How do you make the most frightening night of the year beautiful? Ghosts, gremlins, and ghouls; makeup, masks, and blood. To find the beauty, you have to be willing to look deeper than the immediate picture and allow creativity and imagination to flow. Above all, you have to enjoy and share with others.
Your standard Halloween event will have the basic blinking lights, bowl of punch, crepe paper decorations and faux spider webs. However, it is possible to embrace the creepy and kooky in an elegant way. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
Jars of various shapes and sizes can be a great starting point. By adding black sand you can start with a foundation for a battery operated tea light or candle. With a hot glue gun, randomly create lines on the exterior of the jar. Rolling in iridescent glitter while hot is optional. This can create a 3-demensional webbing which will subtly reflect in the shadowing from the candlelight. It is not an obvious decoration and more creative than the standard skull candle holder.
Chicken wire is not just for coops. Pliable and resistant to the elements, wire can be formed into nearly anything your mind allows. From a floating dress hanging in a tree to coffin bowls lined with inexpensive material, chicken wire can be a way to use an industrial material and think outside the box.
The punch bowls on the market tend to be, at best, bland. Here is an alternative to the adult punch bowl. Pump up the interest with an odd-shaped and very large pumpkin. Clean it out extremely well and refrigerate for a few days. The day of your event, add 2 mason jars of Apple Pie moonshine and 750 ml whipped vodka or rum (available at most alcohol retailers). Fill remaining space with 50/50 ice and either cream soda or no sugar-added apple juice. You and your guests can enjoy this adult-only pumpkin pie punch. It is different than the expected and still keeps with the seasonal theme.
Dessert can be themed but does not need to be juvenile. Orange Jello is simple and so basic so add raspberries. Once your Jello has set up in your deep baking dish, add a layer of cool whip. Six to eight hours before, place your dish into the freezer. The day of your event, pop a couple of standard bags of kettle corn or buttered popcorn. With the popcorn still hot, sprinkle with brown sugar and cayenne pepper. It is easy to shake it in a grocery bag or zip-top storage bag. You can warm up just before serving by placing in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. To serve, cut into small squares and top with warmed popcorn. Mouth watering?
Be sure you and your guests have fun. Create a safe event and ensure designated drivers or a warm room for them to sleep like the dead. The best thing you can do is be a genuine friend that cares about their good time and their safety. Happy haunting.