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Dress up everyday packaged candy in silly disguises for trick-or-treat night or to use as Halloween party favors. Our sweet candy embellishments and party-favor costumes transform chocolate bars, popcorn, and more into creepy-crawly spiders, ghostly treat bags, and batty boxes. Get started with these fun and easy projects today!

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Halloween Drink Recipes

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Ghoulish Gothic Halloween Party

Use some basic Halloween decorations, a few household items, and a good imagination to host a Halloween party with a fun, creepy atmosphere.

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    • An Ancient Welcome

      Welcome party guests to your gothic gala with detailed decorations. Make an ornate menu board, for instance, to hang by the beverage center. Start with a ready-made chalkboard in a frame (the center one) and mount it to a sheet of poster board that's set in a painted-to-match frame. Serve up gruesome-colored drinks.

    • Setting the Scene

      Ask guests to dress the part, decked out in gothic styles and dark colors. Play up the setting by tucking grim ravens among your sinister collections. Replace some of your everyday decorative accessories with grim ravens and eerie spiders nestled among your sinister collections. Try some of the specific ideas in the next slides.

    • Spooky Silhouettes

      Fill bookshelves with curious containers worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, such as old medicine bottles and a vase stacked with plastic skulls. Add silhouette-dark accents by using black damask and scrollwork stickers on pillar candles and a vase, then spray-paint an old ceramic pitcher with matte-finish black paint. See the next slide for more information about our Halloween candles.

      Editor's note: Do not spray-paint any surfaces that will come in direct contact with food.

    • Haunting Candles

      Make an artful arrangement for each candle design by using a large motif and filling it with smaller and partial motifs. When you are pleased with the arrangement, peel and press the stickers to the candles. Tape ribbon around the candle if desired.

      Note: For adhesive-backed black stickers, we used Heidi Grace and Archiver's.

    • Spider Attack

      Display poison-green hedge balls in a white pedestal bowl and let plastic spiders invade while a fake raven looks on. For an added eerie touch, fill a glass jar with small white-painted skulls.

    • Brainy Display

      The more malformed gourd the better for this specimen of a decoration. Find a particularly gruesome-looking gourd to rest under a glass lid like a mad-scientist's experiment. Don't forget to place a creepy spider for effect.

    • Scary Cushion

      For a festive addition to the party seating, baste sequin letters to a ready-made black pillow for a whimsical touch that can be easily removed later.

    • A Dreadful View

      Create an unsettling scene outside the window by enlarging a spooky cemetery photo. Take a picture with your digital camera and convert it to black-and-white, then take the image to a blueprint service to have it enlarged. Use double-sided tape to attach the image to the window from the outside if it's protected from the elements. If the window is unprotected, tape the photo to the inside -- cutting it into individual panes if you have to deal with muntins (as seen here).

    • A Shroud of Bugs

      Give guests the heebie-jeebies with prints of buggy creatures crawling along the wall. Find images of insect diagrams to download from the Internet, or copy images from copyright-free science books and print or photocopy them in reverse color. Then slip them into frames as desired and hang them in a group.

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      A Terror of Treats

      Serve simple finger foods for guests to gather as they please. Make some of them ghoulish in appearance (but great in taste), such as cheese balls rolled in moss-looking herbs, and serve others in cleverly creepy ways. See the next several slides for specific decorating and food ideas.

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      Throwback Table Runner

      Sew table runners for the buffet from classic black-and-white toile and houndstooth fabric patterns to add Victorian elegance while inviting gothic chills.

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      Rest-in-Peace Napkin Ring

      Offer an unexpected take-home guest with each bundle of silverware grabbed from the buffet table. Tuck a skin-and-bones rubber skeleton in with each silverware setting and wrap it in a black-and-white fabric napkin and ring.

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      Cauldron of Snacks

      Think like a conniving creature when serving up snacks on the buffet table. Pick unique containers to cast a creepy spell on the treats, such as this party mix brewing in a witch's cauldron. We used a mix of 4 cups of pretzels, 6 cups of various dry cereals, and 1 cup of peanuts coated in 2 cups of melted white chocolate baking pieces (mixed with 1 tablespoon shortening) for this Bones-and-Body-Parts snack.

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      Moldy Spread

      Serve up cheese balls that look like they've been sitting out for months by rolling them in green herbs such as a dill, thyme, parsley, or chives.

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      Bugs-and-Grubs Skewers

      For a clever way to serve up chunks of cheese, make some snack-size skewers you can contain vertically in cups. To decorate the skewers in keeping with the party scheme, find bug images from clip-art or photocopied from copyright-free books and punch out the images using a jumbo circle punch. Glue two circles together with a skewer in between to make the decoration double-sided.

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      Creepy Container

      Dare partygoers to retrieve their snacks from a raven-guarded cage. Spray-paint an ornate wire cage with matte-finish black paint, then line the bottom with parchment paper to rest chunks of cheese among parsley greens. Don't forget a couple of creepy feathered enemies.

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      Bottled Spirits

      Fill empty, clean wine bottles with your own mixed concoctions and make new labels for the bottles from clip-art images of antique picture frames. See the next slide for a closeup of our example.

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      Boo-Tini

      Use a white gel pen to add spooky names to your Halloween potions. We added a plastic spider for fear factor.

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      Tabletop Spooks

      Let ghostly spirits join the party by creating their illusions on mirror-topped tables. Find an old mirror the size of your tabletop. Use razor blades and steel wool to remove the backing of the mirror in a couple of spots large enough to fit your photos. Tape the right side of black-and-white photos (old pictures give the spookiest effect) to the wrong side of the mirror where the backing has been rubbed off, and place the mirror on the table. See the next slide for information about the coasters.

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      Creepy Coasters

      For quick drink coasters that fit the party theme, cut out circles from yellow poster board and decorate them with adhesive-backed black felt die-cut garlands cut into scrolled designs. We used Voila! Ribbons, Swirly Bubbles, Swirly Bird, and Voila! Swirls.

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      Frightful Favors

      Thank guests for surviving the frightful festivities with a charming take-home gift. You can make these decorative boxes with basic crafts and scrapbooking supplies, then fill each with some tasty chocolate treats.

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      Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

      Want to host a Halloween party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes -- for both kids and adults - -to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra easy!
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