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Halloween Boo-tique Decorating Ideas

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 27, 2011

Halloween is a big deal in some people’s lives! It’s the time to dress up, be silly, scary, and it’s definitely not for the squeamish! You can create a light, festive Halloween party or a creepy, crawly one using these easy tips:

Festive & Friendly Halloween:

Creepy, Crawly Halloween:

Whether your taste is festive or scary, Shindigz can help you create the perfect atmosphere for your Halloween party!

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Host a Twilight Party with Vampire Decorations!

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 23, 2009

haunted-house-decorationsTwilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, plus the movies based off of them, have become a huge sensation! If you’re a Twilight fan and so are your friends, a Twilight party with vampire themed party supplies will be a hit! This party isn’t just great for Halloween. It’ll be fun for birthday parties or other celebrations! Here are our tips for creating a fun Twilight themed party!

Welcome guests to your party using a personalized vinyl banner. Our Haunted Cemetery Personalized Banner is a great choice. Our banners are printed with your custom wording on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and are available in several different sizes to fit your needs.

Create a focal point for your event and set the whole scene using our Haunted House Decorations. The Large Haunted Mansion Silhouette is 10 feet high and 9 ½ feet wide. The Small Haunted Mansion Silhouette is 46 ½ inches tall and 4 feet 7 inches wide. Add the flying bats and a Gargoyle Tombstone to complete the scene. These decorations are awesome for using at Halloween too.

Decorate your party space using black crepe roles or cob web print gossamer decorating material. Create swags, grapes and columns with the materials to further the look of a haunted home of a vampire family.

Use black balloons to add some extra dimension to your decorations. Create balloon bunches of odd numbers using black helium balloons and secure them with black curling ribbon to the backs of chairs or to black foil balloon weights. For an extra special touch, add a gold or silver crescent moon mylar balloon.

Add a spooky accent with cob webs and for a final touch create a garland of string ‘em bats around the room.

For your party food, cover tables with black plastic table covers and add some silver metallic star confetti. In the center of the table add black silk roses or our flaming table torches for an eerie effect. Use black or silver plastic tableware and coordinating cutlery to serve your snacks on.

For a fantastic party favor, hand out glow in the dark vampire fangs to guests at the door and they can use them during the party and for fun times to come.

Check out all of our Vampire Party Supplies for more ideas and tell us about your Twilight party!

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Halloween Classroom Party Games

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 5, 2009

Pumpkin-Ban-Bag-Toss-GameFor your classroom party you’ll want to have Halloween activities to keep your class occupied and having a fantastic time. We have some awesome Halloween activities such as candy grabbers, Halloween Bean Bag Toss Games, and Halloween props photo stand-in.

Here are some Halloween Classroom Party Games to keep your students having a fab-boo-lous time at the party!

When planning parties for younger children (under 10), or if you are working with a limited amount of time, we recommend you divide your activities into “stations”. Recruit enough parents/helpers to work at each station, and divide the children into small groups—four to five in each group works best. Have the party guests spend no more than 10-15 minutes at a station, then blow a whistle, ring a chime, or give an eerie yell, and have everyone rotate.

Choose a couple of games, a craft, and then read an age appropriate Halloween book to the group while the snack is being prepared. Always plan two or three extra games or an extra craft just in case you finish faster than anticipated.

•    EYEBALL RELAY – Before the party you will need to purchase at least 12 Ping-Pong balls. Using permanent markers, draw irises, pupils, and bloodshot veins on the balls. Divide your group into two teams. Players race around a specific course with a heaping pile of “eyeballs” (at least six), before handing them off to a teammate. Dropped balls must be retrieved before the handoff. The first team to complete the course wins. (Ages 5 and up—you may want to give players over the age of 12 more eyeballs to carry)

•    BOBBING FOR APPLES – This simple game, involving a water-filled tub brimming with floating apples, is a timeless, but forgotten favorite. Most of us enjoyed this game as children at school and church functions, and it will still delight children today, as does any game involving water. (Ages 4-12)

•    PIN THE WART ON THE WITCH – Borrowing from the concept of the tried and true game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we suggest a fun game of Pin the Wart on the Witch. Draw a witch’s face on a piece of poster board, or use our Witch Corner Creep. Use little balls of green Play-Doh ™ or paper cutouts as the warts. Blindfold each participant as his/her turn arrives, spin, point in the right direction, and watch your wicked witch become even more wartful! (All ages)

•    WHICH WITCH WILL WIN? – Divide the guests into two equal teams. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and place two pumpkins about 10-15 yards away. Line the teams up with the “witch’s wardrobe” at the starting line. At the signal to begin, the first player on each team quickly dresses up, runs the course, and then returns the wardrobe to the next player. The first team to complete the course wins. A witch’s cape, black hat, broomstick, and fake wart will lead to some bone shakin’ fun. (Ages 4-10)

•    PUMPKIN PINATA – The biggest hit of any party involving children…a party piñata. Check out our Pumpkin!

CHAIN GHOST STORY – Have everyone sit in a circle. Have the first participant make up a few lines of a scary ghost tale, and then “pass” the story along to the next person. The next person adds a few lines, and then passes the story along, until all guests have participated. You might want to start this one yourself, give some examples (“It was a dark, blustery night. The moon was hidden behind some threatening storm clouds. The only sound you could hear was the wind howling through the trees.”), or choose the most confident child to start. The kids will warm up quickly to the idea and surprise you with their creativity. Without the participants knowing, tape the telling of the story and then play it back for them right away. They’ll laugh even harder and enjoy it more the second time around. For older children, provide a flashlight, turn off the lights, and have the storyteller shine the flashlight under his/her face as they tell their portion of the ghost story. Spine tingling fun! (Ages 7-12)

•    REVERSE TRICK OR TREAT GAME – Give each player a bag or goodie box with 10 pieces of candy in it. Have bags labeled with players’ names, so they don’t get mixed up. Let players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending—this game can be played throughout an entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is to catch fellow players saying one of the following words:
Halloween, Candy, Witch, Party, Ghost, Pumpkin
To help players, post the words prominently on a board where they can be seen often. If someone is caught saying one of the words on the list, that person has to give up a piece of candy from their stash. The player with the biggest haul of candy at the end of the game is the winner! (Ages 7 – 12)

•    DANGLING DONUTS – Another old favorite. Simply attach donuts to long pieces of string, and hang them down from a clothesline, so the donuts are dangling at about chin height to the average participant. The object of the game is to see who can consume their swinging donut in the shortest amount of time. A little messy, but fun and delicious. (Ages 5-12)

•    RING AROUNG THE PUMPKIN – In this version of ring-toss, paint point values on 3 to 4 pumpkins of varying sizes. Arrange them with the highest score farthest from the starting line. Players stand on the line and try to toss a hula-hoop around a pumpkin. Each player is given three to four tries depending on the amount of time available, and the player with the highest score wins. (Ages 4-10)

•    WITCH’S BREW – Cut ten pieces of paper in Halloween related shapes, such as ghosts, bats, pumpkins, or spiders. The shapes need to be about the size of a Ritz™ cracker. Place the shapes in a pile beside a small bowl or witch’s cauldron. Have straws available for each player, along with a stopwatch, or a watch with a second hand. Using the straw as a vacuum, each contestant tries to pick up the shapes and drop them into the cauldron. The player with the fastest time wins. (Ages 6-12)

•    OOZING EYEBALL – Using a peeled hard-boiled egg as your “oozing eyeball”, play this Halloween variation on the classic Hot Potato game. Have players sit in a circle, and pass the oozing eyeball until the music or menacing howls stop. The player left holding the eyeball when the music stops is out. Keep passing the egg until only one player is left. (Ages 4-9)

•    MUMMY WRAP – Divide guests into teams of two and give each team a roll of toilet paper. Signal the start of the game, and have one person wrap the other with the toilet paper. The team that finishes wrapping the mummy first wins, but remember that the entire roll must be used! (Ages 6-Adult)

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Halloween Classroom Party Food for Hungry Kids

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 5, 2009

creepy-crawlie-popThe following snacks are easy to make, and many are simple enough for children to make. Some can do double duty, and work well as table decorations or crafts…and then can be gobbled by your goblins.

MONSTER PAWS – Using plastic gloves, purchased at beauty supply stores or the deli counter, stick one piece of candy corn at the tip of each finger. Fill the glove with pre-popped popcorn, and tie with curling ribbon, yarn or with a pipe cleaner. Add a little tag with a message, and the hand can be used as a party invitation, table decoration, or favor.

BUGS ON A LOG – This extra-easy to make treat is a fun activity for little children, and then can be instantly consumed. Ingredients: Pretzel Rods, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chips. Dip pretzel rod into peanut butter, (about half of the pretzel should be covered), and then roll in chocolate chips. If you are allowing the children to participate, it is easiest to give each of them a plate with their own portion of ingredients on it. They’ll enjoy the making as much as the tasty eating!

Creepy Crawlie PopCREEPY CRAWLIE POP – For each pop, you’ll need 2 black pipe cleaners, 2 wiggly eyes, 1 Tootsie Pop™, and a 4″X4″ piece of black foil or black tissue. Wrap the black foil around the sucker, leaving the existing wrapper in place. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half, then center them at the base of the pop and wrap them around the stick, so that there are four legs on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners to resemble legs, then glue wiggly eyes in place. This is an easy craft idea, or a great little favor.

GHOST SUCKERS – To make these easy treats you’ll need 1-12 oz. Package of white chocolate chips, 12 Popsicle sticks, and 24 mini chocolate chips. Melt the chips in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring at 20-second intervals. Spoon melted mixture into a ziplock bag. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, and place the Popsicle sticks on the paper at least 2″ apart. When the mixture feels warm instead of hot, snip a small hole off one corner, and squeeze approximately 2 tablespoons onto each stick, smoothing the mixture with a knife. Add two chocolate chips for eyes, and refrigerated until hardened.

Rice-crispy-broomCRISPY POP – To make 16 pops, you’ll need 1-12 oz. bag of Nestle’s TollHouse Chocolate Chips™, 16 ready made Crispy Treats (or make your own if you have the time—cut into 2 ½” X 4″ pieces), 16 pretzel rods, and some Halloween colored sprinkles. Cutting little holes with a knife, stick the pretzel rods into the narrow end of the Crispy Treats. Melt the entire bag of chocolate chips for one minute in the microwave, and stir. Dip the end of the “pop” into the melted chocolate, then sprinkle with festive sprinkles. Set pops on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper, and refrigerate until the chocolate sets. If you will be using these as take home favors, or sending them to school, cover the crispy treat portion with plastic wrap and tie with satin or curling ribbon.

FROZEN MONSTER HANDS – Fill plastic or latex gloves with red, purple or green punch, and either knot or fasten the end tightly with a twist-tie. Gloves can be purchased at most beauty supply stores, or deli counters. In a pinch, if you are visiting the doctor’s office between now and Halloween, most are willing to spare a few. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet, and place “hands” on the cookie sheet. Freeze. When the hands are frozen solid, carefully use scissors to cut gloves away. Float the monster hands in a cauldron of punch. Your punch should be a different color for maximum fright effect!

TASTY PLACE CARDS – Bake sugar cookies in the shape of rectangles, and let cool. With colored gel or frosting, write the names of party guests on the cookies, and decorate as desired. A miniature Snickers™ bar attached with frosting will make the cookie stand. This is a great table decoration, and a nice personal touch for a small group or classroom of children.

DEAD TREES – With scissors, cut one end of a black or chocolate flavored licorice stick to make the trunk and branches. Push the other end through a hole in the bottom of a peanut butter cup. Use chocolate frosting to cement the tree in place.
BROWNIE SPIDER WEB – Using a 10″ tart pan with a removable bottom, or a 12″ pizza pan, bake one package of brownie mix according to the directions on the box. After the brownie cools completely, frost with one container of ready-to-spread vanilla frosting. Draw a spiraling circle on the frosted brownie with black gel frosting. Starting in the center of the brownie, “pull” a toothpick out to the edge of the pan to create the web effect. Garnish the web with one of our clip-on crawlie spiders. When you are serving this snack, have enough spiders on hand, so that you can add one to each plate. This same concept works equally well with individual cupcakes.

HAUNTED TREE Bake and decorate Halloween shaped sugar cookies, such as pumpkins, ghosts or bats. The ready-made Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough™ can be rolled and used to make cutouts if your time is limited. Put each individual cookie into a little plastic baggie (not zip variety), and tie with orange or black curling ribbon. Find a good-sized tree branch, tie the cookies with curling ribbon to the branches, and you’ll have a boo-tiful centerpiece! For a truly special effect, add twinkle lights to the branches before adding the cookies.

For many parents, one of the most frightening thoughts about Halloween is all the sugar and junk food their children will be consuming. Try the following healthier snacks, or mix a couple in with the creepy goodies listed above:

RITZY BITZY SPIDERS – Ritz™ crackers, peanut butter, pretzel sticks and raisins…all you’ll need to create these creepy little critters. Spread one cracker with peanut butter. Break four pretzels in half for each spider, and add pretzel “legs” to the first cracker. Spread peanut butter on a second cracker, and place the peanut butter side down on the pretzel legs. Attach raisins with peanut butter, and…eeeek, your spider is ready to be consumed!

Halloween-snacksWITCH’S BROOMSTICK – For this easy and healthy snack, you will need pretzel sticks, and a block of “orange” cheese. Most children enjoy mild cheddar. Slice cheese so that you are working with a piece that is ½” thick. Using a sharp knife, cut cheese into the shape of the base of a broom. Scrape with a serrated edge to give the appearance of bristles, then add the pretzel stick to the top as the handle. The cheese is so easy to cut with cookie cutters—try cutting out little pumpkin shapes and bats too!

SEVERED FINGERS – Using peanut butter as “glue”, attach a slivered almond to the tip of an uncooked baby carrot.

SANDWITCH CUTOUTS – Make sandwiches using favorite ingredients, and cutout full-sized Halloween cookie cutter shapes. For ghost shapes, use white bread, and add raisin eyes. For bats, witch hats or monsters, try pumpernickel. Green olives, little pieces of carrots, or chocolate chips make gruesomely good eyes.

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