Monster Party

Hello and welcome to this ultimate monster party ideas page! I’m Zoe, a previous professional party planner and host, now blogger sharing all of my best tried and tested tips for the most exciting parties (that are affordable as as simple as possible to run!)

Monsters is a super fun party theme that all children can get involved with. In this post we share suggestions for monster games, monster activities, monster crafts, monster food, monster decoarations and ultimate monster music playlists!

Monster Party Games

1. Monsters footsteps

Children line up along one side of the room and at the other one child is designated monster. (The game is like Grandmother’s Footsteps). This monster faces the wall- not looking at the children.

While the monster is turned away, the children tiptoe forwards and as soon as the monster turns around they have to freeze. If the monster catches anyone moving, they can be sent out or back to the start line. The child who manages to tap the shoulder of the monster wins.

2. Monster-types

In this game, the facilitator shouts out the actions below and children must follow the instructions for each action. The last ones to follow the actions are out and the game continues!

  • Forest Monsters- Run to one side of the room
  • City Monsters – Run to the other side of the room
  • Scary Monsters – Monsters make themselves big and give a loud growl!
  • Shy Monsters – Monsters make themselves tall and tiptoe around
  • Beach Monsters – Monsters wiggle their hips and do a hula-hula dance

This is a really fun, high-energy game! To simplify it for younger children, just pick 3 of the actions.

3. Monster dance-party statues

This game is like musical statues- children dance to music and when the music stops they have to freeze! It’s a tried and tested game that is always a winner.

Encourage them to do the craziest dancing they can manage- this is also a good strategy to get them burning as much energy as possible. You can either reward the most frozen statues or call out the funniest frozen positions.

4. Monster, Monster, Gruffalo!

This game is similar to duck duck goose but with a theme. It’s a great one to play as children arrive (or as children might get tired of lunchtime at different rates) as new players can easily join and it’s fun and familiar to them.

Children sit in a circle facing inwards. Child A walks around the outside of the circle and gently taps the group one by one on the head as they pass saying Monster, Monster, Monster…then, they choose one child (child B) to say Gruffalo!! (feel free to use any character the kids know for this last one)

Child B jumps up and chases Child A around the circle. Child A has to run around the whole group and sit back in Child B’s space. If they manage, Child B becomes Child A in the next round. Otherwise, Child A has to play again until they succeed.

Monster Party Activities

1. Monster storytime

Here are our top suggestions for monster storytime. These books are all about misunderstood monsters, very cute!

A story time is a really nice, slightly more downtime moment of a birthday party, it’s a great way for the kids to relax a little and recharge their batteries for the next high-energy game. Hopefully, with the right story, it will also be super engaging and fun for them. Have them sit together on the floor and read the story out loud.

  1. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak: This classic picture book tells the story of Max, who sails to a faraway land and becomes king of the wild creatures. The monsters, though fierce-looking, are actually longing for love and acceptance.
  2. “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: In this delightful rhyming tale, a clever mouse meets various forest creatures, including the Gruffalo, who may seem frightening but is not as scary as he first appears.
  3. “Leonardo, the Terrible Monster” by Mo Willems: Leonardo is a monster who’s not very good at scaring anyone. He sets out to find the most scaredy-cat kid and learns the true value of friendship.
  4. “The Monster at the End of This Book” by Jon Stone: Starring lovable Sesame Street character Grover, this interactive book takes kids on a hilarious journey, trying to prevent them from reaching the end to avoid meeting the monster.

Check them out online or from your local library…decide together with your kids which is their favourite.

2. Monster Slime!

Monster slime is an epic craft/play activity for a monster party! We have tried a few, and our favourite recipe for monster slime is from the awesome site Where there are a number of recipe variations depending on your preferences.

If you get some little pots, this can also be a great take-home pressie for the kids too- check one more thing off your list!

3. Monster headband craft activity

This is a really fun dress-up idea. Kids can colour and decorate their own googly-eyes monster headbands! We have created a pdf design that you can print and cut out, with space on the sides to attach elastic that the kids can tie around their heads!

We suggest pairing this activity with a monster photo shoot afterwards!

4. Monster Photoshoot

With a few funny props- like their slime and headbands, it could be really fun to do a monster photo shoot! You could either have kids pose in front of a monster theme poster, or use an inexpensive, giant frame to pose inside!

The example above was from monsters inc. but have a look for a poster of whichever characters your child loves the best!

Monster Party Decorations

As far as decorations go, we always think simple and bold is best!

For the monster party decorations, we suggest a combination of big monster balloons such as these! This really brings character into the room, they’re so cute! Add big bunches of multicoloured balloons to the space- in whatever colour scheme your kid’s favourite monsters come!

Monsters is a fun theme! We also suggest bringing playfulness into the room decorations, for example with disco lights, a disco ball and maybe a bubble machine!

Don’t worry if this sounds like a lot- any one of these will have a great effect, you don’t need all 3! Also, the best moment to have everything going is when the kids walk in, for maximum effect. You can get some disco lights for less than $20 and they will be sure to bring joy way beyond the party too!

Finally, for maximum atmosphere, we suggest some great monster music! Here are our top monster suggestions:

  1. “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers: A classic Halloween song that has become an iconic monster anthem.
  2. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.: An upbeat and catchy theme song from the classic movie, “Ghostbusters.”
  3. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson: This legendary song features zombies and ghouls dancing to the famous choreography in the music video.
  4. “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley: A fun and silly song about a friendly one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater.
  5. “The Addams Family Theme Song” by Vic Mizzy: The theme song from the TV show and movies about the eccentric and spooky Addams Family.
  6. “Godzilla” by Blue Öyster Cult: A rock anthem paying homage to the iconic monster, Godzilla.
  7. “Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper: A rock song with a monster theme, performed by the legendary Alice Cooper.
  8. “Monster” by Imagine Dragons: An energetic song featuring catchy beats and lyrics about facing one’s fears.
  9. “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon: A fun and catchy tune about werewolves roaming the streets of London.
  10. “Monster” by Skillet: A rock song with a powerful and empowering message about overcoming one’s fears.
  11. “Monster” by Lady Gaga: A dance-pop song that explores the darker side of fame and the pressures of the entertainment industry.

Monster Party Food

We’ve had a look online and found our favourite 3 monster food ideas- simple but effective!

  1. Monster Marshmallows, like these from
  2. Monsteslime popcorn! like this super cool recipe
  3. Monster Grape Platter

And this popcorn

For the grape platter, have a picture of an eyeball in the centre (raised) and the grapes all around suddenly look spooky and monster. You can also use any round sweets, like Maltesers or Skittles.

At Parties Universe we also love theme juices! For a monster theme, you could label a juice jug:

  1. Monster Mint Mojito Mocktail
  2. Frankenstein’s Fruit Frenzy
  3. Dracula’s Blood Orange Blast
  4. Werewolf Watermelon Wonder
  5. Ghoulish Guava Gulp
  6. Zombie Lemon Zest


So we hope those suggestions inspire you for party ideas. To help you run the party, we have a step by step guide with a timeline for things to think about planning a party which includes this PDF party planning checklist, and a PDF list of tasks you can be delegating. These are ALL FREE, NO email required either, simply download.

We make these to take the stress out of your day and try and make it as enjoyable and fun for you, and let you be as present as possible for your child.

We hope your little monsters have an epic time. Have all phones charged- this party will lead to the cutest photos ever!

Good luck with it. Best wishes, Zoe x

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