2020 was a strange year, to say the very least. It brought many changes to life as we know it, some more impactful than others. One of the smaller ways it affected our daily lives was in the way we celebrated holidays. Large gatherings were no longer the norm and keeping away from unknown people, for the safety of everyone, was often key. So you can imagine that holidays like Halloween simply had to be… different. Some did candy on sticks in the yard while others opted for chutes from the top of the stairs down to the sidewalk. For us, we decided to skip trick or treating all together and have a small party instead.
If you’ve been following the blog for any time, you know I love planning parties! I’d absolutely never want to be an event planner, but that’s precisely the reason I still love doing it — because it’s just for fun and not for work! Some of our past parties have included a Peter Rabbit Birthday Party, Dog Adoption Birthday Party, and Train Birthday Party, so it was exciting to break out of the birthday world and focus on something entirely different!
For this party, we had two different food tables… one for the kids and one for the adults. The first, for the kids, featured mummy hot dogs, kiwi Frankensteins, blueberry and strawberry spiders, ghost carrots, pumpkin oranges, graveyard pudding cups (of course!), and, my favorite, a DIY caramel apple bar. I was able to reuse the fence from our Peter Rabbit party and had fun creating a wicked witch set up around it!
For the adult table, we had a chili bar and a Mr. Bones charcuterie — which might just have been my favorite detail from the whole party! I LOVE a good charcuterie board and had so much fun decorating this one from scratch with all the best goodies!
Finally, the last big set up was the kid’s table! As Halloween is such a kid-focused holiday, I wanted them to have a special place to sit while eating together and I love the way this table turned out… although I’m not sure the kids appreciated it as much as I did!
We, of course, had lots of games as well! A Halloween can toss, ghost pinata, decorate your own pumpkin and eyeball and teeth dig through spaghetti “brains”. My favorite little activity though, were the costume awards! These golden skeletons were so easy to make and the kids loved getting silly awards for their adorable costumes!
Would I plan a Halloween party like this every year? Probably not, but with 2020 being what it was, we all needed a little more magic than usual! This year might be trick or treating with a side of pizza and wine (for the adults, of course!), but it’ll be a blast nonetheless!