If you live in a quaint neighborhood with a lot of children, give them the ultimate Halloween experience by throwing a neighborhood block party! Get the entire neighborhood involved. If you have a neighborhood association, contact the chair or president to get their approval. Make sure you have any permits that you’ll need from the city, and ask for increased police presence to help keep everyone safe during the event. If you can swing it, ask the city for permission to block off a street, so the party can literally be right in the middle of the neighborhood! Police officers may be able to set up barricades to keep cars from driving through during the event.
Kick off the festivities with a Halloween parade. You can invite everyone who’d like to show off their costumes to gather at a designated spot, and walk together in a simple march around the street. Friends and family can gather around to take photos and enjoy the parade. It’s a lot of fun to look at everyone’s costumes. If you can set up speakers and play music, play ‘The Monster Mash’ as everyone walks in the parade. It’s okay to include animals that do not bite, aren’t afraid of people, and are kept on leashes.
Finish off the parade with a costume contest. Pre-select a few folks from the neighborhood to serve as judges. Better yet, ask city officials to come out and get involve by being judges for the contest. Have different categories for the costume contests, and make it fair by dividing up age groups. Give prizes for costumes such as ‘Cutest baby,’ ‘Best literary character,’ ‘best homemade costume,’ etc. Ask neighbors to get creative with their costume so there’s a friendly, yet competitive edge to the contest. Prizes for the best costumes could be gift cards to local businesses around town. Call a few businesses to see if the owners would be willing to sponsor prizes for the contest.
No block party is complete without good food and drink. Call up any local restaurants or food trucks in the area to see if they’d like to set up and participate at the block party, You can notify residents ahead of time that there will be some vendors participating, and they may want to have some cash on hand to purchase food and drink. If there’s a local coffee shop, ask if they would be willing to donate free coffee samples to adults while the kids are trick or treating.
Wrap up the festivities with trick or treating. After everyone has had a chance to eat and show off their costumes, the real fun can begin. Ask the neighbors to be good sports and hand out candy or treats to excited trick or treaters. Hopefully, all of the neighbors will be in the Halloween spirit, and they’ll have decorated their houses for the kids! If you are looking for last minute decorations, or need to stock up on candy, Walmart has everything you could need or want!
It may seem like a big undertaking, but with good planning and organization, you can have a fabulous neighborhood block party that will undoubtedly become a tradition that everyone loves!