Several moons ago…three roommates decided to host a murder mystery Halloween soiree. It was such a success word spread far & wide. With requests coming in droves from a few friends to make this an annual event…so began the Halloween party tradition @ the 364 (this is what we named the house we rented…and “we” being myself & my two roommates).
This story does not have a happy ending because the tradition has been stalled this year. 🙁 I got married, moved out & now have a husband to answer to. (that sounded harsher than I meant) After our wedding reception, my studly husband said we needed to hold off on parties for a little bit. AHHH…Withdrawal! :p
pss…I have a fun party in the works that you guys will actually be invited to…so stay tuned. 🙂
I decided to show you a few pics from last years Halloween party…in case it’ll help you plan a Halloween party this year (so jealous). ;p
DISCLAIMER: This blog was not even a thought when we planned this party…so I apologize for the pics & failure to capture specific details.
Halloween Party 2010
Food Budget: $50
Decor Budget: $50
People Count: 50-60
Outside Decor: Lots of spider webs! They’re super cheap & really make a difference aesthetically. The fact that it was an older house helped too. 🙂
Inside Decor: We used A LOT of candles, more spider webs, borrowed a fog machine, hung an old sheet in the bathroom that had blood on it (fake, obviously…I’ll tell you how to do that…in just a bit) & hung pictures of eery things. If you find pictures on the web, print them off on your computer then put them in frames you already have. A great resource for this is iStockPhoto. You could also probably find a lot of free pictures too. Some key words to search: Crows, Full moon, Old black & white pictures
What’s in the caldron, you ask?? Glad you asked…
Since we were working with a VERY small food budget, I came up with a snack that is budget friendly & eaaassy to make. Popcorn is a great base b/c it’s so cheap. Is it me or has candy corn gotten more expensive over the years??? Maybe it’s because I used to always wait until the week after Halloween to get it. ;p Still, it’s not too bad. The yogurt pretzels I got from Fresh Market & the cool thing about that is they sold them by the pound, so I could get as much/as little as I needed. You could also make your own with white/milk chocolate.
This is part of the spread…I didn’t even get the rest of it photographed. 🙁 I’ll tell you about what you can see in the pic, though.
In the white pedestal – Breadstick fingers. I used canned breadstick dough & formed the fingers, then topped them with almond slivers. I had marinara sauce (blood) to dip them in.
The cheese tray is pretty explanatory. Since our budget was so small…I cut out the labels from the cheeses & taped them to tooth picks in order to label them. I just love that plastic rat. ;p
The thing in the top right corner is a fast, easy Halloween party food! It’s just a block of cream cheese with strawberry jam on top! Cheap + Easy = Love (hmmm…that’s what my husband says about me too. ;p)
* Those candle sticks used to be gold & $1 each from Goodwill. I spray painted them black & sprinkled them with black glitter.
Isn’t dry ice so fun?? ;p Actually…they wouldn’t let me touch it. I’m a little accident prone. We basically sat the dry ice in the caldron & set a glass bowl inside with the “witches brew.” I wish I could remember what exactly was in the witches brew…but I can’t think of it. My sister & I usually try and think of a mixed concoction that is the cheapest to throw together.
I know this is a crazy picture…but I wanted you to see this adorable costume idea. Jim & Kristy are friends of ours & she came as a kitty & he dressed up as “cat litter.” Easy & funny couple costume. They even won a prize. Here are some of the costume prize categories:
Best LOL Costume
*There were others…I’m just forgetting them. Which is why I started this blog…just so I can remember everything. ;p
For prizes, we wanted something good but within a budget. We ended up buying Groupons & giving those certificates. One was an art class (for the most creative), another was for a comedy/improve show (Best LOL) & there were others just for nice restaurants. I also had some Groupon bucks in my account so it really didn’t affect the budget too much.
I wanted to include the picture above b/c the cute blond is my sister. We didn’t get any of just us. 🙁 But she’s been my partner in crime planning the Halloween parties & I couldn’t have done it without her (or the rest of my family who usually shows up to help!)
We organized a Haunted Basement that took a lot of work but was well worth it. Even though I love Halloween because you get to dress up & eat candy. 😉 I don’t like to scare people…so we made sure there was a good ending to our haunted basement. I wanted to share the script with you but for some reason I can’t open it. I’ll try again later on.
One thing we needed for the Haunted Basement was fake blood…so I made my own. Here’s the recipe –
One More Cheap Idea – I wrote on the toilet seat (only on the bottom of the seat) “Watch Your Back” in red marker in our bathrooms. There were a lot of laughs from that one. And…a lot of guys watching their backs. ;p Only problem…apparently red magic marker doesn’t come off of toilet seats very well. Yikes…maybe try a dry erase marker.
So…are you planning a Halloween party? Can I come? ;p jk Any great ideas that you’re planning on doing? Is it weird that I made fake blood? My sister & I definitely felt weird as we were making it.
If you want ideas for a theme for a party, birthday party ideas, baby shower ideas…feel free to email me or comment here. Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you!