Halloween party essentials - New York News

Halloween party essentials


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.

Pumpkin Carving

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.


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