Autumn has to be one of my favorite times of year. The stress of Thanksgiving and Christmas is still a few weeks away, and I love the crisp autumn air with its smell of bonfires. One thing I look forward to every year is Halloween. In celebration of the spookiest night of the year, I like to go all-out and throw a Halloween party! Here’s my guide to throwing the perfect Halloween bash.
When it comes to decorations, I tend to rely on the rule – the more, the merrier! I spend a few hours hurling fake cobwebs over furniture (I use cheap cheesecloth) and dangling small pieces of white material from the ceiling to create little ghosts. I also like to spray-paint old bottles black and add a skull and crossbones in white marker – these bottles of ‘poison’ look great dotted around the house, nestled amongst to cobwebs!
Of course, the focal point of your decorations will be the pumpkin! Again, my mantra here is the bigger the better, although I usually buy a few so that we can have fun making different faces and designs. Why not print out one of these templates, to create a really original end result?
While you’ve got the printer switched on, remember to print out invitations to your party. You can also find templates for these online, although it’s a great idea to carry on themes from your indoor decorations to the party invitations. With all of the printing you’ll be doing, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of ink. I always buy my printer ink online from retailers like Cartridge Discount – they stock cartridges for lots of different models and brands, so I don’t have to wander from store to store looking for one that stocks ones compatible with my printer. This way, I can spend more time preparing for my party!
It’s fair to say that the best costumes are always the ones you create yourself. And while I’m a big fan of the classics (the sheet for a ghost and wads of toilet paper for a mummy are always party favorites), it’s a good idea to experiment. Take a look here for some great homemade costume ideas, perfect for the whole family.
Terrify your taste buds
Nothing finishes off a Halloween party more than a few terrifyingly tasty treats on the buffet table. Usually, I like to keep things simple for the main dish and I always find that a big pan of chili goes down a treat. I set out a big table with the chili, a few dishes of rice, salad, a big basket of bread and lots of dips and chopped up vegetables –and let people help themselves! But I also like to include a few things to carry on the Halloween theme.
Take a look at this guide to spooky party food ideas, created by cutefoodforkids.com. Some of these recipes may not be suitable for younger children – I’m not ashamed to admit that the meatloaf hand even gives me the heebie jeebies! But others are a great addition to your party table and you can have so much fun making them with your kids.
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