Family-Friendly Halloween Party

Treat friends and family to a fun Halloween celebration that's a cinch to throw together. Serve a spread of easy, yet delicious, party foods mingled with simply spooky decorations.

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  • Party Invitation

    Craft several of these party invitations to hang on your friends' doors as a reminder of your spooky soiree. Decorate your front door with one, too.

  • Start the Party

    Party guests tend to linger around the food table, so make yours as engaging as possible. A simple runner made from orange-and-white striped fabric trimmed with rickrack grounds the goodies displayed on black, white, green, and orange dishes and serving pieces.

  • Spooky Food Labels

    Amuse your guests by clearly marking party food with these labels that look like they were pulled from the fire.

  • Watchful Crows

    Give your guests something to crow about by perching a few crows (available at crafts stores) in strategic locations. Don't forget to add them in unexpected nooks and to the buffet table.

  • Mummy Dogs

    Fill hungry tummies with Mummy Dogs, a smile-inducing finger food. Refrigerated breadstick dough makes this crowd-pleaser a cinch to make. For eyes, press capers into the dough before baking.

  • Spiderweb Soup

    Give boring tomato soup a ghoulish makeover in a snap-- and you don't even have to be a gourmet chef! This tangled web is a bit of sour cream woven with a toothpick. See the next two slides for more information.

  • Spiderweb Soup: Step 1

    For the spiderweb design, mix together 3 tablespoons of sour cream and 1 tablespoon of milk. Pour the mixture into a plastic condiment bottle. Carefully squeeze several circles on the surface of warm soup, making a targetlike design.

  • Spiderweb Soup: Step 2

    Use a toothpick to drag lines from the center out toward the edges to create a web design. Voila! Create the webs just as you serve your guests so they get the full effect (and before the sour cream dissolves into the soup).

  • Super Easy S'mores

    Serve a Halloween dessert that pleases both kids and adults -- ooey, gooey delicious s'mores. With this speedy version, you can have "some more" in no time flat.

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    Creepy Critters

    No matter how sweet the treat, adding fake spiders to the food display makes everything look a little creepier.

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    Chicken Feed

    Ghosts and goblins will love digging into this crunchy concoction. This make-ahead mixture includes seeds, nuts, oats, and a healthy dose of sweet ingredients.

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    Out on a Limb

    Cute little treat bags will help keep young guests from getting spooked by the sight of bats and ghosts hanging from tree branches.

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    Bag It!

    Bags of sweets and snacks are always a hit. For a change of pace, include some nonedible loot, such as small toys or Halloween-themed flashlights (available at party stores) to use on trick-or-treating adventures.

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    Don't Forget the Grown-Ups

    Share the Halloween recipes that were served at the party. Print the recipes on white paper, roll up, and tie with a black ribbon. Display the favors in a container on the food table for guests to grab on their way home.

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