A Backyard Kids Halloween Party with Minted

If you are looking for some old fashioned and fun kids Halloween party ideas, look no further! We had such a fun time with animal masks and food in our backyard and the kids’ imaginations ran wild!

Top shot of a table at a Kids Halloween Party

Do you remember Halloween when you were a kid?  I remember my mom kept all of the Halloween costumes– some from when she was kid as well as our past costumes– in plastic bins in the attic and come October we would all be eagerly staring up at the ceiling as she brought them down for us to plunder.  When we were planning this party with Minted, I wanted to get back to the simplicity of whether you would be a princess or a ballerina or raggedy anne, before every costume had to be over-the-top original or unique.

An easy and fun Kids Halloween Party

Instead we wanted a space where the kids could use their imagination, relax, and have fun.  We provided the masks and tails and let the kids pick their favorite animal.  It became a reinvention of “Where the Wild Things Are” and it was so amusing to watch each child take on the persona of their animal, chasing each other through the yard, hiding in the Land of Nod teepee or lying around in the piles of pillows we stacked around the table.

Two children in costume at the Kids Halloween Party The menu for the Kids Halloween Party A place setting at the Kids Halloween Party

Keep it simple for yourself when it comes to food!

To keep with the laid back vibe, yum.LA created a no-silverware-needed menu of “ghouled” cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup for dipping, angus beef burgers on brioche buns with all of the fixings, and sweet treats of chocolate dipped apple owls, pretzel wands, and marshmallow pops.  They were promptly gobbled up and every little creature went home that night with a full belly.Food served at the Kids Halloween Party Cheese sandwiches and tomato soup Food on the table at Kids Halloween Party The table at the Kids Halloween Party Burgers served on the table The set table at the Kids Halloween Party Sliders ready to eat Sweet treats served at the Kids Halloween Party Halloween pops on a board Marshmallows served on a board

Animal masks are a great idea for a Kid’s Halloween Party!

Rather than asking the parents of the other kids to dress them up, it’s so easy to provide costumes for everyone in the form of masks. Lay them all out and let their kids chose their favorites. They all had so much fun running around in them and chasing each other!

A girl in an animal mask Two boys in masks at the Kids Halloween Party Children at the Kids Halloween Party Children eating food at the Kids Halloween Party A kid eating food at the table Children in fun halloween animal masks A child in a lion animal mask A child in a rabbit mask Two photos of a boy in a raccoon mask at the Kids Halloween Party

How to decorate for a kids Halloween party

We wanted to decor to have an equally light-hearted but thoughtful feel which we created using these circle garlands and confetti from Minted and a fun mix of bright pattern pillows.  Ultimately, we wanted a playful space where the kids could run around and be kids.

A child in a deer mask at the Kids Halloween Party A boy in a deer mask looking at camera Two girls in a tent at the Kids Halloween Party A girl in a rabbit costume A boy in a lion mask eating a treat A little girl at the table at the Kids Halloween Party A boy reaching for a burger Two girls at the Kids Halloween Party A girl dressed up as a mouse Two girls smiling at the Kids Halloween Party

invitations, circle garlands, table top confetti, and menus by minted
photography: stephanie godfrey
styling: jen pinkston
production assistants: brooke odom and kat garner
hair styling: lauren mckeever
catering: yum.LA
children: zuri model and talent
teepee, table, and rugs via the land of nod
animal masks via hunting faeriessnowbellaninn apouladaki, and technicandyland
plates and serving pieces: west elm

Be sure to check out these other fun Halloween ideas!

Halloween Front Porch Ideas and Decorations

The Easiest DIY Halloween Costume for Friends: A Rainbow and The Sun

Kids Halloween Costume Ideas // Urban Jungle Animal Masks for Kids

DIY // Kids PAC MAN Halloween Costume

This post is sponsored by Minted.  Our favorite source for invitations, greeting cards, party decor, and all things paper!  Thanks for supporting the sponsors the make this content possible!

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What have you got planned for your kids this Halloween? Are you going to incorporate any of these ideas? I’d love to hear from you, be sure to comment below!


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  3. Callie


    This is beautifully executed, Jen! I love all of the colors! Do you mind if I ask where you purchased the bright patterned pillows (particularly the navajo print pillow)?

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  7. Love this, Jen! Y’all did such a great job and those kiddos are too cute!

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  12. Hannah G


    Jen! This is too perfect! What a lovely Halloween party! xo

  13. This is so precious and magical! I love the “ghouled” cheese sandwiches 🙂

  14. So good Jen! Thanks for having me capture all of the cuteness. I loved every bit of it. You’re a rockstar and I can’t believe how amazing all of the details are! xo

  15. Wow…cuteness overload…love it Jen!

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