Now that I’ve shown you some great Halloween party decorations, it’s time to focus on the other central aspect of any successful Halloween party – the food! We have all picked up Halloween recipe books hoping to recreate that amazing looking dish only to be extremely disappointed in the outcome. Well, be disappointed no more! Here are five easy recipes that will look great and you don’t have to be a professional to make it.
Jack-O’-Lantern Veggie Dip. Just get a lot of baby carrots, some cucumber and broccoli, and a round serving dish. Arrange into a happy jack-o’-lantern face and you’re done! Of course you now have a ton of carrots. Put the extra broccoli and cucumber in a bowl nearby.
Recipe: Taste of Home
Handburger! This one is extremely easy and just gross enough that your guests and your kids will still eat it! Just form your ground beef into big hand shapes (because they shrink when grilled) and the rest is like a traditional hamburger.
Recipe: Hungry Happenings
Mummy Pizza. You can make these mini pizzas for bute sizes snacks, or make a larger version with a Boboli crust, pizza sauce, mozzarella and lots of olives to make the eyes.
Recipe: Halloween on Earth
Candy Corn Chocolate Cookies. Whip up some chocolate cookies (your preference of home made or slice n’ bake). Once they are fresh out of the oven, press in the candy corn.
Halloween Jell-O. Simply add some gummy worms to your Jell-O and serve in clear cups. Easy and effective!
Recipe: Kate on Thin Ice
Today’s Fantastic Adventure in family Entertainment brings us to the Neitherworld with the cartoon version of Beeteljuice. In particular, the Halloween episode “Laugh of the Party.”
When snobby Claire Brewster excludes Lydia and her friends from a popular kids’ Halloween party, Lydia decides to have one of her own. But when Delia takes over the planning, it looks like disaster is imminent until Beetlejuice — as Mr. Beetleman — offers his catering service. Armed with party supplies from the Neitherworld, he’s ready for anything…except the discovery that one of his decorations, Party People in a Can, shouldn’t be used during a full moon. He and Lydia must hunt down the missing Party People before they wreak havoc on all of Peaceful Pines.
Why it is a fantastic adventure:
Your kids will obviously love the zany antics of Beetlejuice and will be able to relate to mom taking over the planning of a party (sorry, moms!). As in most children’s cartoons, there is a message to teach the kiddos. In this case, the message is one that
you will enjoy as a parent. You see, Beetlejuice ends up getting on over his head (another good lesson) and Lydia has to help him clean it up (lesson number two). But the big lesson is that it is usually for the best when your bumbling but helpful parents plan your party because they know what they are doing.
Another fun aspect of this show is the animation. There is something very comforting about hand drawn animation from the late 80s and early 90s. Maybe it’s just the overload of horrible CGI in cartoons these days, but seeing hand drawn animation is very inviting. Plus, the animation style of this show is very unique. Your kids will hopefully appreciate the old animation style, as it is creepy, colorful and fun all at the same time.
There is nothing quite like a Halloween party. Whether its bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or eating caramel apples, there is never a dull moment for kids and parents. Here are a few spooky ideas for a hauntingly great Halloween party! (How many more Halloween clichés can I post this month? I think I’m running out!)
Halloween Music Collection by Midnight Syndicate. Put on this CD and get ready for some of the creepiest music you will ever hear. Midnight Syndicate is a band that plays nothing but creepy music for Halloween. This CD is sure to send some chills down your spine.
Jack-o’-lantern…lanterns. Okay, the name leaves a little to be desired. But hey, these paper lanterns are a very easy way to add Halloween flair to your backyard or front porch. They are also practical in that they provide light! How about that?
Jack-O’-Lantern Chair Covers. I’m sensing a jack-o’-lantern theme here. Apparently I really like them. These are a clever way to add some Halloween to your otherwise boring and bare dining room table chairs.
Little Monsters Photo Door Banner. What happens every time you go to a fair or theme park and your kids see those wooden cutouts to stick their face in? They run to it every time. And demand lots of pictures to be taken at every single one they encounter. Now you can have one in your own home! Seriously, kids love this and your house will forever be known as the photo house.
Skeleton Butler with Tray. Place this guy jus outside of your kitchen, bar, or wherever it is you serve your drinks for the party. Place a few drinks on here and you have your own skeleton butler holding drinks for every one. The parents will love having easy access to drinks and the kids will get a kick out of a 5 foot skeleton greeting them (and they can’t reach the drinks).
Frankenweenie Stand Up. Okay, I’m putting this one in here because I love Tim Burton and I think this is a great idea. What kid wouldn’t want Sparky to attend his Halloween party?