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Plan a Pumpkin Carving Party

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 19, 2012

Oh, October.  It’s such an animated time of year with bustling ideas, parties, and fun.  Childhood-like energy vivaciously radiates through joyful smiles.  Adults passionately reminisce their childhood days as they blissfully entice little ghosts and goblins with both tricks and treats.  Pumpkins and scarecrows eagerly collect their sweet treats with spooky smirks. Everyone – young and young at heart, finds enjoyment in the frightening fun of happy hauntings and petrifying parties!

Host a Pumpkin Carving Party!

October is adorned with straw, warm colored mums, gourds, and pumpkins. What better way to decorate your haunted house than with a pumpkin, perfectly carved out by your munchkin. Watch the faces of your favorite little ghouls light up with excitement when they come to your pumpkin carving party!

Get as creepily creative as you’d like!

Carve Out Your Invites:

When planning a pumpkin carving party, it is important to set the date to your evening of thrills.

  • Consider a night when the weather is not too brisk, you’ll likely want to host the fun in your garage for easy clean up, and you’ll avoid the hands of your little ones getting too cold while they are playing in the pumpkin goo. The weather may be unavoidable in the event you want to show off your creativity at Halloween; pumpkins don’t last long once they’ve been carved.
  • Purchase and prepare your Halloween party invites with details. Don’t forget to include RSVP information; you’ll need it to prepare your party.
  • Send out your party invites to all of your guest goblins.

Planning For Your Party:

Give your little werewolf something to howl about!

After your guest goblins have returned their RSVPs, it is time to prepare for your party.

  • Stop by your local Farmer’s Market and purchase one carving-size pumpkin for each of your guests. You may want to have a couple extra on hand, too. If you don’t use them at the party, you can always place them out to embellish your home during the holidays.
  •  Pick up some pumpkin carving kits – remember to have enough carving utensils on hand for each of your guests.
  • Decorate your garage into a Halloween scene with fun room transformers such as Jack O Lantern Scene Setters or Pumpkin Paper Lanterns.  Let your creativity be your guide!
  • Add some fun to the party and lay out some pumpkin shaped goodie bags for the guest goblins.  Include nose glasses and Halloween party favors.
  • Jazz up your party with some eerie edibles – try your bones at making a pumpkin cake (you can add some fun with an iridescent Jack O Lantern pan). Remember your Halloween themed plates, napkins, tableware, and plastic ware if you will have edibles.
  • Let your heart go wild; just don’t let the vampires in!

Your Pumpkin Carving Party:

  • For easy clean up, lay a large tarp down on your garage floor. When the evening is over, you will have less gooey pumpkin guts to worry about.
  • Consider decorating a corner of the garage with little hay stacks and straw or potting plants of mums. Place the pumpkins in a pile to create a pumpkin patch. Let the kids have fun picking their favorite pumpkin.
  • You may even want to set the mood of the party by playing a Halloween CD.
  • Let your guests have a gooey good time carving their pumpkin!

After your little goblin guests have finished with their spooky carving fun, let them take their personalized pumpkin home as a party favor. You will likely be the hit of Halloween!

Happy Haunting!

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10 Alternatives to Giving Out Candy at Halloween

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 21, 2012

For decades, children have gone door-to-door on Halloween night, collecting sugary sweets that they’ll devour in the weeks that follow. If you’d like to stand out in a crowd of candy bars, lollipops and caramels, consider one of these 10 alternatives to giving out candy at Halloween:


Jewelry is always fun and can be worn for the entire Halloween season for years to come! For example, Skull Rings are adjustable rings in bright silver, and Crawlie Rings looks like black spiders crawling up your finger.

Temporary Tattoos

Kids love temporary tattoos. They’re easy and safe to apply and last for a couple of days. Simply apply to cheek, arm, or hand with water. There are a variety of styles to choose from, and it won’t cause anyone to get a cavity!

Glow Sticks

Trick-or-treaters might want to use this treat right away! Glow Sticks will light up their night in colors like blue, orange, purple, green, pink or yellow. Parents will appreciate their glow and help them keep a better eye on trick-or-treaters after dark. Alternatives to sticks are Glow Bracelets.

Healthy Snacks

If you insist on handing out some sort of edible treat on Halloween, it doesn’t have to be candy. In order to be safe though, make sure your snacks are prepackaged. Some healthy treats that come prepackaged are raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, granola bars, trail mix, and sugar-free gum.

Vampire Fangs

Give kids some Vampire Fangs to see what it’s like to be Dracula for the night. The white fangs will fit the mouths of most children. They are also available in glow-in-the-dark.

School Supplies

When purchased in large quantities, school supplies are low-cost. Some ideas are Crayon Erasers, pencils, or pens.

Bouncy Balls

Kids love to throw and bounce things. Have them channel their Halloween energy into a marble bounce ball. They have the look of real marbles and come in a variety of colors.


No matter the amount, children are always thrilled to get money. Have a big jar of change just sitting around? Pass it out at Halloween. Some trick-or-treaters might get a penny and others a quarter. It will be part of the surprise!

Coloring Books

Coloring books are a great alternative to candy at Halloween. Not only is it a non-edible item, but it also gives children a chance to be creative.

Mini Bottles of Water

Help keep trick-or-treaters hydrated by passing out mini bottles of water. Large quantities of mini bottles can be purchased at a wholesaler near you.

Whatever you pass out this Halloween, make sure it is safe and appropriate for the many ages of trick-or-treaters.

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Our Favorite Halloween Party Favors

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 22, 2012

Our idea of proper Halloween party favors involves sweets and a bite – or rather, bit – of the unexpected. Here’s how to deliver treats and favors to your Halloween party guests and trick-or-treaters.

Edible Party Favors
Let’s start with lollipops. We love chocolate in a lollipop, but if your preference or climate doesn’t agree, check out the yummy fruit swirl options. Personalize lollipops in a Halloween design and custom message (see examples at right).

Display lollipop favors as centerpieces for parties by anchoring them in floral foam and gems placed inside orange pails. Create a pleasing array by staggering the lollipops by height a little. Finish with Halloween sticker decals or simply tie a black or purple ribbon around the outside of each pail; place one or three pails on each table depending on the lengths of your tables. Encourage plucking at will.

If you prefer a favor at each guest’s place setting, lay out lollipops just as you would table utensils. Another option is to select another type of treat and put it into individual containers such as customized Halloween candy jars or cookie tins, for which plenty of Halloween designs are available as well.

Wearable Halloween Party Favors
We like theme-matching for wearables as far as possible because it’s easy and fun for all ages. For a vampire party, provide fangs; for a pirate party, put out the skeleton goblets. Some folks’ idea of a scary party is a 1980s party, in which case you’d want to shop the wigs and half-gloves and such.

More generally, masks are natural Halloween accompaniments. We like the Monster Mania set for the really young kiddos.

Glow party favors, likewise, are naturals for Halloween because of their eeriness, and they have a fairly wide appeal. Select glow sticks, fangs and swords for young trick-or-treaters and glow “jewelry” like rings and bracelets for older partyoers. Glowing stadium cups are a terrific Halloween favor choice when you have a large enough crowd that you are looking to buy in bulk.

Grownup Halloween Favors
By this we mean cocktails. We like shopping Boo-tique for a distinctive candelabra for the bar, then stocking it with Halloween-witty beverage napkins and covering bottles with personalized bottle labels. You will also want to know that we’ve added a line of ceramic coasters to our personalized Halloween coasters in trendy designs that your friends will love to take home and reuse.

Wrap It Up
Mummy had mad skills in this, and we like to carry on the tradition. Use our bloody gauze panels to create bags for party candy, wax lips, skull rings and little plastic spiders. Cut strips for self-ties to hold the bags closed or use black ribbon or pieces of bloody bandages decoration.

If you are looking for something a bit more sophisticated, stalk our line of Halloween favor boxes. We’re particularly enjoying the new gable boxes, which conveniently now come in black and orange. Put Halloween sticker decals on them as described above with the pails.

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Five Alternative Themes for Parties at Halloween

Posted by Wendy Moyle on October 14, 2011

Traditional Halloween parties seem to all go the same way. There’s bobbing for apples, drinking cider, jack-o-lanterns adorning every table and lots and lots of orange and black. Been there, done that. Try something different this year for your Halloween celebration and have an alternative Halloween party your guests will be talking about for years to come!

Celebrity Party
Whether it’s Lady Gaga or Michael Jordan, everyone has a favorite celebrity they would love to be if even just for a day. Help your guest’s dreams come true by having a celebrity-themed Halloween party! Roll out the red carpet for your guests as they arrive, and be sure to take lots of pictures in true paparazzi style. Have elegant hours devours prepared, popular music and be sure to give away Hollywood awards for the best celebrity look-alikes. This theme can be done with adults and/or children and is especially good for the party host who wants to steer clear of anything scary for their Halloween party.

Vampire Party
There’s no doubt that vampires have reached insane levels of popularity over the past couple of years, and Halloween is the perfect time to throw a vampire party- no humans allowed! Make sure your guests grab their white vampire fangs and prepare for a night of fun with fellow vampires. Set the mood with organ music or have your favorite vampire movie playing. Send your guests home with candies covered in Halloween favor wrappers they won’t find anywhere else! Depending on how much you get into the vampire and blood theme, this party is still probably best for adults only.

Halloween Hoedown
Not everyone is into the spook and gore of Halloween, so why not throw a non-threatening Halloween Hoedown? Greet your cowboy-hat and boot-wearing guests at a barn entrance  and direct them to the fun inside. Play your favorite country music and leave plenty of room for line dancing. Guests old and young will get a kick out of glass boot mugs they can take home to remember the party throughout the year. This non-threatening Halloween theme will leave your guests feeling light-hearted instead of spooked out.

Decade Party
Hulahoop back to the 50’s. Flashback to the 80’s. Take your Halloween guests to a decade they haven’t visited in years. The key to this party is your groovy music CD.  Play favorite songs from your chosen decade and watch your guests reminisce about old times. Have friends and family bring pictures of themselves from past decades and put them into a box as they arrive. Display the pictures and see if your guests can pick each other out from the wall of photos. Your peace sign danglers fit any retro party and leave your guests feeling like they’ve gone back in time.

Wild about Halloween
Unleash your inner animal at a safari-themed Halloween party. Guests of all ages can dress as their favorite animal, or make things really interesting by telling people what animal they have to dress up as! Decorate your venue with animal print party balloons and literally make everything – from the invitations to the giraffe print cups – in the animal print of choice. Play a game of animal charades and watch your guests fall over in laughter as they watch each other imitate wild animals.

Let your October imagination run wild with unique, Halloween theme parties!

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