How to throw a “wicked” children’s hallowe’en party

As previously featured on isthatyoudarling.wordpress.com/

I can’t recall how old I was, but while at primary school I had a close knit group of friends and to compliment us, our parents all became close friends too.

We attended summer BBQs, school fetes, sports days, firework displays, quiz nights, all sorts together.  The mums all supported each other, the dads talked DIY and football (my poor dad would nod politely as he’s a motorsport man, believes sport is only sport if it involves a V8 and thinks football would just be easier if you gave all the players a ball – much less chasing around!)

We also attended various parties hosted at each other’s homes; birthdays, New Years, anniversary parties etc.

I must say my Mum was a great instigator of these events.  And when able, always willing to help or volunteer.  She was the one who rallied for the mums to protest about the children being allowed to play in the school field during the hurricane.  She organised and wrote a beautiful “This is your life” book for my best friend Jemma.  And then there came the Hallowe’en parties.

The mum’s didn’t want the kiddies going out trick or treating, although we nagged and nagged.  In the end, my mum relented and suggested the Hallowe’en party.  An excuse for us to get dressed up and treat each other!  Following the first, they became an annual event, each time hosted at a different home.  Each mum trying to out do the last.

They were just fabulous.

The mum’s went to such lengths from the decorations to the costumes, from the food to the music.

So while, I don’t have any children of my own (yet), as we get closer to Hallowe’en, I reflect on some of the great things my mum did to make our childhood so memorable and hopefully give you [and myself] ideas to make the perfect Children’s Hallowe’en party.

Music

The all important Hallowe’en playlist must include the following:

  1. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters  Buy the MP3
  2. Michael Jackson – Thriller Buy the MP3
  3. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers– Monster Mash Buy the MP3
  4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – “Time Warp” Buy the MP3
  5. The citizens of Halloween Town – This Is Halloween (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) Buy the MP3
  6. Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (Beetlejuice) Buy the MP3
  7. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster Buy the MP3
  8. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil Buy the MP3
  9. Bette Midler – Put a spell on you (Hocus Pocus)
  10. Alice Cooper – Poison Buy the MP3
  11. The Automatic – Monster Buy the MP3
  12. Stevie wonder – Superstition Buy the MP3
  13. Hungry like the wolf – Duran Duran Buy the MP3
  14. Rick James – Superfreak Buy the MP3
  15. Meatloaf – Bat of Hell Buy the MP3
  16. REM – It’s the end of the world Buy the MP3
  17. MC Hammer – Addams Groove Buy the MP3
  18. The Bus Boys – Cleanin’ Up The Town (Ghostbusters Soundtrack) Buy the MP3
  19. Bobby Brown – On Our Own (Ghostbusters Soundtrack) Buy the MP3
  20. The Specials – Ghost Town  Buy the MP3

Decorations

At this time of year the supermarkets are full to the brim of great ideas.  But, my favourites, new and old are:

  • Pumpkin lanterns (of course)
  • Lots of spiderwebs (decorate cabinets, fireplaces, stair rails, light fittings)
  • Candles (if the children aren’t too young or if they can be kept out of the way)
  • Make ghosts using sheets, covering the top of a balloon on a stick (great for the front garden to welcome guests) or hanging on string from a landing or tree
  • Black cat silhouettes stuck to the inside of windows
  • Cardboard tombstones for the garden
  • Bats hanging from lampshades (check out the Sainsbury’s bat template here)
  • Apple bobbing bucket
  • Drape furniture in white sheets to make it look like the house has been abandoned or you’ve become Miss Havisham!
  • Fill vases with black faux flowers.  Or go for the Autumnal orange and brown feel with real flowers (shops are full of them right now)
  • Have a small cauldon on the food/buffet table filled with strange coloured water and some plastic eyes bobbing on the top.
  • Draw ghostly outlines on mirrors
  • Either cover up the eyes of people in paintings or photographs, or cover up the pictures completely as people of yester-year would have done at the time of a funeral
  • Fill empty jars with strange-looking objects from worm shaped jelly sweets, to black coloured jelly with eyeball gobstoppers set inside.
  • Cover your front door in a flock of bats
  • If you have a rocking chair and a willing member of the adult team, have them slowly rocking outside the house to scare the occasional passer-by.  Obviously dressed up as some sort of nut!
  • Hide plastic skeletons in the shoe/coat cupboard
  • Line up a few brooms or anything that could be taken as a flying implement outside the house (just like Hocus Pocus)
Image by Mikkel Vang from countryliving.com

Food

  • Jelly filled with jelly sweet worms with a few wiggling out
  • Anything pumpkin related
  • Giant bowl of spaghetti (worms) bolognese
  • Ghost Cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes with marshmellow icing that looks ghostlike!)
  • Green and orange coloured cakes decorated as fancy as you wish (spider webs look great)
  • Candy floss pops (like you get at the seafront) or in bowls, covered with large plastic spiders (so you don’t accidentally eat them)
  • Cheese stick witches fingers (cheesey breadsticks with herby finger nails)
  • Eyeball cake pops
  • Have a large bowl of sweets or popcorn and hidden inside, place a Thing (Addams Family) style hand so as it’s uncovered it scares the children with protruding fingers

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