My son woke up this morning and informed me that he dreamed about a great Halloween party. I said, “Ok, Lee. Great. Now, get ready for school.” Thinking nothing of this conversation, I went about my day as normal. When I arrived home that evening, my son was already home and his room was spotless. I asked if his dad or grandma had cleaned it for him. They both denied this claim. Come to find out, the trickster was hard at work. His sharing of the ‘Halloween’ dream was merely the planting of a seed in my mind. He had come home to clean-up, so that I would be soft enough to allow him his party. Like most parents, I suckered in and said yes. Unfortunately, I never threw a Halloween bash so I couldn’t imagine where to start. Being that it is early, my son and I had options.
We sat down to plan for the party and decided to focus on party themes first. Of course, it is Halloween but Halloween is so vague. We needed more specifics if we were going to throw a great party. Thus, we decided to host a Super Heroes and Villains party.
If you are a regular reader of my articles, you will remember that I wrote about the best Halloween Costumes for boys. Well, most of the outfits that made that list are, you guessed it, Super Heroes and Villains. Likewise, there are plenty of costumes for both girls and boys, in this category. I will mention too, these costumes were so cute, but I digress. We looked to the invitation list next.
While there are a few nice places to bring children on Halloween, most parents in my neighborhood opt for indoor, mall area trick or treating. Knowing this, I felt like our party would be a welcome distraction to trick or treating. We could put together Goodie Bags that gave kids candy, and provide parents and children with a safe, partying atmosphere. We know many parents- play dates are abundant in my home. So my son and I figured that we could get a round number of people to show up.
Initially then, I thought to get the party initiation online. I- with the aid of my son- created an Evite to his party. I basically used the Evite to further gage interest in this event. We had 12 people to RSVP in the first hour. I know then, that we were on to something, and our home might be too small. I called around and reserved a local, rec center hall for $30 for 4 hours. The best part about this rental is that, the recreation center offers decorations, at no additional charge. Luckily for me, I killed two birds with one stone!
After my son and I spoke about the guest list and place for the party, we discussed food. My son is a typical- if there really is one “type” or “typical” idea of a male- boy. He wanted foods that seemed like other gross body parts and slime. Here is where we got to be creative.
a. Brains– I looked endlessly for instant, edible brains. I found nothing. Then, I read an online article on how to create a brain from Watermelon, by Cory Doctorow. He suggested that you cut the rind of a watermelon on the bottom. (Doing this makes sure that you have a flat surface to work with.) Then, peel the skin from the watermelon, until you reveal a white and red, inner core. Using a pairing or carving knife, cut brain folds into the core, so that a few pieces of red are revealed. Magically, and easily, a brain will appear. (My son and I have performed this task and it is really easy.)
b. Broken Fingers– Buy some Eckridge smoked or turkey cocktail sausage links. Cut a sausage link with three small slits near the middle of each link. Once the sausage is done, allow it to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. After the sausage has sufficiently cooled, cut a small flat piece off of the tip of each link. Then, using a lightly red or yellow bell pepper, fill in the cut- off slit. Viola, you have nails on your fingers. Now take a cupcake cup, fill it with ketchup, salsa or cocktail sauce, and you will have created bloody fingers.
c. Diseased Pumpkins– Buy three or four pumpkins and carve out a face on each. Then, using green grapes, guacamole, olives and black food coloring, you will create a diseased pumpkin. After you have carved the face of the pumpkin, place a few holes in the tops of the pumpkins. Using the black food coloring, drop some color within the holes and around the top of the pumpkin. Allow the food coloring to sit for a while- about three hours. After the food coloring has stained the pumpkin, you can set up the greenery as vomit. Simply place the grapes, olives and guacamole as desired.
With these tips, your Halloween party should be a big hit!