Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Halloween Party?


I’m not big on Halloween. In fact, I hold my breath till it’s over, especially now that I have a couple of young kids that do not like anything remotely “scary” or surprising. This is the only time of year that we completely avoid the party supply store. A store that is just around the corner and that, during non-Halloween times of year, we frequent regularly.

My 6 year old daughter (Autumn) has decided she wants a little movie night with her friends as a “Halloween” party. Normally I would say, “Sure! Sounds like fun!” but because it’s being billed as a Halloween party I’m kind of reluctant.

So, here is my plan…..

Invites


In keeping with the “non scary” theme to this party, I found a stock photo of candy corn (bigstockphoto.com) and typed the information over it. Alternatively, you can easily do this with scrapbooking paper and vellum. I chose not to use envelopes this time because my daughter can easily hand these out to the few friends we are inviting.


Activity


The whole reason for the party is to watch a movie, the main event! We’ll set up all the sleeping bags and pillows in front of the couch so that all the kids can see and hear Casper’s Scare School.


Food


It dawns on me as I write this section… should cookie cutters be renamed? We will be using these Wilton brand cutters (available for a little over $3, they are all about 4 ½ inches, the perfect size) for lots of different foods, none of which are cookies.

Using alternating white bread and wheat bread, we will serve an assortment of peanut butter, plain cheese and lunch meat sandwiches in these shapes.

And how about Halloween shaped Rice Krispie Treats?

You will need:
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 16 oz. bag of large marshmallows
  • Orange, green and/or purple food coloring
  • 9 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wax Paper
  • Halloween shaped cookie cutters
Directions:
  1. Lightly coat the cookie sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows to the pot and stir frequently until they are melted.
  4. Stir in drops of orange (for the pumpkins) or green (for the monster head) or purple (for the ghost) food coloring until the mixture is the shade desired.
  5. Stir in the Rice Krispies until they are evenly coated with marshmallow.
  6. Spoon the Rice Krispies mixture onto the cookie sheet and allow to cool for one minute.
  7. With waxed paper, flatten the Rice Krispies mixture to an even thickness.
  8. Press the Halloween cookie cutter into the flattened mixture to create the shaped Rice Krispie treat you desire.
I figure, you have spent the money on the cutters, so why not add Jello Jigglers to your buffet? Jello comes in a ton of flavors and colors, just remember that these take more than 3 hours to complete, so maybe work on them the day before.

To round out this dinner plan, I will be serving fruit salad, slightly steamed carrots, edamame (they actually like these!) and pita with hummus.


Dessert

Yes, I am going overboard in the sweets department. Maybe by the time I do the actual shopping and cooking for this event, I’ll save the Rice Krispie treats for a different day? Moving right along, I can’t imagine a party without cupcakes! Chocolate with cream cheese frosting is my daughter’s favorite! And to finish them off, I will print out my cute Casper the Friendly Ghost images, glue them on party picks and stick them on top.



Okay, I swear this is the last one – I’m adding here mostly because I can’t stop myself. Have you seen these on Martha’s website? I’m going to modify the original recipe slightly to save, myself.


Boo-Nilla Shakes
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • Whip cream in a can
  • Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce (you know, the kind that hardens to make a crunchy shell?)
Directions: Decorate the insides of 6 glasses with ghostly faces. Blend milk and 1 pint ice cream in a blender until smooth. With machine running, add remaining pint ice cream, one scoop at a time; blend until smooth. Pour milkshake into glasses, filling them 3/4 full. Squirt mounds of whipped cream on top of milkshakes. Serve immediately.


And there you have it, non-scary non-spooky Halloween fun for my over imaginative daughter. I can almost guaranty there will be NO nightmares after this party. The only thing I can’t guaranty, is no tummy aches. I’ll take photos of the actual bash to post later, so that everyone can see that anyone can pull off this semi-homemade party.

7 comments:

Saucy said...

Well it's not officially Halloween unless you go overboard with the spooky treats. I love your ideas. Halloween parties also keep little kids indoors where I think it is safer and warmer, and much more enjoyable for adults. Well done, good decision.

Natalie said...

those milk shakes are so cute. great theme for a party...so sweet and not so scary.can't wait to hear how it turns out:D

robert said...
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CECIL said...

Can't wait to see the pictures!! Such creative ideas and I bet the kids will have tons of fun.

Aimée said...

I'm with you on the non-halloween kick. Never liked it, bring on Christmas!

Jesslee said...

I wasn't always a huge Halloween person, but now that my daughters older we always seem to find a reason to have a party, sometimes no reason at all. I love your ideas they are really cute.

lyndsay said...

boonilla shakes, too cute! i just saw the october issue of martha today and there's lots of great ideas. great blog! also love "see jack draw." i work at an art school for children in vancouver, and i always wonder what the parents do with the oodles of paintings and drawings!