Halloween is just two weeks away, and it’s time to start cracking on those party plans. For a holiday based on fantasy and fright, it’s important to stretch your theme (whether it be vampires, monsters or just jack-o’-lanterns) throughout the entire event from the invitations and food to the decorations and games. We know there are countless websites devoted to this idea (think of the thousands of recipes and crafts alone), so we decided to showcase a haunted handful of our favorites.
*Invitations: Oriental Trading, one of our favorite online retailers, sells these eye-catching coffin invites, complete with a tiny skeleton inside. How cool would it be to receive one of these in the mail? Kids will beg to go to this party, just to see what other surprises are in store.
*Punch: Greet guests at the front door with a glass of Ghoulish Punch, a Kraft recipe made with lime JELL-O, orange juice and orange sherbet. Kids will love the fact that it’s green, and you’ll love that it’s easy to make. Click on the picture for the recipe.
*Food: Cake pops are all the rage these days. Decorate yours to look like black cats, mummies, pumpkins and more. There are even cake pop makers on the market, ensuring your cake is nice and round. Click for the recipe.
*Decorations: Seeing as Martha Stewart is the queen of Halloween, we visited her website and found a ton of simple, decorative crafts, including these Mirror Glow Eyes using glow-in-the-dark glitter. Here, she has 50 projects listed, everything from bat mobiles and cheesecloth spiderwebs to spooky silhouettes and a coffin table.
To make your own tombstones — always a crowd pleaser — pick up some Styrofoam and gray spray paint from your local Home Depot.
*Games: We found this adorable game called Grab the Ghost on Spoonful.com. Click for instructions on how to play. Timeless pastimes such as bingo, pin the tail, scavenger hunts and bobbing for apples, all with a scary twist, are perfect for kids.
*Candy/Favor Bar: We’re huge fans of favor bars — glass jars filled with different candies and various toys. Embellish the jars and give each candy a new moniker such as Goblin Guts or Vampire Bites. Who doesn’t like making their own goody bag?