After over a year of social distancing, many of us are cautiously dipping our toes back into holiday entertaining on a small scale. A good way to do this is to keep your guest list short and make the most of your outside space. Our weather may be a bit chilly, but with some advance planning and our great tips, you can host a perfectly spooky backyard Halloween party. From decor, food, party activities, and favors we’ve got you covered for a family-friendly holiday event.
Decor and MoodSet the atmosphere with some spooky lighting. String lights are always fun, and if you can find orange or plastic pumpkin string lights, all the better. Set out some hay bales for additional seating, if needed. The more fake bats, spiders, and spider webs festooning your trees and bushes, the better. Jack O’Lanterns galore, and a skeleton or two complete the scene. Make a playlist of your favorite Halloween tunes to play in the background. A fog machine will be the crowning touch for the perfect spooky mood.
Festive FoodYou don’t have to look too hard to find loads of festive Halloween food ideas. Create “Mummies” by wrapping hotdogs in thin-sliced crescent roll dough and baking until brown. Turn deviled eggs into pumpkins by mashing the egg yolks with paprika to turn them orange. Refill the cooked egg whites and add a sprig of chive for a stem. Keep it simple with a crockpot full of chile, which will appeal to all. Hot spiced apple cider is a simple, yet warming beverage everyone will enjoy.
Halloween Party Activities
- Cupcake Decorating Station: Bake some vanilla or chocolate cupcakes in advance and invite your guests to decorate them with assorted Halloween-themed toppings. Have several containers of buttercream frosting you have tinted orange, green, and purple. Sprinkles in black and orange, candy corn, and mini candy pumpkins will finish off the cupcakes to everyone’s delight.
- Costume Contest: Everyone loves a costume contest at Halloween. Give prizes in various categories such as “Funniest”, “Scariest”, “Best Couple”.
- Pumpkin Decorating Station: Gather assorted small pumpkins and all your craft supplies. Scraps of fabric, yarn, lace, construction paper, and large googly eyes are perfect. An adult will need to stand by to wield a glue gun and assist the younger guests. This attraction will be popular with all ages.
- Halloween Piñata: A Halloween Piñata is great fun for the kids. Make sure an adult supervises and keeps the kids well back from the person swinging the stick. It’s a good idea to let the younger ones go first because the older kids will make short work of knocking it down.