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Spiders and Pumpkins and Bats, OH MY!

Spiders and pumpkins and bats, OH MY! It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a few days away. We’re here to get you in the trick-or-treat spirit with our Spooky Halloween party. jack o’ lantern balloons, witches hats and skeleton cookies in classic orange, black and white make this a super sweet and spooky soirée. Little ghosts and goblins will have fun haunting your party where they can dress up in their spooktacular costumes, carve pumpkins and, of course, eat all the sweets!

Kids Halloween Party

Every year, we host a party on Halloween night with neighborhood friends right before we take the kids out trick-or-treating. We love this “Let’s Get Spooky” invitation by Minted that sets the stage for the creepy, crawly celebration.

Kids Halloween Party

We had so much fun putting together this haunted balloon garland backdrop. We increased the spooky factor with plenty of spider webs and eerie eyeballs. Our DIY kit includes everything you need to make this Halloween garland, but you can make one on your own too! Use a combination of large and small Halloween-colored balloons like orange, black and silver in a mixture of solid and polka dot. Have you ever used a balloon decorating strip? It’s clear plastic that gives you the balloon garland “template.” Simply pull the knotted ends of inflated balloons through the evenly spaced holes and trim the strip to the right length. To increase the frightening factor, add cobwebs and eyeballs made out of construction paper. The kids will love it!

Kids Halloween Party

Kids Halloween Party

Kids Halloween PartyWe are DYING over these skull sugar cookies! To frost them, we used a “wet on wet” technique. Sounds scary, but don’t be intimidated. You can do it too! Frost the cookies using white, thinned (but not runny) royal icing. Then use black, thinned royal icing (same consistency as the white) in a pastry bag fitted with a tip or in a plastic baggie with the corner barely snipped off. While the white frosting is still wet, pipe the eye and nose shapes free form. The mouth is just a line piped in a slight smile, then use a toothpick to alternately draw the line up and down with a quick, short sweeping motion. As it dries it all kind of blends together.

Kids Halloween Party - Skull Cookies

All the heart eyes for these friendly ghost cupcakes! Frost cupcakes white using a pastry bag and round tip. Frost in a circular motion starting on the outside of the cupcake and working your way to the center, creating a peak. Then add candy googly eyes, which can be found in the baking section of many grocery or craft stores.

Kids Halloween Party - Ghost Cupcakes

Eek! We’ve gone batty for all things bat, including bat cups, bat garland and this bat cake. On the cake, we gave it a black ruffle frosting treatment and then sprinkled it with edible silver glitter. Super Halloween vibes.

Kids Halloween Party - Bat Cake

Kids Halloween Party - Bat Garland

Kids Halloween Party - Bat Cup

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! This Halloween classic has been on in heavy rotation at our house lately. But seriously, this balloon really is the great pumpkin. He’s 36-inches of friendly, jack o’ lantern balloon goodness, and he’s the absolute hit of any spooky celebration!

Kids Halloween Party - Giant Pumpkin Balloon

Kids Halloween Party

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Photography by Tammy Hughes Photography