Something about a holiday gets me every time. I love celebrations. I think it’s because I love happiness, being positive and coming together with others. Anyway. October is great for so many reasons but one huge reason being that is kicks off a whole season of celebrations. The first being Halloween, obviously. It’s the perfect time to throw a spooky get together or maybe even creepy crawly date night! Hosting a Halloween Party can be fun, easy and spooky! Today I’m sharing how.
A couple of years ago, I hosted a Halloween housewarming party and I’m still so happy with how everything turned out! We had ‘Mummified’ Jalapeño Poppers, Shrunken Head Sangria, Vodka soaked gummy fangs, jello shot worms and more. I’m sharing some decor inspo photos below as well as recipes! Sadly, our Octobers have been too crazy to host another, but if you are planning a Halloween Party of your own, here are a few fun ideas.
Most of our Halloween Party decor came from Target, Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby or Amazon! My biggest tip when it comes to decorating for the holidays is storage. Make sure to organize and properly store everything, so you can build a collection up year after year. The foam bats are from Hobby Lobby! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about those. Once all the decor was ready (aka a flood of pumpkins in our house), it was time for the main event.. food and drinks! I’ll be sharing an IGTV video with how I decorate for Halloween in 2019 soon, head to @RileySitton to be sure not to miss it!
I wanted to comprise my menu of things I could prep the night before. I also wanted to make sure everything was either adorable or spooky and obviously Halloween-ish. I decided on a Pesto Pasta Salad, Mummy Jalapeño Poppers, Krystals (always a favorite when late nights are involved), a Halloween S’Mores station, Jello Shot Worms, Shrunken Head Sangria and Vodka Soaked Gummies. As well as a few other dips and snacks brought by sweet friends!
HALLOWEEN PARTY FOOD:
‘Moldy’ Pesto Pasta Salad (not really moldy but pesto fits the spooky part, ya know?) // Cook cheese tortellini according to directions. On a sheet pan, bake tortellini, diced zucchini, squash and cherry tomatoes tossed in drizzled olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper + juice from 1 lemon for 15-20 minutes at 375 degree F. Toss in pesto & store in fridge until ready to serve.
Vodka Soaked Gummies // I found the vampire gummies at Target and soaked them in a bottle of strawberry vodka. These weren’t the best but they looked so cute! We served them in these Spooky Hand Champagne Glasses for a fun take on a traditional shot.
Jello Shot Worms // This and the sangria were my favorite! I was SO happy with how they turned out. They were pretty easy to make, but very annoying to get out of the straw. You could definitely make these far in advance. I followed this worm recipe but added 2 cups rum when I added the water.
Halloween S’More Station // In addition to the traditional s’mores stuff, I added Halloween peeps and Reese’s pumpkins!
I also had this festive skeleton funnel from Amazon. It was definitely a hit! See photos of everything below.
If you have any specific questions about our party or food comment below and I’ll be sure to answer! If you try any of these recipes, decor, or host your own Halloween Party, tag me on Insta (@RileySitton)! I love seeing y’all recreate everything. All these photos are from 2017, so our house has changed some! I’m decorating for Halloween this weekend and I can’t wait to share. XO