Halloween Excitement

Halloween would not be complete without a spooky party! Use the helpful tips below to plan your event!

- To make fancy pumpkins, spray paint then in either silver or gold. This will give a plain pumpkin a dramatic and sophisticated look.

- For an editable centerpiece, bake ghost shaped cookies, frost them and make a hole in the top. Tie a ribbon through the hole. Next, fill a vase with twigs that you can gather from the yard. Hang the cookies from the ribbons on the branches. Place in the middle of the table and allow your guests to snack at will.

- Use corn stalks to decorate the entrance of your home. Use twine to hold the bundle together then tack the twine to the side of the house. If you have vinyl siding, duct tape will hold the stalks but be sure to cover the tape.

- Use gourds to decorate along with pumpkins. They can be used alone or to compliment a larger pumpkin. The colors of gourds are very festive when placed with an orange pumpkin.

- Be sure to wear a costume that fits your personality. If you are uncomfortable in the outfit that you are wearing, you will not be able to enjoy the evening. This also applies for children. Play off their individuality when choosing costumes.

- For a fun craft project with your children, gather fall leaves that have fallen off the trees. Place them in a large book and allow them to press for about a week. Purchase contact clear contact paper at a local craft store. Cut the contact paper into placemat size. When the leaves are flat, remove them from the book and put them on the contact paper. Place another piece of contact paper over the leaves so that the leaves are stuck inside. Create a decorative edge, place them on the table and serve!

- When you're carving pumpkins for Halloween, don't forget to save the seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor and are packed with protein and fiber. Pumpkin seeds can simply be salted, as in the following recipe, or can be spiced with cayenne pepper or Italian seasoning.

  • 1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water to remove pulp and strings. (This is easiest just after you've removed the seeds from the pumpkin.)
  • 2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 3. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees until toasted, about 25 minutes.
  • 4. Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

    - Use Halloween shaped cookie cutters to cut deli meats and cheeses. If you are a lunch party, use the cutters and place meats and cheeses on a platter.

    - Float "eyeballs" in drinks! Place one grape in each segment of an ice cube tray, and then fill the ice cube tray with colored water or juice before freezing completely.

    - Use dry ice as a centerpiece of a buffet table to create an spooky effect. Place the ice in a container and add water. Do not cover the ice completely though. Be sure to use think gloves when handling the ice because it can severely burn skin.

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