The holiday season has begun! I hope you had a fun Halloween. This Halloween was the most fun Halloween I have ever had! I am so glad that I went out on a limb to organize and host our neighborhood’s Inaugural Halloween Parade!
The celebration was planned for newborns through 3 years old. I figure once Baby Babe can say “trick or treat” she can go door to door and have a little candy. For now I’m happy that we have age appropriate activities and the schedule worked out perfectly so that we could celebrate before dinner. When we got home we had dinner with family and lit our Jack-o-Lantern. It was such a fun night!
I made a few signs to advertise the event and put them at the entrances to our neighborhood. I included the age group, time, and location and said to visit our neighborhood website for more information. The word definitely got out!
We had an awesome turn out of over 100 neighbors and friends. I planned for the event to take place from 4:00- 5:00 and I think that was perfect timing for a baby’s schedule. Next year if I have help I think we can shift it from 4:30- 5:30 so more people can come after work.
To make the event feel more put together (and not just piles of stuff) I made signs for each “station”, welcome signs at each end of the route, and a thank you sign to the sponsors who donated prizes or decor.
Here’s a look at the set up…
we met along the greenbelt so it was in a common space
make it a poem and it sounds nicer! we still had some big kids show up looking for candy but the activities were very on target for a baby or toddler so they didn’t hang around
pumpkin stamp, ink pad, spider shaped punches, paper, crayons, foam jack-o-lantern stickers
battery operated bubble machine from Target and dollar store bubbles
the beanbag toss was a hit!
play dough and plastic shapes to mash and mold on top of a shower curtain for easy clean up
the firefighters were so nice to attend and visit with neighbors. at the end of the event they got a call and drove off with the siren blaring. the kids LOVED it!
cute for the tiny babies!
For donations I called any nearby business I could think of that was family friendly. I got a lot of “nos” but a few agreed to help. Gathering donations was the most time consuming part of planning. I learned that it’s best to call instead of stopping by with a letter at the business. Many businesses asked for a letter describing the event including specific items that we needed and a tax ID number. Some businesses only accepted requests online.
I was able to provide coupons for free frozen yogurt and a game of bowling for each family. Prizes included a growler and gift certificate to a new brewery, a gift card for pizza, a car wash gift card, two for one passes to the local children’s museum, and a pet gift bowl from the pet store. Pretty fun for the kids and the adults!
I also brought Thank You letters to the donors for the neighbors to sign.
The great thing is, next year will be a whole lot easier. I will save all of the signs and decor and now that the neighbors have seen how fun a Toddler Halloween Parade can be I think they will be eager to help plan the next one!
we can’t wait for next year!Share it!