Throw a Front Yard Monster Bash!

Halloween is a great reason to throw a front yard party! Invite your kids' friends to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, and follow it up with a spooky party to remember. It's a fun, safe way to celebrate and enjoy all the clever costumes!

Story and Photography by Kerry Guice

HALLOWEEN PARTY
 

I've always enjoyed Halloween, but having kids brings it to another level of fun! It takes my kids the entire month to choose their costumes, and they get so excited to trick-or-treat with their friends. It's always hard to choose where and with whom to go trick-or-treating, and I hate feeling like we missed seeing friends in their costumes, so I've decided setting up a front yard party is the best way to see the most people! Visit with friends and neighbors as they trick-or-treat around the neighborhood, and let the kids get their fill of sugar while running around with their buddies.

OUR HOSTS BEN, KATHERINE, LILLY AND benjamin butler

OUR HOSTS BEN, KATHERINE, LILLY AND benjamin butler

It always seems that I underestimate how much time it takes to get us all ready for the evening, which means that easy snacks and treats are the key to a fun night with no stress! No real cooking involved, just assembly, and most everything can be done the day before! All the party supplies you need can be found at Party City, so you don't have to run around town looking for them, and while you're there, grab your costumes!

halloween crafts

For activities, I like to choose one game and one craft. For a fun Halloween twist on bowling, paint some ghost faces on plastic bowling pins and use plastic skulls for the balls. Use a plastic witch's caldron to hold the skulls. For an easy craft that doesn't require an adult's help, paint empty toilet paper rolls a variety of festive colors, tie some twine to the top, scatter craft supplies like pipe cleaners and googly eyes and glue, and let the kids make their own scary critters to hang around their house! This is always a fun hit with kids because they love having the freedom to make what they want, and they get to do it all by themselves (and it won't break the bank)! After a spooky night of partying and playing, not even all the candy in their treat bags will keep them from a good night's sleep! Happy Halloween!

Halloween Party Snack Ideas

 

cheese ghost

Cheesy Ghosts
Draw a ghost's face on the blank side of wrapped mozzarella string cheese!
 

dracula donuts


Dracula Donuts
Fit vampire teeth in the middle of a donut!
 

halloween chocolate bark


Halloween Chocolate Bark
Melt different colors of chocolate and swirl them together. Sprinkle festive sprinkles, candies and sugar googly eyes all over and let harden. Break into large pieces.
 

mummy pretzel


Mummy Pretzels
Dip pretzels in white chocolate and let harden. Using a spoon, fill the top holes with more white chocolate, then add sugar googly eyes. Drizzle some of the white chocolate back and forth to make the mummy.
 

caramel apple kabobs


Caramel Apple Kabobs
Cut an apple into large chunks and skewer them with unwrapped caramel candies. Takes no time at all, and doesn't leave a mess!