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.

 

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Spiderweb & Ghost Sugar Cookies for Halloween

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just blended
  4. Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl
  5. Add to wet mixture
  6. Mix until only combined, do not over mix
  7. Put dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out
  8. Cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 10 minutes
  10. Let cool before icing

Makes approximately 20 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

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ICING

  • 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.

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EYE ICING

  • 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.

Enjoy!


stephanie-headshot_0Stephanie 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.