They're creepy and they're scary, they're goofy and they're hairy—Halloween turns kids of all ages into their favorite spooky characters. Here's a menu to satisfy the best little beggars and beasts, with some party tips to challenge all those tricksters.
Setting the Serving Scene
Coming up with clever serving presentations for this party is easy—let your own creativity add to these ideas:
- Consider serving Ghoulish Goulash or other main dish in a hollowed-out pumpkin or even a scary skull trick-or-treat pail.
- Make milk served with the main course an 'alien brew.' Just add green (or other color) food color to the milk.
Here's a fun game that is based upon the standard charades: Write out clues for Halloween characters (a jack-o'-lantern, bat, mummy, spider, ghost, etc.) on small pieces of paper. Divide kids into two teams, and let the Halloween charades begin. You can also put each clue inside a balloon, then blow them up when it's time for the game. Each team player pops a balloon to get the clue.
Pin the Wart on the Witch's Nose
Even older kids will get a kick out this takeoff of the donkey version. Hang a picture of a witch (you can draw the witch or find a poster at a party-supply store) on a wall at kid level. For the warts, use rubber cement to create gumball-size wads. If you need to add a little more "sticky" to the wart, just dab with a glue stick right before the game. The same rules apply: Blindfolded, the kids take turns trying to stick a wart on the witch's nose. Use small labels to designate each player's placement of the wart.