Halloween, with its whimsical costumes and eerie decorations, is a holiday that I eagerly anticipate all year long. It’s a time for spooky stories, pumpkin patches, and, most importantly, unforgettable Halloween memories! If you’re looking on tips to hosting a memorable Halloween for your family, you are going to love this Halloween inspiration from One Stylish Party! (Be sure to check out her post about this Halloween setup from last year!)
Tara, from One Stylish Party, created this adorable Halloween display last year! I never got to share it as I was at the end of my pregnancy and just counting down the days for Christmas! Ha! But I love the touches she put together to make her home feel all sorts of magical for the Halloween season!
Hosting A Memorable Halloween
Here are a few tips that I gravitate to every year in making a memorable and magical Halloween for my littles!
1. Setting the Stage with Spooky Decorations
Pumpkins are a classic go to in our house. Inside and outside are scattered about with pumpkins here, there and everywhere! Here’s an extra tip: wash your pumpkins when you bring them home with soap and water. They will last you well into Thanksgiving!
For a little spooky touch, I like to put some fake spiderwebs around the lights, shelves and stairs. Bats on the walls and windows, ghosts hanging from the tree branches and floating candles are something I look forward to putting up yearly!
Too, I can’t forget about our themed occasions bin! I LOVE getting to put together an occasions bin for the kids to make the days leading up to Halloween feel even more festive! With themed plates, cups, napkins, straws, sprinkles and so much more – we can add a little something haunted and ghoulish to every meal and snack! You can find out more about occasions bins here!
2. Halloween Treats and Eats
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without delicious treats and eats. Here are some ideas for spooky snacks:
Mummy Hot Dogs: Wrap hot dogs in strips of crescent roll dough and add mustard or ketchup for the mummy’s eyes. The boys in my house love these!
The Sweet Stuff: Candy corn, kettle & caramel corn, caramel apples – these are all favorites in our house and it wouldn’t be Halloween if we weren’t stocked with them! My oldest & I have a big sweet tooth that is certainly satisfied during the Halloween season!
Cider, Hot Cocoa & A Witches Brew: These drinks are constantly in rotation for us. Warm or cold apple cider with apple slices is a fall favorite for myself. Then on our scary movie nights, a *spooky* hot chocolate with eyeball sprinkles, whipped cream and salted caramel flavoring is a total must! Plus, I create a *witches’ brew* punch with Hawaiian punch, sprite & lime sherbet. Add gummy worms for an extra spooky effect!
3. Halloween Games and Activities
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without these festive activities!
Trick or Treat: An obvious one here! My oldest counts down the days until our neighborhood trick or treat night! And we love how our neighbors get into the holiday with spooky yard decorations and so many haunted garage walkthroughs! Such fun!
Pumpkin Carving: We save this for just a few days before trick or treat night so our pumpkins don’t rot too early! It’s also my husband’s favorite activity so he can roast the pumpkin seeds for a snack.
Outdoor Scary Movie Night: We started doing this a couple years ago and we look forward to it so much! I try to do this as early in the month as possible when the weather isn’t too crisp & cool. But a roaring bonfire next to us helps take off the chill. I try to do a not so scary movie for the kids and a really spooky one for the adults!
I hope you were able to gather a few tips & gain some inspiration for hosting a memorable Halloween for your own family this year! My hope for the boys is to create a nostalgic & memorable Halloween. Halloween was so great during the 90’s and early 2000’s, don’t you agree? That is my inspiration and goal for this year, to make it magical for them too. I know it had so much to do with my mom making it perfect for my brother and I, so I can only hope to step up to the plate for my boys in the same way. Happy Halloween friends!
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