If you’re going to have a haunted living room, then you’ll definitely need ghosts. By inflating a white balloon and pulling it partly through a small hole in some cheesecloth, you can make a more realistic looking ghost without having to spend the extra money. Depending on what type of face you draw on the balloon, you can have a friendly ghost or a menacing apparition. And for glow-in-the-dark ghosts, simply crack a glow stick and put it inside the inflated balloon.
And no haunted house is complete without the proper lighting. Jack-o-lanterns are one way to go about it and painting the pumpkin black before you carve it allows for a nice contrast to the usual orange.
In addition to jack-o-lanterns, dark colored pillar or taper candles give the room a nice touch as the wax melts throughout the night. Also, well-placed white or yellow Christmas lights would help balance the room.
There are also many helpful websites dedicated to helping you create that perfect Halloween environment, whether you need to print a stencil for carving your pumpkin or you want to learn how to cut a paper spider web. Don’t forget to add any personal touches you can think of and create a mix of Halloween music and you’ll have the perfect environment in which to host a great party.
After the decorations, the next thing a party planner will need is the food and the best place to start is the punch. When preparing the punch, any recipe will do, but the perfect touch to any beverage is gummy critters frozen in ice. For the punch, it’s best to freeze the gummy critters in a lemon-lime soda, but for all other drinks, gummy eyeballs in the ice works fine.
Another important food item is the chips. Instead of simply buying a bag of tortilla chips, it’s easy to make your own Halloween-inspired chips using flour tortillas and cookie cutters. After cutting out the shapes, coat the chips with cooking spray, salt, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
For the main course, I like to make twice-baked potatoes that look like mummies, but it’s easy to make a burger that looks like a monster or even ghostly pancakes for those who prefer to dine on breakfast food.