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For this elegant, black & white, family friendly Halloween party, we stuck to “spooky” things like gnarled old trees, spiders, owls, bats, cobwebs, pumpkins, etc. Almost everything came from the Dollar Tree, our own personal items at home, were borrowed from friends, or were DIY projects made by us.
Gnarled Tree Backdrop: This really set the tone for our whole event, and were incredibly visually striking and super cheap! I went to a local teaching supply store, bought black kraft paper roll by the foot, and gave it to a friend who drew and cut out the trees for us. We taped owl and bat silhouettes from the Dollar Tree to the trees to add even more spookiness.
Fancy Pumpkins: Inspired by Pinterest, we spray painted pumpkins black and silver to go with out spooky, elegant theme. We also made white and black jeweled pumpkins from faux pumpkins and jeweled scrapbook stickers.
Dinner was a soup potluck; we asked a few guest to bring soup, and a few others to bring veggies & dip and bread/rolls. We provided all the “fixings” for the soups, as well as kid food and desserts. We had some really yummy soups including chili, pumpkin, chicken noodle, potato, and cheesy bratworst beer.
We served the kids the follow fun treats:
Mummified Hot Dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
Apple-Marshmallow Mouths (sliced apple, spread with peanut butter and lined with marshmallows)
Ghosts Poop (aka Pirate’s Booty)
Another special treat was our popcorn bar, complete with some really yummy flavors. Guest could bag it up and take it home with them. Flavors were: Dill Pickle, BBQ, Mexican Chocolate, and Butter. Popcorn was served in black cauldrons from the Dollar Tree.
Finally, we laid a lovely spread for dessert, including the following items (all of which were homemade):
White Pumpkin Truffles
Candies: Black Licorice, Candy Sticks, Lindor Chocolates, Yogurt Pretzels
Activites for the evening included:
Costume Contest (with adult and child winners)
Donuts on a String
Spooky Ghost Bowling
Photography: Emily Magers Photography
Printables: Hello Brielle
Cardboard Banners: Cardboard Sheek