Please Come to My Halloween Party!

Welcome to my 1st Halloween Party! I’m so glad that you could join me!

Halloween for me as a child was always about trick-or-treating.  Back then, (my kids always called it the “olden days”) we talked about what we were going to dress up as and then on Halloween day, we started pulling things out of the closet.  That was it. We didn’t spend money on a costume, we used what we had.  Decorations? We never had decorations for Halloween. We carved a pumpkin.  ONE pumpkin.

I didn’t start decorating for Halloween until the kids were a little bit older (I never thought about decorating for Halloween). We always carved pumpkins and that was THE Halloween decoration.  I remember hanging a “BOO” sign on the front door once, and the kids thought that was the best! I wish now that I had decorated more.  BUT, I have grandchildren.  I’m convinced that God gives us g-children so we can do the things with them that we wish we had done with our kids! So true, huh? For example: My husband once spent 20 minutes (not exaggerating here) opening and shutting the dryer door with our grandson Connor, who is 1 1/2 yrs. Do you think he did that with our kids? No.  He would have told them to leave the dryer door alone.  Those are the amazing things you do with grandchildren…and you actually enjoy it!  Sorry…got off track…

For the passed 5-6 years I have been decorating for Halloween a bit more, besides just that BOO sign on the front door. I have been decorating the fireplace mantel (it’s such a prominent fixture in our living room/great room). You can click here if you would like to see it.  I finally got my Halloween wreath finished (click here)….and I cannot have candy on any fun little dishes sitting around the house, because I will be the only one to eat it.  Buy candy I don’t like you say? ha! There is no candy that I don’t like!

A typical Halloween for us empty nester’s is pretty much 1) turn off all the lights and go out to dinner. 2) Leave a porch light burning, put a big bowl of candy on the porch and go out to dinner. 3) Answer the door (while fighting with the dog to get back and stop barking) and be greeted by OLDER KIDS that have been bussed into our neighborhood.  YUP.  Halloween is not what it used to be… I think because of safety reasons, parents have chosen church activities, parties or visiting neighbors that they know.

How about us empty nester’s throwing a dinner party for grown ups?  I wouldn’t make people wear costumes…BUT they would have to wear either BLACK, ORANGE, GREEN, or PURPLE.  Love, love, love those colors together!

Okay…so let’s pretend…we are going to have a Halloween Party (go with me here folks, it will be FUN!)

Here is the invitation that I put by your front door.

What? You can make it? Oh good.  Looking forward to seeing you!

When you arrive at the party dressed in your finest (black, orange, purple and/or green) you would say, “Oh my, look at her beautiful front porch she has decorated!”

Source: Pottery Barn

Then you would walk through the front door and say, “Oh honey, look at that adorable tree with the bats that are stuck into a pumpkin.”  Isn’t she clever?

Source: Good Housekeeping

and when you saw the stairs… you would shudder…. (it looks too much like your great, great Aunt Gertrude)
Source:  Martha Stewart

When you came around the corner (behind the stairs) into the kitchen you would be speechless, “Ooohhhh, awwwww…..”

You would look to your left and gasp…

because you see the little kitchen nook that I have decorated for the kids.  You are amazed and so delighted with the little nook.  I say, “Oh the children love to have their nice, hot, breakfast in there before school every morning and their snack when they get home.” (hey, this is my party I can play anyway I want to)

I would have some drinks iced down:
in a pumpkin cooler

We would say, “Happy Halloween” and clink glasses with a…

Candy Corn Cocktail

Some people would have the…

non-alcoholic Witches Black Brew

For appetizers we enjoy…

Brain Dip with crackers

Mummy Cheese Ball

Spinach Dip that  looks like a pumpkin!

Source: Our Best Bites
and little Sausage Mummies

Are you ready for dinner?

Please have a seat

For dinner we will be having:
Adam’s Ribs

Graveyard Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Yam Salad

and Eyeball Salad

Still hungry? Oh good!  Please help yourself to:

Coffin Brownies

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Critter Cheesecake

and a big slice of Bat Wing Cake

What’s that? You need to use the restroom? It’s down the hall and to the right.

Did you have a good time at my party? That was the easiest party I’ve ever had…the best part? I didn’t have to clean up afterwards!

Thank you so much for coming!!!!

PS I would love to give credit where credit is due…if you know who the above AMAZING pics belong to, please let me know!




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  1. Loved the party! The best Halloween party ever!! 😀 I LOVE Halloween! I do try to make it more special for the kiddies than what my parents did for us growing up. I was thinking of having a trick or treat party for the kiddies…but not sure if I’ll have the time to put something special together….if I do, I’ll be sure to blog about it:D Thanks for sharing your story and for the wonderful virtual party!!

  2. BEST PARTY EVER!!!!!!! thanks for the invite!!!! i will be back next year!!! : ) i wish i was there in person so i could have said…GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD EVEN NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING (in case you didn’t recognize the voice — it was dracula : ) LOL!!!! hugs!!!!!

  3. Oh Wow! Let me get my cloak and broomstick and I’ll be there! (and yes, I think grown ups should have Halloween parties)

  4. FABULOUS Party, Mandy!! Thank you for putting me on your guest lists. I had a BALL!

    • Shoot! I forgot to put your Halloween Tree in the corner of the entry way!!!!! I will do that next year. PROMISE

  5. Best Halloween party I have been to!! Glad you didn’t pull out the bobbing for apples like the LAST party I was @!! LOL
    Great job as always Mandy!!

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