Since the invitations had been given out, I had been thinking about the Halloween party that I was going to host!
It was Harley’s birthday during the very first week of big school, so as a result of him not knowing anybody in his new class, we didn’t have a birthday party for him this year. But I thought Halloween would be a great time to meet some of his new friends and their parents.
Up until this year, we hadn’t really done too much to celebrate Halloween as the children are too young for Trick or Treat.
I’ll never forget a few years ago when we lived in the catchment area for the school that Luke and I both worked at. A whole host of zombies, witches and monsters would knock on our door and we never really knew who was actually who.
A skeleton knocked on the door and said “Trick or Treat, oh and is our homework due in tomorrow Mr. Simpson?!”
Obviously we are used to being asked when homework is due in, but not in the dark, by a skeleton, at your own house!!
Anyway, I digress!
We ended up having 12 of Harley’s friends over for the party.
They all came dressed up in wonderful, scary costumes and Luke and I had a go at it too:
We decorated the house from top to bottom:
We didn’t have any real flames in our house. I was so moved by what happened to Claudia Winkleman’s daughter last year, that we only had battery powered candles. They look exactly the same and I wasn’t always on edge if Lola went near the pumpkins.
When each child arrived at the party, they had to guess the number of marshmallows in the jar. There were a whole host of guesses from 12 to 45 million!! But a very respectful guess of 120 won the jar of 186 marshmallows.
Then we played ‘Pin the Wart on the Witch’s Nose’. Blindfolded, each child had a sticky wart and when spun round once, they tried to find the witch’s crooked nose.
We also played ‘Mummy Wrap’. Using two rolls of toilet roll, the children had to wrap up their partner to look like a mummy as quickly as possibly:
We were very impressed with this tidy, neat mummy!
We played Pass the Parcel to some spooky Halloween music and the lucky winner won a spooky magic trick set.
We also had some slimey, slippery worms that the children had to stick their hands into to find a chocolate eyeball or pumpkin. The worms were just cooked spaghetti with some food colouring:
And we also had races to see who could eat their marshmallow the quickest, without using their hands:
And like all good parties, we had some Party food, Halloween style.
We had some Grape Snakes:
Some Monster Mouths that were simply a slice cut out of the apple, I added a little strawberry jam (I have seen most people add peanut butter but to avoid allergies I used jam and I think it looks more effective and colourful) then some small marshmallows for teeth and a slice of strawberry for a tongue:
Some Witches Fingers. Basic cookie mixture with green food colouring and almonds for nails. I think I should have been braver with the green food colouring!
And some Halloween cupcakes on a fabulous cake stand from Matalan:
And how fab is our brain jelly…
I also made some Strawberry Ghosts that were simply whole strawberries, dipped into melted white chocolate with chocolate chips for eyes. When you place the strawberry onto the plate, the trail of melted chocolate looks like the bottom of the ghost.
The Oreo Spiders were simply Mint Matchmakers cut up for legs and placed next to an Oreo biscuit.
And also Boooonanas. Bananas cut in half and chocolate chips for eyes. Although these went brown quite quickly.
For sandwiches we had ham Bats, jam Pumpkins and cheesey Ghosts.
You can also see the orange pumpkins at the bottom of the table, which were simply a small piece of celery for the stalk placed into a peeled satsuma:
We finished the party with a Pinata. It was almost too brilliant to break it.
All the children had a good go at it but it wouldn’t break … (too well made!)
A few hits from one of the dads did the trick!
All the children took home a bucket with some Halloween treats inside. Including the Spider Lollies that we made:
I hope all the kids had a fab time, I know Harley did.
And a quick note to all of the parents who came ….. sorry for sending your child home on a sugar rush just before bedtime!