Hosting a Halloween party can either be a fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating, or can be held on an alternate night to double your holiday fun. This week's roundup of party planning sites are sure to spark your imagination, with ideas for food, homemade invitations and hundreds of Halloween party games.
Although this site specializes in birthday party ideas, this page is dedicated to Halloween parties. It includes dozens of detailed party plans submitted by readers. Each plan includes ideas for invitations, decorations, games, food, party favors and costumes. Some of these are wildly original. How about a Kitty Litter Treasure Hunt built with a kiddie pool, bird seed (because it is re-usable) and melted Tootsie Rolls? Eww! For details, read the Skeleanimal Halloween Party for 11 year olds, submitted by Jennifer of Gettysburg, PA.
Britta ("Webmistress of the Dark") reveals recipes for dozens of her Halloween specialities, along with a photo archive of her annual Halloween shindigs. "You can see in the photos that over the years of being a Halloween Hostess, I have not only created more recipes, but also added spooky signs describing what my eerie edibles are, which I think add to the fun. How else would anyone know they were eating scabs, not just dried cranberries? ;)"
"Fun Halloween party games that haunt, scare, challenge, and make some scream with delight." This page hosts a mega-list of all their Halloween party games, annotated by age and game type. Sample categories include food games (Eat Your Brains and Gross Food Guess), story telling games (Create a Haunted Story or Spooky Sound Story) and search games such as Broomstick Witch Hunt and Costume Scavenger Hunt. A few of the printable games are for sale, but the rest all free.
"Having a spooky Halloween party and in need of a unique invitation idea? Invite your monsters and fiends to your party with one of our homemade invitation ideas." My favorite invite is the coffin or tombstone shaped invite with RIP and the guest's name. For an extra creepy touch, add the guests birthday and the date of the party, implying that the guest will die on the day of the party! Of course, this idea is not for toddlers. As with all things spooky, use your own discretion as to what is appropriate for your guests.
Martha Stewart's Halloween Games section includes eleven, illustrated party games, starting with Doughnuts on a String. "No need for prizes; they've just been eaten." For a truly mysterious prank to perform during the telling of a ghost story, learn how to make all the candles in the room go out, one by one, until you are sitting in darkness. This prank is described in game number six: Ghost Story Prank Blackout. For Martha's advice on Halloween decorations, costumes or recipes, look no further than the horizontal navigation on every page in Halloween Central.