I’m always excited for Halloween and the fall break from school. It’s a great time for my son Sam and I to connect and have fun together during an otherwise busy season. I know he looks forward to it just as much as me! Each year, we do something to celebrate Halloween with friends. This year, we’ll have a smaller gathering at our house. But smaller in size doesn’t mean any less fun! Today I’m going to share some of my favourite tips for throwing a kid’s Halloween party plus a yummy cookie recipe you’ll want to make pronto.
Halloween Party Tips
- First off, keep your guests ages in mind… younger kids will not appreciate a scary set up!
- Choose a theme and weave it into your entire party decor and menu.
- Put the costumes on display! Encourage everyone to dress up and then do a costume parade to show off the great creations. (Bonus if you select a theme for your party and everyone dresses up according to that theme!)
- Keep the fun times rolling by planning games. A little planning ahead of time will ensure things go smoothly and guests have a blast.
- Have fun with the food! A themed party food table is not only delicious but visually appealing. These sugar cookies are a great place to start. Older guests could even decorate their own, which would be a fun and tasty activity.
Spiderweb & Ghost Sugar Cookies for Halloween
- 2 sticks butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 medium eggs
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just blended
- Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl
- Add to wet mixture
- Mix until only combined, do not over mix
- Put dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out
- Cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheet
- Bake for 10 minutes
- Let cool before icing
Makes approximately 20 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
Put icing into a piping bag with a Wilton #3 tip. For the ghosts, you’ll want to outline the ghost shape first before filling the center.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- black gel food coloring
Stir until well combined and then put in a piping bag with a Wilton #3 tip to make the eyes and mouth.
Stephanie Keeping is a mom of boys, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and on Etsy.