Hosting a Halloween Party for Small Spooks
Trick & tips for an easy, fun event
Plan ahead so all you'll have to do Halloween night is put on your costume, put out the refreshments, and start the activities
Trick or treat--it's party time! This year, plan a Halloween party at home for ghouls and goblins as an alternative to trick-or-treating--or do both!
It's as easy as saying "boo!"
Decorate the house with traditional jack-o-lanterns and Indian corn, or go with a spooky theme and suspend fake cobwebs, bats and pretend witches. Let kids invite friendly spooks and goblins, turn on scary music, play a few games while you serve easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly snacks. Enjoy the party!
"My kids love having friends over for a Halloween party," says Ann Freebing, mom to five in Austin, Texas. "The gang has a place to go after trick or treating. They hang out, check out their loot, watch a scary movie, and feast on homemade treats. They can't wait."
Ghoulish steps for a perfect party
Plan ahead so all you'll have to do Halloween night is put on your costume, put out the refreshments, and start the activities.Four weeks ahead, have the kids help:
Two weeks ahead:
Two to three days before the party:
The day of the party:
Whip up some edible face paint
Stir together the cornstarch and flour in a small bowl, and blend in the shortening. Add food coloring, drop by drop, to desired color. Stir in the glycerin and mix well. To apply face paint, use a brush, fingers or a make-up sponge. Make additional batches for multiple colors.
Decide on devilishly delicious treats
Buy or make guaranteed kid-pleasers such as homemade cookies or a festive cake, brownies, cupcakes and rice crispy treats. Honor the occasion with pumpkin-flavored goodies. Or serve a meal with kid-friendly chili, mac 'n' cheese, or sloppy joes and coleslaw. Try these treats:
At Halloween, Judith H. Dern loves dressing up as a ghost or medieval duchess. And carving a pumpkin is a must.