The most festive time of the year is here. October is the month for warm sweaters, pumpkin spice everything and, most importantly, Halloween! From spooky décor to scrumptious snacks, this holiday is all about bringing the community together for some exciting tricks and treats. And what better way to say, “Happy Halloween!” than a lively neighborhood party with plenty of eye-catching provisions? Here are some tips, tricks and recipes that are sure to make this Halloween one for the spellbooks.
Creating a perfect Halloween spread doesn’t have to be tricky! Simple accents like colorful tissue paper hangings and seasonal produce, such as squash and mini pumpkins, can create a whimsical look in a flash. Easy recipes can be dressed up for a hauntingly delicious look – try designing sour cream “cobwebs” on bowls of guacamole or peeling oranges to create juicy “pumpkins” with a cashew stem. After dinner, why not host a lively game to get everyone into the Halloween spirit? Candy Corn Bingo and Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss are a few lively options.
Start the season off right with festive pumpkins! While carving jack-o-lanterns is certainly a must, painted pumpkins are making a big impression among Halloween enthusiasts. This easy, DIY project is not only kid-friendly, it also opens up a world of possibilities! To transform the average pumpkin into a show-stopper centerpiece, simply paint the outer layer using a neon or metallic-colored paint. Ramp up the “wow” factor by opening up the top and decorating the pumpkin with seasonal flowers.
Who says Christmas gets to have all of the fireplace fun? Adorned with spooky skeletons, bats, ravens and spider webs, the fireplace can become the focal point of your next Halloween party. Consider using the mantel as the perfect spot to display celebratory signage. Chalkboards make a quick and easy platform for experimenting with your calligraphy skills. For an extra festive touch, carve flames into large pumpkins to mimic a roaring fire!
Halloween fans usually have one thing in common – a major sweet tooth! Greet guests with decadent treats like this caramel-drizzled popcorn snack. Simply combine freshly popped popcorn with candy-coated peanut butter candies and peanuts. Then top this mix with a luscious caramel made from brown sugar, butter and dark corn syrup. It’s that easy! Plus, these snacks can be served in handheld paper cones, so guests can munch away while on the move. For a savory take on Halloween fare that’s just as intriguing, try spicy marbled devil eggs made with avocado and wasabi.
Amaze party guests and trick-or-treaters alike with festive outdoor displays! For an organic look and feel, choose rustic décor that incorporates natural materials like wood and leaves. Wreathes made from branches, burlap and dried flowers can also add an extra autumnal touch. Create an extra spooky scene with lifelike crows, bubbling cauldrons and layers of cobwebs. Need some supernatural lighting? Place candle-lit lanterns around the doorstep to light the way for guests as they enter your haunted house.