Kids and adults alike love a Halloween party. And considering that many people are already planning to be in costume on that night, it’s a perfect night to throw a bash that comes complete with its own entertainment. Here are some ideas to get you started on your Halloween party.
Since Halloween is a very popular party night, get your invitations out two weeks ahead of time. Check out the big selection of Halloween invitations on our website. You’re certain to find an invitation cards that you’ll love. Be sure to specify on your invitations whether or not you expect guests to arrive in costume.
A Halloween party requires gross and scary food. Make a frozen hand to float in your punch (fill a latex glove with water and prop it in position in the freezer for a couple of days). Make blood soup (tomato soup) and serve with French fried eyeballs (shape mashed potatoes into balls and cook again) and don’t forget the brain cookies for dessert. For brain cookies, tint pre-made cookie dough to a ghoulish gray color and then push the dough through a colander to make extruded spaghetti shapes. Then you loosely pat spoonfuls of the dough into brain shapes. You’ll find dozens of other scary recipes on the Internet!
Have a costume contest with multiple prizes (scariest costume, funniest costume, most original costume). Bob for apples or set up a small haunted house in part of your house. Have a hayride! If you don’t have access to a hay wagon, simply pile the kids in the back of a pickup truck with hay and blankets to stay warm. Just be aware of laws concerning passengers in the bed of pickup trucks. In our neighborhood, we have a hayride for the kids every Halloween, but in order to be safe and avoid ticketing, we remain in our subdivision. The children don’t seem to mind that we don’t travel far!
If you want to have a Halloween themed party, but not on Halloween night, consider a pumpkin carving party a few days before Halloween. Have guests bring their own pumpkins and any implements they have on hand. Then you provide additional knives and implements along with carving patterns. Serve refreshments after you’re finished carving and sit back and enjoy your creations.
Unfortunately, Halloween can be a night of dangerous activities. Be sure to keep these things in mind for your Halloween party
- Wear flame retardant costumes.
- Avoid candles whenever possible – electric forms of lighting are much safer.
- Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and fall.
- Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.
- Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
- Don’t carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic.
- Inspect candy from trick-or-treating before children are allowed to eat it.
Halloween is a great time to get together with friends – adults and kids alike – and have fun. It need not be a truly scary holiday, but one filled with funny/scary fun and activities for everyone.