Kid-Friendly Halloween Party
Follow our tips and How-To Videos to throw an easygoing get-together for your favorite goblins, pretty princesses, superheroes, and their parents on October’s spookiest night.
Haunting (but not Daunting) Menu
Serves 8 to 10
- Onion-Bacon Dip
- Assorted Multigrain and Vegetable Chips
- Monster Meatball Sandwiches
- Barbecue Stew
- Mummy Dogs
- Cereal–and–Granola "Apples"
- Chocolate Ghost Cakes
A spider web of mustard and ketchup goes perfect with Mummy Dogs. (The secret to the “bun” is refrigerated breadstick dough.) To make the web, fill a small bowl with ketchup. Using a squirt bottle, pipe mustard in concentric circles on top of ketchup. Beginning at the center, draw a wooden pick through the circles in a spoke pattern.
Keep an assortment of drinks cool in scary spider coolers. Soft copper tubing is oh-so-easy to shape into legs. You can also use wrought iron “S-shaped” plant hangers or pipe cleaners.
Creating designs on your pumpkins, like the ones shown here, is easier than you think. Kits are available everywhere–from dollar stores to high-end kitchen shops–but you really don’t need a kit. Assemble your own with basic kitchen tools such as a sharp knife, a smaller paring knife, and wide, sturdy spoons to clean out the seeds and stringy pulp. A small handsaw is also helpful.