Halloween has come and gone and boy let me just say…. my how time has flown by. Halloween is the favorite holiday of my oldest son, and his birthday is around the same time, so we normally have a birthday party/Halloween celebration, so the kids can dress up in their costumes.
This year however, I wanted the kids to be able to do something different, so we opted to celebrate “Harry Potter Style.”
It’s the perfect combination of fun and maturity, but still not too grungy or gross like with fake blood, bones, vampire teeth and more.
I mean really all the younger kids would have been totally scared and it would have been a party full of crying and screaming (NO WAY WAS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN).
After I got the concept down, next I thought about all the things that would make this Harry Potter Party awesome, so I made a list of the essentials:
First, there must be magic: I mean come on, who has a Harry Potter party without magic, so I decided that magic wands were a must. Any real wizard knows that the wand is essential.
Another requirement of magic is a spell book. In order to use the wands the kids have to learn spells, so I put together some books that contain some popular spells. SN: This is sure to allow you 15 to 30 minutes of relaxation time as the kids practice magic spells with one another.
The second item on our list is potions. Once Harry Potter gets to school, he has to learn potions. You can create them in so many different ways, such as baking soda as Grumpet Horn or dish detergent as Ogre boogers. Safety Tip: be sure to have the potions put up high, so the little ones can’t reach them. Last thing you need is siblings wanting to taste the potions. While most are edible, a few will do a number on their stomachs.
Next up is a Sorting Hat. Harry Potter fans know the importance of the Sorting Hat. It is a key player, besides personality, in which house your young wizard ends up. So having a sorting hat allows you to delve deeper into the world of Harry Potter with your partygoers. I had my group draw a card out of the hat that determined whether they were in Slytherin or Gryffindor. Everyone was happy with his or her outcome.
Fourth, you need either house scarves or ties. The Sorting Hat’s decision determines which color scarf or tie your little wizard wears. You can have all the colors or you can opt to do only two colors like I did for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin challenge.
Once you have the key components above the rest is pretty much up to your imagination. Harry Potter is a super fun theme but can quickly become costly. I recommend choosing a few of your favorite items from the movies instead of trying to recreate it all. With a Harry Potter theme, you are bound to host an amazing party with extraordinary memories.
Here are some pictures of the Harry Potter Party I hosted.