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Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
To Haunt or Not To Haunt?
In case you didn't know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year! And I just love a good Halloween party!
However, being a Christian, sometimes I'm torn about celebrating this holiday because many believe it to be a pagan holiday or something evil. And while I love a good scary movie now and then, I don't like "gory" or "evil" stuff! I think Halloween can be fun without all of that!
Bring on the pumpkins, the skeletons, the spiders... (Ew! Did I really just say that!)
It's fun to have a little spooky stuff, but it's always fun to have a "Not-So-Scary" Halloween party, too!
So, just how do you do that? Well, let's find out...
Let's start with some decorations! Decorating has got to be one of the best things about Halloween! It's so much fun, and you can get so creative!
Pumpkins - I'd be willing to bet that pumpkins are one of the most important Halloween decorations. Whether you just sit them out just the way they are, or you actually carve them, you can't go wrong with pumpkins!
Spiders and Spider Webs - Ew! I said it again! I don't know anyone who doesn't get a little chill when they run into a spider web! Just thinking about those creepy, eight-legged little creatures coming down that web at you is enough to freak anybody out! Spider webs definitely give the appearance of something spooky!
Skeletons - Whether you hang them from a tree, or you put them in a "graveyard", skeletons are sure to give you a fright!
Witches - In my personal opinion, the best witch ideas are not the witches themselves, but what goes along with them. For instance...a cauldron, a broomstick, and my personal favorite - the witch who's crashed into the tree. Now that's not-so-scary!
Black Cats - Why these cute little creatures aren't really scary at all! But they add just the right touch to a good Halloween party!
Ghosts - Boo! We can't forget the ghosts - floating in the air, clung to a window, or peaking from a corner. Ghosts are a highlight of Halloween.
Bats - Flying above you or stuck on a wall, these creatures of the night can make you shiver!
Now for some stuff that's definitely not scary but very festive...
Balloons - Why not throw some orange and black, maybe even purple, into the mix. Float them from the ceiling, or let them roll around the floor; balloons can add color and fun to your Halloween party.
Streamers - For some more added color, why not decorate with some orange, black, and purple streamers. They're colorful and can add just the right touch to any room. You can stream them across the room, or you can let them hang from the ceiling. They could even be used to hang in doorways for your guests to walk through.
Window or Wall Clings or Cut-Outs - These cute little decorations of pumpkins, ghosts, bats, and more can be found - depending on where you live - at your local Wal-Mart, Party City, a dollar store, or online at Oriental Trading.com.
Crafts - Or you can do one of the best things of all - make your own decorations by crafting them yourself. The kiddos can even get involved in this, and they'll love it! Again, you can find some good craft ideas at Oriental Trading.com, Spoonful.com (courtesy of Disney), Pinterest, or you can search online for more great ideas.
Bet you can't wait to decorate for your next Halloween Party!
No party is complete without snacks, and a Halloween party just has to have some "spooky" snacks in there somewhere!
Hot Dogs - It doesn't have to be summertime to enjoy some good, old-fashioned hot dogs! They're great for any type of get-together! And don't worry about grilling them, unless you just want to. How about roasting them over an open-fire!
Pizza - Now Pizza is another good food to have at any party! And with kids, you can never go wrong with pizza!
Finger Foods - From sandwiches to wraps to pinwheels, you can come up with lots of ideas that your guests can just grab and go!
Smores - Don't forget the smores! While you're roasting those hot dogs, why not roast some marshmallows, as well! Those yummy, ooey-gooey, smores will go great with those scary stories you're telling around the campfire!
And...here's just a few recipes for you to try!
More Halloween Goodies...
What is your favorite Halloween movie?
Whether it be spooky Halloween sounds, or music, it's a must for a good Halloween party!
You've just got to have the special effects of howling wolves, a cackling witch, creaking doors, or a thunderstorm. A "spooky sounds" CD can be purchased at your local Halloween store in October, or you could always pick one up on Ebay or Amazon.
Now, as for music...yeah, you can get some creepy music if you want to; but my favorite kind of music is the fun stuff! Here's just a small list to give you an idea:
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham
Marie LeVeau - Bobby Bare
Witchy Woman - Eagles
Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
Boogie Man - KC and the Sunshine Band
Spiderwebs - No Doubt
Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Voodoo - Godsmack
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Men In Black - Will Smith
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)
That's just a few, and here's a few for the kiddos:
Witch Doctor - Sheb Wooley
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
The Blob - Five Blobs
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Grim Grinning Ghosts - Disney Villains
Bet you can't wait to go "google" more Halloween songs now, can you? *smile*
Of course, a party just isn't a party without games! You can always start with the traditional Halloween games like bobbing for apples, the limbo, a pinata, or a scavenger hunt. But nowadays, there are even more great game ideas out their for your little goblins, and even some for the big goblins, too!
How about putting a spin old an old classic for the kids? How about making a game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" into "Pin the Boo on the Ghost"?
Or have you tried Pumpkin Bowling yet? Bet your little "monsters" would love that one! (I don't have a website to credit for this idea, but you can see an image here to get an idea of what it's all about! Sounds really cute!)
And for the big "spooks", how about a classic game of Charades "Halloween-style"? You know..."Walk like Frankenstein", fly like a "Bat". You get the picture!
Or how about "Name That 'Spooky' Tune"? Have your guests compete to be the first one to name the Halloween tune!
You can even have a costume contest for everyone!
So, which games will you be playing this Halloween?
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One More Thing...
Okay, so now that you have some ideas to plan the best Halloween party ever, there's one more thing that I need to remind you of. Yep! That's it! Don't forget your tableware and little extras!
Depending on what you're having, here's what you might need:
A table cloth (Black cheesecloth works great!)
Plates and/or Saucers
Forks and/or Spoons
Party Favor Bags
That should about cover it, I think. So now it's...
Hope you have a "spooky" good time!
Have you ever seen a more adorable Tinker Bell!
Donald Duck - Trick or Treat
Enjoy this classic Disney Donald Duck Halloween cartoon!
Which do you think is scarier?