This year, I threw a Halloween Party on behalf of Noemie and Charlie for their entire Reception and Year 2 class and some siblings. We had 47 kids confirmed at one point but a few dropped out and on the evening we had 39 kids attend the party.
Luckily I had hired a venue, it was catered and entertainers were in place so space wasn't an issue and the kids were entertained and fed with minimal work by me! We used the function room at a local restaurant Il Pagliaccio which also happens to make awesome food combined with amazing service. Entertainment was once again Sharky & George who we also had at C's 5th birthday party earlier in the month. I had asked for the same guys to come and we were lucky that the lead guy was the same! As soon as he arrived I knew the party was going to run smoothly.
The kids were all so well behaved and everyone played nicely together despite the ages ranging from 2 years to 9 years old! Noemie and Charlie were dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and I was Cat in the Hat. I think we looked pretty cool together! All our US friends totally understood our costumes but we had to explain it a bit to the UK folks as I don't think Dr Seuss is mandatory childhood reading out here though it really should be.
After the party we went trick or treating around the area and the kids had a blast. I'm so pleased to see it's finally really catching on here as trick or treating is one of my fond memories from my childhood in Japan (the Japanese love just about all things American) and I didn't want my kids to miss out. We have a huge American population in the area and they were mostly the ones who had their houses decorated and all ready with their treats.
Next year we're going to go trick or treating straight from school pick up so we get more time to do that. Unless someone else wants to throw a party of course!