Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means the fun can start early. Why not round up your neighbors for a Pre-Trick-or-Treat Block Party? After all, you’ll be ringing one another’s doorbells in a few hours anyway. This is a great excuse to get together for some fun one last time before the winter chill drives everyone indoors.
Use your imagination and get as wild as you want in terms of spooky décor—but make sure you keep things appropriate for your guests. Most of the families on our block have very young children, so we kept things festive without getting too frightening. To set a friendly Fall-ish mood, my daughter and I transformed a pile of pumpkins using glue dots and craft store wiggle eyes.
At the treat table, black tassel garlands and tissue paper pompoms from Dress My Cupcake mingled with orange paper lanterns and bunting for a festive and fun Halloween look. Colorful, themed drink cups, plates and paper partyware added a whimsical touch.
We offered a variety of wholesome and sweet treats, hot and cold apple cider and a few beverages for the adults. All of the treats were easy to make using a mix of store-bought and homemade items.
The veggie platter featured baby carrots, yellow squash and hummus. The plate made an awesome centerpiece, arranged to look like a jack-o-lantern in a round black chip-and-dip dish provided by ZAK! Designs.
String cheese sticks transformed into ghoulish ghosts with spooky faces drawn with a black marker.
Monster Munch popcorn mix looked adorable in orange striped boxes supplied by Dress My Cupcake.
The kids loved sipping cider from the cute Pumpkin People Straw Bottles, provided by Cool Gear. They made an adorable take home gift to boot.
Of course, the best part of any Halloween party is the costumes. To encourage everyone to pose for the camera, we set up a fun photo backdrop using an old gray bed sheet and pinned on a spooky moon, stars and some bats cut from felt. Kids and adults alike enjoyed getting hammy for the camera.
And of course, the kids looked adorable in their costumes: