Even though it had just been three months since we moved into our new home in another state, I was "dying" to have a Halloween party! We didn't have one the previous year and I was bursting at the seams with new ideas and Halloween decor! Plus, our new basement was just screaming for a party! Thankfully, this also put me on a strict timeline to get every last box unpacked.
However, while I spent many years trying to figure out how to put a limit on our party invites with an amazing abundance of family, friends and neighbors nearby, I was now faced with the task of finding enough party guests to make it a party. Thankfully, we had met some great neighbors with kids close in age to the boys and one of our favorite family friends just happened to be able to hop on a plane with one of their three kids and join us!
The front of our new house looked like this....
|2nd favorite buy from Grandin Road are these mummies|
After greeting our guests at the door, they were instructed to follow the short path of pumpkin lanterns lit with non- flammable battery operated candles downstairs to the basement.
|After going though the Halloween curtain...|
|My favorite addition that year, this skeleton from Grandin Road|
While a table of Halloween themed treats awaited you, so did this spooky menu and small bar for the adults. Cider? Bloody martini? Or perhaps an Oktoberfest served in a glow in the dark glass? These fun martini and beer glasses came from Windy City Novelties and were a hit!
|The food was set behind a counter of pumpkins, ghosts, hanging spiders and a bubbling witches cauldron|
And for the fun, we had carnival inspired Halloween games. First, you made your way here....
|Both games are from Oriental Trading|
At this table, it was spin the wheel for a prize. Prizes were laid out and replenished according to the numbers. There was also Halloween Plinko. Each guest got three chances at dropping the disks down the board. Once the kids added up the numbers each disk landed on they got to pick a prize. We had an array of prizes consisting of spider rings, large plastic spiders, glow in the dark bouncy balls and little flashlights.
|A www.whathappensatgrandmas.com original|
Once they added up their numbers it was off to the prize booth to pick out a reward.
|The bower is from Hearth Song and once you pulled away the curtain, a table of sticky eyeballs, glow sticks, monster suckers and slimy snakes awaited patiently for your choosing.|
|Waiting patiently for their turn to roll the pumpkin|
Overall, I have to say it was a great party and most of all, the kids had a blast!
|The party goers group shot!|
And for Mr. Bones, it was last call for alcohol...