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Throw a Killer Halloween Party!

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Ideas for a Spooktacular Time!

My favorite holiday, Halloween, is almost upon us. Halloween is a time for costumes, candy, and, of course, parties! Make your next party a spooktacular event with these terrifying tips!

After you have set your date, invited your guests, & picked your spooky costume, it’s time to start planning the details of your party! Whether you are an experienced Halloween shindig-thrower, or this is your first party, these tips are sure to make for a crazy creepy time!

FOOD

I find that my guests often spend so much time getting ready for a good Halloween party, they sometimes don’t eat much beforehand. It’s great to have some simple chips & dip prepared for when your guests arrive, but throw in these easy-to-prepare finger foods & really creep your guests out!

Simple & quick, these recipes will make any Halloween event extra creepy & delicious. These recipes have been made many times over in my own home & are always a hit with the guests.

Devil’s Eyes
24 Servings

You need:

12 Large Hard-Boiled Eggs
1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
1/2 Cup Chopped Ham
1/4 Cup Milk
1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
24 Green Olives w. Pimento Center
1 Package Cream Cheese (8-Ounce)

  1. Peel your hard-boiled eggs & slice them in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove yolks from egg halves.
  3. Combine & mix onion, ham, milk, garlic powder & cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. (You may add salt (approx. 1/8 tsp) if you wish.)
  4. Fill your egg halves with mixture.
  5. Place green olives with pimento facing up in the center of the mixture in each egg half.

Mummy Dogs
8 Servings

You need:

1 Can Bread Stick Dough (11 Ounces)
1 Package Hot Dogs (8)

  1. Preheat your oven to 375oF.
  2. Wrap each hot dog in one strip of bread stick dough. Cover entire hot dog except for approx. 1/2 Inch at one end.
  3. Bake for approx. 12 minutes, or until dough is golden.
  4. Using ketchup, mustard, or whatever you like, you can now make eyeballs on the uncovered ends of your mummy! Decorate however you wish.

Remember that with food, anything can be spook-ified! Spaghetti & meatballs? Or worms & brains? You decide! Be creative. It can be as simple as making finger sandwiches & then using a witch hat-shaped cookie cutter to make Finger SandWitches!

DECORATIONS

Make sure to terrify your guests with fantastic decorations! It’s simple to make your own. One great idea is to trace a bat-shape onto black construction paper (pencil will be visible enough to do the tracing with) & cut out enough bats to make an impact on your ceiling. Just use tape or putty & give your guests a fright when they glance up!

There are limitless possibilities. Dry ice or fog machines add an unbeatable eeriness to your space; just be sure to take every precaution in safety & beware of these around small children & pets. Some red oak tag can be cut to look like dripping blood when taped to a wall. Eyeballs in the windows, snakes in the sink…the world is your cauldron!

MUSIC

What is any good party without great music?! Here is a never fail list of Halloween songs your guests will love! Simply download them as a playlist on your Ipod or search them out to make a great mix CD!

I Put a Spell On You (Screaming Jay Hawkins)
Monster Mash (Bobby Boris Pickett)
Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)
Witchy Woman (The Eagles)
Devil Inside (INXS)
Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley)
People Are Strange (The Doors)
Superfreak (Rick James)
I’m Your Boogie Man (Rob Zombie version)
The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)
Zombie a Go Go (Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures)
The Addams Family Theme
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell)

Again, there are a million ideas! Be creative! Any horror movie theme song or soundtracks from movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas can work beautifully!

With these three elements & a little creativity, you’re sure to give your guests a frightfully fun experience! You can even play some traditional party games, like bobbing for apples. Or try altering a Twister game by taping eerie images over the colors! I.e. skulls on red, pumpkins on yellow. You can make anything spooky with a little ingenuity!

Good luck, & happy haunting!

 

 

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