Celebrate the Best of Fall with Ghoulish Fun

What could be more fun this fall than hosting a Halloween party to remember? Celebrate this holiday by gathering together family and friends for an evening filled with ghost-chilling tales, frightful food and good ol’ Halloween laughter.

This Halloween, try making your own party invitations. Check out the smashing pumpkin or creepy skeleton invitations at www.marthastewart.com. You can download these free templates or get ideas on how to make your own.

For a project the kids will enjoy, make glow-in-the-dark invitations. Start with plain white cardboard. Completely colour the surface using vibrant crayons. Paint the paper evenly using black tempera paint. Allow to dry. Be creative and sketch into the paint using pointed objects such as nails or toothpicks.

No party would be complete without a collection of jack-o’-lanterns. Successful pumpkin carving involves a few tricks and tools of the trade.

Look for tools that will help to carve the various intricacies. My favourite tool is Canadian Tire’s mini electric carving tool with removable blades made just for pumpkin carving. It’s a bit of a luxury, but works great for the fine finishing details. And it will last more than one season.

Fill your little tricksters with devilish delights. Creepy cupcakes are a fun and easy dessert. Try turning cupcakes into mini witches. Place mounds of green icing on top of chocolate cupcakes. Place chocolate ice cream cones on top for hats. Decorate the witches’ faces using chocolate chips for eyes and candy for lips. Add strings of black liquorice for hair.

For an edible craft, let your kids make creepy candied creatures on sticks. It’s amazing what your kids will create using liquorice, gumdrops, marshmallows, frosting and sprinkles.

For a real scream, take a cut off of the traditional Lady Finger cookies … literally! Almonds painted with deep-red icing look only a little too creepy (and bloody) when placed on the ends of Lady Finger cookies.

If you dare, stick the fingers into your favourite dessert, just as if this finger got a little lost in the making. “Boo-tiful” cakes are also fun to decorate, especially when you have young children.

When the grownups appear, spook the adult spirits with Halloween cocktails. Try making highballs with eyeballs. No drink would be complete without a floating eye or perhaps a missing finger tip to stir.

This Halloween, celebrate with some ghoulish fun. With creative costumes, hair-raising decorations and a few devilish delights, make Halloween a special time to remember.

Shari Morash is a gardening enthusiast and an accredited designer. Contact her at [email protected]

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