Party planning is a stressful time, whether it's for children or not. Maybe you have all the neighbours and their kids coming over, or even half the school.

With Halloween, you have to think about decorations, costumes, sweets, and entertainment - plus, you have to keep them entertained.

How on earth are you going to control children who have been eating sugar all night? We've collected a few simple games but that will guarantee some fun.

Popping pumpkins

I hope you have your earplugs at the ready! All you need for this one is a packet of orange balloons. Before you blow them up, pop some sweets in some balloons, and nothing in others. Then spread them around the room or garden and let them off to pop the balloons and find the sweets!

You can also decorate the balloons with scary faces if you want to make it a creative craft too.

Ghost bowling

Another one that requires a small bit of preparation. Using either kitchen or toilet roll, draw some black eyes on them and stack them in a pyramid. Then use whatever you want for a ball; a tennis ball, a golf ball, the cat, to knock over the "ghost" pins!

Ring toss

To make a scary version of this classic game, instead of cones use a witches hat or a pumpkin. And for the rings, use some glow stick necklaces to provide more an eery vibe! Make enough rings for all the kids there and they can double as presents when they leave too.

Ghost-ghost-witch

A Halloween version of the class "duck-duck-goose". The witch chases the ghost around the circle, and if the witch catches the ghost, they get to put a spell on them, to make them do a funny face, do a dance etc.

Apple bobbing 

This list wouldn't be complete without apple bobbing. Fill a basin with water, get several towels, and put some apples in the water and off you go! Hands behind your back and perhaps some goggles on your face.

Here are some top tips to stay safe this Halloween from the CPCC.