We all know Halloween is going to be a little different this year and with so much uncertainty and the regulations always changing it might be hard to plan activities, but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate it in style. You might be choosing to avoid trick or treating this year but how about having a little party at home and celebrating it that way instead! Even if you can't have other people over you can still throw a little Halloween party for the family. (Just remember to stick to government guidelines and precautions). We recently stumbled upon some old photos and video footage of a big family Halloween party we hosted a couple of years ago and it looked so fun that we thought we'd share some of the best food and decoration ideas from it so you can use them as inspiration for your own little party.
Preparing all the fun Halloween themed food and treats will definitely get the excitement flowing as it's such a fun activity and great bonding opportunity with the kids. These are all (mostly) very easy to make and they'll love to help out. I think it's the perfect way to celebrate Halloween this year! We've also edited the footage together to make a fun, silly little video that you can find at the end of this blog post. (Please note this party was hosted nearly 2 years ago, long before Covid and social distancing.) We'll also recommend a couple of suppliers and entertainment ideas to make your Halloween party complete this year so be sure to check them out too!
Marshmallow Slime Monsters
What you'll need:
- Green candy melts or edible deco melts
- 1 pack of small edible 'eye' candies
- Large marshmallows
- Cocktail sticks
To make the "slime", heat the green candy melts according to the pack until they're completely melted. The melts I used could be melted in the microwave but some may have to be heated over a hot water bath so make sure you follow the pack instructions to avoid burning them.
Next, using a toothpick to hold the marshmallows, dip them into the green candy melt mix until they're completely covered.
Stick on two edible eyes while they're still fresh.
Pop them on a plate and store them in the fridge to harden. You can keep the toothpicks in so it's easier for guests to pick them up or you can take them out for a cleaner look.
Creepy Oreo Monster Eyes
What you'll need:
- Candy melts or edible deco melts (We used green as we used the same packet from the marshmallows monsters but you can use any colour).
- 1 pack of large edible ‘eye' candies
- 1 tube of red icing gel (optional)
These are extremely easy to make and a super fun activity to get the kids involved.
First, carefully take off a single biscuit from the Oreo, leaving only one biscuit with the cream on top.
Melt your coloured candy melts using the same method as above. Add a small blob onto the Oreo cream and place a large edible eye on top before it dries.
You can use the same ‘eyes' as the Marshmallow monsters but we chose to use bigger, multi-coloured ‘eyes' for a fun monster effect. We also chose to use red icing gel to draw a few wiggly lines on the cream to give a spooky bloodshot eye effect but this is completely optional.
Jelly of Horrors
What you'll need:
- Flavoured jelly (of your choice)
- Gummy worms and other Halloween gummy sweets (Dracula teeth, fingers etc.)
This one is incredibly simple and easy to make but one that'll definitely cause a few giggles (or screams!). Follow the instructions on the pack to make the jelly. We used a few different flavours to have a variety. Pour them into individual containers (You can also choose to make one big portion instead). Pop them in the fridge for around 30 minutes to cool down. Once cool, add a couple of Halloween gummies to the bottom of the containers, we used Dracula teeth gummies in some and spooky finger shaped gummies in others. Next, add a gummy worm to each one. You can place some of the gummy worms completely inside the jelly and some of them half inside and half outside the container to make it look like they're slithering out, trying to escape! Pop back in the fridge until the jellies have set.
Pumpkin / Jack-ó-Lantern stuffed peppers
What you'll need:
- Orange peppers
- Filling of your choice
- Cheese (optional)
These are pretty self-explanatory but they're a really fun way to present your meal for a Halloween party.
I made a beef mince with tomato and chopped veggies filling, Bolognese style but you can make any filling you like including vegetarian or vegan. While that was cooking, I cut off the tops and scraped out the seeds and insides of the peppers. You can also choose to carve little Jack-ó-lantern faces into the pumpkins which will make them look extra cute and fun.
As I was having a big party and making lots of these, I ended up skipping that step due to running out of time, but if you do have the time I think it would make them look amazing!
Once your filling is ready, fill your peppers, sprinkle a little cheese on top (optional), place the lids back on and pop them in the oven for 10-15 mins to roast the peppers. Enjoy!
Mini Mummy pizzas
What you'll need:
- Mini pizza bases
- Tomato pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese slices
- Toppings of your choice
These are another fun idea to get the kids involved and a meal they'll enjoy making themselves (and eating!). You can choose to make the pizza bases from scratch but we used pre-made store bought mini bases for ease as we were preparing a lot of food for the party.
First add the pizza sauce to your pizza bases. Next, cut the mozzarella slices into strips and place them in different directions, imitating a mummies bandages onto the pizza. Next add a face. We used olive slices for the eyes and cut out ham for the mouth but you can use whichever toppings you prefer. Cook in the oven according to the pizza base instructions.
Guacamole pumpkin vomit
What you'll need:
- A pumpkin
- Carving utensils
- 2 avocados
- ½ an onion
- 1 Tomato
- A handful of coriander
- Salt & pepper
- 1 lemon
- Chilli (optional)
This is probably my favourite idea of them all and was so fun to make and see everyone's reactions to it. (Plus, who doesn't like guac? It was all gone within minutes!)
First step is to carve your pumpkin, this is a whole activity in itself so you may want to make it a little earlier, however make sure it's still fresh enough as it's going to be touching the guac.
We made a very big amount of guacamole (8 avocados) as we had lots of guests but you can adapt the quantities to make however much you need. In this recipe, I've brought the amount down to 2 avocados. To make the guacamole, chop the onion, tomato and coriander and leave to the side for later. In a large bowl mash up a couple of avocados with a fork and add the chopped onion, tomato and coriander. Season with salt and pepper to taste and squeeze the juice of one lemon. Mix it all together. Tip: To slow down the browning process of the avocado, leave the avocado stones in the bowl with the guac.
Next place a long plate in front of your carved pumpkin and start scooping the guacamole into place with a small amount on the edge of the pumpkin's ‘mouth' so it looks like it's just been sick. This is a really fun way to plate the guacamole for a very spooky Halloween effect and will definitely bring some smiles and laughter to everyone's faces.
To make your party complete and give it the ultimate Halloween feeling why not try ‘Party Box by Design'? They have loads of fun Halloween party sets with spooky themed matching sets that include plates, cups, tableware, napkins and lots of fun add ons too! Everything you need for your party setup delivered straight to your door! How about gold bats? Or creepy crawly spiders? Or a more colourful Halloween party set? Have a look at some of the fun sets they have.
How fabulous do they look? And if you're having a specific themed party then they have loads of sets to keep you covered. Have a look at this beautiful Unicorn set. UNICORN SET
And a personal favourite of mine, their Harry Potter set! HARRY POTTER SET
These are just a few examples of their sets, for their full range you can visit their website: LINK
But what about some entertainment?
We have a range of fun, themed craft boxes to keep the kids entertained. Our Halloween box has sold out (thank you so much to everyone who bought one!) however we still have lots more themed boxes for you to try out. Why not try our Mexican Day of the Dead box?? 4 fun craft activities including a Sugarskull mask that you can wear making it perfect for Halloween too! Dressing up as a pirate? Try our Pirate Box! Your little one loves Dinosaurs? We have a Dinosaur box! These are just a few examples. You can find our full range on our website under ‘Craft Boxes' DOTD, PIRATE, DINOSAUR AND 1 MORE CRAFT BOX IMAGES
Looking for more activities? Well our friends over at ‘Ella Bella's Parties' are hosting a FREE virtual Halloween Party for kids!
When? 30th October 2020 at 4pm. It will be hosted live on their private Facebook group which you can request to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/762292934343856/?ref=share
It's best suited for ages 2-8years but younger and older children are welcome to join in. They're also currently running 3 competitions with some fabulous prizes to be won for:
- Best dressed
- Best carved pumpkin
- Best Halloween picture
(You can find more details on these in their Facebook group.)
So, decorate your house, plan some party food and have some fun with Ella Bella's Parties!
We hope this blog post has given you a few ideas and inspiration for Halloween this year and remember if you do give any of these recipes a try, make sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @craftypartybox to share your creations. We love seeing them!