OMG! Halloween is just a few days away/tomorrow/tonight/oops yesterday (delete as appropriate!) and the kids (or the adults ;) ) want a party… I’m the self-confessed queen of last minute parties, somehow managing to pull them out of the bag at the very last minute, and so, I’m sharing my tips on How To Throw A Last Minute Halloween Party with you!
If there is one decoration you MUST buy, it is a bag of cobwebs – even if you don’t have anything else, this stuff will instantly make anything look spooky. However, now is the perfect time to get to the shops and buy a few decorations – they’ll be marked down in price (I saw some today with 40% off) so you’ll be able to grab a bargain. Everywhere seems to sell decorations these days, so you will find something!
You can go the old school route and cut holes in a black bin bag and use it as a witches dress; you can wrap toilet paper around your child to create a mummy; you can dress them in red and they become a little devil (although, your child may not need a costume >_>) Check out my last minute Halloween costumes from last year.
Again, get to the shops (whilst buying decorations, see above) and buy a cheap mask/hat/hair piece which will help finish the outfit off. You may also find reduced to clear costumes for children and adults. Or, do as I do, dress in black or red and accessorize!
Don’t forget to pick up some face paints too – and supplement it with your own make-up (black eyeliner and red lippy especially!)
If you have young children to entertain, then some easy games you can play with them are – to be fair, most of these the adults would probably want to get involved with too!
- Build-a-Skeleton (doubles up as a decorations, see above!) cut up the pieces, mix them up and get them to put the pieces together.
- Pass the Ghost – blow up a white balloon and get the children to stand in a line, they have to pass the balloon to each other either under their chin or between their knees. You can also draw ghostly faces on the balloons!
- Buy some gingerbread men (or if you’re Delia, make some) and set out sprinkles and ready-made icing in tubes for the kids to decorate and make gingerbread fiends. They could create zombies, mummies, skeletons…let their imagination run wild!
- Tell a [not-so-scary] story and have some sensory props to aid in the spooky feel – peeled grapes for eyeballs, spaghetti for guts, jelly for brains…
- Apple bobbing – the most traditional of Halloween fun! Fill a bucket with water, throw in some apples, get the guest to dunk their heads in and try to pick an apple out using just their mouths. I’m sure health and safety would have a field day with this one!
- Hanging Doughnuts – buy a pack of old fashioned doughnuts with holes, tie to string and then hang from a door frame: party guests then have to try and eat the doughnut with just their mouths and not using their hands at all. Hilarity ensues with this one!
- Make A Mummy – you’ll need a couple of rolls of cheapo toilet roll, one person is the mummy and everyone has to wrap the TP around them. Do it in teams and the first to complete, wins.
- Pumpkin Carving Competition – the shops will either have run out by now, or have them reduced in price. Pick a few up and see who can carve the best one. Be careful with knives and blades etc, that goes without saying. Or give the little ones felt tip pens and stickers to decorate theirs. And I’ve got the patterns and carving guide here!
I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a playlist of choons for a Halloween Party… You could also have a scary (or not so scary) movie playing in the background – I’ve got a list of films you can pick from too!
Food & Drink
Halloween Party Menu 1 – the quickest and easiest
- Tomato soup – open a can and heat up
- Hot dogs – buy frankfurters and keep warm on the stove in some simmering water. Serve with pre-cut hot dog buns, ketchup, mustard and onions – some frying involved with this, but if you super can’t be bothered, you can buy cans of fried onions. I won’t judge.
- Jacket potatoes – throw in the oven about an hour before guests arrive – provide butter, grated cheese and baked beans for toppings.
- Some sort of cake/cookie/dessert – all supermarkets have got Halloween themed pud you can purchase.
- Crisps and Popcorn – open bags, dump in a bowl
- Bottles of limeade and cherryade – they’re red and green – oooh Halloweeney!
Halloween Party Menu 2 – a bit of prep required
- Chips & Dips – and veg crudities if you like. Buy ready made dips like guacamole, salsa, garlic and onion (to keep away the vampires), open up some tortilla chips (or cut Halloween shapes from a flat tortilla and bake/fry) to serve with. You can buy ready cut veg these days as well – or take ten minutes to peel and cut some carrots, baton some cucumber, slice some pepper and put some cherry tomatoes on a plate.
- Chilli Con Carne – mince, packet o’ seasoning, kidney beans, tinned tomatoes. Follow the instructions on the packet and serve with chips (above, not English chips!) and toppings like sour cream, guac and salsa (again, see above – two birds, one stone!)
- Pumpkin Pie – we can buy pureed pumpkin in this country now (win) so follow my recipe which is tried and tested and my go-to recipe for the past 20 years! Cheat and buy a ready-made pastry case too (I have no shame, I do that every year, and this year will be no different!)
- Sweet & Salty Spooky Snack Mix – this is a dump and run snack – choose from things like toffee popcorn, regular popcorn, pretzels, mini marshmallows, peanuts, cashew nuts, M&Ms, candy corn, jelly beans, raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips… you get the idea!
- Halloween Mocktails – Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice, Warm Autumn Punch, Bloody Mary – add alcohol (here’s my rum punch) if you wish, and there are things like pumpkin beers and toffee apple ciders these days you can buy for a festive twist on boring booze.
Halloween Menu 3 – more cooking involved, but still last minute enough!
- Spicy Pumpkin & Butter Bean Soup – I do mine in a slow-cooker, so I can put it on and forget about it for a few hours. You can easily cook it on the stove top though.
- Baked Mummies – wrap sausages in strips of puff pastry and cook in the oven.
- Candy Corn Pizza – no, it’s not sweet! Buy a ready-made pizza base and three kinds of cheese – one white (mozzarella), one orange (red Leicester)and one yellow (Cheddar). Spread the base with some passata and a sprinkling of dried mixed herbs, then put a pile of mozzarella in the middle in a circle, followed by a ring of red Leicester and finally a ring of Cheddar. Cook in the oven till bubbling, then cut into triangles.
- Spicy Chicken Wings – buy some chicken wings, pour over a jar of barbecue sauce which you can spice up with fresh chillies, bake in the oven. Done.
- Corn Bread – I would be disowned if I didn’t make corn bread for Halloween. Another tried and trusted 20 year old recipe right there.
- Drinks – as menus 1 and/or 2!
- Any of these easy to make sweet treats!
I have got tons of Halloween party food recipes you can choose from – I try and make all my recipes as easy as possible, so don’t forget to check them out if you need some ideas!
Whatever you are doing for Halloween, have fun, enjoy time with family and friends and have a wicked time!
As well as sharing my ideas each day for my favourite time of the year, I’m also holding a #CraftyOctober Link Party for bloggers to share their Halloween posts. If you’re a blogger, then do check out the party – I can’t wait to see your posts!
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