Halloween is a fun time of year! It’s a time of make believe and dress up, carving pumpkins and just plain fun. A Halloween party is an alternative to the normal trick or treating and I prefer it most years. But there’s no reason to break the bank to plan a cool party the kids will enjoy. From the invitation to saying your goodbyes at the end of a fun filled night, this article will give you affordable ideas for the perfect party.
The Internet has some inexpensive halloween invitations that you can download for the price of the ink and paper. Choose a color that would fit the season or theme of your party. I would deliver or mail these invitations to arrive two weeks prior to the date of the party if possible.
Costumes are a huge part of a successful party. If you choose a theme, such as Star Wars or other character themes, you want to put that on the invitation so people can dress accordingly. Choosing a comfortable costume is in your best interest. You can often find what you’re looking for at thrift stores. Throughout the year I look for white sheets, full skirts, old vests, boots, scarves and other things that I can put together to make easy outfits. Colored hair sprays, wigs and gloves are some things you will want to look for. With some planning you can easily make a costume that will be comfortable and cute without spending a fortune.
Next comes feeding your guests. Whatever you choose, use key words in your names like Zombie Punch and Graveyard Chips with Blood Salsa. I make iced pumpkin bars and design black spiders on them. I call these Spider Bars. For Zombie Punch, I take one each of 12 oz frozen orange juice and limeade. Mix with half the water as the recipe calls for. Refreeze these into tubs. At party time put them frozen into a punch bowl and add key lime sherbet and 7-Up to taste. For Graveyard chips and Blood salsa, I buy blue corn chips and find a very chunky salsa.
For games, the web is full of ideas. Mummy Bingo is fun for young children. I bought orange poster board; cut it to the size I wanted and with a black marker made the Bingo pattern. Candy Corn made great “bingo chips and was fun for munching. You can laminate these and re-use. A white sheet simply placed over a child creates another game; Guess the Ghost!
Let’s get our decorations up and we will be ready to party. Carve 5 to 6 pumpkins prior to the party. Over the years I’ve bought cool carving tools at the day after sales and we use them each year. There are a lot of ideas in the package that you simply follow. There are also a lot of printable designs you can download online. Put one pumpkin in the window closest to your entryway. You can line your porch or steps with a few as well. No matter where you place your pumpkins, remember safety in keeping them lit. Choose a battery operated LED light for better safety. They flicker like a candle. Hanging creepy spiders and cobwebs are an inexpensive way to decorate and can be bought in discount stores. Keep spooky music playing in the background.
These are just some ideas for an inexpensive party. Whatever you choose to do, be safe, have fun and Happy Halloween!
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