It’s time to start thinking about your Halloween celebrations. Now that Halloween ranks in the top three most popular holidays in America, you should start your reservation-making, party planning, costume choosing, and Haunted House creating as soon as possible. Here are a few ideas for making this year’s Halloween celebrations the best you’ve ever had.
Consider having a street party created within and around the children’s trick-or-treating activities. Every family on the street could decorate their automobile trunk and distribute their “treats” in style. You can find some examples of fabulous decorations on Pinterest by searching for “car trunk trick or treating.” Rent a tent and a few candelabras on which you can twine fake spider webs and place spooky black candles. Use a rented banquet table or two under a canopy for setting up a drink station, serving popcorn, and announcing the winner of the Best Trunk or Treat decoration.
If you are one of the helpers for the school Halloween Fair, consider having a “best pumpkin carving contest” with just a few banquet tables for displaying carved pumpkins designed by each child’s family. Let the crowd vote on the scariest pumpkin, the funniest pumpkin, and the most beautiful pumpkin. Visit a Pinterest page that has instructions for innovative pumpkin carvings to see hundreds of ideas. You might even want to rent a tent to use inside or out for a making a parent-built Haunted House experience for the kids. Don’t forget to rent popcorn machines, cotton candy makers, snow cone machines and more.
If your party is going to be just for grown-ups, imagine a relatively small get-together for 20 or so guests. Set the tables with black china service, gold-plated eating utensils, and elegant candle holders with dripping, red candles. Naturally, guests will dress in their best and most creative Halloween costumes. Serve Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Yellow Peppers, an Ouija Board decorated sheet cake, and Pumpkin Deviled Eggs made orange with a sprinkling of paprika. You can even use flowers such as mums or black roses only.
Don’t forget to decorate outside your home for Halloween too! I’ve shown you before how I decorate my yard for fall. I love using lots of mums, cornstalks and a variety of pumpkins.
Use Halloween as a diving board into the Holiday Season. Get to know your neighbors. Have fun with your children. There is something fun for everyone when Halloween comes around.