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Halloween Party Ideas

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As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many Halloween Parties.  You will find some great Halloween scary movies, pumpkin carving patterns and decorating ideas for kids parties listed below.

Halloween Party Decorating Ideas

Start the party decorations outdoors Ė create a graveyard in your front yard or at your door entrance. Make or purchase tombstones and add silly epitaphs about your guests.  Write scary Halloween messages or body outlines on your front walk using colored chalk or washable fluorescent paint.  Hang ghost and glow in the dark bats from trees and bushes.

Centerpiece Ideas:

Use a plastic cauldron partially filled with hot water, then add some dry ice and a glow stick to create an eerie centerpiece for your table. 

Create creepy centerpieces by filling vases with dried flowers, brown leaves, and empty branches. Tie a black ribbon bow around each centerpiece and place around the room.

Purchase a Paper-Mache' hatbox, large piece of orange felt  (enough to cover box), and  black felt (for decoration).  Trace the outline of the top and bottom of the hatbox onto the orange felt.  Cut the felt about 1 - 1/1/4inch(s) above the traced line so you can wrap it over the box's top and bottom edges.  Apply glue to the hatbox and adhere the felt strips to the box.  You will have to smooth it with your hands as go to along to get out all of the wrinkles. Fold the felt over the top edge and glue it down. Then fold the other end under the bottom of the box and glue it down.  Cut out details using the black felt (hole punch dots, strips of felt, scalloped edged strips) and decorate the covered box.  Fill the box with colorful silk Mums.

Table Decorations:

Black and orange crepe paper can be used to add color to your party table. Hang crepe paper from the bottom of tables for a neat effect.   Plastic rats crawling on the food table is a great effect.

Purchase a bunch of pumpkins in a variety of sizes.  Equally divide them into three groups: One to keep orange, one to paint white and one to paint black.  Once the paint has dried decorate the pumpkins by writing words on them (BOO!, Trick or Treat, 31), Splatter with paint, Drip lines of paint, paint a face, paint poka dots, add some scalloped edging.  Use these to decorate! 

Create some Halloween garland.  You can use almost anything to create the garland: images downloaded from the internet,  a roll of tickets stubs, old playing cards, old holiday cards, craft rosettes. Creating craft rosettes: Glue two cupcake liners together (be creative use foil, white, orange and Halloween design).  Create a medallion and add a sticker, or button  to the middle and a folded length of ribbon to the back if desired.  Glue or tape your items in sporadic order to a length of twine -- now you have your garland.  Note: The rosettes (minus the ribbon) can also be used to decorate the front of a goodie bag!

Hang glow-in-the-dark bats, skeletons and spiders from the ceilings.  Use lots of fake spider webs in doorways, walls and windows. Donít forget the spiders to go with the webs.

Use torn cheesecloth to create a tablecloth then add  mini ears of Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds to embellish your Halloween party table.

Consider a fog machine to add to the event.

Create a display stand for cupcakes or food.  Paint a wooden candle stick and two wooden plates (one slightly smaller than the other) with black acrylic craft paint and let dry.  Decoupage Halloween scrapbook paper onto the top of each plate and let dry.  Cover with two light coats of Mod Podge. Remove the inner ring from an embroidery hoop and glue it to the bottom of the large plate.  This will create an elevated base.  Glue the small dish to the top of the candle stick.  Glue the bottom of the candle stick to the top, center of the large dish to create a tiered stand.  Be sure to use a heavy duty glue. Once the glue is dried add some decorative fabric trim to the edges.  Now for the topper: print two copies of a black cat from the internet in desired size (about 4 inches) and cut out each.  Add some black glitter to the pictures to make them sparkle.  Shake off excess glitter when dry.  Glue a toothpick vertically to the back bottom of one of the images so that it extends past the image on the bottom.  Then glue the second picture to the first so that there are face images on each side.  Take four cupcake liners in Halloween colors, flatten and poke the toothpick through the center to form a ruffled collar for the cat.  Take a paper cup and wrap it with crepe paper to cover and then poke the toothpick through the bottom of the cup to make a base.  Place topper on the display stand.

Always dim all normal lighting to create a spooky environment. Consider black lights or strobe lights to add an eerie touch to your party.

Use scary Halloween tapes with music and creepy sounds outside or in an entryway to set the stage. Make a scarecrow and put him in a place to greet your guest.

Create some mummy pumpkins to add to the festivities.

Items Needed...

Plastic or foam pumpkin
Can of spray starch
Googly eyes
Scissors and tacky or hot glue

How to Make it...

Cut the cheesecloth into strips

Place cheesecloth strips into a cardboard box to minimize mess and drench the fabric with spray starch.

Place the drenched fabric on the pumpkin in a layered fashion until it is all covered.  If pieces are dry it will not stick.  Once finished glue on the googly eyes and let dry overnight.

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Halloween Movies For Kids


Scary Stories -- Arthur helps children get over their fears of the dark and nightime noises.

IIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Charles Schulz's gang stars in this charming Halloween special. While Linus sits in his pumkin patch and waits for The Great Pumpkin to rise up, Charlie Brown goes trick-or-treating and comes home with rocks.

Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers -Scooby-Doo and gang teach kids that there is an explanation for most scary, creepy things.

The Haunted Mansion - Eddie Murphy plays Jerry, a workaholic real estate agent who interrupts his family's vacation to check out a remote mansion that's for sale. But soon he and his family are trapped in the haunted house and are screaming for their lives. Rated PG.

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie  - Roo's new pal, Lumpy, joins Pooh and his friends for Halloween in the 100 Acre Wood. Halloween is scarier than ever after Tigger warns his friends about the mysterious Gobloon, who'll turn you into a Jaggedy Lantern if he catches you. But, if they catch him first they get to make a wish. Roo and Lumpy set out to catch the dreaded Gobloon, and end up learning what it means to be a real friend. Rated G.

E.T. - A remarkable film about a boy and his unusual befriendment of an extra terrestrial.  As Elliott attempts to help his new friend contact home he must elude government agents and scientists attempting to capture E.T.

Monsters Inc. - Monsters in the closet scare human kids to create "scream energy" to power their city, Monsteropolis--but monsters are as afraid of kids as kids they are of monsters. When a charming  little girl nicknamed "Boo" escapes into the monster world, it's up to scaremonster Sulley to save her.

Hocus Pocus - Three witches from Salem are hanged for stealing the life of a little girl many years ago. In the present, on Halloween night, they are inadvertently summoned back and are trying to regain their former power. However, three determined kids are trying to stop them.


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