Halloween party ideas?
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- October 22, 1997 It's almost Halloween, and your little monsters are champing at the bit. They want to have a party, but you're too busy to do much planning or baking. Take a cue from Sally Mills, a member of the Cedarburg City Council who is leaving the planning to her 13-year-old daughter, Leslie.
- Halloween is the perfect holiday to let kids' imaginations run wild, and to let them practice in the kitchen. With supervision from adults, planning a Halloween party can be a great experience for kids.
- Leslie Mills is inviting 13 friends to her party. She and her friends will entertain another 12 kids: Leslie's 8-year-old twin siblings, Kelly and Kyle, and 10 of their friends.
- Is her mother crazy/li>
- Of course not. She set parameters for the party and made her expectations clear. She told Leslie that she needed to find another adult chaperone perhaps the mother of one of her friends. She also went over Leslie's written game plan to make sure there were enough activities for the younger kids. Leslie, who began planning the party in September but didn't get final approval from Mom until last week, came up with some great ideas to feed and entertain her guests. Since we'll have little kids here, we'll get small, tart apples at the orchard to make caramel apples, Leslie said. She'll also buy apple cider at the orchard.
- Leslie may borrow a simple idea from a cable TV show for a pumpkin-shaped cake. (More about that later.) Here's the best part: Leslie decided the rest of the party food should be potluck. Her friends will each bring a favorite treat to pass. I told them 'nothing gloppy' because 8- or 9-year-olds will be eating it, she said. If they can't think of anything else, they can bring Halloween Oreos.
- Leslie figures the unfinished basement in her house is perfect for the party. She'll do a black and orange theme with crepe paper.
- Each of her friends will oversee an activity booth with themed costumes. Two ghosts will be in charge of the ghost bean bag toss; two dead people with nooses will assist the little kids with a lively ring toss; two fisherwomen will oversee the fishing-for-candy game; two gypsies will be fortune-tellers who will predict a sweet treat for each child, Leslie revealed); and creepy hands of scary monsters will pop out of a well to dispense candy.
- At first, the witches were going to serve punch, Leslie said. But then she decided they should be stationed at the booth with the cooked spaghetti and peeled grapes. You know the game: the grapes are a dead man's eyes, the spaghetti is his brain . . . I like doing things with little kids, Leslie said, adding, kids usually say I'm the best baby sitter they've ever had.
- Leslie figures her little brother and sister and their friends can be part of the party for two hours, then her friends can stay another three hours to have their own fun. Donna Roloff, co-superintendent of Sunday school at Bethany-Calvary United Methodist Church, 7265 W. Center St., plans an annual Halloween party for children who attend Sunday school, plus their friends.
- She's making spiders with the help of children who attend the church's before- and after-school care program. They also are invited to the party. The spider's legs are thick, black pipe cleaners bent into shape and glued into a clump under the body. The spider's body is a square of nylon black netting, glued to the top of the legs, then filled with candy corn and tied shut with orange and green ribbon once the glue is dry. For the spider's eyes, green Lifesavers with orange M&Ms in the center are affixed to the body with frosting as the glue. To attach the eyes to the spider, two round label stickers are stuck together with the netting layer between. Glue the lifesaver to the exterior round sticker. Each spider leg is inserted into a tiny gum drop foot as a finishing touch.
- Roloff also will make cat suckers with peppermint patty heads, chocolate-chip ears and noses, orange Tic Tac eyes, orange Twizzlers Pull-a-Peels whiskers, and orange straws as sticks to hold onto. (The ears, noses, eyes and whiskers are attached with frosting.) Yellow and green ribbons are tied under the cat faces.
- Another fun treat on Roloff's party list is candy corn cups. Her helpers will paint Styrofoam cups the bottom orange, the middle yellow, and the top left white. She'll fill the cups with candy corn and insert a cookie tombstone. For each tombstone, half of a rounded-edge sandwich cookie (such as a Snackwell or Vienna Finger) is frosted and decorated with a short epitaph, such as R.I.P. The cups also will contain bugs that stick out of the top of the cup. The bugs are made from a miniature gumdrop pierced with a toothpick. Mini-M&M eyes are attached with frosting.
- If you have an artistic flair and some time to spare, an edible haunted house makes a showstopping decoration.
- Hershey's Haunted House, a manageable structure at just 9 inches square, is built on heavy cardboard with double-thick graham cracker walls. The house is three graham cracker squares wide and three squares tall. The center support inside (holding up the ceiling) consists of three graham crackers sandwiched together so the middle one juts above the other two by exactly one graham cracker square. The walls and roof are glued together with icing.
- Once the structure dries several hours, it's decorated with candy and more icing. The bricks, porch floor and front steps are made of Hershey's milk chocolate bar separated into small rectangular segments. For contrast, the windows, front door and porch roof are covered with Cookies 'n' Creme white chocolate candy bar pieces, framed by Twizzlers. The windows are topped with Reese's miniature peanut butter cup halves. Stacked Rolo candies make pillars to support the porch roof. The fence is built with Kit Kat wafer bars for posts and Twizzlers Pull-a-Peels, which also are twisted into shape to make the spooky trees.
- It may be too late for this year's party, but you can order a free copy of Hershey's Gobblin' Up The Fun booklet with complete directions for the house and more ideas for treats, decorations, costumes and games. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (with two 32-cent stamps) to: Hershey's Halloween Booklet Offer, 704 Metro Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042.
- Back to the pumpkin cake idea that Leslie Mills is considering from Cristina Ferrare of The Family Channel's Home & Family show. Here's how to make it: Prepare two packages of Bundt cake mixes, vanilla or lemon, as directed on the box. Bake the cakes in fluted tube pans according to the directions, allow to cool completely and set aside. In large bowl, whip up 4 tubs of prepared vanilla frosting until light and fluffy, using an electric mixer. Dye the frosting deep orange with food coloring.
- Place one cake, round part down, on a serving platter. Invert the second cake and place it on top, lining up the ridges, to resemble a pumpkin shape. Spread the orange frosting all over top and design the eyes, nose and mouth with gum drops, M&Ms and assorted other candies. Shape a stem at the top out of green frosting.
- Now that the kids are taken care of, what about the adults who either have a party of their own to attend, or just want to enjoy the occasion with their childrenIf you're short on ideas, Kraft Foods offers a Halloween Party Hot Line, (888) 572-3875, with suggestions for 18 adult costumes developed by Bob Ringwood, a Hollywood costume designer.
- The costumes are inexpensive to make. For example, you could be a bunch of grapes by wearing a green sweatshirt and green tights with purple balloons attached to your body with double-stick tape. Or, become a traffic light by wearing a black outfit with green, yellow and red construction paper circles attached to your front and back.
The Kraft hot line also offers ghoulish food ideas from Kraft Creative Kitchens.
It is my belief that every good Halloween party consists of 3 things: food, fun, and costumes.
FOOD: This is probably the most important part. Like any good holiday party, you're going to want to make/buy food that goes with the theme of the party, in this case, scary food. ehow.com has plenty of different recipes for making scary food like "brains" (meatloaf), etc. Also, since treats are SUPER important and you probably don't feel like baking all day, websites like clevercookie.com make awesome Halloween cookie baskets that look and taste great and will save you that trouble. For the adults, they're are also tons of spooky cocktails you can make for them.
FUN: Make sure that you decorate your house accordingly. If the theme of the party is scary, then make sure you go to wal-mart/wherever get some fake cobwebs, jackolanterns, you get the idea, and decorate your party space with that. Candles instead of lights really help too, especially at night; they add to the spooky atmosphere of the whole thing. Also, make sure to play traditional Halloween games like "bobbing for apples" and "eat the donuts of the string while blindfolded," especially if it's a kid's party.
COSTUMES: make sure you tell everyone that's it's a costume party so DRESS UP! This will give your guests an opportunity to be really creative, show off they ghoulish attire, and laugh and joke about what they and everyone else is wearing. Furthermore, you can incentivize them by having a "costume contest" and give a small prize out to the winner.
Hope this helped, and have a great party!
i agree with him/her,
but when it comes to fun i know lots of you probally want actuall games, food,and decorations. my dad goes over the top for Halloween so i don't really know what to tell you for decorations, sorry. but i can tell u guys alot of ideas for games.
GAMES= PIN THE WORT ON THE WICH, HALLOWEEN TRIVIA SHEETS (PRINT OFF INTERNET), MUMMY ME(YOU WRAP A PERSON WITH TOILET PAPER AND WHICH EVER TEAMS FINISHES FIRST WINS)
FOOD/DESIGNS=CUPCAKE DSEIGNS=WITCHES, MUMMIES,and more just search Google images
hope this helped bye!
Everyone has a holiday that they love and that they go all out in celebrating. For many people, Halloween is that holiday. Having a Halloween party is a great way to get your friends and loved ones together to enjoy getting dressed up in costume and have fun.
When planning a Halloween party, there are so many different party themes that can be done. There are many magazines that come out every year with different ideas and DIY crafts and props that you can make. There are also countless books and websites on the subject, so no matter what theme you choose, you'll have plenty of inspirational material.
One of the easiest themes to accomplish is a harvest theme. This particular theme doesn't have anything overtly scary, so it's child-friendly, and you likely already have a lot of the necessary items in your backyard. All you need to effectively use this theme is to use dried cornstalks, pumpkins and orange and yellow ribbons. Cornstalks can be used to line the walkway to your home or put in a corner of the room next to food or drinks; use the yellow or orange ribbons to hold the stalks together for extra color and easy cleanup. The pumpkins can be carved and have battery operated votive candles in them to make them safer.
On the other end of the spectrum is the full haunted house. This takes a bit more commitment and more cleanup, however it is still a low cost theme. You'll need black construction paper, thick cotton padding from a craft store and anything else you can find that is scary - plastic skulls, window clings, blacklights, etc. The cotton from the craft store can be shredded and used as cobwebs in the corner of the room, on mirrors and any other surface to give it an aged look. The black construction paper can be used to create flying bats to taped to the wall, a silhouette of a witch in the corner, or a black cat creeping along the wall. There are many sites online that will the templates for download. The blacklights will add an extra creepy feature, as will skulls scattered around the house.