How to Host a Fall Block Party

I finally wore a sweater today without trying to hide my hairline sweat and dodging awkward stares. This past week everywhere we go, someone asks my kids what they will be for Halloween. Which leads to a lot of fighting because my oldest decided that she isn’t going to wear the matching cat costumes that my daughters picked out together. She’s going to be Anna and my youngest is supposed to go as “Anna’s cute cat.”

I don’t know if Anna even has a cat. But all the welcomed cooler weather and costume discussion confirms that it’s time to invite my friends for a fall gathering. You should too! Throw that sweater on, make some cider, buy a few pumpkins, and get together to celebrate the season. Here are some tips to help you pull it off.

1. Serve festive treats.

Those curly witch finger cookies are a little too real for me. But I can be a sport for other fall treats. For drinks, serve up apple cider and pumpkin-flavored coffee. Here’s a great recipe for homemade creamer with several fall variations. You could serve mummy wrapped hot dogs, sliced apples with caramel dip, caramel corn, and pumpkin muffins.

To really get in the Autumn spirit make s’mores around a fire pit.Look at these cute s’more kits from Thrifty Little Mom.

2. Set up friendly competition. Pumpkin tic tac toe is simple to prepare but a huge hit for any age partygoer. Use painters, masking, or duct tape to create the tic taco toe board; then offer 10 mini pumpkins (5 white, 5 orange) as the playing pieces. If you have the outdoor space, make this a life-size board with sticks and use bigger pumpkins.

3. Schedule a little fun. No fall party is complete without pumpkin decorating. To save on your party planning budget, ask each guest to bring a pumpkin. You can provide supplies for decorating. Have a basket of paint and brushes on hand. Consider foam stickers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, construction paper, glue, scissors, and even permanent markers.

Look at these melted crayon pumpkins! If you’re okay with a mess, try it in a designated backyard space.

4. Make some memories. Don’t forget to record all the fun you’re having. This DIY photo op cutout is super cute. Meaningful Mama has a tutorial just for you! Create a party hashtag and have everyone post their pics online so that you can see them for weeks to come.

5. Include your neighbors.  As you traipse through the yards on a candy hunt after dark, take this scavenger hunt with you. Holiday seasons like this are a perfect time where people come out of their homes to socialize in their neighborhood. Take advantage of building your relationship with those down your street. A scavenger hunt is a great way to break the ice and we love this free printable version from One Mama’s Daily Drama. Print it on orange paper for an extra festive feel.

Let the festivities begin! Text your friends and start sketching that scarecrow cut out. You’re ready for a pumpkin party in true October style.