Try a spooky sampling of Halloween menus from Gooseberry Patch Halloween. From never-slumber parties to masquerades, there's a perfect party for everyone.
Fright Night Film FestivalHost a Halloween Film Festival every weekend in October. Check out the library or video store for old classics like Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, and The Invisible Man. Project movies onto an outdoor wall or bed sheet. Stoke a grill or bonfire outdoors and serve inspired renditions of classic movie theater snacks.
Masquerade PartyWho says Halloween is child's play? This gathering was created with adults in mind. Pass out decorated eye masks at the door and let the fun begin. Serve delicious nibbles masquerading as something more sinister. Ask guests to write one unknown fact about themselves on an adhesive nametag worn throughout the party, then let them try to figure out who's who.
Bewitching "Boo"ffetWhen the chill of October has begun to set in, invite friends over for an elegant night in. Set the sideboard with candles and varied delights...and don't forget to dim the lights. Some eerie music might just fit the bill, or spooky haunted house sounds if you want added thrill.
Never-Slumber PartyInvite your best pals to a sleepless soiree with their teddy bears and pillows in tow. It will be a night of tall tales and fun... and lots of good food, too! After dinner gather on the bed or around the fire and swap the scariest stories you know. When the sun comes up, a warm breakfast will chase away any lingering bad spirits.
Scary School PartyGo wild this Halloween and host the best party of the school year. Healthy foods go in disguise in this child-pleasing menu. Turn off the classroom lights and read an old ghost story or some Halloween history to keep them entertained... and eating.
CauldronluckPotlucks are one of the easiest ways to entertain. Everyone shares in the cooking and takes home their dish for clean-up. After a night of trick-or-treating folks can meet back at the house on the screened porch to sort candy, tell ghost stories and enjoy a bubbling hot meal certain to be the envy of witches everywhere.
Creepy Cookie SwapHost a creepy-themed cookie swap to boost anticipation of Halloween. Send out invitations on different recipe cards printed from the assortment in this menu...or tell guests to bring their own haunting homemade sweets. Showcase all the cookies on the table and after mingling and enjoying refreshments, start the swap. Move around the table in a clockwise direction, filling treat bins with a sampling of each frightfully delicious treat.
Pumpkin Patch PicnicGather outdoors to select the pick of the patch, then spend time together playing games, carving and decorating pumpkins and enjoying a country-size spread of delicious homemade offerings.
Halloween Open HouseAutumn nights are ideal for entertaining, and this easy supper is a divine way to revive after a night of trick-or-treating. Kids can sort candy and relive the fun while the adults relax and visit.
Spooktacular Block PartyOrganize a block party early in the evening on Halloween night so bellies can be full of food before the candy eating commences. Hold a costume contest and give out ribbons for scariest, silliest, best in show and most creative.