Halloween is a big deal in this house, and my kids look forward to it all year long. But the trick with Halloween is keeping it G-rated for the littles, but spooky enough to be fun for the big kids. So I whipped up this Not-So-Spooky (but kinda) Halloween Party so the kids and their friends could break in their costumes and get in some early trick-or-treat fun.
My favorite thing about this party is that it was really easy to put together. Almost all of the decor came from my local U.S. Toy or things I had around the house, so it came together so quickly! Just a little minor assembly plus a few DIY touches, and you have a fun party that looks like it took you much longer than it actually did. But I’d never tell.
The main inspiration came from the Giant Spider Hanging Decoration I picked up in store. The spider is 12′ long and perfectly framed our table. The kids just had to have it, so I figured that was a good sign. It’s a fun touch, but not scary at all for our littlest guests.
The honeycomb tissue spider was easy to put together, and a few 3M Command hooks placed at the top and on either side of my table helped me drape the spider and its legs artistically.
I also picked up this rosette banner in store. It was so easy to assemble and looks like I crafted all night long. If you’ve ever made rosettes by hand, you know how time consuming they can be when making a bunch, so this banner saved lots of precious prep time.
The Rubber Skull is another fun U.S. Toy find. The one I got was purple and didn’t quite tie in with my color scheme, so I gave him a quick transformation with a coating of black spray paint. I also think making things like that a solid color make them appear less spooky. I tucked him in behind the banner as a fun peek-a-boo surprise.
To the left of the table I placed a vintage box on its side, draped it with some black cloth and placed utensils and such on it. A small skeleton assembled from a Box of Bones watched over the area. His small size means he’s not intimidating to little people, and because he glows in the dark he brings ohhs and ahhs from the kids.
I mirrored the weight of the left side with a grouping of some large and small pumpkins from the grocery store on the right side. It gave the whole setting some balance. I added some more Spider Webs (can you ever have too many?) to the pumpkins along with a large glittered spider.
When serving guests, I like to go with solid colors to keep the focus on the table. Orange plates and black napkins from U.S. Toy were placed in an 8″ Cauldron for guests to serve themselves. Glow-in-the-dark Witch Fingers were placed on the end of utensils in a jar for a spooky and fun touch when eating.
Speaking of eating, it wouldn’t be Halloween without some irresistible sweets and this table does not disappoint. The cupcakes were baked by my friend Jennifer of Mixing It Up (she always does an amazing job). I knew I wanted to jazz them up a bit, so I placed the cupcakes in some colorful orange liners, added a few plastic Spiders and topped them with some cupcake toppers I made (free download below).
Our Queen Elsa approved of the cupcakes!
These Homemade Halloween Eye-Scream Sandwich Cookies were so good. I like to add a few homemade items to keep costs down and add that personal touch.
Did I mention that these guys are easy to make too? Get the recipe for the Eye-Scream Sandwich Cookies here. You won’t regret making them.
They were the first thing to go! The gummy eyeball may have given them the edge with the kids.
I also love to serve decorated sugar cookies. Don’t tell anyone, but they’re kinda my favorite thing. They were a craving that began in my first pregnancy and I’ve never quite shaken it. Plus, they are pretty!
Katherine of Creating Awesomenessity made these. She is so sweet to work with and talented too. Plus she ships! I may have eaten one … or five.
To fill in gaps on the table, I added some apothecary jars and a skull mug stuffed with candy I picked up at U.S. Toy.
I confess that cotton candy just isn’t my thing, but kids love it and it kinda resembles cob webs, right? Tuck in a few Spiders and you have a fun Halloween treat. The kids thought the cobwebs in a jar were amazing.
If they are good enough for Iron Man …
You can’t have a party without a goodie bag. Well, technically you can, but not a fun party. Goodie bags were stuffed with loads of treats from U.S. Toy: Vampire Fangs, Witch Fingers, Glow-in-the-dark Bouncy Balls, Black Spider Rings, Halloween Pinball Games, Glow Sticks, and of course … Candy! They have such a huge selection of party favors to choose from.
All of the party favors were placed in mummy treat bags picked up in store and placed in an 8″ Cauldron for guests to grab on their way out.
Speaking of fun … you need some entertainment! So to keep our little people entertained, I picked up some Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Games, a Halloween Bean Bag Toss, and some coloring pages set out with these cute Bone Crayons. Always a hit with kids, and it kept them entertained for a long time! We’re still playing Tic-Tac-Toe constantly.
It was a great kick-off for Halloween, and a wickedly good time was had by all!
DIY Not-So-Spooky Halloween Cupcake Toppers + FREE Printable
These DIY Cupcake Toppers were made using the free printable below, plus some hot glue, cardstock (black & white) wood lollipop sticks, my Sizzix BigShot machine and a rosette die (you can see a sample tutorial here). Just make your rosettes and attach the party circles on top with some hot glue.
If you don’t have a Sizzix, you can skip that step and make simple toppers with the circles and a lollipop stick. Tie on a bow or some colorful twine for extra fun.
Download your free Halloween Party Circles. Print on white cardstock, trim and punch with a 2″ circle craft punch. Make cupcake toppers, gift tags and more.