Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday, especially now that I am a mom. I get to not only dress as a fantasy part for a day, but I also get to be creative when it comes to outfitting my husband and son. And Halloween is a great time to throw a party, whether it’s an adult only affair or one that’s entirely family friendly (Halloween is also a holiday where it is easy for families to party together). Here are my four top tips for a spooktastic Halloween party this season.
1. Dress the Part
Tipsy Elves is always my go-to spot for Christmas sweaters that are outrageous and hilarious, which is why for Halloween, I knew this company would have ideas to outfit my whole family quickly, so we could devote more time to planning the party. I decided to dress our 19-month-old son in a yellow and blue jumpsuit, which also doubles as a sleep-suit, complete with an adorable hood featuring googly eyes and monster horns. And wouldn’t you know it, there just happened to be a that I quickly added to the cart for my husband. After-all it also plays double duty and he can wear it well past the holiday — you know when he’s hiding under our son’s bed playing hide and seek? For myself? I quickly clicked on the , which stuck out for its bright colors and serious originality.Beyond, Halloween, Tipsy Elves offers apparel to outfit you like a star for any holiday — from Mardi Gras to Christmas or St Paddy’s Day.
“Our in-house design team spends months developing our products, looking at pop culture trends and thinking outside the box about what could make the next viral costume,” says Tipsy Elves co-founder Evan Michelson.
2. Ways to Entertain Your Guests
Want to floss your brain? Or how about turn your head around 360 degrees or try levitating? Yes, we plan to learn how to do all of this and then teach our guests after Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director at 4D Data Centres, tipped us off to a kit called Marvin’s Magic Freaky Body Illusions. The kit, originally created by US magician, Kevin James ‘The Inventor,’ can be bought from Kevin James’s website in the US or from Marvin’s Magic in the UK and comes with all the necessary props and an instructional DVD.
3. Halloween Decorations
We don’t have a lot of storage, so I was on the hunt for a few decorations that will stand out but also be easy to put away until it is time to pull out our broomsticks once again. The is the perfect way to welcome our guests. It has a 3D looking skeleton give the illusion it’s popping out of the ground. And if someone is so spooked by it, don’t worry because the mat is non-slip, which will also come in handy in case snow decides to dance on Oct. 31st.
Another way we will be keeping our guests on their toes is with the, which we plan to recycle and use for our son’s trick or treating as he gets older. This year though, we will be handing out goodies from this bag, which is especially fun because it features a prop skeleton hand you can pop out when someone reaches in to grab a treat.
4. Sweetening Up Your Party
Standard pizza with pepperoni and cheese can move aside because there is a sweeter kind we can’t wait to serve our guests. Peter Novak had a genius (and tasty) moment when he came up with the concept for , a handcrafted, yep, chocolate pie made with Swiss-Style chocolate and blended with English toffee then topped with candies or nuts. My willpower is put to the test every day when I open the fridge to see the Halloween Chocolate Pizza, in a custom pizza box, topped with brightly colored sprinkles that scream Halloween. My willpower didn’t stand a chance against the Peanut Butter Wings, however. Rippled potato chips are covered in creamy peanut butter and dunked in chocolate. You too may tell yourself you will just have one, but good luck, because one taste and I knew every single last one of those chips was toast.
Cookie decorating isn’t just for kids, especially with the spectacular Halloween sprinkles we ordered from Sprinkle Pop. The Monster Mash Up Sprinkles, my favorite, has a mixture of colored sprinkles from orange to lime to mummies, pumpkins, ghost, and eyeballs. There’s also the All Hallows Sprinkle Mix, which features orange, black and white sprinkles with a mix of pumpkins and black shimmery bats. There are so many collections on their site, including sprinkles for Christmas, which already has me thinking about the next holiday party we want to throw in a few short months.