This year we decided to have a little Halloween party for the kids and a few of their friends. It was a good excuse to get dressed up, and gave purpose to some of our Halloween crafts we’ve been doing and of course a good excuse for me to bake some Halloween goodies. Want to know what we got up to?
Our Halloween Party
We decided to have a little party for the kids during the half term holiday. The kids were really excited and had new outfits for the occasion! It also meant that I had to clear our dining and living room of clutter, so was a good motivation for me too!
We decorated the room with our Halloween crafts that we have been doing over the last few weeks. The bunting was hung in the recess in front of the bi-fold doors, the toilet roll bats were hung from the light fittings, and I made a wool web across our mirror where one of our pipe cleaner spiders got to hang out!
I decided to hang the fabric ghosts in the doorway of the playroom which looked quite effective. Our little ghost tealights and mummy tealight jars were scattered around along with the left over pipe cleaner spiders. I also bought some orange and black balloons for the kids to play with and some fake spiders web to decorate the table. Last but not least was the carved pumpkin waiting at the front door to welcome our guests.
I had great fun doing the food. I tried to turn the rolls into monster rolls by the addition of 2 olives on top. They didn’t really look like monsters and the kids called them frog rolls so I suppose that was good enough, frogs are kinda scary aren’t they? I also did mummy hot dogs, they also weren’t quite as good as I had planned but tasted OK. I think they would have looked better with eyes, but I didn’t think the kids would eat them with spots of mustard on, and the ketchup was too runny to stay on the sausages- never mind!
I had more success with the sweet treats. I made cupcakes using my basic cupcake recipe, and decorated with coloured icing and Halloween toppers. To accompany these I also made some Halloween cookies. I used the recipe from my springtime animal cookies, but used these fab cookie cutters from Sainsbury to cut them into ghost and pumpkins and decorated them with royal icing. I was particularly proud of my pumpkin cookies and will definitely be doing them again next year! I also attempted to make meringue ghosts with mixed success. Its the first time I have made proper meringue so was probably a bit ambitious. When they came out of the oven some looked like white cat poo, and others where rather phallic in shape so they didn’t make it to the table- LOL!
I was a bit unsure of what games to play. Most of the kids were aged 3-5, so i decided that bobbin apples might just be a bit too messy, and a pinata might be asking for trouble! I was going to do pin the bone on the skeleton, but I ran out of time to make it, and couldn’t get one from the shops.
So we settled for spooky music and played a little hunt the chocolate eyeballs to get it started. We then played musical monsters, which was the same as musical statues but when the music stops you have to pull your best scary face to win a sweet!
We also played wrap a mummy with toilet roll with much hilarity! and James decided to play an impromtu game of pass the toilet roll, wrapping it around the kids sitting in a circle, not very organised but the kids seemed to enjoy it.
All in all we had a great little Halloween party, the kids all seemed to enjoy it and had fun which was the main thing! I don’t know about the kids, but I was certainly shattered at the end of it!
What did you do for Halloween? anything fun? Would be interseted to hear more ideas for Halloween party games suitable for little ones so I am more prepared for next year!