Paula RossAndy and Paula Ross are the founders of Andy’s Parties, a full-service theme party and enrichment company. Andy’s Parties has run well over 1,000 parties in its first 3 years of operation – everything from Pirate Parties to Princess parties, Superhero and Spa parties. Andrew Ross (Guy in the Monkey Suit) is an entrepreneur with substantial experience with small businesses. After graduating with a degree in business from the Wharton Business School, he spent seven years in the private equity and consulting industries, helping grow many businesses. However, since he graduated from high school, Andy has longed for his previous years as a camp counselor and child's party planner and entertainer. He has leveraged his business knowledge and experience with kids to start Andy's Parties! Andy is primarily responsible for the Andy's Parties Franchising initiative and with growing the corporate locations. Paula Ross (Chief Creative Officer) is primarily in charge of developing new theme parties and enrichment programming. As part of her experience as a communications consultant to corporate clients, she has many years of planning and facilitation experience for social and business events - from huge company holiday gatherings to smaller and mid-sized town hall meetings and open houses in communities where her clients are doing business. Paula is also our Custom Event Specialist and can help you plan weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, anniversary and retirement parties, as well as corporate and charity events! Please call her for information about our Custom Event Planning Services.
Paula Ross: Hi! I am Paula from Andys Parties. Today we are telling you how to throw a great party for your kids for Halloween at your house. Right now I am going to talk to you a little bit about safety tips for your party and for your after party for the trick-or-treating and what we want to send home with the kids is the goody bag. So, we want to try to give them something practical that they are going to use for their after party, their trick-or-treating and so at Andys Parties we like to give them either a treat sack filled with some goodies that they can use for trick-or-treating or a pumpkin pail filled with a couple of goodies that they might use, Halloween pencils, stickers. I have a little pumpkin erasers in here, they can use, and they use that for trick-or-treating. We also have some cute little masks that they can use for some dress-up fun with some ghosts and some mummies and pumpkins and Frankenstein As far as safety goes at your party, you want to remember that little kids really do need mommys attention, so whether or not you are doing games or craft activities or helping make the food, you want to make sure that little kids are always attended to by mommy or daddy and that is probably ages about 3 and under. At any age we do try to stay away from carving the pumpkins at the party. It doesnt matter how old they are, it can get dangerous and messy and sloppy and besides the risk of having the knives and the carving tools out. We dont want anybody slipping and falling in all the goop, and so we try to stay away from that at the party. Do it before the party, use the craft pumpkins as a decoration or just paint the pumpkins. We also have some great ideas for some group trick-or-treating so that you dont have to go out alone, you or your child has to just to go out alone at trick-or-treating, they can have some good times with their friends. As mommies and daddies sometimes we participated with them across the dinners and so what we want to do is try to set up the same thing for trick-or-treating rather than just take your child out and go knocking door to door. We want to get together with the group or their buddies and their parents and set up a station at each of their homes so they are with the same group of 10 or 12 friends and you are going to a certain number of their houses and you are doing an activity and getting a treat at each house. That way you know where the treats have come from and what the kids are doing and who they are with all the time and also we want to make sure that we wear reflective tape on our costumes or wear very light colored costumes. We dont want anybody getting hit by a car or not seeing when they are crossing the street because of the dark on Halloween night and that will cover for our safety tips as always travel in groups and hopefully you have a very fun Halloween.