Find out how the villians (parents) kept the party hopping and turned into a day where good triumphs over the evils of CatWoman, Doc Oc, and Two Face.
For my son's fifth birthday he wanted a superhero party. My mother-in-law made superhero capes for all the kids at the party. She used shiny fabric and flannel. She found a simple pattern online by doing a search for superhero capes.
It was a no-sew project. She just cut the fabric into the correct shape. Then she attached adhesive-backed velcro for the neck closure.
She cut each child's initials out of adhesive-backed felt, along with other shapes. She attached the letters and shapes to the back of the capes.
As the children arrived at the party, they were presented with their very own superhero cape to wear and take home.
They also got masks to wear, which were mardi-gras style plastic eye masks I bought at the party store.
I bought an inexpensive batman face paint kit at my local party store. After the kids donned their capes, they could choose a batman (or really any superhero) symbol to be painted on their face or arm.
We also had superhero stickers and temporary tattoos they could chose to wear instead.
Once everyone had their superhero look, I told the kids that some villains were trying to ruin the fun at our party, so we superheroes were going to have to save the day.
First, my husband came out dressed as Doc Oc, one of Spider-Man's enemies. He made the costume from a fifty cent trench coat he bought at a thrift store. He cut holes in it and attached flexible, metal, dryer hoses for Doc's crazy arms and attached claws at the end of the arms.
I gave the kids cans of silly string to work like Spider-man's webs. When he came out they swarmed him and chased him around spraying their webs at him until he collapsed and was captured in their web.
This was probably the kids' favorite part of the party. They loved it, and it was hilarious to watch.
I would recommend making sure there is one can of silly string for each kid. I was trying to cut costs, and because the cans were expensive, I only had enough for half the kids and then they had to switch off.
I think it's worth the investment to buy one for each kid.
Next a couple of our friends dressed as Cat Woman and Two Face, two of Batman's enemies.
Cat Woman wore black pants, black shirt, and black shoes. She wore a black headband with cat ears cut from felt attached and a black tail made from black felt. She painted her face to look like a cat's.
Two Face bought two inexpensive suits from the thrift store, one dark and one light. He cut them both down the middle and sewed a light side to a dark side. He painted on side of his face darker and one side lighter.
I gave the kids little foam batarangs I bought in packs at the party store. When these villains came out, they had to chase them down and throw their batarangs to defeat them.
Last, I told them the Green Goblin had hidden a secret stash of his pumpkin bombs so he could ruin the party. We had to find them and destroy them before he did this.
I hid a tub of orange water-filled balloons. They found them and then threw all the balloons to break them. This also was a big hit.
Some of the kids wanted more superhero activities, so we put together a superhero obstacle course. First they had to jump up on a small playset to pass the "leaps tall buildings in a single bound" test.
Then they had to rescue someone stuck up on the playset and slide down as fast as they could. Last they had to tag the next superhero in line. They loved doing this and wanted to keep taking more turns.
Then it was time for cake. I made a spiderman cake. It was three tiers, each progressively smaller. The top one I cut in sort of an oval to make spider man's face.
I used red frosting and then made the black grid on his face with icing and made his eyes with yellow icing. I decorated the other layers with spiders, webs, and frosting borders. I topped it with a spiderman candle from the craft store.