National Night Out Party Ideas

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 22 Jun, 2016

National Night Out can’t happen without neighbors throwing parties! Make yours memorable with these ideas.

National Night Out (NNO) parties are the backbone of NNO-it’s how we improve police-community relationships, increase crime prevention awareness, and strengthen neighborhood camaraderie. And they’re a lot of fun! Here are some ideas for hosting a great NNO party (for a thorough guide on NNO party hosting,  register your party  and receive a free e-book!).


  1. Invite the police chief. VIP visitors are a great way to add some flair to your party.  Register  your NNO party with Spokane C.O.P.S. and you can request for city officials, law enforcement officers, the mayor, Neighborhood conditions officers, and/or Fire Department members to be your special guest. We can’t guarantee their attendance, but we will do our best.

  2. Show off special skills. Ask those who RSVP to your party if they have any talents they’d be willing to share, such as playing an instrument or teaching line dancing. This will not only provide entertainment for your party, but help everyone learn something new about their neighbor.

  3. Make thank you cards for the Spokane Police. These cards can mean a lot to officers. You can make them however you want, but here’s an idea: get kids to trace their hands and write “SPD officers are hands down the best”. After NNO, you can deliver the cards to the precinct and brighten the day of the officers.

  4. Host a kids talent show. Allow the children to show off their stuff. Kids can sing, perform a skit, tell a joke, whatever they like. They’ll enjoy being the “stars” of the party, and it will help them feel involved.

  5. Hang up a map. People can place stickers on where they were originally from. It’s a fun way to discover all the different hometowns of the neighbors, and can spark some good conversation.

  6. Put out a notebook. People can write how they came to live in the neighborhood, what they like best about living in the neighborhood, a favorite neighborhood memory, etc. Throughout the party, people can read and write entries. It’ll help everyone to get to know a bit about each other and can be interesting to read.

  7. Hang a banner for pictures. Make a “National Night Out 2016” banner and hang it against the side of the house. It’ll serve for a perfect backdrop for photos (and don’t forget to tag Spokane C.O.P.S. in any social media photos).


Hosting a National Night Out party is a blast! If you’re planning on hosting a party, make sure to  register  with Spokane C.O.P.S. by July 27!


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