The Gonnies Birthday Party!

The Decorations
To have a Gonnies themed party it is all about the decorations!  Now if you are good planner you would stock up on Halloween decorations and supplies in October...But I didn't.  So I had to be a bit more creative.  I posted a wanted ad on my local kijiji looking to buy skulls and Halloween decorations.  I was very lucky that a very generous person see my ad and offered to lend me all her decorations!  She offered full size skeletons, spooky wall decorations, and so much more!  The kids were so surprised with how it all looked!
I also made Goonies themed flags!  some flags said Hey You Guys!, Never say Die, Copper Bones, and pirate flags!  I also found some Goonies articles on the web to stick on the wall!  If you are having a Goonies themed party feel free to email me and I can send you what I found.

The Cake
My best friend offered to make the cake.  She did an amazing job!  A treasure chest cake made to look like One eyed Willies chest in the movie!  She baked two long cakes (9x13), cut them in half.  3 cakes layered on the bottom.  The last piece used for the lid.  To help the lid stay stable use long wooden skewers.  She decorated with long fruit leathers, currents, and licorice.  And then the funnest part was the inside treasure!
We sung happy birthday, blew out the candles...then we took the cake back to the kitchen to be cut...We did this to help not having to much chaos of kids yelling what they want for treasure.  While the cake was being cut we did presents.  This worked so well!
The Games
My daughter and I created a game we called The Amazing Goonie race!  A treasure hunt game!  We tried to time the game to end at the end of the party.  So the kids could retrieve their loot to go home with.

The Amazing Goonie Race!
Mikey and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood.  But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willie's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Chunk, Mouth, Andy, Stef, and Data, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood.
The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thieves, the Fratelli’s!

So brace yourself for a treacherous journey - you're going with these gutsy Goonie Kids on a treasure hunt for One Eyed Willie's rich stuff! But beware, there are lots of booby traps, temptations, and challenges along the perilous path to the Pirate Ship Cavern. And don't forget, you're being pursued by the nefarious Fratelli Gang.

Ye Intruders Beware
Crushing Death and Grief
Soaked in Blood
Of the trespassing Thief

Your adventure begins
Where coals glow bright,
Ye must tunnel down low.
Where there is no light.
(So they would have to guess that they would have to go to the fireplace...and we had a tunnel set up for them to crawl through.  After everyone crawled through my daughter would read the next clue)
Continue to the next station
Where you will see a game
Set out for thee
Figure it out
And you’ll get clue number 3!
(we had a pipes game set out for them to play...connect the pipes all together.  When finished they would come across My Chester Pot(skeleton) the next clue was in his wallet) 
Chester Copperpot
Don’t you guys see?
Don’t you realize!
He was a pro!
He never made it this far!
Look how far we’ve come.
We got a chance!
Goonies never say die!
It’s our time!

Your challenge is this,
The Frattelli’s are not far behind.
You need to set a booby trap
With whatever you can find.
(We had lots of stuff for them to create a booby trap with!)
You have a head start, 
But the Fratteli’s are still close behind!
Hurry to the foot bridge,
And walk across without falling,
To make better time.
(My husband made a short foot bridge...after everyone crossed my daughter read the next clue)
To move on
Play the tune
If each note is said
If you make too many mistakes
Ye will surely be dead.

Play the bones to get out of here,
If you get the wrong note you will all B-Flat.
(they had to figure out to go to the piano, and play the music set out for them)
Find the Pirate Ship
Upon the mirrored sea,
And the next clue,
 will be waiting for thee!
(the clue was under the pirate ship I set out on a mirror)
You don’t have much far to go! 
Seek the cannon ball chamber,
Though the trap door,
To find one eyed Willie
(we made a trap door with an open box for the kids to crawl balloons set out to be cannonballs!)
Say hi to Willie
You’ve found his treasure
Take care not to take his treasure
You must save it for Willie.
(I had a smaller Willie with treasure chest beside the big treasure chest filled with Rich stuff!  The kids got to pick out their own loot!) 
The treasure hunt was such a success!  The kids were really getting into it... pretended that the Fratelli's were close behind!  Most recently saw the movie so they understood the adventure!

We also had pirate crafts to make hats, eye patches, and daggers.  We play pin the "X" on the map.  And a fun pirate pitch game where we threw cannonballs(water balloons) at a target!

My daughter dressed like Cyndi Lauper.
My son was Mickey.
My friend's son was Chunk
It wasn't a costume party but it was fun to dress up!

The Invitations!
These were fun to make, I found the graphic online and modified it a bit.  I think they turned out great!  I can email the invitations template if interested.

The end
We kept the party short, 2 hours only.  The kids had such a great time.  Hope these ideas help you with your own Goonies party!  To learn more about what the The Goonies are all about see my post!
I made these awesome flags to decorate cupcakes we had later after the party for family and friends!


Anonymous said...

Coolest b-day party ever! Wow!

lenore said...

Thank you!!! My son is going to 5 and his favorite movie is Goonies. All he wanted was a Goonies party. Thanks to all your info he will have a GREAT birthday.

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Saw your link on Tip Junkie. The Goonies was a favorite movie when I was a kid, so I had to check out the party. What fun!

Dixie Delights said...

This is a great idea for a pirate party for older kids. I've pinned it for future reference :-)

Anonymous said...

Great Job! We are planning a goonies party. We went to Astoria and Cannon Beach this past summmer. Anyway, I am interested in your templates. Thanks! You have saved me a TON of work!!

Angie said...

Hey Susie, Just sent you some templates! Have a great party!

Lili said...

Hello! I am throwing a Goonies party for my 9 year-old this weekend! Thanks for the ideas, and if you have a chance I would love the templates!
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Anonymous said...

What a great party! I would also love your did a fantastic job!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I would love your template. It's the best I've seen, and I've been looking for months. I would be forever grateful.
Mom in Seattle

Angie said...

Sent you templates! Hope you have a great party!

Anonymous said...

Could you send me the templates?


Anonymous said...

Can u please send me your templates,
. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

First of all I am in shock! I have been planning to have a Goonies party for my daughter and thought I would plunk in "Goonies Birthday Party" into the computer and was so surprised to see that someone else had the same idea, right to the treasure hunt!
If you would email the template for the invitations that would be awesome, I'd appreciate that greatly. Thank-you. Great job by the way, the cake is awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Can you email me the invite templete. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My daughter wants a Goonie's party and yours looked very cool. Can you please email me the template at

Thank you!!

Angie said...

Sent templates!!! Hope your parties are all great!

Anonymous said...

Love these ideas! We have friends moving to Astoria, OR and we want to throw them a Goonies themed party. Can you share your templates with me?

Angie said...

Sent! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I am throwing a Goonies-themed 40th birthday party for my brother and would love your templates! Many thanks!


Rebecca said...

Love your Goonies themed party. My son loves the movie and would love to have a Goonies birthday party! Your ideas are awesome. I would love the template for the invite.

Thank you,

Anonymous said...

Love your party. Please send the template for the invitation. I would love to use it for my sons upcoming birthday. Thanks so much!

Angie said...


Nancy said...

Oh could you please PLEEEEEAAASSSSEEEE send me your templates. I love the Goonies and want to do it for my boys 2nd & 7th birthday party (2in 1) and if they won't do it then I'll do it for my 31st :-D thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie -
How creative and fun! We are having a Goonies party for my 9 yr old next week. Would you please send me your templates - we have 5 birthdays in a row so I really appreciate finding you and your wonderful ideas!
Thank you so much

Mrs. Langeland said...

I am hosting a Goonies Party for my 8 year old in two weeks. I would love your templates, especially for the invitaion. It is so cute! How creative!! Thanks a million!

Angie said...

Sent :)

mandi frischhertz said...

I would love your templates for my sons 6th! This is just adorable!!!!!
Thanks mandi

Rachel Stilwell said...

Great site, and great Goonies party ideas. I am wondering if you could send me the templates especially for the cupcakes. I would so appreciate it. Am decorating a Goonies themed table for my friends 40th birthday. Thanks so much.

Rachel Stilwell

me said...

Amazing party. Exactly what I'm looking to do! Trying desperately to find gonnies bday invitations.. Love yours. Can you send to I'd appreciate it soooo much!!

Mrs. Wegener said...

Love it! Any templates that you could send my way would be great. My kids (ages 8 and 5) have decided to have a joint birthday party this summer and this is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you!!

chris ludy said...

Just saw this and was wondering if you still have the templates

Megan Rhodes said...

Could you send me the template for the invites you made please? My son is turning 8 and is wanting a Goonies themed party, I have been searching for ideas and finally came actoss this and it had been a huge help to me! Thank you so much for this post you are a life saver. My son is going to love his party!
Thank you so so much