Are you ready to throw an awesome Goosebumps birthday party?
The Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine emerged in children’s literature in 1992 and continues to gain new readers, including my 9 year-old son. His school librarian highlighted the series this October and he quickly read through the library’s selection of the spooky stories for kids. When it came time to choose a birthday party theme, Ezra selected Goosebumps and I began searching for Goosebumps Birthday Party Ideas and supplies. I did not find any supplies at the party stores, but I did gather fun decoration, food, and game ideas to make an awesome party. If you are looking for fun Goosebumps Birthday Party Ideas, this is the place for Lawn Gnome Bingo, Monster Blood Cake, Mummy Wrap Races, and more!
Goosebumps Birthday Party Invitations
This Goosebumps Party DIY Printable Kit from Creative Little Stars on Etsy provided all of my printables for this party in a $15 instant download. I simply bought white cardstock and had a coordinated party. This included invitations we customized with party details.
Goosebumps Birthday Party Decorations
Monster Blood Spider Jars
These spooky jars from are filled with a green glow, reminiscent of the Monster Blood Goosebumps books and television series episode.
Green Glow Sticks (2 per jar)
Simply place cotton balls at the bottom of the jar for support. Add two glow sticks in the middle (do not break until right before the party). Then fill the jar with cotton balls and randomly glue spiders to cotton balls placed throughout the jar. This will look like a spiders are crawling around in monster blood and give the room an eerie glow! Don’t forget to open the jars and break the glow sticks to light them up right before guests arrive.
I bought a black table cloth and green tissue paper to decorate our table. The black created a fun backdrop for the “monster blood” I cut out from the tissue paper and arranged as the centerpiece. I then printed and cut out fun printables from my DIY kit to add some flair, as well as Monster Blood Spider Jars. I then cut and placed caution and danger Halloween decor tape from Target across the back of some of the chairs. I also set out copies of Monster Blood books.
I used the side table to display the Lawn Gnome Bingo Game, more Monster Blood Spider Jars, Monster Blood Punch, plates, napkins, forks, and cups. I added a second black table cloth and green tissue paper to this display.
I bought green plates, green napkins, green cups (but you may opt for clear), and black forks. I added the printable water bottle labels to the cups, but you may want to offer water bottles in addition to the punch. This tutorial from Tikkido for Glittery Slimed Plastic Silverware to add more green monster blood. Tip: Don’t be tempted to use green glitter glue here because it takes far too long to dry. Follow the tutorial and use quick-drying hot glue and glitter.
Black Table Cloth (2)
1 Package Green Tissue Paper
DIY Printables from Etsy
Halloween “caution” and “danger” decor tape
Lawn Gnome Game Supplies
Monster Blood books.
Goosebumps Birthday Party Food
Monster Blood Spider Punch
Fun Learning Life offered the Monster Blood Sherbet Punch and lawn gnome M&M recipes from their Goosebumps Movie Post. I forgot to buy clear cups, so I added the marshmallow eyes directly to the punch. It was fun, but the monster faces are a terrific touch. This green punch is simple, tasty, and affordable – Plus it offers another eerie green element to the table! Tip: I do not think green food coloring is necessary, as the lime sherbet has a strong color.
1 Liter 7Up
Squeezable White Icing
Clear Plastic Cups
Monster Blood Goosebumps Birthday Cake
There are actually quite a few awesome Goosebump Birthday Party Ideas for birthday cakes. I was tempted to try one a cake book like this or this. Ultimately, my son chose this simple, but awesome Slime Cake from I am Baker. I was uncertain about the dark chocolate and lime flavorings, so I omitted them and used black fondant instead. I simply used vanilla pudding with neon green dye for the slime filling and topping. I also added a layer of red velvet cake inside and candy eyeballs on the outside for an extra spooky touch. Tip: Add green pudding topping immediately before serving or it will slip off and make a terrible mess – see my pictures for proof.
2 Cake Mixes of your flavor choice
Neon Green Food Dye
Frosting per I am Baker recipe or Black Fondant and 2 containers of frosting flavor of choice
Monster Blood Goosebumps Popcorn
This Monster Blood Popcorn from Dot Mom became the prizes for the Lawn Gnome Bingo Game. It’s fairly simple to put together and makes a big impression on the kids. I can’t, however, vouch for the taste of lime popcorn. I put this in clear treat bags and added them to a clear glass bowl for a table decoration.
1/2 Bag of Lime Jello (gelatin powder, not pudding)
4 Cups of Popcorn (1 Bag), popped
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Tbls Corn Syrup
4 Tbls Butter
Goosebumps Birthday Party Games
One of the most frustrating aspects of party planning is that so many suggested elements are food. That’s cool, but it’s a ton of money for items that decorate in cute ways, but don’t add any activity to the party. I chose three fun games to lighten the mood, engage the kids, and make for some fun memories.
Goosebumps Mummy Wrap Race
This inexpensive Goosebumps Birthday Party game is tons of fun! Simply buy the cheapest toilet paper on the shelf, maybe 2 rolls per team. You can use more durable stuff, but I think the snag of the toilet paper ripping and slowing teams down is part of the fun.
How to Play
We created four teams of two and I set a timer for 1.5 minutes. During that time, one person had to mummy wrap their partner. The team with the best mummy wrap when the time went off won. Partners then switched roles. They enjoyed it so much, we even had two teams square off at the end and the remaining party-goers acted as judges.
1 Ply Toilet Paper Roles (1 to 2 per team)
Game Sign I made from The Curse of the Mummy’ s Tomb
Goosebumps Mystery Boxes Game
I found this fun idea for Halloween Mystery Boxes at Christina’s Adventures. I tweaked the item names a bit to suit our Goosebumps Birthday Party theme and then created a game board. I also enlisted my husband’s help to cut some holes out of boxes, rather than decorating containers orange. They aren’t as cute, but the kids didn’t care. I used a book cover from Brain Juice to create the sign for this game.
How to Play
Have kids line up with their lists and pens at two stations. When they finish guessing at one station, have them stand in the back of the second line. Be sure to keep them from peeking and ruining the fun! When everyone has guessed, sit them down and tell them the correct answers. This game is incredibly fun and will elicit lots of groans and giggles!
Cooked Spaghetti Noodles (Brains)
Cooked Al Dente Baby Carrots (Witch Fingers)
Dried Apricots (Monster Ears)
Corn Kernels (Monster Teeth)
Bananas Sliced Lengthwise, then in Half (Bat Tongue)
Peeled Grapes (Eyeballs)
String and Twine, Cut to Hair Lengths (Werewolf Hair)
Two Large Boxes
7 Food Containers
Fabric to Place in Holes
Guessing Game Paper Copies
Place food containers under two boxes. Cut squares just large enough to reach a hand down into the container. Cut squares of fabric and tape to inside of boxes over the squares. Cut an X in the fabric to allow a hand to push through. Put items randomly below cut holes, avoiding the order on the Guessing Game Paper.
Goosebumps Lawn Gnome Bingo
This game came as a fun way to incorporate the Lawn Gnomes in the popcorn from Fun Learning Life. Our party did not need another treat, but I loved the look of these adorable edible gnomes! I decided that these would make ideal Bingo pieces. Assembling them is a bit laborious, but an easy thing to do in front of the show you’ve been hoping to binge-watch.
How to Play
Set out the Lawn Gnome Bingo pieces on the table and have the players choose a few for Bingo Pieces. Call out the Bingo numbers. When someone calls “Bingo!,” they can eat their Gnomes and get a Monster Blood Popcorn prize. You can go until everyone gets a Bingo or simply give popcorn to everyone at the end. We sent home extra Gnomes for party favors.
Bingo Cage with Bingo Cards
White Icing Tube
Lawn Gnome Game Sign
Monster Blood Popcorn Prizes