Halloween is the best time to throw a party. Don't know where to start? Here are some great ideas to give everyone in attendance, including children and adults, a frightfully good time.
A good party revolves around the food, so impress your guests with these tasty and simple treats:
• Pumpkin Cupcakes - Instead of going through the hassle of getting a big cake and needing utensils, make cupcakes, or for that matter, get store bought. Decorate the tops so they look like a pumpkin – Parents.com gives a great example.
• Carrot Finger Vegetable Dip - As a healthy option, offer veggies and dip. Disney's website, Family Fun, features a creepy vegetable dip with carrot "fingers" coming out of it.
• Halloween Snack Mix - Snack mix is always an easy option for parties. Food.com has a colorful Halloween snack mix that consists of caramel popcorn, peanuts, candy corn, and raisins.
• Punch - All of this food is going to make your guests thirsty, and punch is always a crowd pleaser. Allrecipes.com has a recipe for black Halloween punch that is easy to combine with flavored drink packs, sugar and ginger ale. For a spooky presentation, place the punch bowl in a bigger bowl, and then put dry ice in the bigger bowl. A smoky mist will surround the punch for eerie effect.
Games and Crafts
Keep the party moving with some fun entertainment. Kaboose recommends these simple games and crafts with a Halloween twist that will have everyone enjoying themselves:
• Eyeball Relay - Relay games are not only fun, but they get everyone involved. Use a ping pong ball painted like an eyeball and a spoon to carry it through an obstacle course and back to your team for the next person to try.
• Spiderweb - A ball of black yarn is all you need for this game. Have participants stand in a circle and throw the yarn across to one another until they create a spider web.
• Make Your Own Mask - Give everyone a paper plate and let them decorate, cut and design their own mask. Provide feathers, glitter, paint and glue and see what everyone creates.
If you are really ambitious, provide a few pumpkins along with templates for guests to carve and then judge the best ones. Martha Stewart.com has a wide range of creative templates that you can print for free.