered with the most popular Halloween costumes expected for 2017.

Superhero figures
Superhero figures are constant costume favourites for any time of the year. The costumes are easy to find and can range between a number of price points. The two most popular superheroes to date, are Spiderman and Batman. Now, with this years release of the movie ‘Wonder Woman’, we have seen a spike in demand for the character, as she has become a popular cultural figure for young girls in a market usually dominated by boys.

Belle from Beauty and the beast
Like superheros, Disney princesses are adored any time of the year. This year however, we have seen a rise in the popularity of princess Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as the remake of the popular cartoon movie came to life and dominated the box office.

Pirate
Pirate costumes are a favourite and classic Halloween costume. The costumes are easy to make at home, and can be made using old articles of clothing whilst buying inexpensive accessories from a store. Pirate costumes can be made to look cute or menacing and you can have fun dressing the kids with eye patches and fake teeth.

Moana and Maui
As it may have already been determined from this list, popular movies play a role in what kids choose to wear for Halloween. Disneys ‘Moana’ is no exception to this, as the movie captured children's hearts this last year and in return, the main characters Moana and Maui, are a favourite costume idea for Halloween. This costume is great for both boys and girls, and can be a costume done with a pair of friends or siblings.

Witch
Witch costumes are another classic Halloween look enjoyed by both adults and children. Witch costumes are a fun costume idea as you can have a ‘good’ witch or a ‘bad’ witch. Each person can put their own take on how scary, cooky or pretty they want to look.

If all these Halloween costumes do not sit well with your child's imagination, you can go all out and have a blow up dinosaur costume like the one in our photo! We hope you enjoyed our list of popular kids costumes for Halloween 2017! Let us know what cute and quirky costumes you had to put together for the kids on our social media pages!

D.I.Y Easy and Affordable Halloween Games

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Hosting a halloween party this year and trying to figure out how you will entertain the kids? We have put together three of our favourite halloween games that are easy and affordable to make!

 

Halloween Spooky Treat Hunt:

This game is super simple and yet the kids will always be excited for it! Hide lollies and small toys all over the house and backyard and write out a list of clues for the kids to follow in order to find them. Make the treats and clues halloween themed in keeping with the holiday. Give all the kids a halloween basket and allow them to run around and find their treats.

 

The Blind Box Game:

Blind box is a game where the player wears a blindfold and sticks their hand in the hole of a cardboard box, unaware of what texture awaits them on the other side. They then need to guess this texture without seeing what it is. At the end of the game, whoever has guessed the highest amount of textures correctly, wins.

 

To make, take a large cardboard box around one metre in length. Cut five holes running alongside the side of the box, big enough to fit an adult size hand through it. Decorate the box to give it a menacing look and stick bits of faux cobwebs around each of the holes. Within the box, place five plates and fill them up with different textures just before the game starts. Some of our suggestions are: mashed banana, ice, cold noodles, MnM’s, slime, cotton buds, sand and small twigs. Sit back and watch the kids squirm as they stick their hands in!

 

Stick the spider on the web:

Stick the Spider on the web is an adaption of “stick the tail on the donkey. The aim is to get the spider as close to the middle of its web as possible whilst blindfolded. To begin, paint a large cork board with black chalk paint and let dry overnight. Make the spider by buying a knockoff beauty blender sponge and painting it black. When paint has dried, use a glue gun to stick two googly eyes at the pointy end and 8 black pipe cleaners as legs. Take a cork board pin and stick it underneath the ‘body’ of your spider. When the cork board has completely dried, draw your spider web all around the board going from the sides all the way to the middle. Hang the board on the wall and your game is ready to be played!

 


 

Most Popular Party Themes For Kids In 2017!

 

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We all know that great feeling of throwing your child a birthday party they will never forget. The cherub smile on their face when they see their favourite movie, or character on top of their cake and spread throughout the house. We are in an era where social media showcases the biggest and best parties to inspire you as you plan your child's special day. Here we have listed some of the most popular kids birthdays of 2017!

 

Disney’s Moana

There always seems to be one movie each year that kids look up to and adore. What better way of celebrating their day of the year than with making them feel as if they were in the movie themselves. Whilst ‘Frozen’ was the number one birthday for a long time, this year Disney’s ‘Moana’ has taken over. The animated musical brings songs, tropical islands, blue seas and a sense of adventure to every child’s mind, and is a party theme that both children and adults will enjoy and love!

 

Pokemon:

The game ‘Pokemon Go’ became a worldwide phenomenon in 2016 and it put the popular television show back into the forefront of kids minds once again. This has made a pokemon party one of the most requested birthday themes in the last year. The many different colourful characters ensures every child has a favourite. With a predominantly blue and yellow theme, games and treats can easily be made to suit this theme.

 

Pastel parties

Pastel colours have seen a new widespread popularity within the last two years and they are here to stay! The great thing about this colour palette is that many party themes are suited to it. Garden tea parties, unicorn parties, fairy parties, you name it, this colour trend suits them all!

 

Superheros

Superheros have been and continue to be popular amongst children and adults for decades. Superhero themed parties just as fun to plan as they are to attend! Decorating the house in superhero colours, giving food “superpowers” and allowing the kids dress up and let their imaginations go wild is will be memorable to everyone at the party for years to come!

 

Let us know if you have planned and held one of these parties and share your tips and tricks over on our social media pages today!

 


 

How To Create The Perfect Lolly Cart Or Buffet!

 

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Lolly bags given at the end of parties are so 2000’s. Carts and buffets have become one of the most popular party accessories in the past few years. Not only are they beautiful to look at but your party guests can now go up and choose how many, and what lollies they want! This keeps everyone happy! If you would like to make one of these lolly arrangements for your next party, but do not know where to begin, keep reading below!

 

  1. Decide on your colour theme. The colour of your lolly buffet will echo the overall theme of your party.
  2. Pick the type of lollies and chocolate you want. The most popular lollies are jellybeans, M&Ms and Twizzlers. Make sure you comply with any allergy or food requirements. You may need to seek out gluten or nut free options from a specialised store.
  3. Bulk up your lolly buffet with small individual baked goods such as cupcakes and cookies. You can make these yourself or alternatively have them made for you by companies that such as Burnt Butter Cakes.
  4. Begin to buy or hire all the aesthetics needed to pull the cart or buffet together. This is where we come in!

 

You will need:

  • A table or cart. Both of which you can hire from Mini Party People
  • Table cloth
  • Lolly jars - we suggest choosing different heights and shapes to add dimension to your lolly buffet and give it that wow factor. We provide small, medium and large jars for your choosing.
  • Cupcake stands or bucket turntables
  • Lolly scoops to place in each jar.
  • Lolly bags to put the lollies in.
  • Decorative tags or blackboards to write what lollies or ingredients are in each jar.
  • Decorations such as scatter pieces, balloons, streamers, party signs, garlands. It is all up to you!
  • Get creative and start placing and arranging all your items on the table until you are happy with how they look. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just enjoy yourself and have fun!

 


 

Halloween Party Treats

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The spooky season is upon us and what better way to celebrate that with treats! If you are planning a party for your kids this Halloween, and stuck on creative party food, keep reading below.

 

Hot dog Mummies

What you will need for this savoury treat are small Frankfurt sausages and a couple sheets of puff pastry. Begin by boiling the sausages. While they are cooking, preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius and begin cutting the puff pastry in long strips about 1cm in width.

When the sausages have boiled, pour water out and allow them to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Wrap two strips of pastry around the sausage, leaving a small slit where the “Mummys” eyes should go. Pinch the ends and glaze with egg yolk before placing them in the oven. Bake until the pastry has turned a light, golden brown. Use tomato sauce or mustard to place two small dots for the eyes.

 

Halloween cookies:

Halloween cookies are a fun and delicious Halloween party treat that the kids will love! The great thing about this party food is that you can make them using any one of your favourite cookie recipes. As long as you have Halloween cookie cutters, coloured icing and an array of toppings, you can let your imagination run wild! One better yet would be setting up a cookie decorating station, and allowing the kids to decorate the cookies as a party activity.

 

‘Dirt’ Chocolate crackles with sour worms

Chocolate crackles but not as you know it! Make your favourite chocolate crackle recipe and mix sour worms in the mixture before you spoon it into cupcake holders. Before refrigerating, crush up Oreos and sprinkle on top. Lastly, place another sour worm on the top. Sit back and watch the kids squirm as they enjoy their treat!

 

If you are in the need of more baking inspiration, look no further than ‘Bake It Box’. They create new, delicious and fun baking kits and have them delivered to your door every month! We used them to make these ‘monster’ cupcakes for our Halloween shoot!

 

Check them out at https://www.bakeitbox.com.au/

 

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