An Outdoor Halloween Birthday Party
Our Ghostly Playhouse!
Decorating for the Night
My daughter's birthday is a few days after Halloween. A few years ago, we planned an outdoor backyard birthday party for her that would take place in the evening. This party would feature our new playhouse my husband and a contractor friend had built. The playhouse included swings and ropes and a flag pole with the jolly roger on it. Since it would be at night, our daughter asked if it could be a Halloween Birthday party. I thought, terrific, everyone would still be in that trick or treat kind of mood and it would be fun to plan!
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Happy Birthday to You - Dressing Up for Your Special Day
This is fan fiction gone horribly, horribly wrong. Steve Hockensmith loves to take literature and push it through a meat grinder to tickle our funny bone and fascinate us with putting classic story characters in strange, gory situations.
Austen fans will like it or not. Zombie fans may or may not as well. I think what it boils down to is if you like the author's writing style.
I do enjoy this type of writing. I loved Kent Kelly's Cthulhu in Wonderland (combining Carroll and Lovecraft), I'm now reading No Lasting Burial (The Zombie Bible) by Stant Litore. Litore has great character development. He is imagining - What if people in the bible had to deal with zombies as well as just surviving in the ancient holy land?
Inspirational book aside, we decided not to do costumes, Since the girls we're going to be active in the yard, casual was best for us.
Here is the rough schedule we made for our festivities:
7 pm Friends would arrive in the backyard to play outside. We had outdoor games ready like basketball and croquet.
7:30 pm The cake and present ceremony would be indoors.
8 pm Back outside for a swinging time with rock and pop music blasting on the boombox. They could swing on the ropes and climb. We previously got permission from the parents for all the girls to be allowed to climb up to the treehouse and dance (carefully) on the adjoining shed roof under adult supervision.
8:30 pm Finally we toasted marshmallows at our fire pit.
The space was our small backyard which had an entrance, fencing, patio area, shed and tree house. photo: dancing to the beat
As well as our porch light to use when needed, we got outside extension cords and put orange and skeleton lighting all around the fence. We powered a lamp in the playhouse and a boombox.
Table Setting and Goody Bags
We chose a spider theme for the table, but the cake was just a regular Happy Birthday Cake. I had fun getting all kinds of halloween party favors.
I used a different set but if I had seen this prior, I would have gotten this instead. Love the retro look.
The playhouse already had a pirate flag. We supplemented it with ripped gauze draped everywhere and a string of skeletons.
On the playhouse deck right in the front of the ropes, I put a scroll-like message made of cutout card stock and a cutout of a pirate-looking knife with words something like: ALL YE BE WARNED and follow the Pirate Code! Watch your step, no hanging off the balcony, only one person at a time on the rope or swing etc. You know, parent safety stuff.
In the playhouse itself, I put a trick photo of an old-fashioned married couple that changed into a married skeleton couple if you looked at it from a different angle. Don't forget some creepy net or cloth to drape around.
The Fire Pit - Or the Ghastly Pit of FIRE
We toasted s'mores, but you can just toast marshmallows. Maybe you can even turn it into a cookout and roast hot dogs.
In conclusion, it was a fun time had by all. Our daughter's friends talked about it for a long time. If you have friend or family member with a birthday near Halloween, why not think of doing this? Remember, it's a birthday so don't get too ghoulish, mwah ha ha ha haa!!