Hosting a Halloween Party-Part Two

I don’t remember exactly what year I started to host The Havey’s Annual Black Cat Bash, but it’s been close to ten years now and I know there’d be some unhappy people in the fam, if I ever decided to stop.

I think one of the reasons the party is so popular with the kids is that they know they’ll be getting one of my famous Halloween goodie bags at the end of the night.  I make them participate in all the games, dance to the Monster Mash, and eat all their scary Halloween food, and if they do all that, they get to take home their bag full of Halloween goodies.

I’ve mastered the art of a dollar store goodie bag and for eight bucks a pop, I think this year’s bag was especially fun:


My rule is, I never pay more than a dollar for the container, and Dollar Tree never lets me down-they always have some sort of cute Halloween bucket or tote each year.  I filled the bags with a container of cotton candy in either rotten apple or candy corn flavor, a box of Reses Pieces, a package of glow bracelets, a can of silly string, some sour Scooby Doo candies,  a Dizzy Pop, and of course, a box of Boogers!

As I mentioned in my last post, Hosting a Halloween Party-Part One, I always do a separate table for the kids.  I set them in the living room and let them make a ruckus and enjoy  each other’s company.  For their table setting, I came up with an “All Things Halloween” theme.  For an inexpensive centerpiece, I decorated three real pumpkins with duct tape and ribbon:


Each little goblin’s place setting consisted of a square paper plate, a round purple plate, a Boo napkin, a fork covered in pipe cleaner, a felt mask to wear during dinner, a cauldron or skeleton head filled with gummy worms, and a pumpkin cup complete with a green paper “stem” straw:


Here’s a close up of the cups I made from googly eyes and glue and the forks I decorated with pipe cleaner:


I wish I could have gotten a better pic of the whole table, but it’s right in front of our picture window and I just couldn’t get good lighting, but here you can see, I used simple plastic table cloths, and instead of confetti, I used pom poms that coordinated with the pipe cleaner on the forks and the duct tape on the pumpkins:


Now, onto the food.  I am guessing if you are a parent, you know that kids just don’t eat anything.  I used to pour blood, sweat, and tears, into trying to come up with something they’d eat, but in my wise and slightly older age, I have learned keeping it simple and fun is key.  I made “Monster Muffalettas” for the kid’s entrée which made it so I didn’t have to heat up my oven and house right before the guests arrived.


I served these up with a “Vegetarian Skeleton” which was a crunchy, full-bodied delight, ha!


I paired this all with cheese puffs that I served in a parfait dish.  Simple food presented well, is amazing food!


After dinner, the kids played a game of “Pumpkin Bowling”.  I simply added some black construction paper to toilet paper rolls to make them look like ghosts and then had the kids roll a round pumpkin at them and knock them over.


This turned out to be a hoot.

When the games are done, we all head into the family room and snuggle in for a Halloween movie.  This year we watched “Monster House” which I highly recommend.  It’s a little dark, but very family friendly.

Well, that sums up this year’s scary soirée friends.   I hope you found a couple of ideas to use in your next Hallow’s Eve Bash.

Just remember that it’s the getting together that matters when it comes to a party.  You can go as simple or as detailed as you want staying within your schedule and your budget.

Have a safe Halloween!








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