Hosting a Halloween bash for teens may not be as scary as it sounds.

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Hosting a Halloween bash for teens may not be as scary as it sounds.

Hosting a Halloween bash for teens may not be as scary as it sounds.

Your worst Halloween fright? It could be your teen, drinking. 

Please talk to your child about the risks of drinking underage and stress that they should never drive after they’ve had a drink or get into a car with a driver who has. With so many little ones out on the streets on Halloween, your teen driver needs to be alert and alcohol-free.

This year, offer your child a safe alternative: a party at your house. Yes, they’ll roll their eyes when you suggest it, but they’ll probably get into it once you start planning it. Obviously, let your teen take the lead, but here are a few ideas that might help make it seem more acceptable.

Have your teen make a Halloween soundtrack, featuring a mix of oldies (“Ghostbusters” and “Thriller”) and creepy tracks from a Spotify or Billboard magazine Halloween song list.

Serve fall- and Halloween-themed goodies like caramel popcorn and Slime Punch (1/2 gallon of lime sherbet + 1 two-liter bottle of Sprite). Best part—have your t(w)een help you make the treats so you can enjoy more quality time together.

Offer prizes for the best costume. Even older teens still get a kick out of dressing up if everyone else gets in on the fun. If your teen is a girl, have her friends come over early and get ready together. Prizes can be sweet treats, cheap Halloween trinkets, or a homemade “medal.”

Have a Halloween “egg hunt” after dark. Place small glow sticks in plastic Easter eggs and hide them around the yard. Offer a prize for the winner. If you’re adventurous, ask your friends or neighbors to hide in the bushes and jump out to scare the kids. 

Watch a scary movie. For older kids, suggest what’s probably now considered campy: Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, or Friday the 13th. For the younger set, check out Arachnophobia, Gremlins, or The Hole. Preview one or two beforehand to see what’s appropriate for your child’s age.

Design a selfie wall that’s decked out with Halloween decorations or use a bloody sheet (fake, obviously) as a background.

If your teen invites friends over to help with decorations, movie selection, or costumes, chances are they’ll have more buy-in from their peers. Have them check out Pinterest boards for more ideas!


Need help knowing what to say to your teen about alcohol? Start here.



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