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Throw a Spooky Halloween Party

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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Organize a Zombie Prom School Dance

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 12, 2012

Zombie Prom Charity Dancing

It has never been cooler to be a zombie. Zombies made a major pop culture appearance in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video in 1983 and have made a huge splash in recent years on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Move over ghosts, out of the way witches… zombies are what’s hot.

So forget the traditional Halloween dance and instead organize a zombie prom school dance or charity dance.  It’s sure to draw a lot of attention and people will be just dying to attend!

Spread the Word

Guests will need to know in advance of your zombie prom. Some people will really want to go all out with their costumes and makeup, so give them plenty of notice about the event. Make sure to advertise the event in every way possible:

–          Have your zombie prom mentioned as often as possible in the school announcements.

–          If your school has a newspaper, see if it will do an article on the event.

–          Make posters and flyers and put them all over the school, especially focusing on the cafeteria, commons and restrooms.

–          Send out invitations in the mail or deliver them to students in class.

Deadly Decorations

You can’t expect to decorate for a zombie prom like you would any other school dance. The mood has to be set with zombie decorations. One of the most important things you’ll need is fog. After all, zombies have to hobble through graveyards in a rolling fog. Use a fog machine throughout the night to create a seriously spooky effect around the room, especially on the dance floor.

Your guests, who will hopefully all be dressed in zombie attire, won’t be enough to fully set the zombie scene. Consider purchasing some zombie silhouettes to place around the venue, or use zombie scene setter room rolls for the eerie appearance of zombies coming out of the walls.

If you have access to a projector, show old zombie movies on a big, blank wall. Even though you can’t hear what’s being said (zombies don’t say much anyway), it will create a cool effect. Some of our favorites are “I Walked with a Zombie,” “The Plague of the Zombies,” “White Zombie,” and, of course, “Night of the Living Dead.” Be sure you check with the school’s video policy before showing any video to students.

Morbid Music

Most students will want to dance to modern music that they know and love, but feel free to mix things up. Tell your D.J. to throw in some old-school tracks every once in a while that fit with your zombie theme. Some examples would be “Zombie” by The Cranberries and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Freaky Food

Zombie prom attendees are likely to get tired from all the zombie dancing they’ll be doing. Make sure you have refreshments available, and keep with the theme as much as possible. A simple red fruit punch can be served as “blood punch,” and a gory brain mold can be used to make a gelatin treat. Cupcake icing can also be made to look like brains, which are a zombie’s favorite!

If you can fully commit to the zombie theme and get people involved by dressing up and wearing zombie makeup, a zombie prom school dance has the potential to be the most memorable dance of the year!

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Decorate Your Dorm for Halloween

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 3, 2012

Halloween fun doesn’t stop after your childhood years. Your college years are some of the best of your entire life, and Halloween is a holiday filled with parties that you’ll never forget! The excitement of Halloween can start in your own dorm, from the lobby to the hallways, from the dorm rooms to the windows. There’s lots you can do to decorate your dorm for Halloween!

Pick a Theme

First off, decide what type of Halloween mood you want to set. Will it be a super spooky mood in which residents will be scared to see what lies around the corner? Or will it be a fun and light mood in which smiling jack-o-lanterns line the walls? Pick a theme and stick with it so there will be some continuity throughout the dorm.

The Lobby

Everyone has to come in through the lobby, so this area should be exceptionally decorated. Creep people out with plastic window scenes before they even enter the dorm. Pick from the Green Demon or the Menacing Mummy. Inside, cover everything in the lobby with cobwebs – the front desk, chairs, television, tables, corners of rooms, etc. etc. And if you’re going to have cobwebs, you’ve got to have spiders! Whether you cut them out of construction paper or use clip on crawlie rings, spiders are a must.

Since people will come to the front desk in the lobby for a variety of reasons, it might be a neat idea to have a spooky candy dish or even a plastic pumpkin filled with candy.

The Hallways

One way you might include everyone is to have each hallway pick their own theme and decorate it however they like. It could even be a contest to see who has the best decorations. Getting everyone involved definitely makes it more fun. Remind everyone of the fire codes and that their decorations cannot block people from easily getting through.

Because you will be limited in space as far as what you can put on the floor, consider some Halloween hanging decorations. Cover the walls with dark paper and black gossamer for a dark, spooky vibe. For a morbid touch, put personalized tombstones on each dorm room door.

Dorm Rooms

Your individual dorm room may be all you have control over if Halloween decorations aren’t allowed elsewhere, or if someone else is in charge of that. But your room is your own space! It might not be big, but there are still lots of Halloween decorations you can put up.

One way to set the Halloween mood in your dorm room is with lighting. It might be something as simple as a black light. Make sure whatever you decide to use as mood lighting is approved by the head of your dorm.

Decorate your walls and windows with spooky decorations, maybe even a personalized banner with you and your roommate’s names on it!

Have fun decorating your dorm for Halloween. Whether you’re in charge of the entire dorm or just your dorm room, there are hundreds of ways you can use Halloween decorations and be the talk of the campus!

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Scary & Not So Scary Garage Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 27, 2012

While many people decorate the interior of their homes and outside lawns, Halloween garage decorations often get overlooked. Surprise everyone and decorate your garage this year!

Here are 5 Scary Halloween Garage Decorating Ideas and 5 Not so Scary Halloween Garage Decorating Ideas.

5 Scary Halloween Garage Decorating Ideas:

Imagine the reactions when your garage door opens and this is revealed!

1. Drape polyester cobwebs from the garage ceiling and walls. Add a giant fuzzy spider (or two) tucked into a corner for an extra surprise.

2. Replace the light bulbs inside and outside your garage with red bulbs to cast a scary red hue.

3. Plug in a fog machine, fill it with fog liquid and set it on an evening timer. Enjoy the surprised reactions of your neighbors and visitors as fog pours from your garage! Remember to add extra fog liquid each time you use the fog machine.

4. Prune a couple of low-lying branches from any overgrown trees on your property, spray paint them black and place the painted branches in a sturdy black bucket outside of your garage. Hang the Bloody Weapon Garland from the branches.

5. Attach the creepy Hanging Reaper  from the garage ceiling to finish off your super scary Halloween garage decorations.

5 Not So Scary Garage Decorating Ideas:

1. Replace the light bulbs inside and outside your garage with bright orange bulbs to create a festive glow

2. Hang a colorful, vinyl Halloween banner on the outside of your garage and personalize it with your name.

3. Twist together orange and black crepe streamers and tape them to the walls of your garage for a colorful burst of Halloween spirit.

4. Affix Orange and Black Twirly Whirlys to the ceiling and enjoy the way they dance each time the garage door opens and closes.

5. Collect an assortment of orange and yellow pumpkins and gourds, place them in re-purposed flower pots spray painted black and put the pots on either side of your garage door.

Halloween decorations add to the excitement of the approaching holiday revelry, and they provide an opportunity to express your personality: Will your Halloween decorations be scary or not so scary? This Halloween, open your garage door and share your personal Halloween preference with everyone!

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