October is here, so it is time to start thinking about Halloween!Â Over the past few years, it seems like Halloween has become as popular with adults as with children. While grown-ups may be too old to trick-or-treat, they can get in on the fall Halloween fun!
Halloween is a great excuse for throwing a party, and it can be just as highly anticipated as a birthday party for youngsters or a grown-up New Yearâ€™s Eve get together.Â And Halloween parties are perfect for all ages, so they make a great family fun.Â Here are some party ideas:
Any Dollar Store or Department Store will supply plenty of spooky decorations at this time of year. You can choose from the â€˜campyâ€™, including cut-out skeletons, rubber bats or my favorite, lots and lots of spiders.Â Or you canÂ go for a more elegant, grown-up look with decorative pumpkins, miniature gourds and black and orange candles.
One of my favorite types of decorations is to use glasses, bowls or vases and fill them with edibles. For example, a selection of mason jars with candy corn, M&M pieces and mini candy bars, both look attractive and provide snacks to your guests. Larger bowls with cheese puffs or chips keep with your color scheme and the appetites of the attendees.
Snacks and Drinks
Incorporating munchies into the decorating scheme is fun, but there are lots of other possibilities for snacks.Â Witches Fingers are a popular cookie. Using a simple shortbread recipe, or buy some at the store, shape each cookie into a finger and use an almond slice for the finger-nail for a gross-looking treat.
Spider Web Dip is simply a classic seven layer nacho dip spiced up a little for the holidays. Use the guacamole on top for a background and draw a spider web out of sour cream to make this classic look spooky.
Drinks served with orange juice or a grape juice can keep with your orange and black theme. A little dry ice will last for a few hours, and seems to fascinate both kids and adults.Â Check out this video in which we add dry ice to our cauldron (wok) to make an impressive effect.
There are many classic Halloween parties games, like Bobbing for Apples.Â My kids favorite Halloween party game is the Donut Game.Â In this game donuts are hung on a string, and then the strings are tied to a broom stick.Â The kids have to eat the donut without using their hands, and the winner is the one who is done first.Â I am not sure why we always do this as a Halloween game, but it is a tradition around here!
And no matter the ages, prizes for the best costume will always be a huge hit. For children you may wish to have a number of categories, such as Spookiest costume, Most Unique costume, or Cutest costume.Â So what are you Halloween plans this year?