This year we threw our second annual Halloween party. There were more decorations, more guests, more music and certainly more desserts! Take a look at some of our pictures from this year.
OMG…the girl from The Grudge!
The Mad Scientist and his lovely assistant
A bunch of Crazies pose for a picture!
Tough bunch of creepies.
Lookout…The maniac’s got the maniac!
Must have been a bit cold inside?
Never let your eye off a guy with a bomb strapped to his chest.
I’d say it was a success, but it wasn’t easy. I learned a whole lot about what to do and what not to do for a Halloween party. Now let’s start with decorations. If you want to throw a party you just need a few decorations to theme your place. Of course you can get as elaborate as you want (which I totally encourage). Buy strings of candy corn orange lights because they are really bright and throw them around some windows. You can also get a package of (fake) autumn leaves and sprinkle them around the house. Buy a few pumpkins (real or plastic) to represent Halloween. If you want to make your house a little more scary, then buy a scary mask, stuff some clothes with sheets to fill them out and prop your scary man up on a chair. Here are a few suggestions on other great decoration ideas that we used this year.
* Bloody splats on windows
These are great for windows and mirrors, especially in the bathroom! They come in packs of three splats or two bloody hands and they are only about $4.99 for a set. They stick extremely well.
* Orange/black candle votives.
These little plastic candles are fantastic. They come in packs of four, have an on/off switch, and have a pretty realistic flicker. We bought tons of these and threw them all around the house.
* LED Pumpkin decorations
This little pumpkin is light weight, has an LED center that glows very bright turning different colors, and has that evil jack-o-lantern look.
The star decoration this year was the mist maker in our bubbling cauldron! It is super simple to use…just plug into an electrical outlet, and drop the silver LED thing into a bowl (or cauldron) filled with plain tap water. (Bizarre this thing gets thrown into water and you don’t get electrocuted…don’t ask me how). The LED lights change from blue to orange to red, producing a fantastic color effect. We left this on all night and never had to do a thing to maintain it. I highly recommend getting a mist maker from your local Halloween shop for next year. It’s only 20 bucks, a small price to pay for not having to burn your fingers on dry ice.
Decorations are a big part of any party, but you must also have some decent music to set the mood. I’ve compiled a list of great Halloween Tunes to help you create your own playlist. Next is the food. Your guests will need too eat and drink! There are numerous websites and magazines with fantastic ideas for finger foods but my recommendation is not to make something that takes too much of your time to cook. Make sure you can enjoy the party too! Also serve some punch with a Halloween face ice mold (sold at many stores) or use a rubber glove to make an ice hand mold. This will keep the punch very cool all night. Provide alcohol on the side and your guests can spike their own punch. That’s about it for now, but I will write some new posts soon going into more detail about making a perfect Halloween party and sharing some of my newest ideas. Hope you had a fantastic Halloween 2010!