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The Best Halloween Party Ever
This is What Happens When You Grow Up Goth
Several years ago, I was in California for Halloween and my friend invited me to her sister's annual Halloween party. She told me it was elaborate, but I had no idea how amazing it would be until I got there. When her sister and brother-in-law remodeled the house, they actually included a room for all the Halloween decorations. I am no professional photographer, so I can't show you what it was really like, but I hope that this gives you a taste of the Best Halloween Party I Have Ever Been To.
This isn't intended as a how-to, so don't feel like you have to compete.
The Food, the Food! - It was amazing.
Cupcakes and cookies and fingers with almonds.
Spiders and monsters and eyeballs and bald men.
Silver white cob webs that melt into fog.
These were a few of their Halloween things.
Headstones and potions and owls and pumpkins.
Goblets and ghost cups and cauldrons a hummin'.
The lights were all orange; the shadows were cast.
These were some more of their Halloween things.
When the ice melts!
When the wind howls!
When I've ripped my gown.
I simply remember my Halloween things
and then I don't feel
I was surprised (happily) to find food that wouldn't give me a sugar high. In addition to the dips that were in appropriately spooky vessels, there were also these deviled eggs which were made into monsters by adding greens and red peppers.
Pick Your Poison
It isn't hard to make a bubbling cauldron; you just add dry ice. There were also skeleton goblets, drinks in witches' flasks and a whole host of other spooky things. In this picture, notice the mummy cookies, the cate cookies, the bat hanging from the ceiling, and the steel Halloween tree hanging with casket ornaments.
Halloween Table Things
A lot goes into it, but it is really easy to find Halloween-themed items. And if you pick pumpkins or things that are just orange and black, you can use it again next month for Thanksgiving.
Decorations - And this is just the living room!
Make A Spooky Village
If you have room for it, I highly recommend making an entire village, like the one I saw at this party I went to. It was intricate and amazing and I think I stared at it for twenty minutes straight. I can imagine taking an entire year to work on it.
If you can buy the whole village at once, definitely go for it, but if you can't, start with a bigger piece that has character, like this one does. It can stand alone, but you can always add to it.
It's All in the Details
I think what was so impressive were the details. Family photos were interspersed with ghouls, a side table held a gingerbread haunted house (with amazing detail, by the way), table clothes had subtle web patterns. Even the bathroom was decorated!
Treasure Hunt - for the kids
There was lots for the adults to do, but there were also things for the kids. In addition to a bounce house and other kids, there was also a treasure hunt.
When you opened the door, there was a long parchment that had the background story of a sunken pirate ship, all in rhyme, as well as instructions on how to get to the next clue.
Clues were around the house, inside and out. One particularly inventive clue was in the shape of a shark and in an aquarium (see picture). In the end,