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Trick or Treat Halloween Party (38 photos)


Mummy spoons by Titi's Tutus

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Zoila of Squared Party Printables inspired our concept: Trick or Treat. I thought it would be fun to create a whole party where the kids couldn’t be sure what was coming next, and where every thing might be either a trick or a treat.

Buffet Décor
I love the classic colors of Zoila’s designs, so I focused on orange and black to represent the “trick” and the “treat.” I divided my buffet into an orange side and a black side, then added a “trick or treat” banner plus Halloween stockings. Across the front, I added A Felt Affair’s felt dot garland.

One stocking was filled with Halloween treats from the dollar store and the other was stuffed with paper – our trick stocking. Of course, I made Grace share the treat stocking with Meg, so both girls got tricked a little bit!

Overturned bowls from Dollar Tree serve as cupcake stands. Last year’s candy pails became serving pieces. Just cut floral foam to fit and then top the foam with black scrapbook paper. The foam does a great job of supporting the push-up pops. In the back of the buffet, I added two frames with Halloween cards.

Halloween Dinner
You could host this party any time leading up to Halloween, but we always have family and friends over on Halloween day. I take the day off from work, and we spend the afternoon in trick-or-treat prep mode, carving pumpkins and getting costumes ready.

One of the big challenges of Halloween is always getting the girls to eat a hot meal before heading out on their candy hunt. So I started with their favorite food, chicken nuggets. I turned the nuggets into sliders, and snuck in a Roma tomato slice and lettuce. One frilly, orange toothpick later and I had “impaled nuggets.” But of course, when the girls asked what the sandwiches were, I said things like, “Well, they look like nuggets, but you never know…” A little adventure definitely helped them eat their sandwiches.

I gave up entirely on a separate vegetable, but did add frozen “goulish grapes.” I tried to make the grapes more fun and easy to distribute by serving them in gumball pipettes from Polka Dot Market.

For grown ups, I usually do a lasanga or chicken chili, a green salad and crusty bread – something easy to prep ahead of time.

Given how much candy I knew the girls would soon collect (and that I would – ahem – steal), I skipped candy other than candy corn colored M&Ms. But the grown ups need dessert, right? I made my first layered Jello dessert in push-up pops. Everything else, I purchased, just to make life easier.

• Cupcakes with swirled black and orange frosting.
• Nutter Butter ghost cookies from Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery.
• Pumpkin candy paid cookies from Sweet Goosie Girl.

Table Décor
Custom Creations made me two table runners – orange with white polka dots, finished with black pom-pom fringe. Amy also made me 17” napkins in the same fabric, finished with black rick rack. (The runners and napkins are available in my shop and also in the Halloween Party Kit.)

At each place, we had a tulle-wrapped mummy spoon from Titi’s Tutus. I love these! I layered black and orange square plates, and topped those with Halloween cups. (There was much competition for the black cat cup!) For our centerpiece, I used a black plate from Goodwill and added a black cat with an orange bow.

In my house, the minutes creep by until it’s time to trick or treat. So, I planned several trick or treat-themed activities to keep the kids busy at our party. I held this party in our basement playroom and displayed our party activities and favors in the cubbies under the buffet area. I lined the cubbies with orange and black plastic table covers to match the buffet.

I think it’s a good idea to have a mix of activities: some “filler” that kids can manage on their own, some “really active” games to get the wiggles out, and some “crafts” that may require adult supervision.

Activity: Wood Masks
These wood masks were a good filler activity. I like using crayons at parties, because you don’t have to worry about magic marker stains. I wrapped my crayon boxes in scrapbooking paper in Halloween colors.
The masks are displayed in Dollar Tree bowls filled with dried black beans.

Activity: Mapping Out Your Route
I printed out maps of our neighborhood from Google so the kids could plan their trick or treating route. It’s always hard to know if we should head straight for the next-door neighbors for quick hits of candy, or make a beeline for Mr. Fred’s house because he gives out the full-size candy bars… Now, we have a plan.
For each child’s map, I rolled it like the treasure map that it is, tied it with a ribbon and displayed it in a witch’s caldron.

Activity: Pin the Face on the Pumpkin
I combined “pin the tail on the donkey” and pumpkin carving to create a no-mess pumpkin decorating activity. Before the party, I cut out jack-o-lantern face pieces from sticky-back foam sheets. We blindfolded the kids, then handed them a foam piece, twirled them around, and let them “pin” their face piece until each child had a decorated pumpkin. This was a blast!

Activity: Sack Race
Colored pillowcases lend themselves to Halloween faces – Frankenstein’s monster, ghost, jack-o-lantern, you name it. I used more sticky-back foam to create these faces. You could use fabric paint for a more permanent solution, but I wanted to be able to reuse the pillowcases. I rolled up each pillowcase, tied it with ribbon and added a spider ring, then displayed them in a witch’s caldron.

Party Favors
I gave each guest a glow stick that could attach to their candy pails, a toothbrush, and a glitter notebook in a Halloween shape. They were surprisingly excited about the toothbrush.

To purchase your own Halloween Party Kit, please visit my shop at

Vendor Credits
Party Styling: Double the Fun Parties (
Halloween Party Kit: Double the Fun Parties (
Photography: Viridian Images Photography (
Printables: Squared Party Printables (
Felt Garland: A Felt Affair (
Mummy Spoons: Titi’s Tutus (
Napkins and Table Runners: Custom Creations for Double the Fun Parties (
Ghost Cookies: Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery (

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